Will Fuller
Will Fuller
26-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Houston Texans
Questionable
Injury Sports Hernia
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Fuller has done nothing but produce whenever he's been on the field, but that condition has been a difficult one for him to meet during his four-year career. He has missed at least two games every year, including 14 the last two seasons. Fuller's per-play numbers are always excellent, and he had four catches of 40-plus yards on only 71 targets in 2019, i.e., his big-play ability is still very much intact. At 6-0, 184, Fuller is slight but very fast - he ran a 4.32 40 at the 2016 combine - and at age 26 is still in his prime. He'll also have a chance to be the team's top receiver with target hog DeAndre Hopkins now in Arizona. But while Fuller's completely recovered from January sports hernia surgery, and his 2018 ACL tear should be 100 percent healed, he'll have to fend off fellow holdover and deep threat Kenny Stills and newly acquired (and also injury prone) deep threat Brandin Cooks. The Texans also signed Randall Cobb for slot work, so there are a few mouths to feed even without Hopkins around, but Fuller has the most upside of the four, and with Deshaun Watson under center, he could be a difference maker. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $10.16 million contract with the Texans in June of 2016. Texans exercised $10.16 million team option for 2020 in April of 2019.
Making progress with rehab
WRHouston Texans
Sports Hernia
April 17, 2020
Fuller (sports hernia) has resumed working out, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
The typical rehab timeline for sports hernia surgery should allow Fuller to return to full strength long before NFL teams actually are able to practice. He had the procedure in mid-to-late January, back when he was still viewed as second fiddle to DeAndre Hopkins in the Houston offense. The Texans have since shipped out Hopkins and brought in Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb, setting up a crowded WR room where Fuller could emerge as the new No. 1. There were hints of that ability last season, but Fuller was held back by the familiar combination of drops (five) and missed games (five), ultimately recording each of his three TDs and 32 percent of his yards in a single Week 5 matchup with Atlanta. He also had two games with fewer than 20 snaps, so his per-game numbers look much better (72.6 yards) if those contests are removed.
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How do Will Fuller's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
91.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.74
 
% Team Air Yards
23.0%
 
% Team Targets
13.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
14.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
69.0%
 
Drop Rate
5.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.5
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Will Fuller's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
184 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.32 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.27 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.93 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
126 in
 
Bench Press
10 reps
 
Hand Length
8.25 in
 
Arm Length
30.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
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2017
2016
Ever since Deshaun Watson took over at quarterback, all Fuller has done is produce - that is, on the rare occasion both players have been healthy. After missing six games in 2017, Fuller tore his ACL last October and missed the final nine games of the year. He's expected back in some capacity during training camp and appears on track to suit up for Week 1. Last year, Fuller averaged a monstrous 11.2 YPT and 15.7 YPC. He scored four TDs in less than half a season and was on pace for 100 targets. At 6-0, 184, Fuller's not much of a red-zone threat, but he ran a blazing 4.32 40 and should reprise his role as the team's primary field stretcher. Keke Coutee emerged as another viable target last year, but Coutee's average depth of target (5.1 yards) puts him nowhere near Fuller (14.2 yards) on the field, so the two are more likely to complement one another than compete. Coutee's presence in the slot could push Fuller outside more, and DeAndre Hopkins is still likely to be a target hog, but the Texans have no pass-catching tight ends of note, and they rarely throw to their backs. In short, the vast majority of Watson's attempts should be directed at his three wideouts, providing plenty to go around. Fuller just needs to stay healthy.
What a bizarre season. Fuller missed the first three games of 2017 with a broken collarbone, but when he returned he became the league's most unlikely touchdown machine with seven in his first four games from rookie QB Deshaun Watson. Then Watson tore his ACL after Week 8, and Fuller didn't score again. At 6-0, 180, and with blazing 4.32 speed, Fuller is in the DeSean Jackson mold - small, slight, injury-prone and dangerous down the field. Fuller missed three more games later in the year with a rib injury and left Week 17's contest with a knee injury on which he needed a minor procedure in January, something that's not expected to affect his offseason preparation. For 2018, Fuller gets a presumably healthy Watson back, but Fuller is playing opposite target hog DeAndre Hopkins, effectively capping his ceiling. With or without Hopkins, however, Fuller's not built to carry a heavy target load, and seven TDs on his first 22 Watson targets was almost certainly a fluke. Expect some big plays, in part due to Watson's ability to buy time and willingness to take chances down the field, but Hopkins should be doing the heavy lifting.
Last year's 21st overall pick, Fuller stormed out of the gate with two straight 100-yard games, but from Weeks 5-17, he eclipsed 50 yards only twice. Brock Osweiler's QB play didn't help, but Fuller didn't help Osweiler, either, with drops on wide-open deep balls, including in the playoff loss to the Patriots. At 6-0, 180, Fuller is slight, but he ran a blistering 4.32 40 at the Combine and has no problem getting behind defenses when he's able to run free. Fuller struggled getting off the line of scrimmage against press coverage, however, and needs to improve his conditioning. Osweiler, mercifully, is gone, but rookie Deshaun Watson (or worse, Tom Savage) isn't likely to be a huge upgrade right away. Fuller would've been locked in as a Week 1 starter despite last year's struggles, but he broke his collarbone during training camp and is expected to miss at least the first month of the season, with the initial timeline hinting at a return in October. Given the quarterback situation, it's tough to make an argument for stashing him.
The 21st overall pick this year, Fuller has a chance to produce for the Texans right away - he merely has to supplant the injury-prone Cecil Shorts. At 6-0, 184, Fuller isn't big, but he showed blazing speed (4.32 40) and good explosiveness (126-inch broad jump) at the Combine, qualities that were evident his last two years in college when he scored 29 touchdowns and caught 138 passes. Even if Fuller is able to wrestle the No. 2 role away from Shorts, he'll be playing opposite one of the league's premier target hogs in DeAndre Hopkins. Moreover, the Brock Osweiler-led Texans aren't likely to be among the league leaders in passing attempts, so Fuller's upside is modest in Year 1.
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Joined by Cooks in Houston
WRHouston Texans
Sports Hernia
April 10, 2020
Fuller (sports hernia) will be joined by fellow deep threat Brandin Cooks in the 2020 Texans offense, ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop reports.
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Becomes No. 1 WR
WRHouston Texans
Sports Hernia
April 5, 2020
Fuller (sports hernia) became the Texans top wideout after the team traded DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
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Undergoes sports hernia surgery
WRHouston Texans
Sports Hernia
January 25, 2020
Fuller recently underwent sports hernia surgery after aggravating a previous groin injury in the AFC divisional-round loss to the Chiefs, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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No. 2 receiver during playoff loss
WRHouston Texans
January 12, 2020
Fuller caught five of eight targets for 89 receiving yards during Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round loss to Kansas City.
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Active for Sunday's game
WRHouston Texans
January 12, 2020
Fuller (groin) is listed as active for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs.
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