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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Draft Rankings
David Johnson Note
David Johnson photo 49. David Johnson RB - (vs . TEN)
The Texans gave their running backs 397 touches last year, and that was with DeAndre Hopkins on the roster. That's a lot of work. The only running back they've added was David Johnson. While Johnson looked horrendous down the stretch, it's possible he just tried to work his way back from injury way too soon. It appears Bill O'Brien isn't convinced that Johnson is done with his NFL career, like some. It's possible that he's not as electric as he once was, but guys, the Texans gave Carlos Hyde (who's still unemployed) 255 touches last year. Opportunity is key in fantasy football, and Johnson appears to be in line for a lot of it in 2020, making him a low-end RB2 with upside for more should he actually be healthy.
9 weeks ago
Deshaun Watson Note
Deshaun Watson photo 64. Deshaun Watson QB - (vs . TEN)
There is plenty of reason to consider Kyler as your #4 fantasy quarterback ahead of Watson now that DeAndre Hopkins is out of town but frankly, fantasy value has much more to do with volume than surrounding talent. The Texans should be bad this season which ought to lead to an additional 50+ pass attempts in 2020 than we've grown used to seeing. That alone would more than supplement the fantasy impact of losing Hopkins.
2 weeks ago
Will Fuller Note
Will Fuller photo 78. Will Fuller WR - (vs . TEN)
The definition of a boom-or-bust player, as Fuller has posted WR1-type numbers in 23.8 percent of his games, which ranks 30th among wide receivers since 2000. The issue is that he's posted WR3 or better numbers in just 33.3 percent of his games, which ranks 94th (right behind Donte Moncrief) during that time. The loss of Deandre Hopkins should provide him with a more stable target floor, though Brandin Cooks is arguably a better football player than Fuller and will steal a lot of those targets. The chemistry between Fuller and Deshaun Watson has to be taken into account, but so does the injury history. Ideally, you draft him as a WR4 that you can rely on as a WR3 while healthy.
9 weeks ago
Brandin Cooks Note
Brandin Cooks photo 82. Brandin Cooks WR - (vs . TEN)
There have been just nine wide receivers who've finished as top-24 fantasy options in at least four of the last five seasons: Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Jarvis Landry, DeAndre Hopkins, Antonio Brown, Davante Adams, Amari Cooper, and... Cooks. Keep in mind he's done that while playing for three different teams, so he's essentially team-proof. Concussions were problematic in 2019 and will be a problem moving forward in his career, as another one could end it. While on the field, though, he's proven to have a WR2 floor in the NFL. We can't pretend that going to Deshaun Watson isn't an upgrade from Jared Goff, either. The issue is that Will Fuller plays a similar role and has chemistry with Watson. Cooks can likely be drafted as a WR4, but he'll be a starter when he's on the field.
9 weeks ago
Duke Johnson Note
Duke Johnson photo 139. Duke Johnson RB - (vs . TEN)
Despite continually being one of the most efficient running backs in football, it seems there's no head coach who wants to give Johnson his shot at a bigger role. This will be his sixth season in the NFL and he's never topped 104 carries in a season despite the fact that he's averaged 4.5 yards per carry (4.91 over the last four years) over his career. Now having to deal with David Johnson, whose best attribute is catching passes out of the backfield, it's unlikely Duke has any value with David healthy. However, it needs to be stated that David has played just 22 full games over the last three years and will be 29 years old at the end of the season. Should he miss time, Duke might get the opportunity that we've been waiting for.
4 weeks ago
Randall Cobb Note
Randall Cobb photo 201. Randall Cobb WR - (vs . TEN)
While both Kenny Stills and Keke Coutee are both better slot receivers than they are on the perimeter, the signing of Cobb indicated he'll be taking over in the slot. He's going to be starting on a team that just lost Deandre Hopkins, which creates a lot of uncertainty. The reason I'm not big on Cobb is due to the fact that Deshaun Watson hasn't checked down very much throughout his career.
4 weeks ago
Kenny Stills Note
Kenny Stills photo 209. Kenny Stills WR - (vs . TEN)
Stills wasn't heavily involved last year after a preseason trade to the Texans, and he missed three games do to injuries. But he did rank seventh in the league in yards per target and had the fourth highest catch rate (72.7%) among wide receivers. Although DeAndre Hopkins is gone, the Texans added Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb, so it's unlikely that Stills will suddenly have an important role on the team. Given that he's never had more than 63 catches or 931 yards receiving, it's unlikely that he'll be worth rostering this season.
4 weeks ago
Ka'imi Fairbairn Note
Ka'imi Fairbairn photo 229. Ka'imi Fairbairn K - (vs . TEN)
Fairbairn's accuracy fell significantly last year, from 88.1% on field-goal attempts and 95% on extra-point attempts in 2018, to 80% and 89%, respectively, last year. To make matters worse, Fairbairn's field-goal attempts dropped from 42 down to 25 last year. It's the perils of drafting any fantasy kicker, but on a decent offense and kicking mostly indoors, Fairbairn is worth drafting in a 12-team league.
3 weeks ago
Houston Texans Note
Houston Texans photo 276. Houston Texans DST - (vs . TEN)
Darren Fells Note
Darren Fells photo 314. Darren Fells TE - (vs . TEN)
Keke Coutee Note
Keke Coutee photo 318. Keke Coutee WR - (vs . TEN)
Jordan Akins Note
Jordan Akins photo 327. Jordan Akins TE - (vs . TEN)
Isaiah Coulter Note
Isaiah Coulter photo 474. Isaiah Coulter WR - (vs . TEN)
Karan Higdon Note
Karan Higdon photo 480. Karan Higdon RB - (vs . TEN)
Kahale Warring Note
Kahale Warring photo 485. Kahale Warring TE - (vs . TEN)
Buddy Howell Note
Buddy Howell photo 496. Buddy Howell RB - (vs . TEN)
Jordan Thomas Note
Jordan Thomas photo 524. Jordan Thomas TE - (vs . TEN)