J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

Height: 6' 5"Weight: 295 lbsAge: 28College: WisconsinDrafted: #11 (1st Rd.)

2017 Outlook

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J.J. Watt feels 'fantastic'

Houston Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt (back) told the media he feels "fantastic" at a charity softball game on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact

Watt only played in three games in 2016 due to an in-season surgery to repair a lingering back injury. Although he will miss OTAs, he has not suffered a setback this offseason and is fully on track in his recovery. Expect Watt, 28, to be ready for the start of training camp in late-July.

J.J. Watt feeling 'good'

Houston Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt (back) told the media he's feeling "really good" in his recovery from back surgery. "My body feels really good," Watt said Monday. "I'm looking forward to getting back to playing football. I can't wait"

Fantasy Impact

Watt appears to be on track in his recovery from back surgery he underwent last season. Although his status for Houston's offseason workouts is unknown, he is fully expected to be back on the field at the start of training camp in July.

J.J. Watt to be ready for OTAs

Houston Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt (back) told the media he is "fully cleared" for football activities and that he "sees no reason why he won't be ready for OTAs."

Fantasy Impact

Watt only appeared in three games in 2016, missing 13 of which due to a back injury. He underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in September, which ultimately ended his season despite the hopes of the team, and Watt, that he would be available to return at some point during the year. Instead, he'll rehab, train and prepare to be fully ready for the 2017 campaign. His first stop, OTAs, at which he is expected to be a full participant. A healthy Watt will only improve a Texans defense that finished 2016 ranked No. 1 in total defense.

J.J. Watt 'ahead of schedule' in his recovery

Houston Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson believes pass rusher J.J. Watt (back) is "considered ahead of schedule" in his recovery from back surgery.

Fantasy Impact

Reports indicate that Watt has been working out at the Texans' training facility throughout the season and that he has been medically cleared to begin weight training. The team hopes that Watt will be available to participate in OTAs in some capacity, but they are uncertain if he will be fully cleared by that time -- OTAs will likely begin in May. Despite playing without Watt for all but three games this season, Houston's defense still managed to finish the 2016 campaign ranked No. 1 in total defense.

J.J. Watt to miss the season

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt, who went successful surgery to repair his injured back on Thursday, is expected to miss the remainder of the 2016 season according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Fantasy Impact

It comes to no surprise that Watt will likely miss the duration of the 2016 season. It was expected earlier in the week when it was announced that he would undergo another procedure on his back and this latest report all but confirms those speculations. Houston's defense will likely be tested without Watt and could become a suspect unit from here on out. For fantasy football purposes, Houston's D/ST should no longer be considered as an every-week starting unit.