How Deshaun Watson’s deficiency will impact Hopkins, Fuller and Miller

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That’s a word that immediately came to mind when news pennyless that Texans QB Deshaun Watson had suffered a ripped ACL during Thursday’s practice. With a rookie quarterback headed for medicine and a team’s signing of Matt McGloin, it’s transparent his implausible rookie deteriorate is over.

Source: Watson has season-ending ACL tear

Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in use Thursday and will need season-ending surgery, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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  • Since creation his initial start behind in Week 2, Watson has been fantasy’s top-scoring quarterback. The Clemson product was red prohibited as of late, carrying finished possibly initial or second among quarterbacks in anticipation points in 4 uninterrupted games. In usually 6½ games of work, Watson paced a NFL in flitting touchdowns (19) and also led all quarterbacks with 269 rushing yards.

    The Texans are averaging an NFL-high 3.3 descent touchdowns per game, though a detriment of Watson apparently means expectations for this group need to be practiced considerably.

    Week 1 starter Tom Savage will be during quarterback for this weekend’s diversion opposite a Colts. With Savage and Brock Osweiler underneath center, a Texans ranked passed final in a NFL with 23 touchdowns (1.4 per game) during a 2016 unchanging season.

    Savage has attempted usually 105 passes and has nonetheless to chuck a touchdown given entering a joining as a fourth-round collect in 2014. He’s finished 60 percent of his attempts; his normal abyss of chuck is 9.3 yards; and he’s averaging 6.2 yards per attempt. That’s a poignant disproportion from Watson, who finished 62 percent of his passes, posted an 11.0 aDOT and averaged 8.3 YPA.

    Needless to say, Watson’s damage is intensely bad news for a anticipation prospects of both DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller V. The dual wideouts arrange No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in anticipation points among far-reaching receivers during a 4 weeks Fuller has been active this season. Hopkins had been enjoying a revival, sitting second among far-reaching receivers in anticipation points after a team’s quarterback woes singular him to a 27th-place finish in 2016.

    Having finished tip 10 in targets any of a past dual seasons and now third in a joining in a category, Hopkins is certain to still see a ton of volume relocating forward. He’s rubbed a large 35 percent of a Texans’ targets this season, and Savage has destined 34 percent of his career throws during Hopkins. Of course, a star receiver’s potency will take a dive. He held 62 percent of his targets and averaged 8.4 yards per aim on throws from Watson, though his career outlines with Savage are 46 percent and 5.7, respectively. Hopkins is now best noticed as back-end WR1.

    Fuller, meanwhile, strike a season-high 8 targets in Week 8 though is averaging usually 5.5 targets per diversion on a season. Averaging 21.5 yards per accepting and carrying scored on 7 of his 13 catches, Fuller was already a claimant for a outing behind to Earth in a nearby future. The pierce to Savage is abrasive for his value, as Savage is significantly reduction approaching to strike him on those large scoring plays. Barring a boost in targets, Fuller should furnish no improved than border top-30 numbers during a position.

    Lamar Miller sits 13th during using behind in anticipation points and has scored usually 4 touchdowns while averaging a squalid 3.6 yards per lift this season. This news certainly knocks him down a few pegs and into a RB2 mix. Considering that his potency issues have carried over from 2016, don’t be repelled if rookie D’Onta Foreman takes on a incomparable purpose down a stretch.

    Savage, meanwhile, will be an occasional streaming choice in deeper leagues though doesn’t have nearby a upside of Watson. At parsimonious end, C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) is approaching to lapse in Week 10, though he won’t be a TE1 choice with Savage underneath center.

    Hopkins, Fuller, Miller and even Ryan Griffin (in deeper leagues) are inestimable starts in many formats this week opposite a Colts’ struggling defense, though a detriment of Watson is apparently bad news for their prospects relocating brazen this season.

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