Darren Fells
Darren Fells
33-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Houston Texans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Texans drafted three tight ends over 2018 and 2019, so the veteran Fells faces competition for a roster spot. To invest three draft picks at the position indicates Houston head coach Bill O'Brien considers the spot a weak area, which presents an opportunity for the 33-year-old Fells. He brings a reputation as a blocking tight end, but has 10 touchdowns over five NFL seasons. He could be a red-zone option for a team that struggled to score touchdowns near the goal-line. His experience could be a factor, particularly if the organization stashes the newly drafted Kahale Warring (concussion) on injured reserve. Jerrell Adams also made the final roster, meaning five tight ends are on the depth chart. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Texans in March of 2019.
Heavy usage in win
TEHouston Texans
October 14, 2019
Fells caught six of seven targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over Kansas City in Week 6.
The catches, targets and receiving yards were season highs for Fells, and it was his first game over 50 yards. The Texans leaned heavily on their ground game and used a lot of two-tight end sets, so Fells also enjoyed a season-high snap count (80 of 92, 87 percent). While he didn't record a touchdown catch, Fells has been used as a red-zone target this season -- he had one target Sunday -- and is tied with Will Fuller for the team lead at three scores.
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Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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How do Darren Fells' 2019 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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How often does Darren Fells run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Darren Fells and the other tight ends for the Texans are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Darren Fells
118 routes   22 targets
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2019 Darren Fells Split Stats
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Mostly used as a blocking tight end during his first four seasons in the league, Fells tied a career high with three touchdown grabs in 2017 as a member of the Lions. With David Njoku firmly planted as the Browns' starting tight end, Fells figures to once again be used as blocker in most running situations, though he might steal some touchdowns in the red zone.
Fells signed with Detroit in the offseason after spending the past three years in Arizona. His proficiency as a blocker boosts the prospects of the Lions' run game, but Fells individually isn't a difference-maker in the fantasy realm. In 2014, his best statistical season as a professional, the four-year veteran logged just 21 receptions for 311 yards and three scores. Fells will likely have trouble coming anywhere near that as second fiddle to Eric Ebron.
Formerly a pro basketball player abroad, Fells went the route of older brother Daniel, signing his first NFL deal with the Seahawks in March of 2013. Since landing on the Cardinals' practice squad in October of that year, he's slowly but surely worked his way first onto the 53-man roster and then to the top of the depth chart. Finishing last season as Arizona's top tight end in terms of catches (21), yards (311), and touchdowns (three), he culminated the campaign with a 21-yard touchdown grab in the NFC championship game beatdown at the hands of the Panthers. He enters 2016 as one of the Cardinals' starting tight ends.
John Carlson's sudden retirement in May removed a veteran presence from the tight-end ranks in Arizona, and general manager Steve Keim compensated with the late-July signing of Jermaine Gresham. While the former Bengal is the likely candidate to vacuum up Carlson's 55 targets from a year ago, Fells and 2014 second-round pick Troy Niklas are the primary holdovers to consider for reps in the Cardinals' offense. When Niklas' rookie season ended after Week 11 last fall, Fells took full advantage of the opportunity, receiving 56.9 percent of the TE snaps as opposed to 35.2 percent for Carlson and 30.2 percent for Rob Housler. During that six-game stretch, Fells hauled in six catches (on 11 targets) for 72 yards and one touchdown. The presence of Gresham hinders Fells' potential, though, due to the former's previous relationship with quarterback Carson Palmer during his rookie campaign in 2010.
Acting as tight end depth, but a Week 1 roster spot appears to be far-fetched.
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Scores pair of red-zone TDs
TEHouston Texans
October 6, 2019
Fells caught both of his targets for 20 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 53-32 win over the Falcons in Week 5.
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Catches lone target
TEHouston Texans
September 30, 2019
Fells caught his only target for 12 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Panthers in Week 4.
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Scores first TD
TEHouston Texans
September 23, 2019
Fells caught five of six targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.
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Leads TEs in snaps
TEHouston Texans
September 16, 2019
Fells caught one of three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 13-12 win over the Jaguars.
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Tops depth chart
TEHouston Texans
September 3, 2019
Fells is listed as the first tight end on the Texans depth chart.
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