Derek Watt
Derek Watt
27-Year-Old FullbackFB
Pittsburgh Steelers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Derek Watt in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a three-year, $9.75 million contract with the Steelers in March of 2020.
Set to join Steelers
FBLos Angeles Chargers
March 17, 2020
Watt and the Steelers agreed to terms on a three-year contract Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Watt will join brother T.J. Watt, who was a 2017 first-round pick of the Steelers. Derek is better known for his blocking capabilities than his rushing prowess, as he managed seven carries for 10 yards and a touchdown in 2019, while tacking on three receptions for 32 yards. Pittsburgh already had Roosevelt Nix (knee) on the roster but perhaps not for much longer, as the club presumably won't see the need to carry two fullbacks in 2020.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Derek Watt's 2019 advanced stats compare to other fullbacks?
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.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • 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.
Broken Tackle %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
85.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
80.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.1
 
Rushing TD %
14.3%
 
Touches Per Game
0.6
 
% Snaps w/Touch
8.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
0.1%
 
% Team Targets
0.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
60.0%
 
Drop Rate
20.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
10.0
 
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Measurables Review
How do Derek Watt's measurables compare to other fullbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics 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.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
234 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.75 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.29 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
116 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In three seasons with the Chargers, Watt has accumulated just 159 total yards despite playing in all 48 games, so it's fair to suggest the fullback is not an integral fantasy item. While he's never seen more than 146 offensive snaps in a given season, he's an important blocking piece for a team that puts a significant priority on the run game.
Watt primarily operates as the lead blocker for Melvin Gordon, a job he performed well in 2017 as the RB tallied over 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career. While the less-famous Watt brother will never be a focal point of the offense, he has been known to flash receiving skills on occasion.
Watt hardly factored in the Chargers' offense, mainly serving as a lead blocker for collegiate teammate Melvin Gordon in his rookie season. With Danny Woodhead out the door and on to Baltimore, there's a chance Watt could come in on obvious passing downs to act as another pass blocker, but he's not expected to see enough snaps to warrant fantasy consideration.
Watt, the Chargers' sixth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, will reunite with collegiate teammate Melvin Gordon after the two combined to terrorize opposing Big Ten defenses during their time with the Wisconsin Badgers. The brother of All-Pro defensive lineman J.J. Watt, Derek will primarily be used as a blocking fullback and likely won't contribute enough counting stats to become fantasy relevant.
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Nearly earns Pro Bowl bid
FBLos Angeles Chargers
February 1, 2020
Watt attempted seven carries for 10 yards and a touchdown, and also tacked on three receptions for 32 yards throughout the 2019 season.
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Clear for Week 8
FBLos Angeles Chargers
October 27, 2019
Watt (knee) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Bears.
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Questionable Week 8
FBLos Angeles Chargers
Knee
October 25, 2019
Watt is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears with a knee injury.
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Ready to go for Week 1
FBLos Angeles Chargers
August 27, 2019
Watt (shoulder) played five snaps Saturday in the preseason loss to the Seahawks.
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Misses practice Saturday
FBLos Angeles Chargers
Shoulder
July 27, 2019
Watt (shoulder) did not participate in Saturday's practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
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