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Sports Fantasy football waiver wire: Shore up playoff roster with Texans' Keke Coutee

07:45  02 december  2020
07:45  02 december  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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WR Keke Coutee , Houston Texans (). After not playing at all in the first three games, the rookie wideout burst onto the scene with 11 catches for 109 yards in his debut. DeAndre Hopkins is still the No. 1 receiver in Houston, but Coutee has Will Fuller-like potential (especially if Fuller's hamstring

2. Keke Coutee , WR, Texans . As soon as the fantasy world fell in love with Coutee he was downed by a hamstring. With Demaryius Thomas doing next to nothing, Houston may lean on him in home matchups against the Browns and Colts — and fantasy may ride with him again, too.

It's the final week of the regular season in most fantasy football leagues -- once the Steelers and Ravens finish their game -- so waiver pickups this week will have one eye focused on winning in Week 13 and another eye on the upcoming playoffs.

a group of people playing football on a field: Keke Coutee played only five snaps during the first 10 weeks of the season, but could be an important part of the Texans' passing game down the stretch. © Tim Fuller, USA TODAY Sports Keke Coutee played only five snaps during the first 10 weeks of the season, but could be an important part of the Texans' passing game down the stretch.

A general piece of advice: Try to secure the primary backup for your top players. (A couple of them are mentioned here, in fact.) Any injuries during the fantasy playoffs can be killer.

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Texans ' Keke Coutee : Likely benefeciary of Cobb injury. There is a possibility Houston makes a deadline move, trading away a WR to bolster another area of the roster . That may be the only scenario, besides injury ahead of him on the depth chart, in which Coutee re-enters the offense in a contributing

Fantasy Football Today. Waiver Wire . The first is Texans receiver Will Fuller being suspended six games for violating the NFL's Fantasy managers will have to replace the No. 8 receiver in PPR, and some options off the waiver wire include Deebo Samuel, Tim Patrick and Keke Coutee , among Fuller's season is over, and there's no reason to keep him on your Fantasy roster in redraft leagues.

If you need to win this week to make the postseason, consider trying to add a player your opponent might want to pick up. What can't hurt you only makes you stronger.

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Previously, we recommended bids based on a free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) of $100 for the season. But at this late stage of the season, if you have any funds left, use them any way you can to improve your roster!

BEST BETS

WR Keke Coutee, Houston Texans. The unexpected suspension of big-play receiver Will Fuller for the rest of the season was a crushing blow to the Texans offense. Combined with Randall Cobb's toe injury and Kenny Stills' release, there's plenty of opportunity for Coutee as Deshaun Watson's No. 2 receiver.

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Next up is a rematch against the same Atlanta team he overwhelmed in Week 11. Ideally, it means he gets the ball to his pass-catchers Speaking of the Texans … Will Fuller's suspension opens the door for Keke Coutee to play more snaps, but the hipsters will learn Isaiah Coulter's name this week.

It’s never too early into the fantasy football season to tackle the waiver wire . In 2019’s last Per FanDuel Sportsbook, only the Texans vs. Saints have a higher Week 1 over-under line than Kansas Kenny Stills (HOU): 27% Rostered (2% FAAB) Houston acquiring Stills suggests that Keke Coutee ’s

RB Latavius Murray, New Orleans Saints. With Taysom Hill at quarterback, the Saints have moved to a heavily run-focused game plan. That’s given Murray enough touches to become a borderline fantasy starter. Murray rumbled for 124 yards and two TDs on Sunday. Until Drew Brees is healthy, expect more of the same from the Saints.

RB Devontae Booker, Las Vegas Raiders. If Josh Jacobs' ankle sprain limits him or keeps him from playing on Sunday, Booker will reap the benefits of playing against the winless New York Jets. The Raiders offense can't be as bad as it was in Week 12 at Atlanta.

RB Wayne Gallman, New York Giants. It's possible Gallman was dropped while the Giants were on bye last week, but he continues to be a scoring machine. He rushed for 94 yards and scored a touchdown for the fifth consecutive game. He gets the Seahawks on a short week up next.

WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts. Another guy who may have been dropped -- due to a lack of production -- Hilton caught his first touchdown pass of the season in Week 12 as he reeled in four passes for 81 yards. The nine-year veteran has had five 1,000-yard seasons in his career so there could still be something left in the tank as the Colts face a soft slate of secondaries the rest of the way.

32 things we learned from Week 12 of the 2020 NFL season

  32 things we learned from Week 12 of the 2020 NFL season Thanksgiving week provided several teams with much to be thankful for, but other teams are short on reasons for optimism after Sunday.1. It's time to start talking about the Titans' Derrick Henry as a serious MVP candidate ... even if a running back has only captured the award once – Adrian Peterson in 2012 – since the start of the 2007 season. Henry churned out 178 yards and three TDs on the ground Sunday (all but 38 yards before halftime) as Tennessee routed the Colts 45-26 to reclaim first place in the AFC South.

Though the Texans defense has recently put up better numbers, some of that success is attributed to a softer schedule. Rivers should have no problem spreading the ball around and putting up another solid fantasy performance. Taysom Hill and Derek Carr are around the 60% rostered mark and would

But it so happens that this week’s waiver wire is probably heavier on longer-term gambles who could turn into something later in the year. We’ve got some film review on Keke Coutee , Elijah McGuire and DeVante Parker, as well as several other names you can consider adding with an eye toward

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REPLACEMENTS

RB Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams. Akers was by far the most impressive of the Rams' three-headed running back committee. He had nine carries for 84 yards, 67 of them (and a touchdown) coming on one second-half drive. He has scored in back-to-back games after failing to find the end zone in the first 10 weeks of the season.

WR Collin Johnson, Jacksonville Jaguars. The rookie was targeted eight times on Sunday by new quarterback Mike Glennon. He caught just four, but one of those was a 46-yard touchdown strike. If DJ Chark and Chris Conley remain out, Johnson will get to face a Vikings pass defense that’s given up the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers.

WR Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills. With John Brown placed on injured reserve, Davis stepped in and caught three passes for 79 yards and his fourth TD of the season. Don't expect too much from him though -- Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley are still the team's top two receiving options.

TE Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts. Burton seems to have established himself as the Colts’ go-to option at tight end. He caught three of his six targets and scored for a second consecutive week.

Broncos' Kareem Jackson says NFL 'making example of us' for COVID-19 protocol violations

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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins. He won’t get another start if Tua Tagovailoa is healthy, but that’s not a given this week. Fitzmagic was a QB1 against the Jets after throwing for 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns on Sunday. It’s entirely possibly he could duplicate that performance against the Bengals in Week 13.

For additional players who could still be available in your league, check out last week's waiver wire picks. And follow Gardner on Twitter @SteveAGardner.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fantasy football waiver wire: Shore up playoff roster with Texans' Keke Coutee

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