Will Fuller Injury Update Clouds Fantasy Outlook for Remainder of Season

Zach Brunner
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Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller isn't always a consistent fantasy producer, but his upside is no secret. He's the only player at any position to top 50 PPR fantasy points in a single game in 2019, when he went off for 217 yards and three touchdowns in Week 5, but injuries have since put a damper on that hype.

Will Fuller Status

His hamstring injury has already sidelined him for one game, and he's expected to be out for a few more, which is a big damper to his fantasy football value.

Fuller has been a favorite deep threat for Deshaun Watson, and in the six full games Fuller has played in 2019 he accounted for 24 percent of the Texans' targets and a team-high 34 percent of the air yards, thanks to a 14.6-yard average depth of target.

Hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger, and for a wideout who relies heavily on straight-line speed to be effective as a deep threat, that can help explain the extended absence.

The Texans also have a replacement that fits Fuller's mold well in Kenny Stills. He's second among Houston wideouts in average depth of target on the season, and Stills has already caught seven passes for 127 yards with Fuller on the shelf over the last two weeks.

How Long Will Will Fuller be Out

The original report was that Fuller would miss "several weeks," which is not a good sign that he's going to be back any time soon.

This means that stashing Fuller on a struggling fantasy team could prove worthless, as he may end up returning just in time for the team to miss the playoffs. Fantasy players in this situation should be looking to trade him away quickly, however that also means he could be an interesting buy-low candidate for teams comfortably in line for a playoff berth.

If you're hurting for WR depth with Fuller on the shelf, you can also confidently add his replacement, as Stills is available in 43 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues.

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