Houston Texans

Houston Texans

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora believes Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is "going to be playing a lot of football this season." (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Watson will spend the remainder of the offseason battling with Tom Savage to see who will emerge as Houston's starting quarterback for 2017, and it wouldn't be shocking if the rookie won the job. However, if Savage enters the upcoming season as the starter, the Texans will likely turn to Watson sooner rather than later if the former struggles.

Category: Rumors


Houston Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson believes rookie running back D'Onta Foreman will cut into Lamar Miller's workload in 2017. "The arrival of the Doak Walker award winner and 2,000-yard rusher could also lighten the workload and possibly reduce the wear and tear accumulated by starting running back Lamar Miller," Wilson said via the Houston Chronicle. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Foreman, the 89th overall pick in the 2016 draft, could make an immediate impact in the Texans' backfield. Although Miller had a strong year in 2016 -- he received a career-high 268 carries for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games -- his production became erratic in the second half of the season due to the wear and tear on his body. Since longtime Texans No. 2 rusher Alfred Blue has been sub-par at best when he is on the field, Foreman is expected to not only take over as the team's primary backup running back, but he could also add a spark as the change of pace back. However, because Miller is the clear-cut starter, Foreman's fantasy value will be limited. Foreman should be targeted in the latter rounds of upcoming fantasy drafts as Miller's handcuff.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Houston Texans are "moving forward" with Tom Savage and will "likely" address the quarterback position in the NFL Draft. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In the wake of the Tony Romo news out of Dallas -- he is retiring -- Rapoport said the Texans will move forward with Savage. He is the favorite to enter the upcoming season as the team's starting quarterback. However, the Texans are still fully expected to target a signal caller in the NFL Draft due to the uncertainties that surround Savage. He's only appeared in five games in his three-year career and is tremendously inexperienced to carry a potential Super Bowl contending team. The Texans could also look in the direction of Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler, who are both available free agents.

Category: Rumors


The Houston Texans and tight end Ryan Griffin agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth $9 million with $3.25 million in guaranteed money. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Griffin had a stellar year in 2016, sharing time with fellow breakout tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz in Houston. The four-year veteran produced career-high numbers across the board in the effort. Playing in all 16 games, he caught 50 targets for 442 yards and two touchdowns. Entering 2017, it would be difficult to imagine Griffin starting ahead of Fiedorowicz at tight end, but it appears the Texans could begin to employ 12 personnel packages more often given the success both players had last season. For fantasy football purposes, Fiedorowicz is the tight end to target from Houston in the borderline TE1/ TE2 tier.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Cleveland Browns are "planning on cutting" newly acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It comes to no surprise that the Browns will release Osweiler and eat the dead cap money. With $98,953,328 in cap room entering free agency, the Browns have the means to make this move. Cleveland remains in the quarterback hunt this offseason.

Category: Rumors


Houston Texans owner Bob McNair told the media that the team's "intentions [are] to try" to sign wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to a long-term contract extension this offseason. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hopkins is entering his walk year in 2017. However, reports indicate that the Texans and their top receiver will eventually meet and attempt to come to terms on a new, long-term extension to prevent him from hitting the open market in 2018. Despite regressing in 2016, Hopkins remains one of the league's top wideouts. After producing an 111-1,521-11 stat line in 2015, his numbers dropped dramatically last season in which he only accumulated 78 receptions for 954 yards and four touchdowns. The blame for his regression likely falls on the arm of Brock Osweiler, who struggled mightily in his first year with the club. Look for the Texans to make a quarterback change in 2017. With an upgrade under center, Hopkins would likely return to his top five form.

Category: Rumors


Nick Novak was 3-for-3 on field goals in the Texans' 34-16 loss to the Patriots on Saturday, finishing the season with 40 field goals made. Novak's long field goal was 46 yards and he converted an extra point as well. He finished the season 40-for-46 on field goals and with 146 points.

Fantasy Impact: Novak converted multiple field goals in each of his last four games of the 2016 season and finished with six games with three or more field goals made. He was consistently a low-cost option on DFS, making him one of the best value plays of the 2016 season at kicker. After only making 40 field goals over 2014 and 2015, his 40 field goals made in 2016 make Novak a strong option at kicker leading into 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


Jonathan Grimes had the second-most receptions for Houston in their 34-16 loss against the Patriots on Saturday, grabbing all four of his targets for 43 yards. Grimes also had two carries for 11 yards. He finished the season and postseason with 283 total yards.

Fantasy Impact: Grimes had a nice postseason for his value, as he also had four carries for 30 yards in the Texans' AFC Wild Card round victory over the Raiders. He also had four receptions in Week 17, showing that he was getting opportunities in the passing game as well. Grimes is a free agent this offseason and his 4.9 yards per carry over the last two seasons make him an intriguing option as a backup RB.

Category: Game Recaps


Lamar Miller was bottled up on Saturday night. The New England Patriots found a way to keep Miller under 100 yards and out of the endzone. Miller rushed for 73 yards on 19 carries. He also caught four passes for 16 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Miller had a solid season overall. It was disappointing at times, but with the lack of a passing game and the forcing of the throwing for a touchdown in the redzone, Miller was handcuffed. Next season, Miller will be at the top of the boards for running backs next year and rightfully so. Let's see what the Texans do in the offseason to help Miller out.

Category: Game Recaps


C.J. Fiedorowicz caught 3-of-5 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Fiedorowicz had a breakout season for the Texans catching 54 passes this year. If the Texans can improve on their passing game, specifically the QB position then Fiedorowicz could take the next step and be worthy of being owned in most fantasy leagues next year.

Category: Game Recaps


Will Fuller caught 3-of-6 targets for 16 yards in the Texans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Fuller had an up and down rookie season and showed flashes of potential that showed why he deserved to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft. If the Texans can upgrade the QB position then Fuller has a chance to make a big impact in fantasy leagues next season.

Category: Game Recaps


Jaelen Strong underwent ankle surgery last month, a minor procedure to clean things up. He is expected to be back for the team's offseason program. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Strong has been negatively impacted by the bevy of other WRs that have been added to the team as well as the poor QB play. He has shown some promise when given opportunities, but he has an uphill battle to meaningful snaps considering the presence of other WRs on the roster.

