Will Fuller Fantasy Could Be Set to Explode Following DeAndre Hopkins Trade

Jason Schandl
Will Fuller's fantasy football value should be on the rise with DeAndre Hopkins gone from Houston.
Will Fuller's fantasy football value should be on the rise with DeAndre Hopkins gone from Houston. / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Will Fuller has been an incredibly frustrating player to own in fantasy football in recent years.

His upside is absolutely undeniable, as he showed with an absurd 217-yard, 3-touchdown performance in Week 5 of the 2019 season. He's also never managed to stay healthy, missing a combined 20 regular season games across the last three years.

The Houston Texans have made Fuller their de facto No. 1 wide receiver after trading DeAndre Hopkins. However, now Fuller will have every opportunity to live up to his potential in fantasy football.

Will Fuller Fantasy Football Value 2020

It's hard to take Fuller's numbers at face value (especially his efficiency stats) because playing with Hopkins likely gave him a nice boost, as defenses were forced to key in on the former Clemson standout. Still, we can pull some interesting trends.

First of all, Fuller seems to be making strides in his game. His average yards per target have spiked in the last two seasons, going from 6.9 and 8.5 in 2016 and 2017 to 11.2 and 9.4 in 2018 and 2019. With over 100 targets in each sample, that's a pretty good indicator that Fuller has been making steady improvement.

Then there's his target share. Despite playing alongside one of the biggest target hogs in the game, Fuller consistently got the ball in his hands. He's averaged 6.4 targets per game over the last two years, and that has nowhere to go but up, considering Hopkins has accounted for over 30 percent of Deshaun Watson's targets in those two years. Even if we just look at games in which Fuller played, Hopkins averaged 9.3 targets per game since 2018.

Fuller won't exactly have a ton of competition to pick up the slack in the offense, either. No other returning WR had more than 55 targets in 2019.

We can expect his per-target efficiency to take a hit, but as along as Fuller can stay healthy, he stands to see more than enough of an increase in volume to make him a strong WR2 option for the 2020 fantasy football season.

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