WR Will Fuller - Houston Texans
|6-0, 186||Born: 4-16-1994||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2016|
Week 11: at Washington Redskins
FBG says: Great matchup. DeShaun Watson has struggled over the last four weeks and a big reason for this has to be the injuries based on the number of hits that he has taken so far this season. We all heard the story of him having to take a bus to the Jacksonville game due to a partially collapsed lung that he suffered in the Bills game, and since the Bills game he is averaging just 192 yards passing per game. The good news for Watson is that by the time that he suits up on Sunday he will have played just one game in 24 days as the team is coming off of an extended bye week due to playing on the Thursday prior to the bye week. The big question is whether Watson can get back to being 100% healthy as in the three games prior to the injury he was peaking averaging 378 yards per game. Watson should also have some extended time to work with Demaryius Thomas during the bye which should only help this offense moving forward. Washington's secondary is one that is falling apart. Over the last three weeks, this is a unit that has allowed 357 yards per game including 406 passing yards to Ryan Fitzpatrick last week. The problem is two-fold, the first is that Quinton Dunbar who has been by far their best corner has been dealing with injury and is unlikely to play this week which will leave Danny Johnson as the starting corner opposite Josh Norman. Johnson has really struggled over the last two weeks and if Dunbar misses the full game the team may look to rotate various players in, but they have almost no depth on the team at corner. The second problem has been Josh Norman's inconsistency. Norman who has primarily stayed on one side of the field this season makes it very easy to game plan against targeting the other options on this defense. Expect the Texans to lineup DeAndre Hopkins opposite of Norman which could be a big day for the Texans this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Will Fuller's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 8 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 124 / 1 rec)
When the Texans needed big plays they turned to Will Fuller and he was able to put up a 34-yard catch and run reception. Then his big play came on a 73-yard touchdown reception which he beat two defenders deep for an easy pitch and catch. Fuller continues to be their big play threat but he is expected to miss the reminder of the season with a torn ACL he suffered on Thursday night.
2018 Week 7 vs JAX (8 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)
Will Fuller continues to have his numbers cut into by the emergence of Keke Coutee. After Coutee went out with his hamstring injury, Watson turned to Fuller to start making plays. 6 of his targets came after the injury and he ended up 3 of those receptions going fo 11, 13 and 15. Watson missed a wide open Fuller running deep beating AJ Bouye but he was just missed due to pressure on Watson. His biggest reception came on an 11-yard tunnel screen where ran over a defender to push for the final four yards to ice the game.
2018 Week 6 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Another quiet week for Fuller but when the Texans needed some big catches to get the chains moving Watson finally looked his direction. Fuller had receptions for 17 and 16 but teams continue to be scared of him as a deep threat. Fuller had coverage beat early in the 1st quarter but Watson missed him with an errant throw, if it was put on the money it would have been a walk in touchdown for Fuller. There was a deep ball intended for Fuller that resulted in a defensive pass interference and he was shook up after landing on a camera but he shook it off and came in a play later.
2018 Week 5 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
It was a down day for Will Fuller and he was on the field for most of the game but only had two receptions for 15 yards. Fuller has been dealing with a hamstring all week but it appears he was as decoy most of the game with no real vertical presence. He was only targeted three times and one of those the ball was deflected by a linebacker rushing Watson.
2018 Week 4 vs IND (5 / 4 / 49 / 1 rec)
Will Fuller loves when he is on the field with Deshaun Watson and notched another touchdown reception for 3 yards. Fuller continues to rack up touchdowns off the arm of Watson and he also had 49 yards receding. Fuller did the toe tap twice down the right sideline hauling in receptions for 18 and 22. It would have been a bigger day for Fuller is he did not injure his already problematic hamstring. The Texans held him out the entire second half and overtime, if not for that it would have been a much bigger day for Fuller.
2018 Week 3 vs NYG (11 / 5 / 101 / 1 rec)
His growth as a receiver with Watson is something to see and in only 6 games, Fuller has turned into a prime time player. Fuller had receptions for 28 and 37 yards and showed he can run away from coverage and even was physical breaking tackles. Fuller had 5 receptions and just like last week when it came for a big play, He was called upon to to flip the field. Fuller notched a touchdown reception after Hopkins initial one was wiped out due to a penalty. It will be interesting to see what happens with his targets as the season goes on but this is the second week of high end production.
2018 Week 2 vs TEN (9 / 8 / 113 / 1 rec)
It was Will Fuller's first game of the season and it is clear that Watson likes when he is in the lineup. Fuller caught 8 passes on the day and 7 of those were simple comebacks or outs for 6, 7 and 8 yards a pop. The Texans kept using Fuller like that and then he was able to get vertical after the Titans defense started creeping up and busted them for a 39 yard touchdown reception. Fuller balances out the offense and was able to produce when given the chance and if anything he is showing why he is an important part of the Texans offense.
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