Justin Watson
Justin Watson
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 2018 fifth-round pick saw minimal action in his rookie season, but that could change significantly in 2019. Adam Humphries, who logged a career-high 105 targets in 2018, is now in Tennessee, which leaves Watson with a potential clear path to a fairly sizable role in a new pass-centric offense. The Penn product is a much stouter candidate than Humphries for potential slot work, checking in at 6-3, 215 pounds. Moreover, Watson boasts 4.4 speed, so his route tree and overall utility in Bruce Arians' system could be quite diverse. However, dampening his prospects to an extent are the many mouths to feed on offense - Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Breshad Perriman and O.J. Howard, at a minimum, will all peg in ahead of him on the pass-catching hierarchy to open the season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.76 million contract with the Buccaneers in May of 2018.
Makes strides in '19
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
January 4, 2020
Watson, who secured two of four targets for 27 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-22 overtime loss to the Falcons in Week 17, finished the 2019 season with 15 receptions (26 targets) for 149 yards and three additional yards on punt returns over 16 games.
ANALYSIS
While those season numbers were decidedly modest, they represented career highs for Watson, who'd logged just a single reception over 12 games during his 2018 rookie campaign However, Watson wasn't really primed for a big boost in role until Mike Evans went down with a season-ending hamstring injury in Week 14 against the Colts, as he'd logged no more than 11 snaps from scrimmage in any game prior. The second-year wideout went on to gain some valuable experience over the final four contests of the season, a span that also saw Chris Godwin go down with a hamstring issue of his own and miss the last two-plus contests. Given that he turned in a solid performance relative to opportunity, Watson should be ready to make a push for a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver role next summer, particularly if Breshad Perriman, who's set to become an unrestricted free agent, isn't brought back.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Justin Watson's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
19.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.36
 
% Team Air Yards
5.0%
 
% Team Targets
4.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
12.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
60.0%
 
Drop Rate
8.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
0.9
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2019 Justin Watson Split Stats
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
As an Ivy League receiver with fifth-round slotting, Watson's fantasy prospects as a rookie may be dismissed at first glance. However, Watson has the potential to be an exception to the rule, with a college resume that includes 286 receptions, 3,777 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns lending credence to that notion. Impressive measurables that include a 6-3, 215-pound frame, 4.44 speed and a 40-inch vertical certainly don't hurt his chances for success either, but as an unproven asset at the NFL level, Watson will have to make a strong case in training camp and the preseason. If he does nab a spot on the final roster, Watson conceivably could put a dent into Adam Humphries' opportunities, but it's extremely difficult to envision him climbing any higher than No. 4 on the depth chart. Moreover, with the Bucs already boasting an impressive array of pass-catching options ahead of him, Watson's value should be almost exclusively limited to keeper and dynasty formats.
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Scores TD in starting role
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 21, 2019
Watson caught five of 10 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 23-20 loss to the Texans.
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Starting role awaits
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 19, 2019
Watson is expected to serve as a starting receiver for Saturday's game against the Texans, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
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Pair of grabs in Week 15 win
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 16, 2019
Watson brought in both of his targets for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday.
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Slated to fill in for Evans
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 11, 2019
Watson is expected to step into a regular role in the Buccaneers' three-receiver sets for as long as Mike Evans (hamstring) is sidelined, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
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First career touchdown grab in win
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 8, 2019
Watson secured five of eight targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday. He also returned two punts for three yards.
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