by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
When you think of Houston Texans’ wide receivers the first name that comes to mind will always be DeAndre Hopkins, and rightfully so. While the expectation was that Will Fuller would operate as the #2 receiver, over the past three weeks he appears to have been overtaken for that role:
- Keke Coutee – 20 receptions (27 targets), 193 yards, 1 TD
- Will Fuller – 8 receptions (11 targets), 97 yards, 1 TD
While Fuller has battled a hamstring injury, so has Coutee so it’s tough to use that as an excuse. It’s also interesting that Fuller’s production has regressed significantly since Coutee made his NFL debut (he missed the first three games with his hamstring injury).
Obviously Coutee appears to be more of a possession receiver, while Fuller brings some boom/bust to the game. The latter’s ability to break a big play at any moment is going to make him a high upside play, but for the coming week should Coutee be viewed as the better option?
After watching what Cole Beasley did to Jacksonville (9 catches, 101 yards, 2 TD), there has to be hope that Coutee can function in a similar role. The Jaguars have allowed the fewest passing plays of 20+ yards this season (13), making the underneath player a lot more palatable. With Coutee already establishing himself as a significant part of the passing game, it would appear likely that he again gets ample opportunity to produce.
Would we consider Coutee a must start option? Absolutely not, but a matchup with Jacksonville (who aren’t conducive for the boom/bust type receiver) and seeing what Beasley did a week ago is going to give Coutee the upside we look for. For those in three wide receiver formats, consider him a worthy flier if you find yourself in need due to injury/bye weeks.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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