Will Fuller
Will Fuller
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Houston Texans
Questionable
Injury Knee - ACL
Fri Practice: Limited
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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 target, 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 get and stay healthy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10.16 million contract with the Texans in June of 2016.
Locked in for fifth year
WRHouston Texans
Knee - ACL
April 26, 2019
The Texans have exercised their fifth-year option on Fuller (knee), John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
The option costs $10.162 million for 2020 and is guaranteed for injury only. Fuller is rehabbing from an ACL tear he suffered Oct. 25, with general manager Brian Gaine recently saying he expects the speedy wideout to be ready for Week 1. The jury is still out on Fuller's value to the Texans, as his excellent production while playing with Deshaun Watson -- 783 receiving yards and 11 TDs in 11 games -- has been overshadowed by a series of injuries (17 missed games in three seasons). It's also worth noting that Fuller did next to nothing when he was forced to play with a lesser quarterback, whereas DeAndre Hopkins mostly remained productive. In any case, the Texans hope to have Fuller back on the practice field at some point during training camp.
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How do Will Fuller's 2018 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
91.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.70
 
% Team Air Yards
15.1%
 
% Team Targets
9.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
14.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
71.1%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.3
 
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2018 Will Fuller Split Stats
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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
2018
2017
2016
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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Optimism abounds
WRHouston Texans
Knee - ACL
April 18, 2019
General manager Brian Gaine reiterated Thursday that Fuller (knee) is expected to be ready to go for Week 1, Sarah Bishop of ESPN reports.
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Could return for training camp
WRHouston Texans
Knee - ACL
April 4, 2019
Head coach Bill O'Brien recently indicated that while there isn't a firm timeline for Fuller (knee) to return to the field, the receiver has a chance to be ready for training camp, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Recovery 'on a good track'
WRHouston Texans
Knee - ACL
March 26, 2019
Coach Bill O'Brien is encouraged by Fuller's recovery from a torn ACL in his right knee, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports. "I think he's doing really well," O'Brien said. "He's on a good track."
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Faces challenge to stay healthy
WRHouston Texans
Knee - ACL
January 29, 2019
Coach Bill O'Brien said the Texans need to figure out how to keep Fuller (knee) and Keke Coutee healthy in 2019, Drew Dougherty of the team's official website reports.
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Officially placed on IR
WRHouston Texans
Knee - ACL
October 30, 2018
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