Fantasy Football: Jordan Akins is a player to watch in 2020

Jordan Akins Houston Texans (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Jordan Akins Houston Texans (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Fans of fantasy football and the Houston Texans need to keep a close eye on Jordan Akins in upcoming drafts.

Tight ends on the Houston Texans will play an intriguing role this upcoming season, and that includes Jordan Akins, who could really improve not just on the regular football field, but also in the world of fantasy football, too.

The issue for the Texans this upcoming season is not if they have a strong tight end, but who to play in the role at any given time. The Houston Texans not only have Jordan Akins at tight end, but they also have Jordan Thomas, Kahale Warring and last season’s standout Darren Fells.

In two seasons with the Texans, Akins has 53 career receptions for 643 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Akins is averaging 12.1 yards per reception in his two seasons, and in 2019 Akins had 36 receptions for 418 yards and two touchdowns. This past season, Akins averaged 11.6 yards per reception, including a career-long reception of 53 yards.

Jordan Akins played in all 16 games in 2019 and made nine starts, where his 36 receptions for 418 yards came on 55 targets. One part of Akins’ game that needs noted is his yards after catch this past season when he totaled 246 yards in that category, which was an improvement over the 123 YAC he had as a rookie in 2018.

Houston Texans: Jordan Akins is starting to get noticed this offseason

Dalton Del Don on Yahoo! Sports wrote about fantasy football tight ends, and one of those players was Jordan Akins, as the article said the following about the Texans tight end for the upcoming 2020 season:

"“Kahale Warring may be the more interesting dynasty stash than 28-year-old Akins, but the latter was drafted in the third round, could take over Houston’s H-back role in 2020 and is an intriguing deep sleeper available at the end of drafts.”"

If given the proper amount of playing time, Jordan Akins can really improve on his overall numbers, and even more so, become the top option at tight end as he’ll surely battle his fellow teammates this training camp.

With this being his third season, Akins needs to be the favorite to jump ahead of Fells because he is the future of the Texans tight ends as Thomas is still an unknown coming off injury, but with a lot of potential, too. Warring has yet to play a snap in the league with his missing his entire rookie season with injury, so it is safe to say Akins is the favorite to overtake Fells.

If Akins works his way to more snaps in 2020, that means his value in fantasy football will improve too, and not only that, he’ll be a sleeper in drafts. As the above Yahoo! Sports article stated, Jordan Akins is a TE 39, but should be a TE 27.

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Again, if Jordan Akins can be drafted as a 27th overall tight end, that is a steal in any fantasy football draft, and one where a player could be a difference in a win or a loss by one big play. Keep an eye on Akins this season, because the Texans could use Akins in many different ways in 2020.