News: 1 day agoAkins caught one of two targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Cleveland.
Spin: Akins' catch was his first of the season. He and Pharaoh Brown each played 38 snaps, but neither played a significant role in the passing game. Brown had been banged up entering the game and Houston also lost tight end Antony Auclair to an eye injury. Pending the health of those two heading into Thursday's game against Carolina, Akins could be in line for increased snaps and targets.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Akins emerged as the top fantasy TE in Houston last season, though that's not saying much, as the 2018 third-round pick was held to his second consecutive TE25 fantasy campaign. Akins posted a 36-418-2 receiving line in 2019 before landing on a 37-403-1 line (in 13 games) last season. The 29-year-old is entering a key contract year, but it seems likely that he's already at or near his fantasy ceiling. That's especially the case with Deshaun Watson's future in doubt and with 2019 third-round pick Kahale Warring in the mix for a larger role. Akins doesn't need to be drafted.