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WR Bruce Ellington - Houston Texans

5-9, 197Born: 8-22-1991College: South CarolinaDrafted: Round 4

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Ellington suffered a concussion in Week 1.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Nov 24): practiced fully on Friday.

General News (Thu Nov 23): practiced fully on Thursday.

Week 12: at Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Texans offense, once flying high under rookie passer Deshaun Watson, has predictably stalled with Tom Savage under center. Savage simply doesn't look equipped to quarterback on this level: he lacks real feel for the pocket and pressure, absorbing untimely sacks and throwing with terrible rhythm. He's also a turnover machine, with three interceptions and a seemingly-impossible seven fumbles over just five appearances. Across 3 starts since Watson's injury, Savage has completed just 52.7% of his throws for a Blaine Gabbert-esque 4.61 adjusted net yards per attempt. It's encouraging at least that he knows where his bread buttered: top wideout DeAndre Hopkins is still drawing a relentless target share (34.8% since Watson's injury), so Savage is at least maximizing his ability by putting his faith into the Texans' best player. But since we can't expect any real efficiency or Watson-esque dynamism from a Savage-led offense, Hopkins is essentially the only fantasy-worthy play here - at least until the mega-explosive Will Fuller returns, which could be this week. Even then, though, it's hard to project Savage's awful mechanics and scattershot arm to extend beyond Hopkins. DeAndre Hopkins has been an All-Pro-caliber receiver all year, but he'll have his Week 12 hands full with cornerback Jimmy Smith, who's been fantastic all year, and rookie Marlon Humphrey on the other side. The Ravens' real vulnerability lies inside, where slot man Lardarius Webb and the team's athletically challenged linebackers and safeties struggle mightily in coverage. This subsection has settled down a bit of late, even denying breakout slot stud Adam Thielen a strong day (41 yards on 12 targets) in Week 7, but remains the key to success against the Ravens defense. Quick throws to the slot also help neutralize the Ravens' dynamic pass rush. For Texans quarterback Tom Savage, of course, quick reads and throws are generally foreign; prepare for Savage to try and test the outside guys with Hopkins (and perhaps Will Fuller) on downfield routes. That would make for a truly boom-or-bust outlook in this matchup - and given Savage's awful play thus far, it's fair to side with the Ravens and project modest Houston passing numbers.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at SEA 57 0 0 0 4 1 13 0 0 1.3
9 vs IND 63 0 0 0 8 3 22 0 0 2.2
10 at LAR 43 0 0 0 8 4 41 1 0 10.1
11 vs ARI 68 1 5 0 7 6 63 0 0 5.8
12 at BAL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
12 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
12 at BAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs ARI (7 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Ellington set a career high day with 63 yards on 6 receptions and he made some tough ones in the process. Ellington did most of his work on underneath routes and his biggest reception came on 25-yard crossing route to extend the drive. He also caught passes for 12 and 10 yards to put together one of his more impressive games this season. Averaging 10.5 yards a reception and even had one carry for 5 yards. Also of note, Ellington is now the Texans primary punt returner.

2017 Week 10 vs LAR (8 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec)

Last week Bruce Ellington was winning from the slot position and he did the same this week and hauled in 4 receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. He dropped a key first down pass to open the game but got back on track soon after. Ellington scored on a 26 yard reception out of a bunch trips look that sound him open up the seam for an easy pitch and catch from Savage.

2017 Week 5 vs KC (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

It was a quiet day for Ellington who had 2 receptions for 30 yards on the day. The Texans did try to get Ellington a chance to throw a pass back to Watson but that play was slowed down by the Chiefs defense. Ellington is getting a good portion of the snaps with the offense at the slot but chances just did not go his way.

2017 Week 4 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)

The Texans have opted to move forward with Ellington as their primary slot wide receiver. He started the offense attack with a a 35 yard reception when he got vertical up the middle of the field and Watson was able to hit him right before coverage close in on him. Ellington also had some simple routes in the middle of the field but he was also used in the run game with a 13 yard gain on an option play. Ellington is finding his way into the offensive game plan every week and is getting a chance to make plays.

2017 Week 3 vs NE (7 / 4 / 59 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Back from a concussion, he showed up strong in his first full game for the offense. Ellington had a catch down the seam for 29-yard touchdown where he beat the corner and made a leaping catch before the safety came bearing in. There was a nice drag route that he turned into an 18-yard gain on a nice catch and run. Ellington is showing that he can handle the slot wide receiver duties and provided their first real threat for the offense from that position in nearly three seasons.


Latest News

Texans | Another full practice for Bruce Ellington (Fri Nov 24, 06:00 PM) - Houston Texans WR Bruce Ellington (ribs) practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Nov. 24.

Our View: Without Will Fuller (ribs), we'll see more of Ellington on Monday night. Against the Ravens, we've got Ellington as a WR6 or 'what the heck' flex.

Texans | Bruce Ellington full go (Thu Nov 23, 01:14 PM) - Houston Texans WR Bruce Ellington (ribs) was a full practice participant Thursday, Nov. 23.

Our View: Aside from DeAndre Hopkins, there very little value in the Houston passing game. Ellington is worth a WR6 - so he's flex or bust.
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Texans | Bruce Ellington posts six receptions (Sun Nov 19, 09:34 PM) - Houston Texans WR Bruce Ellington finished with six catches and 63 yards on seven targets in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Texans | Bruce Ellington goes full in practice (Fri Nov 17, 05:05 PM) - Houston Texans WR Bruce Ellington (ribs) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 17, and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 11 game with the Arizona Cardinals.

Our View: Ellington is going to line up opposite DeAndre Hopkins with the injury to Will Fuller. He's a sleeper this week or a 'what the heck' flex for fantasy owners in Week 11.
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Texans | Houston injury report for Friday (Fri Nov 17, 04:53 PM) - Houston Texans LB Dylan Cole (hamstring), OT Julie'n Davenport (shoulder) and WR Will Fuller (ribs) did not practice Friday, Nov. 17, and are out for Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals. RB Alfred Blue (hamstring), Greg Mancz (knee, chest) and WR Chris Thompson (knee) did not practice and are listed as questionable, as is DE Joel Heath (knee) who participated on a limited basis. OG Jeff Allen (hand), OT Chris Clark (shoulder), LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), NT Brandon Dunn (shoulder), WR Bruce Ellington (ribs), LB Ben Heeney (elbow), CB Kareem Jackson (shoulder), LB Jelani Jenkins (hand), LB Johnathan Joseph (knee), QB Tom Savage (shoulder), LB Brennan Scarlett (knee) and DE Carlos Watkins (non-injury related) practiced in full and were lifted from the injury report.

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