Smith is among the options to fill in for the injured Will Fuller (knee) for the remainder of the season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Smith and Sammie Coates should get an uptick in playing time, although Smith got more snaps earlier in the season when Keke Coutee was sidelined. The wideout picture for Week 9 becomes further unsettled by Coutee's hamstring injury, which could prevent him from playing against Denver. The likeliest scenario to play out is Smith and Coates having a minimal impact, especially since Houston may reportedly join the trade market for a wide receiver. Coach Bill O'Brien is expected to feature Houston's resurgent ground game, which has compiled 329 yards the last two weeks, against the Broncos' 27th-ranked run defense.
Smith caught one of two targets for 28 yards in a Week 3 loss to the Giants.
Smith received a boost in playing time Sunday after Bruce Ellington left the game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. His lone catch came on the Texans' meaningless touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. If Ellington's injury lingers, we presume the Texans would like to give fourth-round draft pick Keke Coutee precedence over Smith, but Coutee has yet to play due to a hamstring injury.
Smith failed to bring in either of his two targets in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Smith failed to capitalize on his increased opportunity with Will Fuller (hamstring) and Keke Coutee (hamstring) sidelined Week 1. The 22-year-old did not play a single snap on special teams, so Smith may struggle to maintain a role on Houston's 53-man roster if the team's receiving core returns to health.
With both Will Fuller (hamstring) and Keke Coutee (hamstring) out Sunday, Smith should see added opportunities in Week 1, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
DeAndre Hopkins and Bruce Ellington are the safer fantasy plays this week, but Smith is a player to watch in order to see if he makes the most of his increased opportunities out of the gate.
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|15||12/15/18||@ NYJ||4:30 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|