Game update: Will Fuller leads the Texans with seven receptions for 81 yards halfway through the fourth quarter.
UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: Brandin Cooks will be ACTIVE, per Ian Rapoport. There is no word on any kind of snap limitations, but if he’s active, this is a solid matchup. The big concern is an aggravation of the injury.
Update 6:11 p.m.: Inactives are due at 6:50 p.m. ET, at which point we’ll know if Brandin Cooks is going to play tonight. He is questionable with a quadricep injury, but there was some optimism about his chances of playing.
Will Fuller enters the 2020 NFL season as the top target in the Houston Texans offense for the first time. With DeAndre Hopkins shipped off to the Arizona Cardinals, Fuller figures to be the main beneficiary of the departure. He has struggled to stay healthy in his career, but if Fuller can find a way to see the field all 16 games, this could be a special year for him in Houston. He saw the field in 11 games in 2019 and finished with 49 catches for 670 yards with three touchdowns.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Houston Texans WR Will Fuller
Hopkins saw 150 targets in 2019, so those will go elsewhere in the Houston offense. Fuller and newly acquired Brandin Cooks should be the main targets for Watson. The familiarity of Fuller and Watson likely gives Fuller the leg up between the two receivers, especially early in the season. For the first time, Fuller will be the focal point of opposing defenses, which may take some getting used to. Heading into his fifth season, Fuller has every opportunity to prove he’s a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. It all starts with staying on the field.
As for his matchup in Week 1, the Kansas City Chiefs played well against opposing wide receivers last season, but it only takes one or two plays for Fuller to get behind the defense and rack up a ton of fantasy points.
Will Fuller has great value as a third wide receiver but could be serviceable as a wide receiver two especially in deeper leagues.