Category: Injury Updates


The Texans lost 24-17 to the Titans, but Wendall Williams had two catches for 41 yards in a losing effort. This gives Williams two catches in two of the last three games, his first catches of his career. He finished the season with 75 receiving yards.

Fantasy Impact: Williams was seen as a speedster out of college and averaging nearly 20 yards per catch on his first four catches of his career shows just that. There is very little to go on with Williams, but his ability to break off a big play could make him a decent punt play. The Raiders, who the Texans will open the playoffs with, ranked 19th against fantasy WR this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Alfred Blue carried the ball 11 times for 28 yards and had three receptions for 12 yards in a 24-17 loss against the Titans on Sunday. Blue was the main RB for the second consecutive game for Houston, filling in for Lamar Miller. He finished the season with 420 rushing yards, 40 receiving yards, and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: The Texans were not able to get anything out of the RB position a week after Blue scored the game-winning TD in Week 16 and the Texans will need more in their matchup with the Raiders in the wild card round. Blue had 90 yards in the aforementioned Week 16 matchup and did have two 100 yard rushing games last season. The Raiders ranked 22nd against fantasy RB this season and Blue could get more carries if Miller's injuries continue.

Category: Game Recaps


Keith Mumphery caught one pass on two targets for 11 yards in the Texans' Week 15 win over the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: It looked like Mumphery's stock would rise when Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong went on the IR moving him into WR3 on the depth chart. But it has not helped and he has only seen four targets over the last two weeks. He is not worth owning in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Stephen Anderson secured one-of-three targets for seven yards in the Texans 21-20 victory over the Jaguars in Week 15.

Fantasy Impact: With starting tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz not active today, it would've been nice to see the uber-talented rookie get a few more opportunities -- but be that as it may -- his three targets are actually tied for the most he's seen this season. Rookie tight ends tend to struggle in fantasy, but Anderson continues to be a guy to stash in deeper two-tight end formats or keeper/dynasty leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Braxton Miller headed to IR

Tue, Dec 13th 3:51pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

HOU

The Houston Texans placed wide receiver Braxton Miller (shoulder) on the injured reserve list Tuesday. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miller injured his shoulder in Week 13 against Green Bay and has not played since. On Tuesday, Houston placed the rookie wideout on IR, ending his season. He'll finish his freshman campaign in the pros with 15 receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown in 10 games.

Category: Injury Updates


Texans head coach Bill O'Brien mentioned that second-year running back Akeem Hunt "will be part of the game plan" against the Raiders in Week 11. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hunt saw his first action of the season last week against the Jaguars -- earning 53 yards on nine touches, and showing solid burst and elusiveness. The speedster out of Purdue ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at the 2015 combine, and was active for seven games his rookie year. If Lamar Miller were to miss time, Hunt has the tools to produce RB3 numbers in PPR formats.


Cecil Shorts cut by Texans

Sat, Sep 3rd 12:52pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

The Houston Texans have released WR Cecil Shorts on Saturday. (Source: Rand Getlin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houston's wide receiver depth chart just got a bit more clear as they released Shorts on Saturday. The Texans will likely start the season with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller on the outside with Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong vying for the No. 3 and No. 4 spots on the depth chart. Keith Mumphery will likely have a roster spot upon Strong's release.

Category: Transactions


Tyler Ervin carried the ball twice for 13 yards, also adding one reception for 20 yards. He worked second with the Texans first team offense after Lamar Miller.

Fantasy Impact: Although he did not have a big impact in this preseason game, it is notable nonetheless due to the fact that he appears to have taken over as the Texans backup running back. If you are into handcuffing your starters it appears as though Tyler Ervin is the running back to own and not Alfred Blue.

Category: Game Recaps


The Houston Texans released quarterback Brian Hoyer on Sunday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brian Hoyer was released the day before the Texan start their offseason program. The Texans tried to move Hoyer via trade but could not find a willing partner to complete the transaction for the quarterback who inevitably would be released. Hoyer will likely be pursued by quarterback-needy teams, including the Broncos, Jets and Cowboys.

Category: Transactions


The Houston Texans have released TE Garrett Graham on Thursday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garrett Graham's release was expected as well as Arian Foster's had been. The six-year veteran was expected to become a servicable tight end in Houston, but that never panned out. Graham had a sub-par year in 2015, which led to his departure. He finished the season with a dismal four receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown appearing in only eight games.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Houston Texans have released Arian Foster. Foster spent seven seasons with Houston. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arian Foster's release comes as expected though it was rumored to have nothing to do with the money aspect of Foster, however, stability at the running back position for Houston could have played a role in the transaction. Foster only played in four games in 2015 and missed 23 games over the past three years. The injury-prone back will attempt to catch on with another organization this offseason. If healthy, Foster could still be a viable fantasy running back depending on his role this upcoming season.

Category: Transactions


Nate Washington caught 1-of-6 targets for three years in the Texans Wild Card loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Washington was open on many plays but simply could not hold onto the ball. It also did not help that on a few other plays Hoyer overthrew Washington. Washington is a free agent after the season and is unlikely to be back with the Texans.

Category: Game Recaps


Chris Polk netted three carries for four yards and failed to secure his lone target as the Texans locked up the AFC South in a victory over Jacksonville in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Polk is an interesting deep league piece in dynasty leagues if he lands in a better situation at some point in the offseason. However, the fact that Arian Foster has been out the majority of the season, and Polk hasn't been able to capitalize and beat-out plodder Alfred Blue, doesn't really bring much optimism to his future outlook.

Category: Game Recaps


Brandon Weeden completed 15-of-24 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed the ball twice for 11 yards and a touchdown in the Texans Week 16 defeat of the Titans.

Fantasy Impact: Weeden did not look like the same quarterback that we saw in Dallas. Although he was not spectacular he was effective and even elusive running for his first career touchdown. Bill O'Brien stated that Hoyer is still the starter when healthy, so Weeden should take a seat back on the bench in Week 17 with Hoyer expected to be cleared. It is promising for Houston fans that it looks like they have a competent backup should Hoyer get injured again.

