T.J. Watt

T.J. Watt

27-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Pittsburgh Steelers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Even though Watt rested during the Steelers' Week 17 matchup in 2020, he still led the league with a career-high 15 sacks. His efforts earned him 20 votes for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, as he finished second in voting to Aaron Donald, who received 27 votes. The Steelers unsurprisingly exercised Watt's fifth-year option prior to the 2020 campaign, so the 2021 season marks the final year of his rookie deal. Watt could draw more attention off the line in 2021 after Bud Dupree signed with the Titans during the offseason, but Watt still managed to make an impact late in 2020 after Dupree tore his ACL. In total, Watt recorded 53 tackles (43 solo), two forced fumbles and one interception in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
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#219.5
ADP
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IDP
$Signed a four-year, $112.01 million contract with the Steelers in September of 2021.
Ties single-season sack record
LBPittsburgh Steelers
January 10, 2022
Watt recorded five tackles (three solo), a sack, a forced fumble and a pass defense in Sunday's 16-13 OT win over the Ravens.
ANALYSIS
Watt forced a fumble in the first quarter of Sunday's regular-season finale but wasn't credited with the sack. However, he took down quarterback Tyler Huntley late in the first half to tie Michael Strahan's single-season sack record. Although the 27-year-old missed two games during the 2021 campaign, he tallied 64 tackles (48 solo), 22.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and seven pass defenses across his 15 appearances.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
Snap %
Pittsburgh SteelersSteelers 2021 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

91674%
5944%
87571%
10578%
78463%
8866%
76162%
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36930%
12493%
24320%
3828%
23519%
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736%
3425%
433%
3425%
333%
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2021 T.J. Watt Split Stats
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Measurables Review
How do T.J. Watt's measurables compare to other linebackers?
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.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
252 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.69 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.13 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.79 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
 
Broad Jump
128 in
 
Bench Press
21 reps
 
Hand Length
11.00 in
 
Arm Length
33.13 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
It is no surprise that the Steelers exercised Watt's fifth-year team option for 2021 following a second-straight Pro Bowl performance last season. Arguably the lynchpin of a defense that led the league in sacks and takeaways, while also allowing the fifth-fewest yards and points, he recorded a career-high 14.5 sacks -- fourth most in the league -- to go with a league-leading eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. There is nothing to suggest a regression in 2020, making the 25-year old linebacker a top five IDP selection in most fantasy formats.
Watt's sophomore season was even better than his rookie campaign. He was among the top-10 in sacks in the league, finishing with a team-high 13 in the category. Watt also forced six fumbles, second only to Dee Ford and brother J.J. with seven each. Only 24 years old to start the 2019 season Watt, who logged 68 tackles in 2018, is an elite athlete, who remains firmly on the IDP radar.
Last year's first round pick (30th overall) lived up to all expectations, with 54 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 15 games. The continued absence of Ryan Shazier could allow opponents to double-team Watt, but there is nothing to suggest he cannot build on his successful rookie season, making his an obvious IDP option.
More Fantasy News
Closes in on Strahan's record
LBPittsburgh Steelers
January 5, 2022
Watt recorded five tackles, four sacks and two pass breakups in Monday's 26-14 win over the Browns.
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Productive against Titans
LBPittsburgh Steelers
December 22, 2021
Watt totaled five tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 19-13 win over Tennessee.
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Ready for Week 15
LBPittsburgh Steelers
December 16, 2021
Watt (groin) was a full participant at practice Thursday, clearing any concerns about his availability for Sunday's matchup with the Titans, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Limited participant Wednesday
LBPittsburgh Steelers
Groin
December 15, 2021
Watt (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice session, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
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Likely avoided serious injury
LBPittsburgh Steelers
Groin
December 10, 2021
Watt's groin injury is believed to be just a tweak, and he could back as soon as Week 15 against Tennessee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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