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Houston Texans

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
43%16%
Key Stats
GPCatchesYdsAvgTDsFirst Downs
163434110.0722

Player Updates

January 13, 2020 02:48 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Scores in playoff loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 12, 2020 01:48 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Suits up versus Kansas City
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 12, 2020 09:32 AM
Texans' Darren Fells: On track to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells (hip), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, is expected to play, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

The Texans list three skill-position players as questionable -- Fells, Will Fuller (groin) and Kenny Stills (knee) -- but the trio is trending toward suiting up for the divisional-round showdown in Kansas City. Assuming he gains clearance to play and experiences no in-game complications with the hip, Fells should dominate the playing time at tight end. No. 2 tight end Jordan Akins (hamstring) has been ruled out for a second straight game, and his absence in the wild-card win over Buffalo allowed Fells to play 96 percent of the offensive snaps, his highest share of the season.

January 10, 2020 04:44 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Added to injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Chiefs after being limited at practice Friday.

Fells was added to the Texans' injury report Friday, which implies an in-practice setback. Meanwhile, Jordan Akins (hamstring) -- who was inactive for last weekend's wild-card win over the Bills -- a game in which Fells logged a 96 percent snap share, is also listed as questionable for the contest. As a result, the status of both tight ends is worth monitoring in advance of Sunday's 3:05 p.m. ET kickoff.

January 5, 2020 11:28 AM
Texans' Darren Fells: Has four catches in playoff win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught four of five targets for 37 yards in Houston's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in their AFC wild-card round playoff game Saturday.

Fells filled his usual role as the Texans' lead tight end and had his most catches, targets and yards since Week 8. Three of his receptions came on third down to move the sticks, and he had catches on two separate scoring drives. He might have been remembered in a different light had his third-down drop on Houston's first overtime possession led to a Bills' score. Fells played 66 of 69 snaps (96 percent) while the only other active tight end, Jordan Thomas, played just eight.

December 22, 2019 12:24 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Three grabs in Week 16 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught all three targets for 27 yards in Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay in Week 16.

One of Fells' targets was a red-zone catch for a 10-yard gain, but he went a third straight week without reaching the end zone. He's second among NFL tight ends with seven touchdowns, behind only the Ravens' Mark Andrews (eight). The three catches, his most since Week 8 against Oakland, gives him 34, three more than fellow tight end Jordan Akins.

December 19, 2019 05:28 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Escapes injury designation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells (hand) won't carry an injury designation into Saturday's game against the Buccaneers.

After being limited in practices Tuesday and Wednesday, Fells received the green light for the Week 16 matchup by putting in a full workout Thursday. Fells should thus be in the clear to lead Houston's tight-end group in snaps Saturday like he typically does most weeks, though he's actually drawn fewer targets in the passing game of late than backup Jordan Akins.

December 19, 2019 01:44 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Another limited practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells (hand) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice.

Fells has now logged back-to-back limited sessions to open Week 16, but the prevailing thought is that he'll be able to play through the hand injury in Saturday's game against the Buccaneers, barring any setbacks. The tight end has fallen behind Jordan Akins in terms of targets in recent weeks, but Fells continues to lead the position group in offensive snaps.

December 17, 2019 04:52 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Limited to begin Week 16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice due to a hand injury.

Fells presumably sustained the injury in this past weekend's 24-21 win over the Titans, but it didn't stop him from playing 83 percent of the offensive snaps and contributing one catch for a two-yard gain on two targets. Expect Fells to ultimately gain clearance for the Texans' matchup Saturday with the Buccaneers.

December 16, 2019 05:56 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Two targets in Week 15 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught one of two targets for two yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Titans in Week 15.

Fells, who has a career-high seven touchdowns in 2019, did not score for the second straight week. It was also the second straight game without a red-zone target. He remains Houston's leader among tight ends in terms of playing time but has fallen behind Jordan Akins in terms of targets. The Texans are on the road Week 15 against Tampa Bay, whose defense has surrendered the fourth-most yards per game (62.3) and is tied for fourth in touchdowns allowed (seven) to tight ends.

December 9, 2019 11:36 AM
Texans' Darren Fells: Four targets in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught two of four targets for two yards in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Broncos.

Fells had fewer targets and snaps than Jordan Akins, who, despite having fewer touchdowns this season, is considered the better receiving threat. When Houston fell behind 14-0 after one quarter and 31-3 at halftime, Fells' playing time took a hit.

December 2, 2019 08:48 AM
Texans' Darren Fells: Scores in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught two of three targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-22 win over New England.

Fells, who is tied for the league lead among tight ends with seven touchdowns, recorded his first TD in three games. He remains the top dog among the team's tight ends even with the return of Jordan Thomas. Fells' 42 snaps were more than Jordan Akins (31) and Thomas (14).

November 22, 2019 12:12 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Another red zone target in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught one of two targets for 24 yards in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Colts in Week 12.

