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WATT TO DO REDUX: The Revenge of Watt-zilla

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article at Fantasy Sharks about Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. In that article (“Watt to Do, Watt to Do“) I argued that even though Watt was coming off a monstrous season (or perhaps because of it), he was overvalued in IDP leagues.

Well, you can forget everything I said in that piece. In fact, you absolutely should forget everything I said in that article.

Things have changed. That was then, this is now. Insert cliche here.

Now, it isn’t really possible to overvalue Watt. If you’re preparing to draft in an IDP league where the defensive lineups have some real teeth, and the top IDP’s score on par with their offensive counterparts, not only is Watt the hands-down top IDP and worth a first-round pick — he should get serious consideration as the No. 1 selection overall.

Simply put, Watt is the best player in the National Football League, regardless of position. In 2014, for the second time in three years, Watt posted otherworldly numbers. 78 tackles. 20.5 sacks. Four forced fumbles. Five touchdowns, including three on offense as a goal-line tight end.

And Watt insisted to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle that he’s only getting started. “I’m trying to be the superstar that every average Joe would be,” Watt said. “I’m so fortunate and so thankful because (fans) can choose any jersey in the whole world to wear, but they choose to wear No. 99 and Watt on their back. So, it’s my job to go out there and make them damn proud every single day to put that 99 on.”

It isn’t just apparel-shopping fans who should be purchasing a ticket on Watt bandwagon. Savvy IDP owners should hitch a ride as well.

As I mentioned, 2014 marked the second time in three years that Watt has posted ridiculous numbers. Back in 2012, Watt exploded in his second NFL season for 81 tackles, 20.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. Granted, Watt “only” put up 10.5 sacks in 2013, but Watt hit the 80-tackle mark again and forced — wait for it — four fumbles.

The exception has become the rule with the 26-year-old. Not only has he shown the ability to consistently produce — Watt can consistently produce at a level that leaves jaws scraping the ground.

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Last year, Watt outscored the No. 2 IDP finisher on the defensive line (Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants) by almost 70 points in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring. In 2012? Watt out-pointed Cameron Wake of the Miami Dolphins (that year’s No. 2 fantasy DL) by over 75 fantasy points. Yes, in 2013 Watt didn’t finish No. 1. That honor went to Robert Quinn of the St. Louis Rams. Watt free-fell all the way to…

About Gary Davenport

A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America who resides in Columbus, Ohio, Gary has been featured on a number of fantasy websites and in nationally circulated publications. These publications include the USA Today Fantasy Football Preview and the magazines distributed by Fantasy Sports Publications Inc., for whom Gary is a both a contributing author and associate editor. Gary is a seven-time FSWA Award finalist and two-time winner who was named the organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year for 2017. Gary also appears regularly on Sirius XM Radio (including live from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX) and over-the-air stations across the country. Gary was one of the co-founders of, and Head Writer at, Fantasy Football Oasis before joining Fantasy Sharks as an IDP Senior Staff Writer in 2011. He knows football. Or so he's heard.