RB - HOU
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The Houston Texans looked like they struck gold with Dameon Pierce early on during the season, as the rookie running back looked like the early favorite to take home offensive rookie of the year honors with a hot start. Pierce stepped in and immediately became the team's bellcow in Week 2. From that time until Week 10, Pierce ranked 5th in the NFL in rushing yards (739) averaging north of 19 carries and 92 rushing yards per game. He was the fantasy RB12 overall and in points per game. Other Texans RBs combined for just 11 carries versus Pierce's 154 over this stretch. However, the Florida product seemed to have hit a wall in the middle of the year totaling just 16 rushing yards against Washington and Miami through Weeks 11-12. However, these two defenses would turn out to be some of the tougher matchups for all RBs, so that's likely the cause of Pierce's fall-off in production. The tackle-breaking machine more than proved that he still had juice left in the tank with two strong outings to conclude his season versus Dallas and Cleveland. However, he suffered a season-ending ankle injury that would knock him out for the rest of the season - just 61 yards away from 1,000 rushing yards on the year. Despite the missed games, he still finished 4th in missed tackles forced and 1st in missed tackles forced per attempt (28%) among RBs with at least 100 carries. Pierce should lead the Texans backfield in 2023, but an entirely new coaching staff and Pierce's 4th-round draft capital suggest that his undisputed workhorse role could change. Devin Singletary signed a one-year deal worth $3.75 million with the Texans, presumably to fill the role of Pierce's primary backup. Singletary totaled just nine more carries than James Cook from Weeks 13-Week 20 but ended the year 10th in PFF rushing grade (two spots ahead of Pierce).
Overall, Singletary probably won't unseat Pierce as the team's No. 1 rusher, but he poses a much bigger threat to Pierce's workload than JAGs like Rex Burkhead, Mike Boone, and Dare Ogunbowale. His PFF pass-blocking grade (73.2, 8th) might get him usage on passing downs as Pierce struggled in this capacity as a rookie (32.3, 52nd). Although it does work in Pierce's favor that Singletary has never flourished as an actual receiver, giving Pierce the slight edge on attaining a full three-down workload if he can shore up his pass protection in Year 2.
Singletary's addition shouldn't completely change the way you view Pierce as it was highly unlikely the team would add zero running backs between now and the start of the season. He's not the worst running back they could have added, but he's hardly a reason to fully fade Pierce for fear that Singletary will carve out a massive role on offense.
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The Texans have ruled out Dameon Pierce for their Week 15 matchup against the Chiefs with a high ankle sprain.
Earlier reports stated the rookie RB could miss one to two weeks with the ankle injury. Rex Burkhead and Dare Ogunbowale will fill the backfield when Houston hosts Kansas City. Fantasy managers should look elsewhere for higher floor options, particularly in the playoffs.
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|ECR||Best||Worst||# of Experts|
|Draft||RB #19||RB #16||RB #28||16|
|Dynasty||RB #19||RB #12||RB #32||23|
|Rush Att||Rush Yds||Rush Tds||Recs||Rec Yds||Rec Tds||Fumbles|
|Player does not have any 2023 projections available|
|Rush Yds||Rush Tds||Recs||Points|
|Last 3 Weeks||53||0.3||2||7.6|
|Season to Date||72.2||0.3||2.3||10.5|
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|OPP||Rush Yds||Rush Tds||Recs||Points|
|Week 14||@ DAL||78||1||0||11.8|
|Week 13||vs. CLE||73||0||3||9.5|
|Week 12||@ MIA||8||0||3||1.6|
|Week 11||vs. WAS||8||0||2||1.7|
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