Category: Game Recaps


Wow. He gets another opportunity and boom! suffers a torn ACL. He will be a free agent after the season and with a six-to-nine month rehab, he may have difficulty finding a team next year.

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Weeden is in and the Texans will likely add another quarterback quickly.

Category: Injury Updates


The Houston Texans have re-signed Daryl Richardson to their practice squad. (Source: Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Richardson was recently cut by the Texans, but has returned to add depth to a running back corps that just lost Arian Foster for the season. The speedster and former fantasy commodity will more than likely not come into any value.

Category: Transactions


The Houston Texans have released backup quarterback Ryan Mallett as per beat writer John McClain. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was widely expected as Bill O'Brien tried to cut Mallett prior to the Texans Week 7 blowout against the Dolphins. Bill O'Brien preaches accountability and Ryan Mallett tested that one too many times. The Texans are looking to add T.J. Yates to backup starting quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Category: Transactions


The Texans have released kicker Randy Bullock. Bullock was 5-for-6 on field goal attempts and 3-for-5 on extra point attempts. The Texans have signed Nick Novak to replace Bullock. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bullock was an intriguing option coming into the 2015 season as he improved drastically in 2014. He then regressed in 2015 and Bill O'Brien decided not to wait around until he regained his kicking confidence. Bullock can be dropped in all leagues.

Category: Transactions


The Texans acquired a fifth-round pick for new Patriots WR Keshawn Martin, but also sent a sixth-rounder to New England. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots desperately need wide receiver depth after cutting Chris Harper. They currently just have Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson. Martin should see the field but will see limited targets unless an injury occurs. He may also contribute in the return game. Don't expect Martin to be fantasy relevant.


The Texans have released WR Uzoma Nwachukwu better known as "EZ". (Source: Tania Ganguli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "EZ" had become a fan favorite on HBO's Hard Knocks. The reality is the Texans had 12 players competing for five or six roster spots at the wide receiver position. It was an uphill battle for "EZ", especially with the Texans spending a third round pick in this years draft on fellow wide receiver Jaelen Strong.


The Texans have waived WR Damaris Johnson. He will be subject to waivers upon his release. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Texans were forced to waive the return specialist after a dismal training camp. As the Texans slot man last year he caught 31 passes for 331 yards. It is tough to keep a player who contributes primarily as a return man on special teams.


Andre Johnson signs with Colts

Wed, Mar 11th 4:46pm EDT
By Clinton Ho

After requesting to be released from the Texans, Andre Johnson has signed a reported 3 year, $21 million contract with the Colts. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: His fantasy value immediately takes a jump as he'll now have Andrew Luck throwing him the ball in the high powered Colts offense. If he can stay healthy for an entire season, 2015 may be the year he becomes fantasy relevant again.

Category: Transactions


The Rams have acquired quarterback Case Keenum from the Texans in exchange for a 7th-round draft pick in 2016. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Keenum was a member of the Rams organization briefly in 2014 but never played a down for the team. He will fill the backup quarterback slot vacated by Shaun Hill, who was signed by the Vikings on Tuesday.


Active for the first time this season, DeVier Posey beat Vontae Davis for a 29 yard reception late in the 3rd quarter. That was the good. The bad came when he committed a costly holding penalty that negated an Arian Foster touchdown. (Source: Houston Texans)

Fantasy Impact: DeVier Posey's speed was apparent on his sole target of the game. His inexperience and untimely penalty did however put a damper on the day. Posey is an interesting player to target in dynasty leagues due to his bargain basement prices and Andre Johnson's contract uncertainty.


Ryan Fitzpatrick was carted off the field with a lower leg injury and he is out for the game. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Early reports indicate that he may have a leg fracture, which would obviously end his season. Tom Savage took over for Fitzpatrick behind center. When he left, Fitzpatrick had gone 3/6 for 30 yards and 16 rushing yards on 3 rush attempts before leaving the game.


On Monday, the Houston Texans released running backs Andre Brown and Dennis Johnson. They signed former San Diego Charger Ronnie Brown and former Arizona Cardinal William Powell. (Source: Rotoworld)

Fantasy Impact: While he didn’t play in the first preseason game against the Cardinals, releasing Brown comes as a surprise. Texans writer Tania Ganguli on ESPN.com reports Head Coach Bill O’Brien said “It’s a competitive position”. Jonathon Grimes is the assumed incumbent for next week's game against Atlanta but the competition seems to be wide open.


CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora believes Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is "going to be playing a lot of football this season." (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Watson will spend the remainder of the offseason battling with Tom Savage to see who will emerge as Houston's starting quarterback for 2017, and it wouldn't be shocking if the rookie won the job. However, if Savage enters the upcoming season as the starter, the Texans will likely turn to Watson sooner rather than later if the former struggles.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Houston Texans are "moving forward" with Tom Savage and will "likely" address the quarterback position in the NFL Draft. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In the wake of the Tony Romo news out of Dallas -- he is retiring -- Rapoport said the Texans will move forward with Savage. He is the favorite to enter the upcoming season as the team's starting quarterback. However, the Texans are still fully expected to target a signal caller in the NFL Draft due to the uncertainties that surround Savage. He's only appeared in five games in his three-year career and is tremendously inexperienced to carry a potential Super Bowl contending team. The Texans could also look in the direction of Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler, who are both available free agents.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Cleveland Browns are "planning on cutting" newly acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It comes to no surprise that the Browns will release Osweiler and eat the dead cap money. With $98,953,328 in cap room entering free agency, the Browns have the means to make this move. Cleveland remains in the quarterback hunt this offseason.

Category: Rumors


The Houston Texans released quarterback Brian Hoyer on Sunday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brian Hoyer was released the day before the Texan start their offseason program. The Texans tried to move Hoyer via trade but could not find a willing partner to complete the transaction for the quarterback who inevitably would be released. Hoyer will likely be pursued by quarterback-needy teams, including the Broncos, Jets and Cowboys.

Category: Transactions


Brandon Weeden completed 15-of-24 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed the ball twice for 11 yards and a touchdown in the Texans Week 16 defeat of the Titans.

