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The Eagles and Texans are in talks regarding a possible Deshaun Watson trade and both teams seem to want to come to an agreement. (Source: Chris Trapasso on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite showing up to the Texans' training camp, Watson's intentions of not wanting to play for Houston again has remained steadfast. The Eagles have been reported as a possible landing spot for Watson for quite some time. They have a number of first-round picks and a young quarterback of their own in Jalen Hurts to offer which may be of interest to a rebuilding team like the Texans. However, at this time it is unknown who or what may be included in the potential deal. There is still a possibility Watson does not play this season or is forced to miss games due to a suspension because of the ongoing NFL investigation. Still, however, such a blockbuster trade would have a significant fantasy impact, especially in Philadelphia. Fantasy managers should expect Miles Sanders and Devonta Smith to get a significant boost to their current rankings, with their ADP rising in the process. Dallas Goedert is the one Eagle whose fantasy stock is likely unaffected to some degree. Despite a Watson acquisition undoubtedly increasing Goedert's fantasy value, it is unlikely enough for him to jump the likes of TJ Hockenson, Kyle Pitts or Mark Andrews. Jalen Reagor has been a disappointment thus far, but such a trade would likely give him life as a late-round selection despite a discouraging training camp this season. While fantasy managers seem to already be treating Houston players as if Watson will not be under center, a trade would be confirmation of that belief. It's possible the Texans do not have a single weekly fantasy starter in a typical 12-team format in 2021.


Adam Shefter of ESPN reports that the Houston Texans have traded WR Randall Cobb to the Green Bay Packers. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Cobb also announced it on his Twitter page. Cobb has been a favorite of Aaron Rodger's and is a big reason why Rodgers is returning. He played for the Packers from 2011-2018 and was a favorite target of Rodgers. Cobb's best season came in 2014 with Rodgers when he caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Packers drafted Amari Rodgers and still have Allen Lazard and Marques Valdes-Scantling behind Davante Adams on the roster, but Cobb should be able to carve out a role in the offense. He's a late round dart throw due to the touchdown upside in the Packers offense.

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Wide Receiver Donte Moncrief has been released by the Houston Texans. (Source: Dov Kleiman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former Indianapolis Colt has appeared in just 13 games and recorded five receptions over the last two seasons. He signed with Houston back in March but was released at the beginning of training camp. He's still just 27-years-old so he could latch on somewhere else as a special teamer but he's had zero fantasy value for quite some time.

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Aaron Reiss of The Athletic suggests that Texans rookie wide receiver "should have a chance to see a lot of snaps early, given he doesn’t face stiff competition ahead of him on the depth chart." (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Reiss pointed out that while third-round picks don't usually have an immediate impact, the Texans surely liked what they saw in Collins when they traded up to select him earlier this offseason. The rookie doesn't face extremely stingy competition, either, which is another reason why he could shine in 2021. He currently ranks 103rd among receivers in the latest expert consensus draft rankings and 71st in dynasty.

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With the signings of Phillip Lindsay and Rex Burkhead, veteran Mark Ingram II could be a potential cut candidate for the Texans. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: There's no question that the roster in Houston is in disarray. That includes a crowded RB room consisting of David Johnson, Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, and Rex Burkhead. Coming off of an injury-riddled season that saw him record only 299 rushing yards, Ingram will have to impress in training camp to earn a roster spot. With so much uncertainty, the Texans' backfield may be one to avoid in fantasy if possible.

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The Texans have signed rookie QB Davis Mills to a four-year, $5.22 million contract. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Texans selected Mills No.67 overall in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He was considered one of the best middle-of-the-field passers in the NFL Draft and will compete for the backup job behind veteran Tyrod Taylor. The Texans starting quarterback job could be available with star QB Deshaun Watson wanting out of Houston. Watson’s legal troubles have slowed the process of a trade demand. insurance. Mills threw for 1,508 yards and a 7:3 TD: INT ratio for Stanford in 2020.

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Former Houston Texans QB Ryan Finley has been released to waivers by the team, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Finley was dealt to the Texans during a late-round pick swap in the 2021 NFL draft. This occurred prior to the team opting to sign free-agent QB Jeff Driskel last week, resulting in a loaded quarterback depth chart including third-round draft pick Davis Mills out of Stanford and veteran Tyrod Taylor. With Finley being released to waivers, the quarterback room in Houston becomes less contested. Rumors of Deshaun Watson continuing to demand a trade could result in Driskel, Taylor, or Mills competing for QB1 on a roster with quite a few needs to fill. Finley earned four career starts across two seasons for the Bengals and will look to provide his services as a team's second or third-string option.

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Former free-agent QB Jeff Driskel has signed a one-year, $2.5M deal with the Houston Texans, per Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Driskel joins his fourth team in four years with nine starts across 15 games played during his first three seasons in the league. The 28-year old quarterback has completed 202 passes for 2,120 yards and 13 touchdowns during his three-year career and adds experience to a Texans' quarterback room now comprised of rookie Davis Mills, Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Finley, and Deshaun Watson. Allegations surrounding Watson have not yet been fully resolved and it appears Houston is preparing for the worst with a bevy of quarterbacks to compete for the starting job if Watson is unable to play in 2021.

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AJ McCarron signs with Atlanta

Fri, Apr 30th 4:45pm EDT
By Ari Koslow

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with QB AJ McCarron. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: There were some rumors of the Falcons considering taking a quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick on Thursday, but they instead chose to add another offensive weapon for Matt Ryan in tight end Kyle Pitts. This signing of McCarron shows that the Falcons remain committed to Ryan for the near future and may not address the position early on day two of the NFL draft.

