McClain: Fantasy Players Should Be "All Over" Watson

John McClain explains why Deshaun Watson could have a monster 2019 season

Taz and the Moose
July 29, 2019 - 10:19 am
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Deshaun Watson had a successful sophomore season in the NFL. He completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 4,165 yards, 26 touchdowns and just nine interceptions, as the Texans won nine straight games to overcome an 0-3 start, finish 11-5 and win the AFC South.

Watson’s numbers, however, only tell part of the story.

“I think last year considering the circumstances and the limitations, he played great,” Houston Chronicle NFL writer John McClain said on Taz & The Moose. “Think about this: he played at least a month with a collapsed lung and a broken rib and missed one play because he thought the half was over and Brandon Weeden had to take a knee. He didn’t have his second and third receivers – Will Fuller and Keke Coutee – for a combined 19 games because of injuries. He had two rookie tight ends. He had a running back, Lamar Miller, miss two-and-a-half games, and a back-up running back, D’Onta Foreman, was out most of the season and didn’t do anything when he came back. So if they’re improved in those areas, there’s no telling how prolific the passing game can be.”

The Texans finished 17th in the league in passing offense last season but fifth in yards per attempt (8.2). Houston also finished with the sixth-fewest interceptions in football.

“I tell everybody, if you’re a fantasy player, be all over Deshaun Watson,” McClain said. “The kid has a great touchdown-to-interception ratio, his rating was sixth in the league – and if Will Fuller and Keke Coutee can stay on the field, if the second-year tight ends will be improved and maybe D’Onta Foreman (will be) back at full speed and able to help out Lamar Miller – Watson will have a chance to be tremendous.”

Click below to listen to McClain’s interview in its entirety.