Texans Fantasy Football Players To Watch
The best fantasy football player from the Texans has been Arian Foster, who through two weeks has been handed the ball 27 times and 28 times, each time getting over 100 yards. At some point the Texans will begin to insert other running backs into the mix with more regularity but as long as the Texans keep winning Foster should continue to get a big workload.
Bill O’Brien is conscious of the carries that he is giving Arian Foster but with the Colts dropping to 0-2, the Texans have a big opportunity to maintain control of the division the rest of the way if they can widen that gap early. That may mean a lot more touches to come for Arian through the first six or so games of the season.
Foster has caught only two passes in each of the first two games, but he should start being used as a weapon in the passing game when the Texans are forced to pass more. After having to miss over half of last season because of back surgery Arian is playing like a top five running back again and he is being relied on heavy to help take pressure off of Ryan Fitzpatrick, so he is obviously a must start every week.
Alfred Blue seems to have won the second string job behind Arian Foster and would probably get the bulk of the carries along with Johnathan Grimes if Foster were to go out.
Foster was limited in practice and listed this week as questionable in the injury report.
Andre Johnson leads the team in receptions and yards through the first two weeks of the season. However, he has yet to catch his first touchdown of the season, but opposite of him, DeAndre Hopkins already has two. The Texans haven’t had the need to really to throw the ball a lot, and with Ryan Fitzpatrick’s history with turnovers in past years there isn’t an incentive to throw. Andre Johnson though is still the number one receiver on the team and will continue to lead the team in targets.
The few attempts that have been made to get the ball to Andre in the endzone have failed but something tells me that he will get his first touchdown this week against the New York Giants. Andre is now 33 years old but he has lot still left in him, even though he isn’t as explosive as he was at his peak, I thought he looked noticeably explosive in his routes in week 2 vs. the Raiders. He has gone for 93 and 74 yards in the first two games, and at the very minimum you should expect at least 5 points from Andre each week.
DeAndre Hopkins has taken that next step this year and is a good option every week because of the attention that Andre Johnson requires. But if Hopkins continues at this pace, he might start opening things up for Andre, and he may the one breaking big plays. Hopkins’ numbers will also increase as the passing game increases but O’Brien wants to be mainly a running team if it is sustainable. If the Texans had a top 12 or so quarterback, the Texans’ receivers would be much more valuable in fantasy.
The Texans also have Damaris Johnson, Keshawn Martin, and Devier Posey at receiver. Posey is the best of these three but he isn’t the typical slot receiver type like the other two are therefore at some point D. Johnson or Martin may be worth a pick up, maybe more so in a PPR league. Damaris Johnson was picked up off waivers a week before the season and jumped a ahead of Martin and Posey, but he hasn’t been able to make the most of his opportunity.
Keshawn Martin didn’t see any snaps until week 2. Devier Posey has shockingly been inactive in the first two games of the season, but he would likely step in if Hopkins or Andre were to miss time.
The tight ends have been a little bit banged up early in the season and have yet to really be a factor in the passing game. The tight end group has a total of two catches in the first two games but sooner or later they will become more involved more in the gameplan. The coaching staff really likes 5th year tight end Garrett Graham and last week was his first game in action and had a very nice catch on a ball behind him for 26 yards.
C.J. Fiedorowicz missed week two because of a foot injury but should be back this week. He is perceived to be the teams best blocker and that has been one of his main jobs so far as a Texan. He has been compared to Rob Gronkowski but he isn’t quite the athlete that Gronk is, when Fiedorowicz is asked to become a receiver he might only be a weapon from about 15 yards or so in. He has a big frame and is good at making the catch with defenders wrapped all over him, because of that he might catch touchdowns every few games or so.
The Texans also have talented third string tight end Ryan Griffin but because of limited opportunities, he couldn’t capitalize on being the second tight end on the field in the first two games.
If the Texans had a coach had who wanted to air it out and throw the ball 40 times a game, Ryan Fitzpatrick might have been a decent fantasy quarterback. But as of now, O’Brien wants to run the ball and limit turnovers, which will keep Fitzpatrick’s fantasy numbers average or below average.
Fitzpatrick may have a few games this year where he puts up really big numbers but the problem lies in predicting accurately when that will be. Fitzpatrick has been turnover free through two weeks, he could turn back to his old ways but he has so many weapons that it isn’t really on him to make his receivers better like he might have had to do in the past because the talent is already there.
After having a very shaky start to his pro career, Randy Bullock has been money kicking field goals dating back to last season with 6 or so games left. Bullock is should be a decent option as a kicker heading forward.
The Texans D/ST have been very good for fantasy owners and should continue to be for the majority of this year. The Texans have been very opportunistic on defense creating turnovers thus far and with the pressure they have the potential to apply on the quarterback, any week can be a big week. The Texans have the allowed the least points in the NFL, and they are only getting better in Romeo Crennel’s system.