J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | DE
2012 Experience: 2nd Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: Greg Cosell has done a great job breaking down why the Texans 3-4 scheme (podcast, start time 29:24 in) is more like a 4-3 because of gap responsibilities. Basically because the Texans are more of a one gap defense, Watt is playing in more of a role like a 4-3 end in contrast to a traditional 3-4 end.
What this means to you is that Watt shouldn’t toss aside Watt as a DL2 option. You will see a high motor from Watt on every play, with tenacious focus to make plays. I felt just by looking at Watt last year, he was going to be a winner and so far he hasn’t disappointed.
Maybe you go with a big-play option as your DL2, but if you can get Watt as a DL3 jump on that value.
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After the Texans selected J.J. Watt with the eleventh pick in the draft, new defensive coordinator Wade Philips compared Watt to an old end he had back with but Buffalo Bills in Phil Hanson back in the 90′s. Hanson posted six seasons in a row (see stats here) with at least six sacks and five of six years he posted at least 53 tackles a season.
I point those numbers out because Watt is likely to be an every down type of lineman and possibly from the get go as the Texans would like to use him as a starter right away. Watt has a high motor, can get to the quarterback and should be good enough against the run to stay in the game most of the time. Typically, you wouldn’t want to look at a 3-4 defensive end for IDP fantasy football, but Watt could prove to be of some use in his career. Maybe you look past him on draft day, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds his way off the waiver wire during the season.
At the end of the day, there is a reason why Watt worked his way up so successfully from playing in at Central Michigan to ending his College career as an All-American at Wisconsin, and that is because he has talent and works his butt off. This guy is a winner, and he will help the Texans right off the bat.