Fantasy Impact: Weeden did not look like the same quarterback that we saw in Dallas. Although he was not spectacular he was effective and even elusive running for his first career touchdown. Bill O'Brien stated that Hoyer is still the starter when healthy, so Weeden should take a seat back on the bench in Week 17 with Hoyer expected to be cleared. It is promising for Houston fans that it looks like they have a competent backup should Hoyer get injured again.

Category: Game Recaps


Wow. He gets another opportunity and boom! suffers a torn ACL. He will be a free agent after the season and with a six-to-nine month rehab, he may have difficulty finding a team next year.

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Weeden is in and the Texans will likely add another quarterback quickly.

Category: Injury Updates


The Houston Texans have released backup quarterback Ryan Mallett as per beat writer John McClain. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was widely expected as Bill O'Brien tried to cut Mallett prior to the Texans Week 7 blowout against the Dolphins. Bill O'Brien preaches accountability and Ryan Mallett tested that one too many times. The Texans are looking to add T.J. Yates to backup starting quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Category: Transactions


The Rams have acquired quarterback Case Keenum from the Texans in exchange for a 7th-round draft pick in 2016. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Keenum was a member of the Rams organization briefly in 2014 but never played a down for the team. He will fill the backup quarterback slot vacated by Shaun Hill, who was signed by the Vikings on Tuesday.


Ryan Fitzpatrick was carted off the field with a lower leg injury and he is out for the game. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Early reports indicate that he may have a leg fracture, which would obviously end his season. Tom Savage took over for Fitzpatrick behind center. When he left, Fitzpatrick had gone 3/6 for 30 yards and 16 rushing yards on 3 rush attempts before leaving the game.


Houston Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson believes rookie running back D'Onta Foreman will cut into Lamar Miller's workload in 2017. "The arrival of the Doak Walker award winner and 2,000-yard rusher could also lighten the workload and possibly reduce the wear and tear accumulated by starting running back Lamar Miller," Wilson said via the Houston Chronicle. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Foreman, the 89th overall pick in the 2016 draft, could make an immediate impact in the Texans' backfield. Although Miller had a strong year in 2016 -- he received a career-high 268 carries for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games -- his production became erratic in the second half of the season due to the wear and tear on his body. Since longtime Texans No. 2 rusher Alfred Blue has been sub-par at best when he is on the field, Foreman is expected to not only take over as the team's primary backup running back, but he could also add a spark as the change of pace back. However, because Miller is the clear-cut starter, Foreman's fantasy value will be limited. Foreman should be targeted in the latter rounds of upcoming fantasy drafts as Miller's handcuff.

Category: Rumors


Jonathan Grimes had the second-most receptions for Houston in their 34-16 loss against the Patriots on Saturday, grabbing all four of his targets for 43 yards. Grimes also had two carries for 11 yards. He finished the season and postseason with 283 total yards.

Fantasy Impact: Grimes had a nice postseason for his value, as he also had four carries for 30 yards in the Texans' AFC Wild Card round victory over the Raiders. He also had four receptions in Week 17, showing that he was getting opportunities in the passing game as well. Grimes is a free agent this offseason and his 4.9 yards per carry over the last two seasons make him an intriguing option as a backup RB.

Category: Game Recaps


Lamar Miller was bottled up on Saturday night. The New England Patriots found a way to keep Miller under 100 yards and out of the endzone. Miller rushed for 73 yards on 19 carries. He also caught four passes for 16 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Miller had a solid season overall. It was disappointing at times, but with the lack of a passing game and the forcing of the throwing for a touchdown in the redzone, Miller was handcuffed. Next season, Miller will be at the top of the boards for running backs next year and rightfully so. Let's see what the Texans do in the offseason to help Miller out.

Category: Game Recaps


Alfred Blue carried the ball 11 times for 28 yards and had three receptions for 12 yards in a 24-17 loss against the Titans on Sunday. Blue was the main RB for the second consecutive game for Houston, filling in for Lamar Miller. He finished the season with 420 rushing yards, 40 receiving yards, and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: The Texans were not able to get anything out of the RB position a week after Blue scored the game-winning TD in Week 16 and the Texans will need more in their matchup with the Raiders in the wild card round. Blue had 90 yards in the aforementioned Week 16 matchup and did have two 100 yard rushing games last season. The Raiders ranked 22nd against fantasy RB this season and Blue could get more carries if Miller's injuries continue.

Category: Game Recaps


Texans head coach Bill O'Brien mentioned that second-year running back Akeem Hunt "will be part of the game plan" against the Raiders in Week 11. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hunt saw his first action of the season last week against the Jaguars -- earning 53 yards on nine touches, and showing solid burst and elusiveness. The speedster out of Purdue ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at the 2015 combine, and was active for seven games his rookie year. If Lamar Miller were to miss time, Hunt has the tools to produce RB3 numbers in PPR formats.


Tyler Ervin carried the ball twice for 13 yards, also adding one reception for 20 yards. He worked second with the Texans first team offense after Lamar Miller.

Fantasy Impact: Although he did not have a big impact in this preseason game, it is notable nonetheless due to the fact that he appears to have taken over as the Texans backup running back. If you are into handcuffing your starters it appears as though Tyler Ervin is the running back to own and not Alfred Blue.

Category: Game Recaps


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Houston Texans have released Arian Foster. Foster spent seven seasons with Houston. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arian Foster's release comes as expected though it was rumored to have nothing to do with the money aspect of Foster, however, stability at the running back position for Houston could have played a role in the transaction. Foster only played in four games in 2015 and missed 23 games over the past three years. The injury-prone back will attempt to catch on with another organization this offseason. If healthy, Foster could still be a viable fantasy running back depending on his role this upcoming season.

Category: Transactions


Chris Polk netted three carries for four yards and failed to secure his lone target as the Texans locked up the AFC South in a victory over Jacksonville in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Polk is an interesting deep league piece in dynasty leagues if he lands in a better situation at some point in the offseason. However, the fact that Arian Foster has been out the majority of the season, and Polk hasn't been able to capitalize and beat-out plodder Alfred Blue, doesn't really bring much optimism to his future outlook.

Category: Game Recaps


The Houston Texans have re-signed Daryl Richardson to their practice squad. (Source: Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Richardson was recently cut by the Texans, but has returned to add depth to a running back corps that just lost Arian Foster for the season. The speedster and former fantasy commodity will more than likely not come into any value.

