TE Darren Fells - Houston Texans

6-7, 255Born: 4-22-1986College: UC-IrvineDrafted: ---

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Week 14: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Deshaun Watson has shown the ability to carry this Texans team on multiple occasions this season, including last week in what was a stellar performance despite only putting up 234 passing yards. Watson was accurate all over the field, throwing for three touchdowns while actually completing four of his six pass attempts when targeting receivers 10 or more yards downfield. Deandre Hopkins finished with a nice game last week, but he actually saw a dip in playing time with just 84 percent of the snaps compared to playing at least 93 percent of offensive snaps in all previous weeks. This is nothing to be concerned about at this point though, as Hopkins continues to lead this team in targets while offering a strong fantasy scoring floor and ceiling alike. Both Will Fuller and Kenny Stills remain more boom or bust options, while Darren Fells simply continues to amaze with his seventh touchdown of the season last week. Fells has seen three or fewer targets in all but three games this season and has exceeded 50 yards in just two games, but his size makes him an impeccable red zone target who will continue to be in sight for Watson. Denver's passing defense has played fairly well this season, ranking fifth in passing yards allowed (210.6) while giving up the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game (PPR scoring) to both quarterbacks and wide receivers. The past three weeks have been a slight regression though, as opposing quarterbacks have passed for multiple touchdowns in all three games while two wide receivers have exceeded 115 receiving yards--the only two to exceed that mark all season against Denver. Chris Harris is their lock-down cornerback and should see most snaps shadowing DeAndre Hopkins, but these other two cornerbacks are very beatable in coverage, leading to plus matchups for Will Fuller and Kenny Stills. Play from the Denver safeties has been stellar though, which has led to a limitation of big plays by opposing passing offenses. The Broncos pass rush has been inconsistent all season, especially after their dreadful start. While they have improved as the season progressed, this team still has generated two or fewer sacks in three of their last six games with a below-average 10 percent pressure rate. Von Miller is banged up and at risk of missing this week after he was sidelined for last week's game. In addition, the team's sack leader Derek Wolfe was placed on injured reserve this week and will miss the remainder of the season. Limited pressure on Deshaun Watson plus a healthy Will Fuller could lead to more big plays in this game than the Defense has been accustomed to dealing with.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at BAL 42 1.0 18 0 0 1.8
12 vs IND 52 1.0 24 0 0 2.4
13 vs NE 42 2.0 23 1 0 8.3
14 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 2.1 * * * *
14 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 2.3 * * * *
14 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Darren Fells's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs NE (3 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)

There were only two catches on the day for Fells, but his biggest came rewriting the Texans record books for tight ends catching his 7th of the season from Watson. From an inverted wishbone look, Fells snuck out of the backfield into wide open space to catch and nice toss from Watson for a 13-yard touchdown.

2019 Week 8 vs OAK (6 / 6 / 58 / 2 rec)

The red zone favorite target of Deshaun Watson remains to be Darren Fells. This time Watson hit Fells for two touchdowns, one on a well run RPO that saw Fells wide open in the back of the end zone. The other was on a 9-yard touchdown pass that saw Watson pull out his one-eyed touchdown throw with Fells reaching over a Raiders' linebacker for the game-winning score. What should not be overlooked is the fact Fells is on the field more than second tight-end option Jordan Akins. Fells caught the game ending reception to give the Texans the first down to run out the remainder of the clock.

2019 Week 6 vs KC (7 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)

Fells continues to be the Texans' primary tight end, and he led the offense with 69 receiving yards. Fells was able to have two receptions that covered 18-yards, and he almost got into the end zone coming up a yard short. Fells is becoming a security blanket for Watson, and his size is allowing him to eat up yards in the offense.

2019 Week 5 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 20 / 2 rec)

Darren Fells remains on the field and he gets targets and against the Falcons he made his opportunities count. He caught two touchdowns for 12 and 8 yards which ended up being his only two receptions of the day. Fells has turned into a viable red zone target but his overall targets will be low due to the other skill players around him on the field. Fells is the Texans primary tight end and poses issues when the Texans get into the red zone.

2019 Week 3 vs LAC (6 / 5 / 49 / 1 rec)

The Texans primary tight end getting the most snaps is getting looks too in the passing game. Five reception for the inline tight end proved to be a good thing and he started the scoring off with a 16-yard touchdown reception. Fells continues to get open on short routes and his big body allows him to get tough yards. Fells is staying on the field with his ability to block and has proved to be a player that the offense continues to trust.

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Texans | Darren Fells makes a splash (Mon Dec 2, 02:57 AM) - Houston Texans TE Darren Fells caught two of his three targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 versus the New England Patriots.

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Schedule

14vs Denver Broncos
15@ Tennessee Titans
16@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17vs Tennessee Titans