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What to do with Deshaun Watson in Week 1 fantasy football

Deshaun Watson should continue to be a viable fantasy option without DeAndre Hopkins out wide.

Quarterback Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans calls out an audible in the second half during the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has established himself as one of the more reliable fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL in recent years, but 2020 could be a challenge for him. Houston traded away star receiver DeAndre Hopkins over the offseason, so Watson will need to find a new WR1. He has newcomers in Randall Cobb and Brandin Cooks, as well as returners who could improve following the exit of an All-Pro talent. We’ll go whether you should start him in his season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday below.

Fantasy Football Analysis: Texans QB Deshaun Watson

Watson has been QB4 for two years straight, and he’s been able to do that without cracking the top 10 in passing yards in 2018 or 2019 because of his ability to scramble. Watson has run for 964 yard and 12 touchdowns in his last two seasons. Kansas CIty’s defense was a weakness in the past, but it tightened up last season and finished with the 7th ranked pass defense in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders. That didn’t stop Watson from posting strong numbers against though, as he threw for 668 yards and three scores while rushing for three touchdowns in two games against the Chiefs last year. Watson is the kind of quarterback that can make plays out of thin air.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Watson is appealing from a season-long fantasy and DFS perspective. He’s the best quarterback you have if he’s on your roster, and he’s up against a team he’s had plenty of success against. Starting him is a no-brainer.