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Fantasy Football: What to do With the Texans Tight Ends

Fantasy Football: What to do With the Texans Tight Ends

The panic meter has dropped significantly over the past week for the Houston Texans. After only putting up 10 points, versus what is now considered a solid Panthers defense, the Texan offense exploded in week 5 with 53 points against the Falcons.

I usually don’t like to toot my own horn, but “toot toot!”.

If you caught my previous article, I mentioned how the Houston wide receivers were primed for big performances versus Atlanta, and boy did they deliver! In case you were living under a rock, Will Fuller has catapulted himself to WR#7 in PPR leagues after this one enormous fantasy outing.

What I failed to account for was a 2 touchdown day from tight end Darren Fells, who has now caught all 3 of his red zone targets this season. The Falcons were allowing the 9th fewest fantasy points to tight ends before this game. Fells was a man among boys on his second score of the afternoon. The 6’7″ Fells used his former overseas basketball skill-set to body up his defender and then proceeded to snatch the ball at it’s highest point and play keep away from the pesky defensive back.

After never recording more than 28 targets or 3 touchdowns in a single season, the 6 year pro has now compiled a 9/90/3 stat line over 5 weeks. Darren’s 3 touchdowns are already tied for a career season high as well as tied for the team lead with the previously mentioned Will Fuller, who who scored all of them last week. Fells snap percentage jumped up to a season high 79% in week 5 where he showed us all that he’s more than just a blocking tight end.

This isn’t the first time this season that Fells has turned heads with his receiving ability, he snagged 5 of 6 targets for 49 yards and a TD back in a week 3 win over the Chargers.

Not to be forgotten is the counterpart to Fells in Jordan Akins. The 6’3″ 250 lb  TE out of UCF is 10/157/2 on the season, with his biggest game of the year also coming against the Chargers (3/73/2). Akins snap share shot back up to 66% last week from 46% the previous two weeks and he’s posted at least 1 catch and 21 yards a game since week 2. Akins was also targeted in the red zone in week 5, but the play was negated by penalties.

On the season Watson has targeted the TE position 7 times in the red zone, which is tied on the team with the wide receiver position that boasts the likes of Deandre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Kenny Stills and Keke Coutee.

The Texans travel to Arrowhead in week 6 for what should prove to be an entertaining game highlighted by two explosive young gunslingers. On the season the Chiefs have surrendered 37 receptions on 54 targets for 321 yards and 1 touchdown versus tight ends. That equates to 10.8 targets, 7.4 receptions and 64 yards per contest. While that isn’t atrocious, it is bad enough for 26th in the league and area we should expect Watson to exploit.

An additional note: Former Texan Tyrann Mathieu is a 5’9″ 186 lb safety who is often tasked with tight ends in coverage. He wasn’t very good last year as a Texan, which is why Houston brought in former Jaguars specialist Tashaun Gipson to replace him. Look for Chiefs 6 year safety Daniel Sorensen, who is listed at 6’2″, to cover the 6’7″ Fells when on the field, otherwise this might be another big day for the Texans big man.

Fantasy Football: What to do With the Texans Tight Ends

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