Deshaun Watson Injury Update Hurts Fantasy Outlook for Entire Texans Offense in Week 17

Zach Brunner
Deshaun Watson is listed as questionable with a back injury.
Deshaun Watson is listed as questionable with a back injury. / Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Currently dealing with a back injury, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been limited in practice all week. With no upgrade at Friday's practice, he is considered questionable to play in Week 17 against the Tennessee Titans.

The Texans sit at 10-5, locked into a home playoff game already. If they were to win and the Kansas City Chiefs lose to the Los Angeles Chargers, then Houston would move up to the three seed with a possibility to play the Titans for the third time in four weeks.

This may not be something the Texans want, making it even more favorable if they lose this week's game. For this reason, there is a fairly strong possibility that not only Watson is inactive, but everyone who has been listed as questionable on the injury report.

On the other side, the Titans need to win to solidify a playoff spot, so they will be fully motivated to win in Week 17. Should Watson and a group of Texans be inactive, it greatly increases the odds of a Titans win, as well as the likelihood of solid fantasy performances from Tennessee.

Oddsmakers seem to be accounting for Watson likely sitting this one out, as the Texans are heavy 6-point underdogs at home on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Our Week 17 fantasy football rankings account for Watson sitting out, and having A.J. McCarron starting would downgrade everyone in the Houston offense.

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