Category: Transactions


On Monday, the Houston Texans released running backs Andre Brown and Dennis Johnson. They signed former San Diego Charger Ronnie Brown and former Arizona Cardinal William Powell. (Source: Rotoworld)

Fantasy Impact: While he didn’t play in the first preseason game against the Cardinals, releasing Brown comes as a surprise. Texans writer Tania Ganguli on ESPN.com reports Head Coach Bill O’Brien said “It’s a competitive position”. Jonathon Grimes is the assumed incumbent for next week's game against Atlanta but the competition seems to be wide open.


Houston Texans owner Bob McNair told the media that the team's "intentions [are] to try" to sign wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to a long-term contract extension this offseason. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hopkins is entering his walk year in 2017. However, reports indicate that the Texans and their top receiver will eventually meet and attempt to come to terms on a new, long-term extension to prevent him from hitting the open market in 2018. Despite regressing in 2016, Hopkins remains one of the league's top wideouts. After producing an 111-1,521-11 stat line in 2015, his numbers dropped dramatically last season in which he only accumulated 78 receptions for 954 yards and four touchdowns. The blame for his regression likely falls on the arm of Brock Osweiler, who struggled mightily in his first year with the club. Look for the Texans to make a quarterback change in 2017. With an upgrade under center, Hopkins would likely return to his top five form.

Category: Rumors


Will Fuller caught 3-of-6 targets for 16 yards in the Texans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Fuller had an up and down rookie season and showed flashes of potential that showed why he deserved to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft. If the Texans can upgrade the QB position then Fuller has a chance to make a big impact in fantasy leagues next season.

Category: Game Recaps


Jaelen Strong underwent ankle surgery last month, a minor procedure to clean things up. He is expected to be back for the team's offseason program. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Strong has been negatively impacted by the bevy of other WRs that have been added to the team as well as the poor QB play. He has shown some promise when given opportunities, but he has an uphill battle to meaningful snaps considering the presence of other WRs on the roster.

Category: Injury Updates


The Texans lost 24-17 to the Titans, but Wendall Williams had two catches for 41 yards in a losing effort. This gives Williams two catches in two of the last three games, his first catches of his career. He finished the season with 75 receiving yards.

Fantasy Impact: Williams was seen as a speedster out of college and averaging nearly 20 yards per catch on his first four catches of his career shows just that. There is very little to go on with Williams, but his ability to break off a big play could make him a decent punt play. The Raiders, who the Texans will open the playoffs with, ranked 19th against fantasy WR this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Keith Mumphery caught one pass on two targets for 11 yards in the Texans' Week 15 win over the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: It looked like Mumphery's stock would rise when Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong went on the IR moving him into WR3 on the depth chart. But it has not helped and he has only seen four targets over the last two weeks. He is not worth owning in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Braxton Miller headed to IR

Tue, Dec 13th 3:51pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

HOU

The Houston Texans placed wide receiver Braxton Miller (shoulder) on the injured reserve list Tuesday. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miller injured his shoulder in Week 13 against Green Bay and has not played since. On Tuesday, Houston placed the rookie wideout on IR, ending his season. He'll finish his freshman campaign in the pros with 15 receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown in 10 games.

Category: Injury Updates


Cecil Shorts cut by Texans

Sat, Sep 3rd 12:52pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

The Houston Texans have released WR Cecil Shorts on Saturday. (Source: Rand Getlin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houston's wide receiver depth chart just got a bit more clear as they released Shorts on Saturday. The Texans will likely start the season with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller on the outside with Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong vying for the No. 3 and No. 4 spots on the depth chart. Keith Mumphery will likely have a roster spot upon Strong's release.

Category: Transactions


Nate Washington caught 1-of-6 targets for three years in the Texans Wild Card loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Washington was open on many plays but simply could not hold onto the ball. It also did not help that on a few other plays Hoyer overthrew Washington. Washington is a free agent after the season and is unlikely to be back with the Texans.

Category: Game Recaps


The Texans acquired a fifth-round pick for new Patriots WR Keshawn Martin, but also sent a sixth-rounder to New England. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots desperately need wide receiver depth after cutting Chris Harper. They currently just have Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson. Martin should see the field but will see limited targets unless an injury occurs. He may also contribute in the return game. Don't expect Martin to be fantasy relevant.


The Texans have released WR Uzoma Nwachukwu better known as "EZ". (Source: Tania Ganguli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "EZ" had become a fan favorite on HBO's Hard Knocks. The reality is the Texans had 12 players competing for five or six roster spots at the wide receiver position. It was an uphill battle for "EZ", especially with the Texans spending a third round pick in this years draft on fellow wide receiver Jaelen Strong.


The Texans have waived WR Damaris Johnson. He will be subject to waivers upon his release. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Texans were forced to waive the return specialist after a dismal training camp. As the Texans slot man last year he caught 31 passes for 331 yards. It is tough to keep a player who contributes primarily as a return man on special teams.


Andre Johnson signs with Colts

Wed, Mar 11th 4:46pm EDT
By Clinton Ho

After requesting to be released from the Texans, Andre Johnson has signed a reported 3 year, $21 million contract with the Colts. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: His fantasy value immediately takes a jump as he'll now have Andrew Luck throwing him the ball in the high powered Colts offense. If he can stay healthy for an entire season, 2015 may be the year he becomes fantasy relevant again.

Category: Transactions


Active for the first time this season, DeVier Posey beat Vontae Davis for a 29 yard reception late in the 3rd quarter. That was the good. The bad came when he committed a costly holding penalty that negated an Arian Foster touchdown. (Source: Houston Texans)

Fantasy Impact: DeVier Posey's speed was apparent on his sole target of the game. His inexperience and untimely penalty did however put a damper on the day. Posey is an interesting player to target in dynasty leagues due to his bargain basement prices and Andre Johnson's contract uncertainty.


