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Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports Texans QB Deshaun Watson "is still angry about team's insensitivity to social justice." (Source: Chris Mortensen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mortensen adds that this includes the team's hiring practices, especially after the franchise didn't interview Chiefs OC Eric Bienemy last week. Watson has a full no-trade clause in his contract and reportedly has interest in going to the Miami Dolphins, with Tua Tagovailoa and additional compensation going back to Houston. This is going to be one of the biggest storylines of the offseason since Watson's presence alone could vault some teams into the inner circle of championship contenders.

Category: Rumors


The Texans defense gave up five touchdowns including two to Derrick Henry on Sunday as the Titans defeated the Texans by a 41-38 score in Week 17 action.

Fantasy Impact: The Texans recovered a fumble, while also coming away with two sacks, seven tackles for losses and two passes defended on Sunday. The defense struggled all season and will need an over haul which should happen with the new coaching staff that will be coming in.

Category: Game Recaps


Ka'imi Fairbairn was 4-for-4 in field goal attempts and 2-for-3 in extra-point tries on Sunday as the Texans lost to the Titans by a 41-38 score.

Fantasy Impact: Fairbairn was one of the bright spots for the Texans this season as the veteran kicker finished 27-for-31 in field goal attempts. And Fairbairn missed three extra points all season and should go into 2021 with his job secure.

Category: Game Recaps


Darren Fells wasn't targeted on Sunday in the Texans' Week 17 loss to the Titans by a 41-38 score.

Fantasy Impact: Fells played a backup role to Jordan Akins at tight end for most of the season. The veteran finishes with 21 catches, 312 receiving yards, and four touchdown receptions.

Category: Game Recaps


Pharaoh Brown caught 5-of-5 targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Week 17 loss to the Titans by a 41-38 score.

Fantasy Impact: Brown had a season-high in catches on Sunday as the tight end is more known for his blocking than his passing skills. The 26-year-old will be fighting for a roster spot in 2021 and will not be fantasy relevant.

Category: Game Recaps


Jordan Akins caught 1-of-2 targets for nine yards in the Texans' Week 17 loss to the Titans by a 41-38 score.

Fantasy Impact: Akins was at the top of the depth chart at the tight end position for most of the season but really never broke out as many people expected. Akins finishes the season with 37 receptions, 403 receiving yards, and one touchdown.

Category: Game Recaps


Chad Hansen caught 2-of-4 targets for 16 yards in the Texans' Week 17 loss to the Titans by a 41-38 score.

Fantasy Impact: After spending most of the season on the practice squad, Hansen finally found a role on the team towards the end of the year. Over the last five games, the 25-year-old receiver caught 17 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown. Hansen might be able to get a full-time roster spot in 2021 but will probably not be worth owning in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Keke Coutee caught 6-of-7 targets for 90 yards in the Texans' Week 17 loss to the Titans by a 41-38 score.

Fantasy Impact: Coutee had a strong finish to the season and over his last six games had 27 receptions for 362 yards. The 23-year-old receiver could have a bigger role going into 2021 and could be worth owning in 12 team fantasy leagues and deeper.

Category: Game Recaps


Brandin Cooks caught 11-of-16 targets for 166 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' Week 17 loss to the Titans by a 41-38 score.

Fantasy Impact: Cooks started off this first season slow with the Texans as he adjusted to the offense but had a great finish. The veteran wide receiver finishes the year with 81 receptions, 1,150 receiving yards, and six touchdowns.

Category: Game Recaps


David Johnson carried the ball 14 times for 84 yards and a touchdown and caught three of five targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Titans.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson had an inconsisent year that was marred by injuries but had a great finish over his last three games. The veteran running back ended up with eight total touchdowns and if he can stay healthy should be a must-own in fantasy in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Duke Johnson Jr. (neck) will not play in Week 17's game against the Jaguars. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Duke Johnson out, David Johnson can be relied on as a low-end RB1 in this matchup against the Titans. David Johnson has seen 80% and 96% of his team’s snaps over the last two weeks without Duke Johnson out of the lineup and has racked up 272 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns over his last two weeks. 

Category: Injury Updates


Texans LT Laremy Tunsil (ankle) will not play in Sunday's Week 17 contest against the Titans. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Tunsil was unable to practice this week and has been ruled out for Sunday's game aginst the Titans. His absence only downgrades star QB Deshaun Watson and the Texans offense. RT Roderick Johnson will shift to LT and rookie OL Charlie Heck will draw his first NFL start while Tunsil is sidelined.

Category: Injury Updates


Kahale Warring caught one of three targets for three yards on Sunday as the Texans lost to the Bengals by a 37-31 score in Week 16 action.

Fantasy Impact: Warring now has three catches over the last five games as the second-year tight end tries to work his way up the depth chart. Warring was a third-round pick last year and has been injured most of his time in the NFL and may be given more of a chance to play in Week 17.

Category: Game Recaps


Buddy Howell rushed five times for 22 yards on Sunday as the Texans lost to the Colts by a 27-20 score in Week 15 action.

Fantasy Impact: With Duke Johnson out on Sunday, Howell moved into the backup role at running back for the Texans. The undrafted third-year pro does not have a big enough role in the offense to be worth owning in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


C.J. Prosise has been ruled out for Week 15 against the Colts due to a neck injury. (Source: Texans PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Prosise will not play along with Duke Johnson, who is out with a neck injury. Prosise is third in the pecking order for carries, and with David Johnson somewhat healthy, he'll be shouldering the load against the Colts. Prosise doesn't need to be rostered with only one week left in the fantasy season.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Texans S Justin Reid is out for the season due to a hand injury suffered in Week 14. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Texans’ star safety finishes the year with 83 total tackles and two sacks. His year is now done, which is a big loss for an already struggling Texans defense.

Category: Injury Updates


Texans' HC Romeo Crennel said there is a "good possibility" that WR Randall Cobb (toe) is done for the season. (Source: Sarah Barshop on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Cobb originally injured his toe in Week 11 and was placed on injured reserve. The Texans are (4-9) and have no incentive to rush the 30-year-old WR back. He is under contract with Houston for the next two campaigns after signing a three-year $27 million deal this offseason. It is unclear if Cobb will undergo surgery on his ailing toe and is expected to finish the 2020 season with 45 receptions for 568 yards and three touchdowns over 10 games. Keke Coutee will continue to handle the Texans' WR2 role while Cobb is sidelined.

Category: Injury Updates


Steven Mitchell Jr. caught three of five targets for 38 yards on Sunday as the Texans lost to the Bears by a 36-7 score in Week 14 action.

Fantasy Impact: Mitchell was elevated from the practice squad before the game as the Texans needed depth at wide receiver. The team is hurting at the position and Mitchell should have a role in Week 15 but is not worth picking up in standard fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Isaiah Coulter will not play in Week 13's matchup against the Colts. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Coulter returned to practice this week and was expected to see an increase in volume with a quickly thinning receiving corps in Houston. Brandin Cooks and Keke Coutee will be the top pass-catching options this week but Coulter makes for a decent stash for Week 14 and beyond.

Category: Injury Updates


Texans' CB Bradley Roby has been suspended six games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, per source. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Roby addressed his fans on social media on Monday stating that he has been suspended six games for having, "unknowingly used a product that was contaminated with a banned substance" which violated the league's policy on PEDs. Roby's season now ends and an already vulnerable Texans' secondary will provide an even better matchup for opposing offenses, starting with the division-rival Indianapolis Colts in Week 13.

Category: Transactions, Rumors