WR Keke Coutee (HOU)
Keke Coutee perhaps best embodies the archetype player for this type of pickup. Is it a risky pickup? Absolutely. Knowing that the floor is pretty apparent; either Coutee quickly becomes the No. 2 receiver opposite Brandin Cooks, or he’s overtaken by Steven Mitchell Jr. or rookie Isaiah Coulter.
That said, with the ill-timed release of Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb’s IR designation, those are the only four fieldable receivers for Houston. Likely, Coutee will get more involved in the slot role –in place of Cobb. He’s shown flashes in the slot role this year and has done a good job of beating man coverage.
Now, there’s a chance that Houston just hunkers down and runs the ball to compensate for Fuller’s absence. If only that was a truly effective component of their offense.
The Houston Texans are having a bit of an identity crisis. With no thanks to Bill O’Brien, Houston has no burgeoning rookies, no draft capital, and no DeAndre Hopkins – thought that trade hurt at the beginning of the season?
However, as evidenced by the Texans surge post-O’Brien, the team isn’t rolling over just yet. Their best bet is to continue leaning on DeShaun Watson and his prowess. He needs fieldable receivers to do that.
Is this a risky add? Entirely. But it’s an add that’ll either pay off in spades, or become clear in a game’s time. If your playoff berth doesn’t hinge on a tight Week 13 race, Coutee is worth the pickup for the potential upside. As well as taking that upside away from your opponent.
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