Will Fuller suspended for rest of season due to positive PED test

Tim HeaneyDirector of Sports Content
Last Updated: Jan 9, 2021
Will Fuller suspended for 6 games: The Houston Texans wide receiver announced via his Instagram that he has been suspended for 6 games. He failed an NFL test for a performance-enhancing substance. Fuller will not play for the remainder of the 2020 season.
“Earlier this year, I sought treatment from a medical professional who prescribed medication “Earlier this year, I sought treatment from a medical professional who prescribed medication that he believed to be permitted under the NFL’s drug policy," the 26-year-old wrote. “As it turns out, my trust in this professional was misplaced because this medication was NOT a permitted substance under the NFL Policy on Performance Enhancing Substances. As a result of this mistake, I have been suspended for six games for taking this prohibited medication. I want to sincerely apologize to the Texans organization and all of my fans for this mistake. I am looking forward to putting this all behind me and returning better than ever in 2021."

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Fuller will be banned from playing in the Texans’ final five games of the 2020 regular season; also, the 4-7 club is on track to miss the playoffs, and Fuller is an impending free agent following the 2020 NFL regular season, so he will serve the sixth contest of this discipline with Houston or wherever he ends up in the 2021 regular season.

Will Fuller suspended for rest of 2020

Fuller is espected to end the season with 53 receptions, 879 receiving yards (10th in the NFL) and 8 TD catches (tied for 6th) in 11 games. He had set career highs in all 3 of those categories in the midst of a breakout season, which included an absurd 16.6 yards per reception, 11.7 yards per target, and 5 100-plus-yard receiving outings (tied for first so far with former teammate and Arizona’s alpha DeAndre Hopkins). He will be a popular target as he heads into free agency this coming offseason.
The Texans will miss Will Fuller’s downfield presence — especially if he leaves in free agency after serving 5 of the 6 games of his suspension. (USA TODAY Sports)

Will Fuller suspended: Fantasy Football Reaction

In redraft leagues, Fuller can be dropped once his full suspension is confirmed. He does not appear to be appealing. The explosive wideout is a must-hold in dynasty leagues; therefore, his managers who are in the running for a 2020 fantasy football league title must work around his dead weight on their bench. Quarterback Deshaun Watson will miss Fuller’s downfield presence, but Watson often spreads the ball to many receivers.
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Brandin Cooks likely becomes his No. 1 target. He’s already a solid WR2/WR3 for fantasy football lineups most weeks. Slot occupant and safety net Randall Cobb (toe) remains on Injured Reserve. However, Keke Coutee becomes a clear fantasy football waiver wire pickup for those who need depth for the playoff run. Perhaps this will mean Jordan Akins or Darren Fells gets more involved, but neither tight end is worth a roster spot right now.

Will Fuller suspended: Betting Fallout

This will swing the lines and odds more heavily in favor of the Indianapolis Colts for Week 13. PointsBet lists this one at Colts -2.5 (-121) as of 5:45 p.m. ET, but expect that to be pulled and skewed further in Indianapolis’ direction in the coming hours.

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Tim Heaney

Before joining The Game Day, Tim spent more than a decade in the fantasy sports and betting industry. Having written for ESPN, RotoWire, and USA TODAY, Tim earned an FSWA award nomination for Best MLB Print Article and multiple Top-5 finishes in fantasy baseball rankings contests. Tim has competed in Tout Wars (1 championship), LABR, Scott Fish Bowl, NFBC/NFFC, TGFBI, and RazzBowl (recent 4th-overall finish out of 200+). Drop him a line about TV, music, craft beer & pro wrestling.

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