Jaelen Strong - WRPosted 6/21/15 4:22pm ET
Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong has a chance to start in his rookie year, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick is vying with veteran free agents Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington and holdover Damaris Johnson to start opposite DeAndre Hopkins. But no matter who starts, look for the targets to be spread around in a passing game which doesn't figure to be overly dynamic anyway given the QB situation.
Damaris Johnson - WRPosted 6/16/15 2:13pm ET
Houston Texans WR Damaris Johnson has consistently played well in practices, in the opinion of beat writer John McClain, who tweeted: 'every time I look up he's catching a pass or a touchdown pass.'
Huddle Up: There certainly is opportunity for another wideout to step up in H Town and be a complement to DeAndre Hopkins, and Johnson, who had 31 receptions for 331 yards and a TD last year in his first season with the Texans, is sounding like the early clubhouse leader.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 6/11/15 6:27pm ET
Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: That will be a welcome sight for the Texans and Clowney's IDP owners after he missed all but four games of his rookie season. Still, we're left to wonder how long it will take before we see the Clowney that was the No. 1 overall pick.
Ryan Mallett - QBPosted 6/11/15 6:27pm ET
Houston Texans QBs Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer are candidates for the starting quarterback job, and head coach Bill O'Brien indicated the team may name a starting quarterback before the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: That's the good news for fantasy GMs who have early drafts, but the bad news is that it's really not going to matter much outside of two-QB and deeper leagues as the starter is QB3 material in standard-sized projections.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 6/9/15 4:10pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (wrist) has not been participating in organized team activities since he is recovering from offseason surgery. Head coach Bill O'Brien said he believe Hopkins will be ready to participate at some point during training camp.
Huddle Up: "At some point" aren't exactly encouraging words, but most believe fantasy's 14th-ranked WR in 2014 isn't in any danger of missing any meaningful snaps or being curtailed this coming season. It's a situation, though, to definitely keep an eye on with Hopkins expected to contend for fantasy WR1 status -- even with the Texans' unsettled QB situation.
Ryan Mallett - QBPosted 6/1/15 11:36pm ET
Houston Texans QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett are both seeing time with the first-team offense during organized team activities, but head coach Bill O'Brien said there is no timetable for naming a starting quarterback.
Huddle Up: So long as the winner of the battle is able to consistently find DeAndre Hopkins, it probably doesn't matter whether it's Hoyer or Mallett. At least it will keep fantasy owners interested in Houston's passing game into training camp.
Ryan Mallett - QBPosted 5/28/15 9:40pm ET
Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett has been splitting first-team repetitions in offseason workouts with newcomer Brian Hoyer. 'The tempo (stood out),' said Hoyer. 'You can tell we put a lot of work in and guys were just prepared. There weren't a lot of mental mistakes. Guys came ready to go and it was exciting -- got after it a little bit.'
Huddle Up: Hoyer's edge in starting experience is offset by Mallett's familiarity with the offense, and this looks to be an even battle that will go deep into the preseason before a starter is named. This figures to really matter, though, only in deeper or two-QB fantasy leagues.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 5/19/15 4:29pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is doing well in his recovery from microfracture surgery. Clowney has been working hard at rehabbing the knee, according to Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Microfracture surgery is never good news, but Clowney at least got a jump on things, missing the last month-and-a-half of the 2014 season. The progress reports sound promising, but the true tests lie ahead, and let's see what he able to do once training camp and the preseason roll around.
Ryan Mallett - QBPosted 5/12/15 6:21pm ET
Houston Texans QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett will split first-team repetitions once organized team activities (OTAs) begin later this month.
Huddle Up: This figures to be one of the more tightly contested QB battles this summer, but the fantasy fortunes of the rest of the Texans' offensive skill players don't figure to be affected one way or the other.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 5/10/15 11:42pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was called on the best receivers in the league by head coach Bill O'Brien, and the Texans were willing to part ways with WR Andre Johnson in part because the coaching staff believes Hopkins is ready to be the No. 1 option in the passing game.
Huddle Up: Hopkins' numbers have climbed steadily in each of his three seasons -- finishing with 76 catches for 1,210 yards and six TDs a year ago -- which means he's also poised to crack the WR1 tier after finishing just outside at 14th with 157 fantasy points.
