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 WR Brandin Cooks (foot, neck) is officially inactive for today’s game against the Bears. Keke Coutee (knee) is active and suddenly looks like QB Deshaun Watson’s #1 WR. WR Chad Hansen and TE Jordan Akins also project for targets boosts.
Texans WRs Randall Cobb (toe) and Kenny Stills (quad) are out for Thursday's game against the Lions. That elevates WR Keke Coutee to #3 on the depth chart and makes him an intriguing DFS flier on the 3-game Thanksgiving slate. TE Jordan Akins could also see a volume boost.
Update: Cobb has been placed on IR, so he'll miss at least 2 more games beyond Thanksgiving.
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.
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.
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.
Texans TE Jordan Akins is getting checked for a concussion after taking a helmet to helmet hit that got Vikings S Harrison Smith ejected from Sunday's game. We'll pass along an update on Akins when we get one.
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 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.
The Texans have already dumped TE Ryan Griffin, who led the position in targets for them last season. Second-year man Jordan Thomas has spent OTAs taking the starter reps, and Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle says he's "building a case as the top candidate to be a starter." Thomas edged fellow rookie Jordan Akins in playing time last year, despite arriving 2 rounds later in the draft. We're highly intrigued by the long-term outlook for 2019 third-round TE Kahale Warring, but Thomas looks like the best bet for 2019 production. That said, this isn't a high-upside situation, given the TE crowd, the talent at WR and the history of Bill O'Brien TEs. Consider Thomas a late option in best-ball drafts and FFPC formats.
The Texans selected San Diego State TE Kahale Warring in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Warring didn’t play a lick of football until his senior year of high school in 2014. He totaled just 20 catches across his first 3 college seasons before leading a run-heavy Aztecs team with 31 catches last year. The 6'5, 252-pounder registered a strong 79th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine and is also 1 of the best blocking TEs in this class. Warring will find opportunity in Houston, where the depth chart consists of Ryan Griffin, Jordan Thomas and Jordan Akins.
Texans TE Ryan Griffin (illness) is out for Thursday night's game against the Dolphins. We still don't have any details on the issue that's cost him 2 games now. Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas will again handle TE duties for Houston, but neither is a fantasy option.
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