The Houston Texans and tight end Ryan Griffin agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth $9 million with $3.25 million in guaranteed money. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Griffin had a stellar year in 2016, sharing time with fellow breakout tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz in Houston. The four-year veteran produced career-high numbers across the board in the effort. Playing in all 16 games, he caught 50 targets for 442 yards and two touchdowns. Entering 2017, it would be difficult to imagine Griffin starting ahead of Fiedorowicz at tight end, but it appears the Texans could begin to employ 12 personnel packages more often given the success both players had last season. For fantasy football purposes, Fiedorowicz is the tight end to target from Houston in the borderline TE1/ TE2 tier.

Category: Transactions


C.J. Fiedorowicz caught 3-of-5 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Fiedorowicz had a breakout season for the Texans catching 54 passes this year. If the Texans can improve on their passing game, specifically the QB position then Fiedorowicz could take the next step and be worthy of being owned in most fantasy leagues next year.

Category: Game Recaps


Stephen Anderson secured one-of-three targets for seven yards in the Texans 21-20 victory over the Jaguars in Week 15.

Fantasy Impact: With starting tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz not active today, it would've been nice to see the uber-talented rookie get a few more opportunities -- but be that as it may -- his three targets are actually tied for the most he's seen this season. Rookie tight ends tend to struggle in fantasy, but Anderson continues to be a guy to stash in deeper two-tight end formats or keeper/dynasty leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


The Houston Texans have released TE Garrett Graham on Thursday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garrett Graham's release was expected as well as Arian Foster's had been. The six-year veteran was expected to become a servicable tight end in Houston, but that never panned out. Graham had a sub-par year in 2015, which led to his departure. He finished the season with a dismal four receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown appearing in only eight games.

Category: Transactions


Nick Novak was 3-for-3 on field goals in the Texans' 34-16 loss to the Patriots on Saturday, finishing the season with 40 field goals made. Novak's long field goal was 46 yards and he converted an extra point as well. He finished the season 40-for-46 on field goals and with 146 points.

Fantasy Impact: Novak converted multiple field goals in each of his last four games of the 2016 season and finished with six games with three or more field goals made. He was consistently a low-cost option on DFS, making him one of the best value plays of the 2016 season at kicker. After only making 40 field goals over 2014 and 2015, his 40 field goals made in 2016 make Novak a strong option at kicker leading into 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


The Texans have released kicker Randy Bullock. Bullock was 5-for-6 on field goal attempts and 3-for-5 on extra point attempts. The Texans have signed Nick Novak to replace Bullock. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bullock was an intriguing option coming into the 2015 season as he improved drastically in 2014. He then regressed in 2015 and Bill O'Brien decided not to wait around until he regained his kicking confidence. Bullock can be dropped in all leagues.

Category: Transactions


For what it's worth, the Texans defense played well on Saturday night. They kept Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in check for much of the game.

Fantasy Impact: The Texans defense had a good season overall. Considering how poorly the offense played and the fact that JJ Watt missed most of the season, the Texans should be excited for next season has in store for them, defensively.

Category: Game Recaps


J.J. Watt feels 'fantastic'

Sun, May 14th 3:22pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

HOU

Houston Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt (back) told the media he feels "fantastic" at a charity softball game on Saturday. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Watt only played in three games in 2016 due to an in-season surgery to repair a lingering back injury. Although he will miss OTAs, he has not suffered a setback this offseason and is fully on track in his recovery. Expect Watt, 28, to be ready for the start of training camp in late-July.

Category: Injury Updates


Texans OT Derek Newton has been officially ruled out for the 2017 season after being placed on reserve/PUP. In 2016 Newton tore his patellar tendons in both of his knees against the Broncos. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is disappointing news for both Newton and Texans fans alike. Newton being out means Chris Clark is going to be the starting RT as of now for the team. Clark struggled immensely last year stepping in for Newton. It will be interesting to see how Houston addresses this hole in the offensive line. Fourth-rounder Julie'n Davenport could be an option but is, of course, unproven at the NFL level. As of now, life has gotten a little more difficult for Texans RB Lamar Miller and whoever the Texans decide to go with at QB.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Jacksonville Jaguars and cornerback A.J. Bouye agreed to terms on a five-year, $67.5 million deal that includes $26 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Regarded as one of the top defensive backs in free agency, Bouye signed a five-year deal in Jacksonville that will pay him $13.5 million per year. The 25-year-old cornerback is coming off of a 2016 season in which he accumulated 63 total tackles, one sack, an interception and 16 defended passes. He'll likely line up opposite Prince Amukamara in Jacksonville's revamped secondary that includes newly signed Barry Church at safety and last year's first-round pick Jalen Ramsey.

Category: Transactions


Houston Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery shortly following the team's elimination from the playoffs. He withdrew from the Pro Bowl as a result. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Clowney had struggled to remain healthy for the first two seasons of his NFL career. However, in 2016, he played in 14 games, produced his best statistical season as a pro and is beginning to live up to his draft potential -- he was the No. 1 overall pick in 2014. Clowney finished 2016 with 52 total tackles, six sacks, a forced fumble and two pass deflections. If J.J. Watt returns anywhere close his dominating form, and Clowney continues to play at an elite level, Houston's defense will once again be a force in 2017.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Houston Texans defensive lineman Vince Wilfork said "he thinks he played his last football game" in Saturday's Divisional Round Playoff loss to the New England Patriots and that he will "take [the] time to consider and make sure." (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Wilfork walks away, he is poised to be Canton bound. The 35-year-old interior lineman played 13 seasons in the NFL with two teams, the Patriots (2004-2014) and the Texans (2015-2016). He totaled 559 career tackles, 16.0 sacks, 26 deflected passes, three interceptions and four forced fumbles. As a member of the Patriots, Wilfork won two Super Bowls, appeared in five Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2012. Expect a decision on whether or not Wilfork will retire sooner rather than later.

Category: Rumors


Brian Cushing tears MCL

Sun, Sep 11th 3:46pm EDT
By Brad Cowger

HOU

Brian Cushing suffered a torn MCL and is expected to be out six weeks, but will not need surgery. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thankfully, Cushing has a chance to come back and help the Texans. The Texans' D/ST will still continue to be a strong streaming option, but will be eager to get one of their leaders back.

Category: Injury Updates


Johnathan Joseph underwent what's been termed minor arthroscopic knee surgery this offseason. He's since resumed running and expects to be ready for training camp. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Joseph is an integral part of the Texans' defense. It seems that he should be good to go for the start of camp based on where he's at currently. He finished the 2015 season with 58 combined tackles and one interception.

