Byron Pringle Fantasy Outlook Against Texans Depends on Week 6 Health of Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins

Dan Israeli
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When Sammy Watkins exited the Kansas City Chiefs' Week 5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts with a hamstring injury on the first drive, the obvious players to benefit seemed to be Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson. Instead it was Byron Pringle who led the Chiefs in receiving, catching nine balls for 103 yards and his first NFL touchdown.

Pringle had been used sparingly up until Week 5, catching just two balls for 20 yards while also handling a couple of kickoff returns. With Watkins out, however, Pringle saw his snap share explode, going from four percent (three snaps) in Week 4 to 78 percent (49 snaps) against the Colts. Pringle trailed only Robinson in wide receiver snaps for the Chiefs, playing ten more than the third-placed Hardman.

Now, with Watkins and Tyreek Hill both questionable for Week 6 against the Houston Texans, Pringle may once again step into a big workload in a game featuring the highest total of the week (54.5 points) on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Pringle, who went undrafted out of Kansas State last year, missed all of 2018 after suffering an injury in the preseason. He was cut by the Chiefs entering the 2019 season, but re-signed to the practice squad and was elevated to the NFL roster for Week 2. He produced modest totals at Kansas State, but did average an impressive 19.6 yards per catch over 25 games, scoring 10 touchdowns.

In Week 6, Pringle will face a Texans defense that allows the seventh most fantasy points to wide receivers. He is only worth starting if both Watkins and Hill are out, but if they are, you can do a lot worse than Pringle with four teams on bye.

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