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Keke Coutee played in 6 games in 2018, not counting his 14/11/110/1 stat line from his one playoff appearance.
In the 4 games Fuller played in, he averaged 11.65 PPR pts/game
In the 2 games Fuller didn’t play in, he averaged 8.05 PPR pts/game
Will Fuller played in 7 games last year.
In the 3 games without Keke, Fuller averaged 23.27 PPR pts/game.
In the 4 games with Keke, Fuller averaged 9.12 PPR pts/game. So yes, Keke Coutee outscored Will Fuller in the four games they played in together.
It hasn’t been consistent because of his nagging hamstring injury, but Keke has proved that he’s a favorite of Deshaun Watson in his limited time on the field. He debuted from the hamstring injury that started in the offseason with a 11-catch game on 15 targets for 109 yards. He continued to get it done the following week, catching 6 of 7 for 51 yards and a TD, and that was a game he was a game-time decision for. He then aggravated his injury again in Week 7. He went on to aggravate his hamstring injury a few more times, and he finally took some time to heal.
11 catches on 14 targets in Houston’s Wild Card game is very encouraging for his role on this offense moving forward, but we obviously have to take into account that Will Fuller wasn’t on the field.
Guys don’t get 14 and 15 targets out of nowhere – it takes talent and confidence from both the QB and coaching staff. He won’t get that type of volume with Fuller on the field, but Coutee’s presence definitely affected Fuller. His targets were cut in half, and was averaging 80 less yards per game. Keke is going to be part of the game plan, and even with Fuller’s presence he probably still is a value in the 10th round; he can potentially average 5-7 receptions per game, which would land him in PPR WR3 territory. Let’s hope he takes care of his soft tissue issues this offseason.
Will Fuller did tear his ACL, and while he should be in the lineup for Week 1, Keke would’ve had all offseason to have gained a larger rapport with Watson. Now with Watson a season removed from his own ACL tear, Keke can be on the right side of a full breakout year from his QB.
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