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Darren Fells

Darren Fells

TE - HOU
Height: 6' 7"Weight: 270 lbsAge: 34College: California-Irvine

Week 3 Outlook

HOU @ PIT
Sun 1:00pm ET
Matchup (?)
Week Rank (ECR) TE #32
Projection 3.2 pts

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After a solid Week 1 performance where he found the end zone, Akins racked up seven targets in Week 2, which was the second-highest mark of his career. He caught all of them for 55 yards, further making us consider him a legitimate streaming option. Unfortunately, he's going to share the red zone work with the vulture, Fells. But there have been 15 targets to the two of them through two weeks, amounting to a respectable 22.1 percent target share. The Steelers have allowed just a 52.9 percent catch-rate to tight ends through two games, which is much different than the 69.9 percent completion rate they allowed in 2019. They actually allowed 1.93 PPR points per target to tight ends last year, which was the fifth-highest mark in the league, but they faced the fourth-fewest targets, so their overall numbers looked better. With how dominant they are against running backs and wide receivers, it's only natural to expect them to have some sort of weakness. If Will Fuller is held out, the target floor goes up for Akins, but even if he plays, Akins is on the high-end TE2 radar. I'll update later in the week based on the practice reports.

Akins was solid last week, but there's simply too much volatility with the Houston TEs to rely on any for fantasy this week. Both Akins and Fells make intriguing DFS plays, but they shouldn't be on the redraft radar just yet.

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