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The Texans made a couple of minor moves at TE on Thursday, releasing Darren Fells and trading a 7th-round pick to New England for Ryan Izzo. Fells ranked 8th on the team and 2nd among TEs with 28 targets last season. He'll turn 35 in April and is on his last legs. Izzo totaled just 19 catches for the Patriots over the past 2 years -- although he did average a big 16.5 yards per. TE Jordan Akins looks set to enter 2021 as Houston's clear-cut starter, unless the team makes a more significant move at the position.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (concussion, ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. It’s unclear how snaps and targets will be divvied between Akins and TE Darren Fells, so try to avoid the situation in Week 9 fantasy lineups.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion) has put in 2 full practices so far this week. It looks like he's on track to return for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Akins was operating as Houston's clear lead TE before the injuries, but we'll see how snaps and targets are divvied between he and TE Darren Fells now. It's a situation to avoid in Week 9 fantasy lineups.

Buffalo
11:10am EDT 10/25/20

Texans TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion) is inactive for today’s game against the Packers. TE Darren Fells gets another start and is a viable fantasy play in what should be a shootout.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He didn’t practice all week, though, so fantasy owners shouldn’t be counting on him. Akins’ absence would make TE Darren Fells a viable spot starter in this likely shootout.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Titans. That leaves Darren Fells as Houston's lead TE. He ran a route on 71% of Deshaun Watson's drop backs but saw just 2 targets last week. Fells is a mid-range TE2 for Week 6.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion) remained limited in practice all week and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans. He figures to take back over as Houston’s lead TE if he’s able to play. If not, TE Darren Fells will get another start.

Buffalo
11:10am EDT 10/11/20

Texans TE Jordan Akins (concussion, ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Jaguars. Darren Fells steps in as Houston’s lead TE but is just a DFS tournament flier.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (concussion, ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Jaguars. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. We'll see if Akins can gain clearance by Sunday. If not, Darren Fells will step in as Houston's lead TE.

Buffalo
1:01pm EST 1/12/20

Texans TE Darren Fells (hip) is active for today's game against the Chiefs. TE Jordan Akins' absence adds upside to Fells -- although it's unclear how big an issue that hip injury will be.

NFL Network's James Palmer reports that Texans WR Will Fuller (groin), WR Kenny Stills (knee) and TE Darren Fells (hip) will all be active for today's game against the Chiefs. Fuller will remain risky in his return from a multi-game injury. QB Deshaun Watson, however, will have his near-full group of weapons. TE Jordan Akins (hamstring) looks like the only regular piece missing. His absence helps Fells, who saw a season-high 7 targets in the Week 6 meeting with Kansas City.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs. TE Darren Fells remains questionable with his hip injury. If he can't go, Houston would be down to TE Jordan Thomas.

Texans TEs Darren Fells (hip) and Jordan Akins (hamstring) are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Akins was limited in practice all week with the hamstring injury that kept him out of last Saturday's win over the Bills. Fells was added to the injury report and limited in practice on Friday. We'll look for updates on both guys and will get their official statuses around 1:30 pm ET on Sunday.

Texans TE Jordan Akins is inactive for today's game against the Bills after hurting his hamstring in practice this week. That boosts TE Darren Fells' projections by a target or 2.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Bills after being added to the injury report on Friday. His absence would be a boost for TE Darren Fells. We'll get Akins' game status around 3 pm ET on Saturday.

The Texans made a series of moves at TE on Monday. They placed Jordan Thomas and rookie Kahale Warring on IR. Thomas suffered a rib injury in the 2nd half of Thursday's preseason finale. Warring dealt with a concussion and hamstring injury and missed most of the summer. Houston signed veteran Logan Paulsen, whom Atlanta cut over the weekend. He joins Jordan Akins and Darren Fells. You would be best off avoiding all Houston TEs in fantasy for now. Thomas and Warring will be eligible for the designation to return this season.

Darren Fells, not Troy Niklas or Jermaine Gresham, is the favorite for starting TE duties in Arizona this season.  “It’s going to really, really hard to beat him out," HC Bruce Arians said Monday.  Fells played basketball in college and then professionally overseas before heading to the NFL in 2013.  He saw his 1st regular-season action last year and totaled 6 catches, 72 yards and a TD in the Cardinals' final 4 contests (including playoffs).  Fells is a monstrous 6'7, 281-pounder with some red-zone upside.  But he spent 73.4% of his snaps blocking last season.  He figures to play a similar role in 2015.  Niklas and Gresham could still both finish with more fantasy points than Fells.  The takeaway here, though, is that you should avoid all Cardinals TEs in your draft.

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