Ellington played the role of return man and slot receiver last season, though, as Bleacher Report suggested, he received little attention while flanked by DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Still, Ellington is a veteran talent who coming off a 2017 season in which he had career highs with 29 receptions, 330 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. B/R added: "[Ellington is] fine in zone with solid hands and toughness after the catch." Given all that, he heads into training camp with an edge over oft-injured third-year man Braxton Miller and rookie Keke Coutee. Miller’s production has been underwhelming since being drafted in 2016. In just two seasons, the converted QB has only 34 receptions and a pair of touchdowns.
Also per B/R, when Ellington was the primary target last season, he struggled to beat man coverage and come through as needed. He leans and gives away his routes very early, and defenders often run his routes for him. In addition, Coutee opens his first NFL training camp boasting high-end speed, great hands and the ability to make plays after the catch. Coutee could pose a threat to Ellington and Miller if he progresses quickly.
2018 Bottom Line
Fantasy managers would be hard-pressed to find a reason to draft a Texans receiver beyond Hopkins and Fuller. That said, Deshaun Watson's upside will make whoever the next man up is appealing should either of the front-line wideouts suffer an injury.