Jaelen Strong Fantasy Football News 2019

The Jaguars claimed WR Jaelen Strong off waivers. He was cut by the Texans on Monday after catching just 28 balls in 19 games. Strong is a former 3rd-round pick with strong measurables who's still only 23 years old, so he's worth monitoring. There's some opportunity in Jacksonville's Allen Robinson-less WR corps, but it's also a low-volume, inefficient passing game.

The Texans have released WR Jaelen Strong, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He wasn't targeted in Thursday night's loss to the Bengals after being suspended for Week 1. Strong is still just 23 but certainly isn't a must-hold in dynasty leagues. The move leaves DeAndre Hopkins and Braxton Miller as Houston's only healthy WRs. Bruce Ellington was concussed in Week 1, and Will Fuller remains week-to-week with his broken collarbone.

Texans WR Jaelen Strong has been suspended 1 game for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The ban stems from his February 2016 arrest on marijuana charges. Strong is appealing the suspension but seems likely to miss the opener against the Jaguars. He was in line to start on the outside with WR Will Fuller sidelined. It's completely unclear who will be in that spot now. Braxton Miller is expected to remain in the slot. DeAndre Hopkins is the only Texans WR worth a roster spot in redraft leagues.

Texans WR Will Fuller is undergoing surgery on his broken collarbone and is expected to miss 2-3 months, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain. The short end of that timetable would have him back around Week 5. The long end would keep him sidelined until Week 9. Fuller is no longer worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues. (He might be worth a look at the end of best-ball drafts.) WR Jaelen Strong is the leading candidate to take Fuller's spot on the outside, while slot receiver Braxton Miller could also see a boost in volume. Neither guy is a particularly attractive fantasy target, though, in Houston's run-heavy offense. WR DeAndre Hopkins will continue to dominate the action.

Texans WR Will Fuller broke his collarbone in practice on Wednesday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He's considered to be out "indefinitely." Featuring Braxton Miller, Jaelen Strong and Wendall Williams, the Texans are thin behind Fuller and #1 target DeAndre Hopkins. We wouldn't chase any of the depth guys in fantasy drafts.

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Texans WR Will Fuller (leg) is inactive for today's game against the Jaguars. With WR Jaelen Strong (ankle) also out, Braxton Miller figures to serve as Houston’s #2 WR. The rookie remains a weak fantasy play, though. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is a good bet to finish 2nd in targets behind DeAndre Hopkins.

ESPN's Adam Schefter calls Texans WR Will Fuller "unlikely" to play against the Colts tonight. The rookie was limited in practice this week and listed as questionable, but this is the 1st concern we've heard about his availability. Schefter rarely gets these Sunday-morning reports wrong, so Fuller needs to be removed from fantasy lineups. WR Jaelen Strong figures to replace him in Houston's starting lineup, with slot WR Braxton Miller also picking up a few extra targets.

The Texans have released WR Cecil Shorts. The 28-year-old was buried on the depth chart and not worth the $1.2 million he was set to make this season. He figures to latch on elsewhere but is off the fantasy radar. Houston is set to roll with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong as its top 4 WRs.

Texans insider Aaron Wilson gives Jaelen Strong a "pretty good chance" to win the #2 WR job. The Texans were "thrilled with him in the spring, with his attitude and conditioning," Wilson said on Rotoviz Radio. "He was plucking it out of the air ... doing a lot of good things after the catch." Wilson did also note that there's still a chance Strong is slapped with a suspension for his marijuana arrest earlier this offseason, but that might not come until 2017. Strong had a poor rookie season but remains an intriguing prospect whom the Texans spent a 3rd-round pick on just a couple of years ago. A low-volume passing game and the presence of target hog DeAndre Hopkins still caps Strong's upside, but he could emerge as at least a best-ball option if he holds off Will Fuller and Cecil Shorts for that #2 spot.

Texans WR Jaelen Strong reported to his team overweight and out of shape last offseason.  The result was a 14-161-3 rookie-year line.  He's off to a much better start this time around.  "He had a really good offseason," HC Bill O'Brien said. "He's in really good shape. He's playing well. Hopefully it continues. He's a guy that we're definitely counting on."  Strong has been a regular standout at OTAs.  Houston added a pair of rookies this offseason in 1st-rounder Will Fuller and 3rd-rounder Braxton Miller, but don't count out Strong in the battle for the #2 WR spot.

Texans WR Jaelen Strong was arrested for marijuana possession in Arizona on Sunday.  He was pulled over in a car driven by Packers CB Damarious Randall, who was not arrested.  Strong was eventually released, and it's still unclear if charges will be filed.  We'll see how the league handles the situation.  Strong caught just 14 balls as a rookie last year, but 10 of those came in the final 3 games.  He has a shot to win the #2 WR job in 2016 if he can keep his nose clean off the field.

Texans WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) said after Sunday's regular-season finale that he expects to be back for the playoff opener against the Chiefs.  “Now, it’s go-time,” he said. “Now, it’s a whole new season. The slates are clean. Everything is 0-0. Gotta get it going.”  Shorts' health has taken on increased importance with WR Nate Washington injuring his hip yesterday.  That forced rookie Jaelen Strong into the #2 WR role.

Texans WR Cecil Shorts won't play against the Dolphins on Sunday, HC Bill O'Brien announced on Wednesday.  Shorts apparently injured his hamstring in last week's game against the Jaguars.  We'll see if Nate Washington can return from his own hammy issue.  If not, rookies Keith Mumphery and Jaelen Strong will be left as the #2 and #3 WRs.

Texans WR Cecil Shorts (shoulder) returned to practice on Wednesday.  It looks like he'll be back for this weekend's game against his old team, the Jaguars.  That'll push rookie WRs Keith Mumphery and Jaelen Strong back down the depth chart.

Texans WRs Cecil Shorts (shoulder) and Nate Washington (hamstring) have been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Colts.  Look for 5th-round rookie WR Keith Mumphery to start opposite WR DeAndre Hopkins.  WR Jaelen Strong also figures to see make his debut after being a healthy scratch the first 4 weeks.  Hopkins will continue to dominate targets.

Texans WR Cecil Shorts has a dislocated shoulder, according to insider Adam Caplan.  That figures to cost him multiple games.  Shorts had a busy start to the season, seeing 39 targets through 4 games.  Houston also lost WR Nate Washington to a hamstring injury this week.  The injuries will force Keith Mumphery and Jaelen Strong into bigger roles.  Strong, a 3rd-round rookie, is worth a look in deep fantasy leagues.

Texans HC Bill O’Brien said rookie WR Jaelen Strong “needs to practice better” in order to see the field. Houston’s 3rd round pick didn’t play a single Week 1 snap and was inactive on Sunday. A late-round flier over the summer, Strong isn’t worth owning outside of dynasty leagues.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien admitted that WR Jaelen Strong still has "a ways to go."  The rookie missed a chunk of spring workouts with hamstring trouble.  "But he came back in shape, passed the conditioning test," O'Brien added.  "He has had two decent days of practice, decent days. He just needs to keep stringing them together. He has had a good couple of days here and that’s good for us to see that.”  Strong should eventually emerge as Houston's #2 WR, but he's not a good bet to make an early-season fantasy impact.  

Texans WR Jaelen Strong injured his hamstring on the first day of OTAs and hasn't been back on the field since.  HC Bill O'Brien deemed the injury minor, but any missed time for a rookie is bad news.  Strong is competing with Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington for Houston's #2 WR job.  The winner won't be an intriguing fantasy option.  The Texans are a run-heavy offense with QB questions, and WR DeAndre Hopkins will dominate targets.

Update: Strong returned to practice on Tuesday.


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