Fantasy Football Playoff Challenge Stud Performance: J. J. Watt

By Adam McGill
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans superstar defensive lineman J. J. Watt certainly lived up to the hype heading into any fantasy football playoff leagues. Watt had yet another monster game in the 19-13 win over the  Cincinnati Bengals and once again had a giant fantasy performance.

Watt recorded a tackle in the running game on the very first play the Bengals had from the scrimmage. Also during Cincy’s first drive of the game, Watt was able to get by both the center and guard on a stunt and sack quarterback Andy Dalton. Watt had an impact for fantasy owners within the first couple minutes of the game.

The former Wisconsin Badger may not have done much the remainder of the game, but he was in the Bengal backfield on nearly every single play. Watt finished the game with five tackles, three quarterback hurries, one sack, and two pass deflections in a great first game from an any IDP option. Houston moves on in the playoffs and so does Watt for fantasy playoff leagues that include defensive players.

Houston will now go on to play the New England Patriots and QB Tom Brady in Foxboro. In their meeting earlier in the season, Watt was held to four tackles and it was one of only four games all season where he failed to record at least half a sack. Watt will be extra motivated next weekend and will have a much better stat line for fantasy owners.

Watt will keep producing inhuman numbers game after game and will prove why he should have been the first defensive player taken in any fantasy football playoff challenge. Watt, along with the rest of Houston’s defense, will be ready to go next weekend, so expect J. J. Swatt to have another stud performance.

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