Until Antony Auclair finds meaningful playing time, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Auclair is signing a contract with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. It appears to be pretty much anyone's ballgame for the starting tight end job in Houston following the release of veteran starter Darren Fells this offseason. Auclair saw the majority of his reps on special teams last year in Tampa Bay and failed to catch his lone target on the season. Perhaps a change of scenery can jolt the fifth-year pro's career.
Auclair failed to bring in his only target over eight games during the 2020 regular season, logging 70 snaps overall from scrimmage and another 83 on special teams. The fourth-year pro mostly toiled in anonymity again in 2020, arguably more so than in his first three seasons, when he at least got on the board with a minimum of one reception. Auclair's snap counts on both offense and special teams were both career lows, and when he was in uniform, it was for his solid run-blocking and special teams play. The depth chart simply got too steep for Auclair to navigate this past season, as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate proved capable of handling pass-catching duties at tight end almost exclusively after O.J. Howard (Achilles) went down for the season in early October. Auclair played 2020 on a one-year contract, and given his familiarity with the organization and system, it's certainly possible he's back for a fifth year in 2021.
Auclair (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against Atlanta. Tanner Hudson gets the gameday nod over Auclair, providing depth at the tight end position behind Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate. Auclair garnered his second start of the season last Sunday in a win over Minnesota, fielding 14 offensive snaps. The 27-year-old has been a nonfactor in the passing game throughout 2020, as he remains without a catch on one target this season.
Auclair logged a season-high 25 snaps from scrimmage but did not record any statistics in the Buccaneers' 46-23 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Auclair also played an additional 14 snaps on special teams, making it a busy afternoon for the fourth-year tight end. The 27-year-old's above-average run blocking is likely to continue to guarantee him active status, but he's highly unlikely to see any targets as long as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate remain healthy in front of him.
Auclair (calf), who was activated from injured reserve Saturday, played three snaps from scrimmage and another nine on special teams in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday night. The big tight end had an unsurprisingly small role on offense, as the Buccaneers kept four players at the position active. Auclair may usurp Tanner Hudson for the No. 3 tight end spot on some weeks moving forward, but that slotting isn't expected to equate to any meaningful fantasy production.
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|5||10/10||New England Patriots||6||6.13|
|8||10/31||Los Angeles Rams||8||6.33|
|12||11/28||New York Jets||32||11.25|
|16||12/26||Los Angeles Chargers||22||7.88|
|17||01/02||@San Francisco 49ers||1||4.50|
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