By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)
It's time to head over to the AFC South and take a look at the most
disappointing team in the NFL in 2013. And for fantasy owners, the
Houston Texans weren't much better. Too many injuries and too little
production caused the Texans to go from fantasy darlings in 2012, to
fantasy nightmare in 2013. With key fantasy players returning this
season, the Texans will hopefully get back in the good graces of fantasy
owners. (Because pleasing us fantasy owners is all that matter)
Ryan Fitzpatrick- With the Titans last season, Fitzpatrick was asked to
assume weekly duties when Jake Locker went down with an injury.
Fitzpatrick held his own and even found his way onto fantasy rosters for
quarterback needy teams. In 11 games last season, Fitzpatrick managed
to produce 219 fantasy points averaging just under 20 fantasy points per
week. As of now, Fitzpatrick is projected to be the Texans starting
quarterback heading into the 2014 season.
Case Keenum- Case Keenum looked great early on and fantasy owners were
quick to add him to their rosters. As fast as Keenum started off is as
quickly as he fell apart. Playing in eight games in 2013, Keenum did
pass for over 1,700 yards and nine touchdowns but became too
inconsistent for fantasy owners to warrant putting into their lineups
each week. Keenum eventual lost the starting job and the trust of
Arian Foster- With all the work Foster has been given over the last
several seasons, it should come as no surprise that his body finally
broke down in 2013. Foster saw just eight games last season and managed
542 rushing yards and a touchdown while adding 22 catches for 183 yards
and another touchdown. Before Foster went down for the season, he
averaged over ten fantasy points per game for his owners. If healthy
this season, Foster should be back to his top running back self.
Andre Brown- Adding Andre Brown through free agency, the Texans replaced
the departed Ben Tate. Andre Brown has quite the injury history himself
and Arian Foster has quite the mileage on him but a healthy Andre Brown
can produce for fantasy owners. He was banged up for half the season
for the Giants in 2013 but in the eight games he did play, Brown
averaged just under 10 fantasy points per game by rushing for almost 500
yards and three scores while catching 20 passes for another 103 yards.
Dennis Johnson- Dennis Johnson was more or less the last back standing
in Houston in 2013 and he used that opportunity to show fantasy owners
he is worth a late round pick in 2014. While his numbers were not eye
popping by any means, Foster and Brown have showed they cannot stay
healthy for an entire season and with Johnson's 183 rushing yards and
eight receptions for another 46 yards, he can be a part of the passing
game and add a little depth to a fantasy roster should Foster or Brown
go down with injuries.
Garrett Graham- Expected to be the starting tight end for the Texans
with the departure of Owen Daniels, Graham had a nice little stretch
last season where he produced for fantasy owners and finished the season
with 49 catches for 545 yards and five touchdowns. He did only manage
seven fantasy points per contest which isn't exactly fantasy worthy but
with more consistent playing time, could increase those numbers in 2014.
The quarterback situation could be a little dire though and that could
obviously hurt his value.
DeAndre Hopkins- 93 targets for a rookie isn't that bad. It shows some
confidence in throwing his way. That's what DeAndre Hopkins had in 2013
despite the revolving door that was the Texans quarterback. The rookie
managed to haul in 52 of those targets for over 800 yards and two
scores. If Hopkins gets consistent quarterback play in 2014, he could be
poised for a big fantasy season.
Andre Johnson- 2013 saw another stellar fantasy season for one of the
top wideouts in fantasy football. 181 targets and 109 receptions for
over 1,400 yards and five touchdowns was what Andre Johnson gave his
fantasy owners in 2013. He played in all 16 games and rewarded his
owners with double digit fantasy points in almost half of those games.
With numbers like those, imagine what Andre Johnson would've done with
consistent quarterback play.
D/ST- One wouldn't know it from looking at their record or the
statistics, but the Texans had a good defense for fantasy purposes. It
was their offense that put the defense in bad situations with what
seemed like a pick six every week. 2014 should see the Houston defense
tops in fantasy again especially with the addition of defensive
coordinator Romeo Crennel and stud defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from
South Carolina. With Clowney playing next to JJ Watt and if Brian
Cushing can manage to play an entire season without getting hurt, the
Texans defense should once again endear themselves to fantasy owners and
be a top fantasy defense once again.