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Chad Hansen waived by Texans

Tue, Mar 23rd 5:07pm EDT
By Connor Rigg

Houston Texans PR announced on Twitter that they have waived WR Chad Hansen. (Source: Houston Texans PR on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Hansen had a minimal role in 2020. He appeared in five games and will look to sign with another team for the 2021 season. He caught 17 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown.

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Houston Texans LT Laremy Tunsil has reportedly agreed to restructure his 2021 salary into a $990K base with a $15.16M signing bonus to create $10.11M in cap space for the Texans in 2021, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tunsil converted his original base salary for 2021 into a signing bonus worth $15.16 million and will also receive his original $13 million signing bonus prorated across 2022 and 2023. This move allows the Texans to continue pursuing free agents in what appears to be a massive rebuild under new GM Nick Caserio. Regardless of who winds up starting under center for Houston this season, Tunsil's massive presence on the blind-side will certainly be a commodity. More help will be needed through free agency and the draft in order to improve one of the league's worst offensive lines in 2020.

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Former Houston Texans OLB Brennan Scarlett has reportedly signed a deal with the Miami Dolphins, per Aaron Wilson. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Scarlett totaled 28 tackles and one TFL across 11 games for the Texans in 2020 and will add depth to an outstanding linebacking core in Miami. The fifth-year linebacker will look to make an impression on head coach Brian Flores, a defensive mastermind who could utilize his tough tackling in a rotation to preserve starters Jerome Baker and Emmanuel Ogbah throughout the 2021 season.

Category: Transactions, Rumors


WR Will Fuller is signing a one-year deal with the Dolphins. The deal reportedly includes up to $10 million with “significant upside,” per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fuller missed the final five games of the 2020 season after being handed down a six-game suspension for PED use. He won’t make his Dolphins debut until Week 2. The 26-year-old WR was finally able to stay healthy last season, setting career-highs in receptions (53), receiving yards (879) and touchdowns (8) across 11 games. Fuller gives the Dolphins a big-time deep threat and will compete with DeVante Parker and Preston Williams for targets in the Dolphins passing game. Fuller is currently 27th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

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Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Texans are trading Benardrick McKinney to the Dolphins in exchange for Shaq Lawson. (Source: Ian rapoport of NFL Network)

Fantasy Impact: The Texans after giving McKinney a few weeks to try and find a trade partner for the veteran finally found a landing spot for the LB. McKinney had a down year last season recording just 37 tackles after having 101 the season before. Lawson makes alot of sense for the Texans as he's two years younger than McKinney.

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Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Houston Texans and Brandin Cooks have agreed to a contract restructure. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In an effort to create cap space the Texans have restructured Cooks’ contract freeing up $6.5M. The veteran WR is coming off his fifth 1,000 yard season and currently projects to be the top wide receiver for the Texans with Will Fuller entering free agency. Cooks should see a lot of volume during 2021, but his success will ultimately depend on what the Texans decide to do with Deshaun Watson.

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Ian Rapoport is reporting that David Johnson has agreed to restructure his contract to a one-year deal worth up to $6M, with $4.25M fully guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was originally slated to receive almost $8M this year through the deal that the Texans inherited from the Cardinals. Now 29 years old, Johnson is no longer in his prime as an NFL running back. Still, the veteran looked great in 2020 and had a stretch towards the end of the season that won many fantasy championships. With Duke Johnson out of town, David Johnson could end up with a true bellcow role in 2021. There is still a lot of uncertainty in Houston regarding Deshaun Watson. Still, given Johnson's pass-catching abilities and his current expected volume, he should see a sizable bump in average draft position as well as our expert consensus rankings. The Texans could bring in another back for a relief role, but right now, it appears as if the backfield is Johnson's for the taking.

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Adam Schefter is reporting that the Texans have released veteran running back Duke Johnson Jr.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson spent two years in Houston, playing backup to Carlos Hyde in 2019 and backup to David Johnson in 2020. His career 4.4 yards per attempt took a sizeable hit this season when he was named the starter for five weeks. During that five-week stretch, Johnson saw 43 carries which he managed to turn into just 140 rushing yards with no touchdowns. Known primarily as a scatback, the 5'9" veteran has always done the majority of his damage through the air. Now 27 years old, the former third-rounder will likely end up in a third-down role for a new team next season.

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The Texans have released defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes with a non-football injury designation, creating roughly $990,000 in cap space. (Source: Houston Texans on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houston did not disclose the nature of the injury. After appearing in 16 games in his rookie year, the former third-round pick has taken the field just three more times over the past three years. He opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19.

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Houston Texans RB/returner Dontrell Hilliard has re-signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with $200,000 guaranteed to return to the team in 2021. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hilliard spent time with the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Texans in 2020, primarily functioning as the kick returner after arriving in Houston. He has blazing speed and could work up to a hybrid offensive role similar to his usage in Cleveland, where Hilliard totaled nine carries for 48 yards.

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Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Texans are releasing franchise player J.J. Watt. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Watt then confirmed the news by posting a video to social media. Rapoport added that Houston could've received a "solid draft pick" in return for Watt, but instead chose to handle the situation with class, giving Watt full control over where he winds up next. The Texans' first-round pick from 2011, Watt became one of the best players in franchise history, as well as a wildly important figure in the Houston community. Set to turn 32 in March, Watt's best days are behind him, but he's still an impact defender that can help overhaul a team's culture.

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