Jaelen Strong - WRPosted 5/1/15 11:11pm ET
The Houston Texans selected Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong in Round 3 (No. 70 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft Friday, May 1. The Texans moved up from the No. 82 pick, trading with the New York Jets. The Jets also receive WR DeVier Posey, a fifth-round pick (No. 152 overall) and a seventh-round pick (No. 229 overall).
Huddle Up: The Texans got the complement to DeAndre Hopkins in the 6-2, 220-pound Strong, who fell to the third round after being projected by many as a possible first-rounder. Should step in immediately as Houston's No. 2 WR.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 4/28/15 11:14pm ET
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is doing well in his progress from microfracture knee surgery, according to general manager Rick Smith. Smith said he is encouraged by Clowney's recovery and expects him to be a major contributor in 2015.
Huddle Up: Microfracture is a scary term, and IDP leaguers will need to follow Clowney's progress throughout the summer.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 3/27/15 10:34pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 76 passes for 1,210 yards last year, and among players drafted in the past two seasons, his production was better than everyone except New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. 'We just want to see him continue and progress,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'We think he can be one of the best, we think he is one of the best. We have a lot of confidence in him and we're looking forward to seeing him progress when the offseason program starts.'
Huddle Up: Hopkins finished 14th among all fantasy WRs with 157 points last season but will now have to produce without respected vet Andre Johnson drawing attention on the other side. There's also the continuing matter of the Texans' less-than-ideal QB situation, but despite all the above, Hopkins does have the talent to make a push for WR1 territory this coming fall.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 3/26/15 5:11pm ET
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney continues to recover from microfracture surgery on his knee. Head coach Bill O'Brien said this week that there is no timetable for Clowney's return, but the team hopes to get him on the field 'sometime during (training camp).'
Huddle Up: The road back remains long for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick who's a true IDP wild card heading into this season after recording only seven tackles in four games during his injury-curtailed rookie campaign.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 3/25/15 12:07am ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson has a backer in head coach Chuck Pagano, and Pagano is not concerned with Johnson's age. 'Watched him on tape, everybody watched him on tape when we knew there was maybe a chance he'd come available. Saw a dominant guy, we know what he went through last season, the circumstances he went through, but he's a force to be reckoned with. You need to do everything you can to make sure he doesn't wreck the game,' Pagano said.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who will turn 34 in July, had a full-season career-low 936 receiving yards last season as DeAndre Hopkins took over the No. 1 WR role in Houston, but expect a statistical resurgence from Johnson catching passes from Andrew Luck -- that's if the WR also catches some good fortune in the health department.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QBPosted 3/19/15 2:23pm ET
New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) will be limited at best during offseason workouts but should be ready for the start of training camp, according to general manager Mike Maccagnan.
Huddle Up: Fitz is still recovering from his broken leg suffered in mid-December, and this could give incumbent Geno Smith an early leg up in the team's starting competition. See how Fitzpatrick progresses as we get deeper into the offseason.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 3/11/15 8:55pm ET
Free-agent WR Andre Johnson (Texans) is reportedly signing with the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday, March 11.
Huddle Up: Another poorly-kept secret. Johnson gets an upgrade at quarterback, plus he gets to face the team that kicked him to the curb--twice. He may be on the downslope of his career, but with Andrew Luck at quarterback Johnson likely has at least one more fantasy-relevant campaign left.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 3/9/15 12:14pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson is expected to be released Monday, March 9, as the team failed to find a match for a trade.
Huddle Up: Looks like the Texans couldn't find any trade takers for Johnson, so they'll cut him loose and let him seek his own deal. While he may no longer be the elite receiver he's been, Johnson can still bring plenty to the fantasy table given the right situation.
Damaris Johnson - WRPosted 3/9/15 12:14pm ET
Houston Texans WR Damaris Johnson has re-signed with the Texans on an undisclosed deal Monday, March 9.
Huddle Up: Johnson could see an increase in targets due to the departure of Andre Johnson, though you have to think the Texans have some other ideas--perhaps a draft pick spent on the position in the first two or three rounds--to help compensate for AJ's loss as well.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 3/9/15 6:14pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson was officially released Monday, March 9.
