Houston Texans

AFC South

DeAndre Carter has re-signed with the Texans. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Carter landed on the fantasy radar last season following a bevy of injuries to fellow Texans' wideouts. However, he'll enter the season at least behind DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and Keke Coutee on the team's depth chart.

Category: Transactions

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tyrann Mathieu intends to sign a three-year, $42 million deal with the Chiefs. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Safeties are getting paid at an alarming rate thus far, but the Chiefs absolutely had to do something to address their defense. Mathieu won't turn 27 until May and remains one of the better defensive backs in football.

Category: Transactions

NFL Network's James Palmer is reporting the Texans are expected to release WR Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday. (Source: James Palmer on Twiter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite trading for Thomas around the 2018 trade deadline, it looks like the Texans are releasing the 31-year-old wideout at some point in the day. Although Thomas flashed with a two-touchdown performance against the Titans in Week 12, his short stint in Houston will likely be remembered as a fail, concluding with a season-ending Achilles tear suffered in Week 16. For Thomas, there is still no timetable for his return from his injury but should land with a new club when he's good to go.

Category: Transactions

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports J.J. Watt underwent a minor knee surgery following the season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport adds that this was just some maintenance on an injury that bothered him throughout the year. Watt was able to play in all 16 games this year.

Category: Injury Updates

The Texans D/ST allowed 21 points and intercepted Andrew Luck once without accumulating a forced fumble or sack Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: It was a disappointing game for Houston, as they allowed the Colts to score early and then were left playing from behind for much of the game which limited their ability to rush the QB. Still, with a core built around J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, Houston will again be one of the top defenses considered in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps

Ka'imi Fairbairn didn't attempt a field goal in Saturday's loss to the Colts. He made the one extra point he attempted.

Fantasy Impact: Fairbairn and the Texans were playing from behind from the start, and the kicker wasn't utilized beyond the one extra point. While Fairbairn started out the season without much fanfare, he was one of the top kickers in the game on a weekly basis. As such, he should enter 2019 as someone to consider in redraft formats that utilize kickers.

Category: Game Recaps

Jordan Thomas was held without a target in Saturday's playoff loss.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas had an up-and-down season with Houston, but he failed to make an impact in the team's biggest game of the season. He'll be hard to trust entering 2019 given how he flamed out down the stretch and the team's other options at TE.

Category: Game Recaps

Benardrick McKinney finished Saturday's 21-7 loss to the Colts with nine total tackles, five being solo efforts.

Fantasy Impact: For next season, IDP owners playing with multiple LB spots should consider drafting McKinney. He is a solid LB2 in most formats finishing this season with 105 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception.

Category: Game Recaps

Jordan Akins caught 2-of-3 targets for eight yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Akins did not make the impact many expected in his rookie season making just 17 catches on 25 targets. The Texans may bring in some new players to improve the position but may give Akins another opportunity in his second season to make his mark.

Category: Game Recaps

Ryan Griffin caught 1-of-5 targets for six yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Griffin has been the top tight end on the team for most of the season but did not do much in that role catching just 24 passes on the year. Look for the Texans to upgrade the position in the offseason and Griffin could be looking for a new home.

Category: Game Recaps

D'Onta Foreman rushed one time for three yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: This year had been a wasted season for Foreman as he has been coming back from an Achilles injury that kept him out until Week 14. Look for Foreman to go into 2019 healthy and ready to compete for a key role on the offense.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps

Alfred Blue rushed two times for eight yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts, adding two receptions for 11 additional yards.

Fantasy Impact: Blue has been the second on the depth chart all season for the Texans but never really showed he is worthy of being the top dog on a team in the NFL. Blue should continue his role as a backup going into the 2019 season.

Category: Game Recaps

Lamar Miller carried five times for 18 yards and caught eight of 10 targets for 63 additional yards during Saturday's 21-7 loss to the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Miller had a disappointing day on Saturday and his inconsistent season comes to an end. The Texans will have a decision to make regarding keeping Miller as their top back going into 2019. If they do move on then Miller should be able to find another team.

Category: Game Recaps

Keke Coutee caught 11-of-14 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Coutee has been dealing with a hamstring injury and made his first appearance since Week 12 and just third overall since Week 7. But the lack of being on the field did not affect Coutee who had a big game on Saturday. Coutee could be a sleeper at wide receiver going into 2019 if he can stay healthy.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps

DeAndre Hopkins caught 5-of-10 targets for 37 yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Hopkins had one of his worst performances of the season as the Colts defense keyed on him. Hopkins was also dealing with a sprained AC joint. Despite the failure in the playoffs, Hopkins was one of the top receivers in fantasy and should that should continue into the 2019 season.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps

Deshaun Watson completed 29-of-49 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Texans' 21-7, Wild Card loss to the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Watson had a disappointing game on Saturday as he struggled with the Colts defense and had a costly turnover. Overall for the season, Watson was able to come back from a torn ACL that occurred during his rookie year. Watson should be primed to be a must own in fantasy next year.

Category: Game Recaps

Mike Tyson placed on IR

Wed, Jan 2nd 11:03pm EST
By Alex Johnson

The Texans placed safety Mike Tyson (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his season.

Fantasy Impact: Tyson injured his knee in last week’s victory over the Jaguars. He was unable to practice this week, leading the team to make the decision to place him on IR. He finishes the season with five tackles and one pass defensed in 10 games. The team signed safety A.J. Hendy off the Chargers’ practice squad to fill his spot on the active roster.

Category: Injury Updates

Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (neck) was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice after being limited Tuesday. (Source: Houston Texans )

Fantasy Impact: Joseph sat out Week 17 due to a neck injury but appears on track to play in Saturday’s playoff game against the Colts. Defensive end J.J. Watt (elbow/knee) and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) remained limited while safety Mike Tyson was a non-participant before being placed on IR.

Category: Injury Updates

Vyncint Smith caught three passes on five targets for 28 yards as the Texans beat the Jaguars by a 20-3 score in Week 17 action.

Fantasy Impact: Smith made the team as a rookie free agent and did not see any action at wide receiver until the end of the season. Smith ends the year with four catches and will look to increase his role in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps, Rumors

Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham recorded seven tackles (two solo) in Saturday night’s 29-22 win over the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Cunningham has been a steady tackle producer and is now up to 89 tackles on the season. He will look to continue his solid season next week against the Eagles.

Category: Game Recaps