Category: Injury Updates


Houston Texans LT Duane Brown(quad) is expected to be available for Week 1 according to the Houston Chronicle. (Source: Around the NFL)

Fantasy Impact: Veteran left tackle Duane Brown tore his quad in the 2015 season finale and underwent offseason surgery to repair the ailment. Brown is not e is yes to participate in training camp or OTA's but will likely be ready for opening day.

Category: Injury Updates


Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 11 against the Jets. (Source: Deepi Sidhu on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jackson was able to return to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday this week, but was limited to riding the bike today. This will be the fourth game in a row he's missed due to his ankle injury.

Category: Injury Updates


Bernardrick McKinney (concussion) returned to practice on Monday. (Source: Tania Ganguli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McKinney was held out against the Titans in Week 7 because of a concussion. He should be good to go this week when the Texans travel to Cincinnati.

Category: Injury Updates


Linebacker Akeem Dent didn't practice this week, and has been formally ruled out for Week 8 against the Titans. (Source: Tania Ganguli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The linebacker is dealing with a hamstring injury. With Bernardrick McKinney also out, it leaves the Texans very thin at the linebacker position. Dent hasn't played a massive role this season, but did provide solid depth for the Texans during the second half in 2014.

Category: Injury Updates


A featured player on HBO's Hard Knocks, Brown found himself on the wrong side of the cuts Friday. Despite making a couple notable plays this preseason, ultimately inconsistencies cost him a roster spot (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown was facing a difficult task from the outset at cracking the 53 man roster. Despite tallying two sacks, and interception, and a fumble recovery, Brown could not overcome the simple mistakes. With the depth at linebacker for the Texans, Brown was a victim of the numbers game.


The Baltimore Ravens are working on their troublesome secondary by signing former Houston Texans free safety Kendrick Lewis to a three-year contract, according to the team's official website. Lewis played a vital part in the Texans defense last season which is a big difference from the disappointing first four seasons he spent with the Kansas City Chiefs. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )

Fantasy Impact: Lewis, a sixth-year veteran had some issues in pass coverage but plays very aggressively with a career high 84 tackles last season. This 26-year old Ole Miss product would help a lacking Ravens secondary by stopping the run with his stripping ball skills and tackling ability. He ends his career with the Texans with two interceptions, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one touchdown.

Category: Transactions


Nix placed on IR

Wed, Sep 24th 1:22pm EDT
By Christopher Morgan

Rookie third-round pick Louis Nix III (knee) was placed on season-ending IR today. Nix was inactive for the first 3 games of the season following arthroscopic surgery before training camp. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Nix goes to IR and the Texans have signed free agent nose tackle Ryan Pickett. Pickett, a 13-year veteran, was the Rams 2001 first-round pick and played his last 8 seasons with the Packers.


Swearinger was around the ball again Sunday forcing a fumble and recovering another. He also posted 3 solo tackles. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Though a little light on the tackles this week, he was in on two big turn-overs. The future is now with Swearinger, and he should definitely be on a roster as a sold DB2 with weekly DB1 upside.


With Jadeveon Clowney likely sidelined for a month, former first-round pick Whitney Mercilus will start at weak-side linebacker for the Texans. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Mercilus isn't on the same talent-level as Clowney, but he is better in coverage and should play a majority of the snaps for the Texans at outside linebacker. Mercilus totaled 7 sacks in limited action in 2013.


On Sunday, the Texans cut their 2014 free-agent acquisition Chris Clemons. On Monday, they added former Texans safety Daniel Manning who was cut by the Bengals. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Clemons fell behind Kendrick Lewis early in camp and never caught up. Outside of D.J. Swearinger, there doesn't seem to be much fantasy value in the Texans' secondary.


On Saturday, the Texans trimmed their roster down to 53 players and cut 2011 2nd-round pick Brandon Harris. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Harris didn't pan out after coming into the league with high expectations and held little fantasy value.


Ballentine placed on IR

Tue, Aug 26th 2:16pm EDT
By Christopher Morgan

HOU

Jon McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that rookie free safety Lonnie Ballintine ("Mr. Irrelevant") has been placed on injured reserve. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Ballintine is an intriguing athlete but a raw talent. He was expected to compete for playing time at free safety with veterans Chris Clemons and Kendrick Lewis. He may be a name worth remembering for IDP leagues in 2015.


In Brian Cushing's absence, converted quarterback and former Kent State linebacker Justin Tuggle has moved from outside linebacker where he played in 2013, to inside linebacker where he is listed as the starter. Tuggle has received high praise from Head Coach Bill O’Brien, with O’Brien calling him “an instinctive player” who is “being well coached”. (Source: Battle Red Blog)

Fantasy Impact: Tuggle definitely has the size (listed 6'2"/245lbs) and athleticism (over 6 ypc as a Juco quarterback) to be successful. He also brings an unique 'offensive' understanding to the defensive side of the ball. It will be intriguing to see Tuggle in action this preseason and he could develop into a sneaky IDP play even if Cushing doesn't miss time this season.


J.J. Watt feels 'fantastic'

Sun, May 14th 3:22pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

HOU

Houston Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt (back) told the media he feels "fantastic" at a charity softball game on Saturday. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Watt only played in three games in 2016 due to an in-season surgery to repair a lingering back injury. Although he will miss OTAs, he has not suffered a setback this offseason and is fully on track in his recovery. Expect Watt, 28, to be ready for the start of training camp in late-July.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Houston Texans defensive lineman Vince Wilfork said "he thinks he played his last football game" in Saturday's Divisional Round Playoff loss to the New England Patriots and that he will "take [the] time to consider and make sure." (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Wilfork walks away, he is poised to be Canton bound. The 35-year-old interior lineman played 13 seasons in the NFL with two teams, the Patriots (2004-2014) and the Texans (2015-2016). He totaled 559 career tackles, 16.0 sacks, 26 deflected passes, three interceptions and four forced fumbles. As a member of the Patriots, Wilfork won two Super Bowls, appeared in five Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2012. Expect a decision on whether or not Wilfork will retire sooner rather than later.