Huddle Up: Let the battle begin over the talented veteran wideout. His fantasy value hinges on his landing spot, as he's no longer elite but still brings plenty to the table and in the right situation could be a valuable fantasy contributor.
Ryan Mallett - QBPosted 3/8/15 8:26pm ET
Houston Texans impending free-agent QB Ryan Mallett is drawing interest from the New York Jets, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Jets reportedly are also kicking the tires on ex-Brown Brian Hoyer in their search for another QB to challenge incumbent Geno Smith. Hoyer has a small edge in experience, but Mallett has more upside.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 3/4/15 12:53pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has asked the team to release him this offseason.
Huddle Up: The early favorite is Indianapolis, but part of the rationale is the University of Miami ties between Johnson and Reggie Wayne--and if the Colts get Johnson they may not have a need for Wayne. The Texans will have trouble trading Johnson and his salary, but there will be no shortage of suitors if he hits free agency.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 3/3/15 11:49am ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson was asked to accept a reduced role, but he declined and asked to be traded or cut, according to people familiar with the situation.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely that a team will pay a trade price and take on Johnson's $10.5 million base salary, but the 12-year NFL vet still has gas left in the tank and he'll be a hot commodity if he's waived.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 3/3/15 6:43pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson wants out of Houston, but the Texans may not get much in return for him if he is traded. The Texans already don't want to pay Johnson the $11.5 million he's due next season, which means he would likely be cut unless a team is willing to give up more than he is seemingly worth.
Huddle Up: It's tough to see another team trading for Johnson given that hefty price tag. And if the alternative is for him to be cut and hit free agency, where any team can make a run at him, you'd have to think the other 31 teams--or at least those interested in Johnson's services--will take their chances in a bidding war.
Ryan Mallett - QBPosted 2/26/15 1:54am ET
Houston Texans impending free-agent QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) is recovering from surgery on a torn pectoral muscle. Mallett said he's already thrown a football and that the recovery process is day-by-day.
Huddle Up: The Texans have said they'd like to keep Mallett around and continue to develop him, and with this year's quarterbacks crops--both in the draft and free agency--so thin it's probably the team's best move. If they're convinced of how his recovery is progressing, they'll be first in line to offer him a deal.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 2/20/15 4:47pm ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster will have his carries managed in game more often in 2015, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien also said that running back is a position the team will look at in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Foster still averaged almost 23 touches (298 in 13 games) per contest, but health issues are starting to take their toll on the RB, who's missed 11 combined games over the last two seasons. Look for Foster to remain the No. 1 back in Houston, but also expect a TBD No. 2 back to share in the workload.
Ryan Mallett - QBPosted 2/17/15 8:12pm ET
Houston Texans impending free-agent QB Ryan Mallett is likely to be re-signed by the team this offseason, in the opinion of HoustonTexans.com's Drew Dougherty.
Huddle Up: Mallett only had one healthy start for the team last season before tearing a pectoral muscle and with QBs in even shorter-than-usual supply via the draft and free agency this offseason, it's a solid bet that the Texans will give Mallett another chance.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QBPosted 2/10/15 5:18pm ET
Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick could draw interest from the New York Jets this offseason if he becomes available, according to a source.
Huddle Up: With Michael Vick a free agent, the Jets are in need of a veteran backup who will push and challenge Geno Smith and Fitzpatrick -- who would be playing for his sixth team -- is a journeyman who would loosely fill the bill if the Texans decide to go in another direction.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QBPosted 2/6/15 1:39pm ET
Houston Texans QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett and Case Keenum will all be evaluated by the coaching staff this offseason, but head coach Bill O'Brien said the team is keeping their options open at the position. 'We'll make the right decision and it will probably be a competition,' O'Brien said. 'It will be something where guys come in and compete and have to win the job and that's the way it should be and that's what we're looking to do.'
Huddle Up: The first order of business for the Texans will be making a decision on Mallett, who will become a free agent in March. Mallett was acquired last August for a late-round draft pick but only appeared in three games before getting injured.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 12/26/14 11:22am ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (wrist) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Houston still has an outside shot at a playoff berth so expect Hopkins to find a way to play despite the injury this weekend.
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