As the start of NFL free agency inches closer, now is an excellent time to explore some landing spots that could boost Will Fuller’s outlook. The speedy wideout will be entering his sixth season and is coming off a year cut short due to a six-game PED suspension after Week 12. Fuller was on pace for a monster season, posting career-highs in receptions, yards, and TDs to the tune of 53/879/8 in 11 games played. He was the WR8 in PPR scoring during that stretch. The suspension came at a crucial time in the fantasy season as those who owned him had to find a way to replace that production heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Talent has never been a question with Fuller. It has always been about his ability to stay on the field, and teams will consider that when they inquire about signing him to a big deal. For me, the clear best situation would be precisely where he was last season—in Houston, playing with star QB Deshaun Watson. Unfortunately, since that reunion seems unlikely, I will now get into some other spots where we could see Fuller excel.
Green Bay Packers
With Aaron Rodgers playing at an elite level this late in his career, there should be some sense of urgency in Green Bay to surround him with more explosive weapons. The reality is that the organization has missed out on opportunities to improve its WR corps recently and should make a serious push for someone to play alongside Davante Adams. With two consecutive years losing in the NFC title game, it is clear the Packers could use a player of Fuller’s caliber to get over the mountain.
I like the fit in Green Bay for Fuller. Although Adams does command a hefty target share (34.1% in 2020), there is room for another WR to produce in this offense. We have seen Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have big games, but there is no debate that either of them is on the same level as Fuller. Last season, Fuller was allowed to work as the Texans’ WR1 for the first time and passed the test. Before last year Fuller was generally seen as a boom-or-bust big play fantasy option, but in 2020 he let everyone know he is much more than that by making plays all over the field regularly. Rodgers is the type of QB who can take full advantage of Fuller’s skill-set. He does not need a monster target share to succeed, and with the Packers’ offense being so efficient, there is a significant upside with this landing spot. Rodgers has already displayed the ability to support two top fantasy WRs, and there is no question Fuller would be a welcome sight in Green Bay. He would not be the WR1 for the Packers, but he could be a high-end WR2 with upside if he is in green and yellow in 2021.
The Jags have an ideal cap space situation, and they seemed poised to spend this offseason. With north of $70M in cap space, Jacksonville leads the NFL in that category and also has the #1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. There is no doubt new coach Urban Meyer and his staff will be looking to find ways to make this offense more explosive. The expected selection of Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick, among other things, makes this an intriguing option for Will Fuller.
Jacksonville is a strong fit for Fuller in terms of fantasy. The chance to build chemistry with a QB as talented as Lawrence is exciting. Lawrence has outstanding arm strength and would have no problem getting the ball downfield to allow Fuller to make explosive plays. With DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault already in the WR room, adding Fuller to the mix would make this an offense to watch out for in 2021. Fuller is currently in the 35-40 range among WRs in dynasty ADP rankings, and a move to Jacksonville could see him potentially climb several spots. As he enters his age 27 season, finding himself in this offense could stabilize his value, at least for the next couple of seasons. Projecting health for Fuller (he has played more than 11 games just once in his career) is close to an impossible task thus far in his time in the league, but if we see him play close to an entire season, he does have a chance to post strong WR2 numbers with the Jags in 21 and beyond. It could take a little time for things to click in this situation, but this is a landing spot that fantasy owners should be thrilled to see if it does become a reality.
Fuller remaining in the AFC South could be a likely scenario considering the available cap space and positional need that the Colts have. With T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal heading to free agency, the Colts need to add to their receiving corps, which at the moment is led by young WR Michael Pittman Jr. The Colts recently made a trade to acquire Carson Wentz and will want to find ways to put him in the best situation to succeed. Adding Will Fuller would be an excellent start.
There is a good fit here for Fuller and his dynasty owners. Fuller would immediately slot in as the top target on a team that can run the ball and open up the field for the passing game. Pittman and Fuller would coexist and form a very talented duo for this offense. Frank Reich is a tremendous head coach and knows how to find ways to get the most out of his key players on offense. Reich and Wentz’s reunion is a situation that could lead to plenty of fantasy success for the pieces in this offense. Wentz has a big arm and likes to push the ball downfield. He was constantly under duress in Philly last year, which forced him to get the ball out before routes downfield could develop. With better pass protection and a solid offensive scheme, the possibility of a Wentz to Fuller connection can lead to a wealth of fantasy production. Fuller was ranked 16th in average target distance at 13.1 yards last season, and I can see similar numbers for him here in Indy. With his evolution as a WR, there is serious potential for a WR1-type season for Fuller in a Colts uniform. For now, I would view him as a WR2 in this landing spot but with low-end WR1 upside if he can put together a season where he stays on the field.
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