UPDATE: Will Fuller is expected to be inactive, per NFL Network reporter James Palmer.
After exiting Week 16’s 23-20 victory over Tampa Bay with a groin injury, Will Fuller, like many Houston starters, was not active in last weekend’s loss to Tennessee. He didn’t have to be. The Texans were playing for nothing, as their four-seed was basically set-in-stone, and there was little point in putting the health of the team’s star players in question. However, two weeks away from action might not prove to be enough time to get Fuller back on the field this Saturday.
Despite logging three limited practices in the lead up to Houston’s Wild Card matchup with Buffalo, James Palmer of NFL Network is reporting that Fuller will be a game-time decision and that his actual chances of suiting up are a “long shot.” It’s unfortunate news considering the prospect of what Fuller’s role could be if able to play. With DeAndre Hopkins more than likely to see shadow coverage from Tre’Davious White all afternoon long, the implied volume of Deshaun Watson’s secondary targets was set to grow. It’s also worth noting that the Notre Dame product has always enjoyed the opportunity to play at home, with 12 of his 16 career touchdown receptions coming at NRG Stadium.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Houston Texans WR Will Fuller
Fuller’s been dealing with a multitude of lower-body ailments all season long and playing a hampered version of the wide receiver probably wouldn’t be the best move in DFS if he’s eventually ruled active. Based on the reports, Fuller will not be 100% healthy and it’s easy to see how Bill O’Brien might simply utilize the former first-round pick as a decoy. Additionally, there’s the matter of matchup. The Bills conceded the second-fewest yards per target to opposing WRs during the regular season (6.5) and, on top of that, the secondary allowed both the fewest 20-plus yard (34) and 40-plus yard (4) passing plays. Kenny Stills could be an option should Fuller be ruled out, but even his value would be derived solely in volume.