WR Will Fuller - Houston Texans
|6-0, 186||Born: 4-16-1994||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2016|
Week 15: at New York Jets
FBG says: Neutral matchup. DeShaun Watson has not exceeded 300+ yards passing since week 5 and has multiple passing touchdowns in just three of his last nine games. The Texans are winning though because Watson is making the most of every pass, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt with a 70% completion percentage and only two interceptions in his last seven games. The Texans running game has vastly improved as the season has progressed, which in turn has limited Watson's passing volume. The limited passing volume has also affected star receiver DeAndre Hopkins. After starting the season off with five straight games of 78+ yards receiving, he has hit that mark in only three of his last eight games. There is reason for hope this week, as the Jets rank 30th in points allowed to opposing wide receivers, and have given up nine games of 100+ yards receiving. Demaryius Thomas has yet to really emerge as a secondary weapon for the Texans, averaging 39 yards receiving on 3.6 receptions per game. Thomas is not the player he once was, but similar to Hopkins, there just isn't enough volume for him to make much noise on a weekly basis. KeKe Coutee hasn't played since week 12 and continues to be limited in practice. Coach Bill O'Brien said Coutee is trending towards being able to play on Saturday and more news on his status should emerge as the week progresses. While the New York Jets rushing defense is one of the worst units in the league, the secondary has overachieved this season, as they currently rank 16th in the league in passing yards allowed (243.8 yards) per game. This is impressive considering the advantageous passing situations that have frequently occurred for opposing teams due to the Jets poor run defense, and while cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Trumaine Johnson have had their problems in coverage as of late, this unit has played above their potential for much of their season. The problems in the last two weeks can directly be attributed to the loss of Marcus Maye, who despite playing in only six games this season, had flashed great potential alongside fellow safety Jamal Adams. Since week 12, the Jets have allowed four receivers to go over 70+ yards receiving, including 104 yards to Taywan Taylor and 104 yards to Robert Foster this past week. With superstar wideout DeAndre Hopkins coming to town this week, the Jets secondary has their work cut out for them, and they will receive no help from their defensive line who will be overmatched in the run game.
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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