This is huge news for fantasy owners, as Fuller has been a beast this season with 54 catches, 879 yards and 8 TD. This is also just the latest blow to the Texans’ passing game, with Randall Cobb placed on Injured Reserve and Kenny Stills released. That’s a total of 102 catches and 142 targets that are no longer on the field.
Brandin Cooks has actually been targeted more than Fuller (78) and has nearly matched him in catches (52). The difference is in the yards (719) but more importantly has scored just 3 TD. While it’s possible the team focuses more on their running game… OK, with David Johnson, Duke Johnson and C.J. Prosise forming their current committee that likely isn’t an option.
Cooks was already a Top 25 Wide Receiver for most weeks, but without the competition for targets he’s a potential WR1 on a weekly basis. If you already own him, you get the biggest bump in value.
The more interesting name that could be on your waiver wire is Keke Coutee. He’s only played in three games this season and hasn’t had more than 2 catches or 4 targets in any of them. Over the course of his career he’s played in 18 games, totaling 56 catches and 579 yards (an average of 3.1 catches and 32.2 yards per game). Those numbers won’t play you away, but the targets need to flow somewhere and is there any other options on the roster?
For a team that’s thrown for the fifth most yards this season (3,201), that’s a good sign. While he may not step into Cooks’ role exactly, he should be on the WR3 spectrum with the potential to emerge as a WR2. In other words, if he’s on your waiver wire he becomes a must add option.
- Brandin Cooks – He emerges as a borderline WR1
- Keke Coutee – Must add option (WR2/WR3 spectrum)
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN