2. Keke Coutee, WR – Houston Texans
Keke Coutee, the rookie wide receiver for the Houston Texans, has likely flown under the radar for much of the year, mostly because he missed the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury.
Coutee grew up in Lufkin, Texas, then played college football at Texas Tech, and now is finally playing professional football in Houston after being drafted in the fourth round by the Texans. His team stumbled to an 0-3 start, but ever since they finally got Coutee on the field in Week 4, the Texans haven’t lost. They’ve won a pair of back-to-back overtime games against the Indianapolis Colts and the Dallas Cowboys, and Coutee made some nice contributions in both games.
In his NFL debut in Indianapolis, Coutee made 11 receptions for 109 yards. That was the most receptions made by someone making their debut since the NFL-AFL merger, and they were good for 10.7 ESPN fantasy points.
In Week 5, in a home game against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, Coutee made just six receptions for 51 yards, but one of those catches was for a touchdown and that put him at 11.3 fantasy points for the week. Those aren’t bad numbers for a rookie coming off an injury, playing in the first two NFL games of his career.
Coutee will have plenty of opportunities for more when the Texans host the Buffalo Bills in Week 6. I’m not saying he’s going to win your fantasy league for you, but if he keeps playing well, he could be a nice asset to have.