Fells had one long catch to set up the Texans' first field goal and added his team-leading 10th red-zone target, one of only two plays Houston ran inside the Colts' 20-yard-line. The 33-year-old Fells has scored six touchdowns, all from the red zone, and is tied for the lead among tight ends in TD receptions. He does have more competition for snaps now that Jordan Thomas is back from injured reserve.

November 18, 2019 11:00 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Three targets in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught one of three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 41-7 loss to Baltimore.

Fells, a surprising leader among tight ends with six touchdown catches, saw his two-game touchdown streak end. The Ravens steamrolled the Texans, which saw only one receiver post more than 27 receiving yards.

November 4, 2019 07:56 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Scores again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught one of three targets for one yard and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-3 win over the Jaguars.

Fells found the end zone for the third time in the last two games and has a team-high six touchdowns, which is also an NFL-high figure among tight ends. He's been a major surprise in the Texans' offense with career highs in catches (24), targets (31) and touchdowns (six).

October 28, 2019 11:52 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Surprise TD leader
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught six of six targets for 58 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Raiders in Week 8.

Fells was the safety valve on a pair of plays extended by quarterback Dehsaun Watson's legs. It was the second multi-touchdown effort of the season, giving him a career-high five over eight games, tops on the Texans. The 33-year-old tight end has caught all seven of his red-zone targets for 75 yards and five scores.

October 22, 2019 10:28 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Catches two passes in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught both of his targets for 27 total yards during Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Colts.

Fells continues to see the field plenty, with at least 40 offensive snaps in five of his last six games, but targets are less than consistent. He has just two games with more than three targets this season. The broad-bodied tight end doesn't necessarily need a ton of targets to come up big as evidenced by his two-target, two-touchdown Week 5 performance, but inconsistency in targets risks the more-than-occasional dud from Fells. Sunday brings a matchup against Oakland's 31st-ranked pass defense.

October 14, 2019 10:44 AM
Texans' Darren Fells: Heavy usage in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught six of seven targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over Kansas City in Week 6.

The catches, targets and receiving yards were season highs for Fells, and it was his first game over 50 yards. The Texans leaned heavily on their ground game and used a lot of two-tight end sets, so Fells also enjoyed a season-high snap count (80 of 92, 87 percent). While he didn't record a touchdown catch, Fells has been used as a red-zone target this season -- he had one target Sunday -- and is tied with Will Fuller for the team lead at three scores.

October 7, 2019 03:08 PM
Texans' Darren Fells: Scores pair of red-zone TDs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught both of his targets for 20 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 53-32 win over the Falcons in Week 5.

Fells' two touchdown grabs give him three for the season, tying him with Will Fuller for team high. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has involved Houston's tight ends more in 2019 than he did last year. Fells and Jordan Akins have has many red-zone targets (seven) as the team's more heralded wideouts.

September 30, 2019 09:48 AM
Texans' Darren Fells: Catches lone target
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fells caught his only target for 12 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Panthers in Week 4.

A week after being targeted six times, Fells' volume dropped to a more typical amount Week 4. This was the second time in four games he's received a solitary target. While he's the starter due to his blocking skills, Fells (11 targets) is second behind Jordan Akins (14) in terms of attention from quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Schedule
WeekDateOpp.RecYdsLgTD
19/9/19NO0000
29/15/19JAC1990
39/22/19LAC549161
49/29/19CAR112120
510/6/19ATL220122
610/13/19KC669180
710/20/19IND227190
810/27/19OAK658232
911/3/19JAC1111
1111/17/19BAL118180
1211/21/19IND124240
1312/1/19NE223131
1412/8/19DEN2220
1512/15/19TEN1220
1612/21/19TB327170
1712/29/19TEN0000
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Receiving
YearTeamGGSRecYdsAvgLgTD20+40+1st
2014Arizona Cardinals10557114.2240104
2015Arizona Cardinals14122131114.84834115
2016Arizona Cardinals1471415411.0371207
2017Detroit Lions16131717710.42333012
2018Cleveland Browns16111111710.6493116
2019Houston Texans16143434110.02472022
TOTAL8662102117111.5491713266
Kick Returns
YearTeamGNoYdsAvgLgTD40+
2014Arizona Cardinals1000---000
2015Arizona Cardinals1400---000
2016Arizona Cardinals1400---000
2017Detroit Lions1611010.01000
2018Cleveland Browns1600---000
2019Houston Texans1600---000
TOTAL8611010.01000
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2014Arizona Cardinals1011.000000.0000
2015Arizona Cardinals1400.000000.0000
2016Arizona Cardinals1400.000000.0000
2017Detroit Lions1611.000000.0000
2018Cleveland Browns1610.010000.0000
2019Houston Texans1611.000000.0000
TOTAL8643.010000.0000
 
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-7/270
Birthdate:
4/22/1986
Age:
33
Hometown:
Fullerton, CA, USA
School:
California-Irvine
NFL Experience:
6
Awards: