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D.J. Reader is expected to sign a four-year, $53 million deal with the Bengals, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reader will become the highest paid nose tackle in the NFL. He logged 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Texans in 2019. Reader will bolster the Bengals run defense, and form quite the dynamic duo with Geno Atkins at defensive tackle.

Category: Transactions


Per John McClain, DeAndre Hopkins is being traded to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for David Johnson. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals are receiving Pro-Bowl WR Hopkins and a fourth round pick in exchange for David Johnson and a second round pick this year, as well as a fourth round pick next year. There was speculation that Hopkins was on the trade block, and now it has become official. He will join forces with Kyler Murray in Arizona this season and will easily be a top-5 fantasy WR in 2020. Will Fuller could possibly be the biggest beneficiary of this trade, as he will now look to become Deshaun Watson’s top target this year. Look for Fuller to be a highly-coveted fantasy asset this year.

Category: Transactions


The NFL has announced that it has "no plans to move the start of the league year." (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There were reportedly meetings being held to discuss closing team facilities given the current pandemic. However, the NFL apparently has no plans on delaying the start of the new year. This would indicate that free agency will start as planned. It still remains to be seen if this will be the case and if there will be further impact, including to the 2020 NFL Draft.

Category: Rumors


Carlos Hyde has declined a contract offer by the Texans and will hit the free-agent market. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hyde is coming off his first 1,000-yard rushing season, but he apparently wasn't willing to take what the Texans were offering for 2020. His value will ultimately be determined by where he signs this offseason, but it's hard to imagine him seeing anything other than a shared backfield role. He's currently the RB33 in our early expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors


Lamar Miller will test the free agent market. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miller suffered a torn ACL that ended his 2019 campaign. He was reportedly not actively pursued by the Texans, who did offer fellow RB Carlos Hyde a contract, which Hyde declined. It's hard to see Miller coming into a role that has much value for fantasy purposes, especially given his ACL injury. At this point, he's the RB66 in our early consensus rankings.


The Houston Texans have signed kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn to a four-year contract extension. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fairbairn was middle of the pack in terms of fantasy scoring as a kicker in 2019. He should have solid opportunity this season kicking for the Texans' offense led by quarterback Deshaun Watson. Fairbairn currently checks in as the K11 in our early consensus rankings.

Category: Transactions


The Texans have signed Darren Fells to a two-year, $7 million contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fells will earn $4 million in 2020 and the deal will keep him in Houston for the next couple of years. The 34-year old tight end emerged as Deshaun Watson’s top red zone target and set career-highs in receptions (34), yards (341) and touchdowns (7) across 16 games in 2019. Fells is a borderline tight end two and is mainly option in deep-league formats.

Category: Transactions


Texans' wide receiver Will Fuller had recently underwent sports hernia surgery to take care of a groin injury that had been lingering since the regular season. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Fuller has truly been a difference maker for the Texans when he is present on the field. During this season alone, Houston was 8-3 when Fuller was healthy and 2-3 when he missed time. He caught 49 passes for 670 yards and three touchdowns this season. He will be entering his fifth year in 2020 and hopes that he can make it through a season without missing time due to injuries.

Category: Injury Updates


The Texans D/ST gave up seven touchdowns on Sunday as the team lost to the Chiefs by a 51-31 score in their Divisional Round matchup.

Fantasy Impact: The Texans D/ST scored a special teams touchdown in the first quarter on a blocked punt to help give the team a good lead. But the defense could not stop the Chiefs offense giving up five touchdown passes to Patrick Mahomes along with two rushing TDs by Damien Williams.

Category: Game Recaps


Kenny Stills made three catches for 80 yards and a touchdown on six targets Sunday in the Texans’ Divisional Round loss to the Chiefs by a 51-31 score.

Fantasy Impact: Stills was questionable going into the game on Sunday with a knee injury but was able to play. The veteran receiver caught 40 passes in his first season with the Texans and should be third on the depth chart with the team going into 2020 if he remains with the team.

Category: Game Recaps


Duke Johnson gained 11 yards on his lone rushing attempt while making five catches for 23 yards on eight targets as a receiver Sunday in Houston’s Divisional Round loss to Kansas City by a 51-31 score.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was needed in the second half as the Texans turned to a pass-heavy offense as they fell behind the Chiefs in the second quarter. The veteran running back seems to have found a role on passing downs but may see more action in 2020 if Carlos Hyde does not return.

Category: Game Recaps


Deshaun Watson completed 31 of 52 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns while running for 37 yards and an additional TD on six carries during Sunday's 51-31 Divisional Round loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Watson had a strong postseason for the Texans throwing for 635 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for two scores as well. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the Texans were knocked out by the Chiefs on Sunday. Look for Watson to be a top-five QB going into 2020 fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps


Jordan Akins enters the weekend questionable to play against the Chiefs due to a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact: The injury sidelined Akins last weekend against the Bills. With Akins out, fellow tight end Darren Fells caught four of five targets for 37 yards. Now, Fells is also dealing with an ailment, as he was added late in the week to the team's injury report. If either is forced to miss the game, it would make the team's active tight end an interesting value play this weekend.

Category: Injury Updates


Taiwan Jones caught his only target for 34 yards on Saturday as the Texans beat the Bills by a 22-19 score in the Wild Card round.

Fantasy Impact: Jones was hardly used all this year with just one catch and nine rushes on the season. But he made a big play in the Wild Card win with his catch. The Texans will face either the Chiefs or the Ravens in the Divisional round and it will be highly unlikely that Jones gets utilized.

Category: Game Recaps


Keke Coutee caught one pass on three targets for seven yards on Sunday as the Texans lost to the Titans by a 35-14 score in Week 17 action.

Fantasy Impact: Coutee had a disappointing season in 2019 catching just 22 passes over nine games for the Texans. Coutee will have be too far down the depth chart to be fantasy relevant in the playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps


AJ McCarron completed 21 of 36 passes for 225 yards and an interception in the team's Week 17 loss to the Titans. He added five rushes for 39 yards and a score.

Fantasy Impact: McCarron received his first start since 2015 with Deshaun Watson getting the day off. The Texans decided to rest some starters with their playoff matchup having already decided. McCarron will back into a backup role once the playoffs start.

Category: Game Recaps


The Texans have designated J.J. Watt (pectoral) to return from injured reserve. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houston now has three weeks to activate Watt off IR or he'll be out for the year. He'll practice this week in hopes of returning for Wild Card Weekend. The Texans' defense hasn't been the same since losing their star defensive lineman.

Category: Injury Updates


Zach Cunningham recorded six solo tackles and one pass defended on Saturday in a 23-20 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Though Cunningham didn't have a poor game by any means, he did fail to match his outstanding production from the previous four weeks. Make sure to check in on him if you have a championship round in Week 17; the Texans can still move up in the standings if they beat the Titans and the Chiefs lose.

Category: Game Recaps


Bradley Roby recorded 4 solo tackles, two pass breakups, and an interception returned for a TD in a 23-20 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Roby's pick-six came on Jameis Winston's first throw of the game and turned out to be a crucial play for a Houston offense that couldn't find its footing. Roby and the Texans have a rematch against the Titans for their season finale.

Category: Game Recaps


Benardrick McKinney (concussion) is ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Buccaneers. (Source: Houston Texans on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: McKinney missed practice all week and remains in concussion protocol, he will miss Week 16. Brennan Scarlett, who was recently activated, should see an increased role.

Category: Injury Updates


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