Fells caught two of four targets for 23 yards and a 10-yard touchdown catch in Sunday's 33-16 loss to the Ravens in Week 2. Fells, who tied for the lead among tight ends with seven touchdown receptions in 2019, snagged his first score of the season Sunday. He and Jordan Akins share the tight end job, but Akins (nine targets) has drawn more attention from quarterback Deshaun Watson than Fells (six).
Fells caught two of two targets for 19 yards in Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 1. Neither of Fells' targets came in the red zone, and he played fewer snaps (25) than Jordan Akins (48), who had two targets and a red-zone touchdown. Fells was a favored red-zone target in 2019 when he scored seven touchdowns, but the Texans reshaped their receiving corps during the offseason. As such, tight ends may not have as big a role in 2020.
Fells is signing a two-year, $7 million contract to stay with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Fells signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract last offseason and went on to set career highs in every major receiving category: 34 catches for 341 yards and seven touchdowns on 48 targets. He's mostly been known for run blocking throughout his pro career, but he does have 17 TDs among his 102 catches, and his 12 red-zone targets last season were second most among Houston pass catchers. With Fells entering his age-34 season and likely to take on a good number of snaps again, the 2020 fantasy prospects for Jordan Akins (hamstring), Jordan Thomas and Kahale Warring don't look great. Expect the Texans to use some form of rotation at tight end, likely involving two or three players on a regular basis.
Fells caught three of seven targets for 22 yards and had a four-yard touchdown reception in Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round loss to the Chiefs. Fells, who ranked third among tight ends during the regular season with seven touchdowns, snapped a five-game streak without a score. The 33-year-old Fells began the season as an afterthought as a receiver while competing with three tight ends the Texans had selected over the last two drafts, but he emerged as a go-to target in the red zone for quarterback Deshaun Watson. He had career highs in targets (48), catches (34), yards (341) and touchdowns (seven) and now is slated to head into free agency come March.
Fells (hip) is listed as active for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Jordan Akins (hamstring) won't play Sunday, which should lead to Fells garnering ample playing time against the Chiefs. In last weekend's wild-card win over the Bills, Fells logged a 96 percent share of his team's offensive snaps, en route to hauling in four of five targets for 37 yards.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/25||Green Bay Packers||10||5.00|
|11||11/22||New England Patriots||2||1.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||29||21||212||4||13||10.10||45|