Category: Rumors


Nix placed on IR

Wed, Sep 24th 1:22pm EDT
By Christopher Morgan

Rookie third-round pick Louis Nix III (knee) was placed on season-ending IR today. Nix was inactive for the first 3 games of the season following arthroscopic surgery before training camp. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Nix goes to IR and the Texans have signed free agent nose tackle Ryan Pickett. Pickett, a 13-year veteran, was the Rams 2001 first-round pick and played his last 8 seasons with the Packers.


Houston Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery shortly following the team's elimination from the playoffs. He withdrew from the Pro Bowl as a result. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Clowney had struggled to remain healthy for the first two seasons of his NFL career. However, in 2016, he played in 14 games, produced his best statistical season as a pro and is beginning to live up to his draft potential -- he was the No. 1 overall pick in 2014. Clowney finished 2016 with 52 total tackles, six sacks, a forced fumble and two pass deflections. If J.J. Watt returns anywhere close his dominating form, and Clowney continues to play at an elite level, Houston's defense will once again be a force in 2017.

Category: Injury Updates


Brian Cushing tears MCL

Sun, Sep 11th 3:46pm EDT
By Brad Cowger

HOU

Brian Cushing suffered a torn MCL and is expected to be out six weeks, but will not need surgery. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thankfully, Cushing has a chance to come back and help the Texans. The Texans' D/ST will still continue to be a strong streaming option, but will be eager to get one of their leaders back.

Category: Injury Updates


Linebacker Akeem Dent didn't practice this week, and has been formally ruled out for Week 8 against the Titans. (Source: Tania Ganguli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The linebacker is dealing with a hamstring injury. With Bernardrick McKinney also out, it leaves the Texans very thin at the linebacker position. Dent hasn't played a massive role this season, but did provide solid depth for the Texans during the second half in 2014.

Category: Injury Updates


A featured player on HBO's Hard Knocks, Brown found himself on the wrong side of the cuts Friday. Despite making a couple notable plays this preseason, ultimately inconsistencies cost him a roster spot (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown was facing a difficult task from the outset at cracking the 53 man roster. Despite tallying two sacks, and interception, and a fumble recovery, Brown could not overcome the simple mistakes. With the depth at linebacker for the Texans, Brown was a victim of the numbers game.


With Jadeveon Clowney likely sidelined for a month, former first-round pick Whitney Mercilus will start at weak-side linebacker for the Texans. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Mercilus isn't on the same talent-level as Clowney, but he is better in coverage and should play a majority of the snaps for the Texans at outside linebacker. Mercilus totaled 7 sacks in limited action in 2013.


In Brian Cushing's absence, converted quarterback and former Kent State linebacker Justin Tuggle has moved from outside linebacker where he played in 2013, to inside linebacker where he is listed as the starter. Tuggle has received high praise from Head Coach Bill O’Brien, with O’Brien calling him “an instinctive player” who is “being well coached”. (Source: Battle Red Blog)

Fantasy Impact: Tuggle definitely has the size (listed 6'2"/245lbs) and athleticism (over 6 ypc as a Juco quarterback) to be successful. He also brings an unique 'offensive' understanding to the defensive side of the ball. It will be intriguing to see Tuggle in action this preseason and he could develop into a sneaky IDP play even if Cushing doesn't miss time this season.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Jacksonville Jaguars and cornerback A.J. Bouye agreed to terms on a five-year, $67.5 million deal that includes $26 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Regarded as one of the top defensive backs in free agency, Bouye signed a five-year deal in Jacksonville that will pay him $13.5 million per year. The 25-year-old cornerback is coming off of a 2016 season in which he accumulated 63 total tackles, one sack, an interception and 16 defended passes. He'll likely line up opposite Prince Amukamara in Jacksonville's revamped secondary that includes newly signed Barry Church at safety and last year's first-round pick Jalen Ramsey.

Category: Transactions


Johnathan Joseph underwent what's been termed minor arthroscopic knee surgery this offseason. He's since resumed running and expects to be ready for training camp. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Joseph is an integral part of the Texans' defense. It seems that he should be good to go for the start of camp based on where he's at currently. He finished the 2015 season with 58 combined tackles and one interception.

Category: Injury Updates


Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 11 against the Jets. (Source: Deepi Sidhu on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jackson was able to return to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday this week, but was limited to riding the bike today. This will be the fourth game in a row he's missed due to his ankle injury.

Category: Injury Updates


The Baltimore Ravens are working on their troublesome secondary by signing former Houston Texans free safety Kendrick Lewis to a three-year contract, according to the team's official website. Lewis played a vital part in the Texans defense last season which is a big difference from the disappointing first four seasons he spent with the Kansas City Chiefs. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )

Fantasy Impact: Lewis, a sixth-year veteran had some issues in pass coverage but plays very aggressively with a career high 84 tackles last season. This 26-year old Ole Miss product would help a lacking Ravens secondary by stopping the run with his stripping ball skills and tackling ability. He ends his career with the Texans with two interceptions, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one touchdown.

Category: Transactions


Swearinger was around the ball again Sunday forcing a fumble and recovering another. He also posted 3 solo tackles. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Though a little light on the tackles this week, he was in on two big turn-overs. The future is now with Swearinger, and he should definitely be on a roster as a sold DB2 with weekly DB1 upside.


On Sunday, the Texans cut their 2014 free-agent acquisition Chris Clemons. On Monday, they added former Texans safety Daniel Manning who was cut by the Bengals. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Clemons fell behind Kendrick Lewis early in camp and never caught up. Outside of D.J. Swearinger, there doesn't seem to be much fantasy value in the Texans' secondary.


On Saturday, the Texans trimmed their roster down to 53 players and cut 2011 2nd-round pick Brandon Harris. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Harris didn't pan out after coming into the league with high expectations and held little fantasy value.


Ballentine placed on IR

Tue, Aug 26th 2:16pm EDT
By Christopher Morgan

HOU

Jon McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that rookie free safety Lonnie Ballintine ("Mr. Irrelevant") has been placed on injured reserve. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Ballintine is an intriguing athlete but a raw talent. He was expected to compete for playing time at free safety with veterans Chris Clemons and Kendrick Lewis. He may be a name worth remembering for IDP leagues in 2015.