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2018 NFL Injury Guide: Will Fuller

Brandon Bowers, DPT

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Name: Will Fuller

Age: 24 years old

Team:  Houston Texans

 

2016 Stats: 14 games, 47 Rec, 635 Rec yds, 2 TD

2017 Stats: 10 games, 28 Rec, 423 Rec yds, 7 TD

2018 Projections: 16 games, 48 Rec, 689 Rec yds, 5 TD

Projected 2018 Fantasy Value:  WR39

 

Injury: Fuller missed the beginning of 2017 after suffering a broken clavicle on August 2nd.  Fuller did not return to game action until week four against the Titans.  Later in the season Fuller also sustained broken ribs which held him out an additional three contests.  At the end of the year, Fuller dealt with a knee issue which required a scope to be performed at the conclusion of the year.

 

What if he takes a helmet to this same body part?

When considering Fuller’s injuries from 2017 there is certainly a possibility another blow to the ribs and/or clavicle exacerbates his previous injuries.  Sometimes guys with rib issues will wear extra protection underneath of their pads in order to reduce the risk of re-injury, this would substantial reduce the impact to Fuller’s ribs.

 

2018 Health Outlook:  Fuller dealt with a host of different injuries in 2017 which lends to question his durability.  Fuller is ready to go for 2018 and does not have any restrictions at this time.  The question becomes is the risk of his previous injuries worth the potential reward he could provide fantasy owners?  The answer is yes, however, only for the right price.

 

Risk of Re-Injury:  30-35% chance of re-injury for Fuller’s ribs and/or clavicle, his knee is solid following his scope and he should be good to go.

 

Recommendations:  Fuller has a ton of upside IF he can stay healthy.  He is coming into the season without restriction and is certainly worth a look for your fantasy squad.  Playing opposite of DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller will draw the attention of teams’ second and third corners, giving him the opportunity for a huge 2018 campaign.  Consider the third-year man out of Notre Dame a low end WR2/high end WR3.

 

Links:  http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/11295/will-fuller, https://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/players/will-fuller.php

Brandon Bowers, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy currently practicing in New Albany, Ohio on the northeast side of Columbus. Dr. Bowers completed his undergraduate studies at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan and went on to complete his graduate work at the University of Toledo. He is currently employed by Athletico Physical Therapy and his area of interests include orthopedics and sports physical therapy, with an emphasis on the overhead athlete. Dr. Bowers has had a passion for overhead sports his entire life, particularly baseball, and was on scholarship as a volleyball player in college. Originally, a central Ohio native, Dr. Bowers is an avid Cleveland sports, Columbus Blue Jackets and Ohio State Buckeyes fan and is excited to join The Fantasy Doctors' team.

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