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32 Teams in 32 Days: Houston Texans

OVERVIEW

The Houston Texans are an intriguing team. We saw glimpses of a dominant offense led by Deshaun Watson in both 2017 and 2018, but injuries prevented sustained excellence. In 2017, Houston allowed 54 sacks, which ranked 31st behind only Indianapolis. Not to be outdone, in 2018, the Texans allowed a league-worst 62 sacks. Subsequently, in the 2019 draft, the Texans selected offensive linemen in the 1st and 2nd rounds. Hopefully, these additions can lead to cleaner pockets, bigger creases in the running game, and consequently, more fantasy points. Let’s take a look at the players that you should be targeting to maximize your share of the Texans fantasy points this season.

QB

Deshaun Watson – ADP: QB4 – 48TH OVERALL

Deshaun Watson has shown us that, despite concerns about his arm strength and suffering a major injury, he is able to produce elite fantasy numbers.  In his career, on a per game basis, Watson averages roughly 250 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and another 40 yards rushing. That amounts to a robust 21 point per game average. Furthermore, Watson will still be 23 years old when the season starts, meaning he should have 10+ years of elite production opportunity available. He is currently being drafted roughly 48th overall, as the 4th QB, in startups, and I would be comfortable with taking him there. If you are in an SF or 2QB league, he is worth nabbing even earlier. Watson is a QB that can appeal to any type of roster. He is producing well enough for contenders; he is young enough for a team that is rebuilding; and holds a high enough value to sell, if your team is QB heavy.

Running Backs

Lamar Miller – ADP: RB36 – 101ST OVERALL

The RB position is not a strong point for the Houston Texans. The leader of this underwhelming group is Lamar Miller. He has always been a player that is a solid RB option, but never elite. In his years in Houston, his yearly average has been roughly 1,200 total yards with 6 TDs. While these numbers may not knock your socks off, these are the type of players that can help you win a championship as your second or third RB. Miller is in a unique position for 2019. At 28 years old, he is rapidly approaching the RB cliff that hits near the age of 30. However, he doesn’t have much competition for RB touches and saw his team solidify the O-line in the draft. He is a player to target if you are a contender and sell if not.

D’Onta Foreman – ADP: RB50 – 149TH OVERALL

The man who has been backing up Miller is the former Texas product, D’Onta Foreman. Foreman was a trendy name in dynasty before he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in November of 2017. He only had the aforementioned Miller in between himself and an opportunity for the lead back role. Now, after missing most of last season, Foreman has an opportunity to reemerge as a dynasty darling. The toughest obstacle in his way may be regaining the explosiveness and power that had so many people intrigued. Foreman has become somewhat of a polarizing player. Many people expect the Texans to look to the touted 2020 RB draft class, while his supporters hope for a resurgent 2019. His cost should be relatively cheap, so if you are looking for a relatively inexpensive lottery ticket, you may want to check in with the Foreman owner.

Karan Higdon – ADP: RB117 – 385TH OVERALL

The final RB worth mentioning is Karan Higdon. He is a UDFA from Michigan that has an outside chance to surprise people. He has the speed and elusiveness to potentially make an impact. He also might not even make the Texans roster. But, if you are in a very deep league, or want an even less expensive lottery ticket, give Higdon a look.

Wide Receivers

DeAndre Hopkins – ADP: WR1 – 4TH OVERALL

Without a doubt, the first player that comes to mind when you think of the Texans is DeAndre Hopkins. He currently is being taken as the 4th player overall in startup drafts, which may actually be too low. Hopkins will be entering his age 27 year in 2019, and is primed to compete to be the best fantasy WR in the NFL. Hopkins is one of the top dynasty assets in the game. He is in the prime of his career, has shown that he is QB proof, and now has a blossoming QB to develop with. Hopkins is a player that should appeal to every roster. If the owner in your league happens to be in rebuild mode, take a run at Hopkins, he will be worth the price.

Will Fuller – ADP: WR30 – 70TH OVERALL

Will Fuller is an interesting player. He seemingly can’t be defended on the field, but also, unfortunately, can’t stay healthy. Consequently, his value has been all over the board. While Fuller has shown that he can put up extremely impressive numbers, he is not a player that you feel you can count on to be available on a weekly basis. Fuller is a player that I would be looking to sell if I owned him. However, the problem is that he’s recovering from another injury; so, you may be stuck in a position of holding Fuller. If that is the case, my suggestion would be to wait for him to put up a few good games once he is back healthy and cash out.

Keke Coutee – ADP: WR45 – 107TH OVERALL

The non-DeAndre Hopkins WR on the Texans that I am most interested in is the former Texas Tech Red Raider, Keke Coutee. In 2018, he showed a glimpse of what he could do as a slot receiver. Coutee has the makings of a volume WR that can get you 5/50 on a regular basis. He is a player that I would be looking to acquire as a throw in or sweetener to a deal, and could end up being a great buy.

Johnnie Dixon – ADP: OUTSIDE TOP 400

Finally, Johnnie Dixon is a UDFA rookie from Ohio State. He is the longshot WR on the Texans that I would keep my eye on. He has an uphill battle towards fantasy relevance, but his speed can play at the NFL level, and he could emerge as a deep threat if the aforementioned Fuller cannot stay on the field.

Tight Ends

Kahale Warring – ADP: TE40 – 302ND OVERALL

Tight End for the Texans has not been a very fruitful fantasy asset in quite a while. In 2018, Houston took a couple of swings in the draft, aiming to find a consistent contributor. However, after spending another draft pick, this time a 2019 3rd, on TE, the Texans seem to still be looking for their guy. Enter Kahale Warring. He is a relatively raw prospect coming from San Diego State, where he played multiple other sports prior to football, including basketball. And, we all know how much the NFL and NFL commentators love mentioning when a TE used to play basketball… However at 6’5”, 252 lbs, with a 36.5” vertical and 4.67 sec 40 time, Warring has the traits desired by the NFL to develop into a red-zone target. Only time will tell if he can transition, but if you are looking for a Houston TE, he is the man I’d put my money on.

Jordan Thomas – ADP: TE52 – 399TH OVERALL

The two other TEs on the Texans worth mentioning is Jordan Thomas and Jordan Akins. Thomas was a 2018 6th round pick by the Texans, whereas Akins was a 3rd round pick in the same class. However, of the two, Thomas had a better rookie season hauling in 4 TDs to Akins zero. I’m likely not putting much stock in either of these two TEs, but if I had to pick one for a TE premium league, I’d put my money on Thomas.

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