Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 8/28/16 7:12pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler completed 11 of his 13 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 34-24 preseason win over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: Osweiler is an unknown as he enters his first season as a full-time starter, but a solid supporting cast makes him worth a look as a midrange QB2. He could develop into a decent trade chip.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 8/28/16 7:26pm ET
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller had three catches for 67 yards and a touchdown in a 34-24 preseason win over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: Fuller has shown flashes of his potential throughout the preseason, and he has the upside you look for in a late-round pick.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 8/24/16 10:40am ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler is encouraged by the chemistry he is developing with his receivers following the second preseason game. 'I think the receivers are understanding when I want to get the ball out versus man versus maybe a zone coverage. Obviously, I'm learning the body language of each wide receiver when he's going to come out of his break, how he likes his football, where he likes his football. Every single day we're getting better.'
Huddle Up: Osweiler is a low-end quarterback option who should be left to the waiver wire outside of SuperFlex and two-QB leagues. There is some potential in the revamped Houston attack, but fantasy owners should wait to see the offense clicking before relying on Osweiler as anything more than a desperation start.
Braxton Miller - WRPosted 8/21/16 9:37pm ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller has been the starting slot receiver in the first two preseason games, and offensive coordinator Bob Godsey said he has been impressed with Miller's commitment to developing relationships with his quarterbacks and coaches.
Huddle Up: Miller's transition to receiver appears to be going well, and he should only improve as the season goes on. He is a more appealing option in dynasty formats, but Miller is still worth a late-round gamble as a WR5 in standard leagues.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 8/20/16 10:22pm ET
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller snared four balls for 73 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 20, against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Fuller looked awfully sharp, but remember he was also facing one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. Fuller will start out in the WR5 range for fantasy owners, worthy of a late-round flyer on draft day. However, he could very well move into the WR3 range by season's end if he stays healthy and Brock Osweiler can take a big step forward.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 8/20/16 10:22pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler completed 12 of his 19 pass attempts for 124 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 20, against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Osweiler looked a lot more comfortable in this game than his debut. He is going to be just fine as long as DeAndre Hopkins stays healthy, Will Fuller continues to progress and either Jaelen Strong or Braxton Miller can emerge as another viable target. He remains more of a low-end QB2 in most standard fantasy formats with some room to move up.
J.J. Watt - DEPosted 8/19/16 8:42am ET
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) has head coach Bill O'Brien encouraged by Watt's progress from back surgery. However, O'Brien is still unsure about Watt's availability for the first two games of the season.
Huddle Up: Watt is the cream of the crop as far as defensive linemen go in fantasy, and it's not even close. If he continues to progress and avoids setback, he's still firmly atop the D-line perch in fantasy.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 8/17/16 12:27pm ET
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said Wednesday, Aug. 17, his knee is no longer an issue, and he's ready to play.
Huddle Up: Hopefully this means he will finally have a chance to live up to his lofting billing. Clowney is a marginal fantasy consideration in IDP leagues until he shows consistency and proves health isn't an issue.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 8/15/16 9:08am ET
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller had one catch for four yards in a 24-13 preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Fuller should hit his share of big plays as a rookie, but don't expect much consistency. Avoid him in standard formats. It's best to use him as an all-or-nothing play in daily games.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 8/15/16 9:08am ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller rushed four times for 30 yards against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Aug. 14, including a 14-yard run on his first carry of the game.
Huddle Up: Miller did not see a target in the passing game. The fifth-year back did nothing in his first game as a Texan to help or hinder his fantasy stock, but his performance was a relative bright spot during a first half in which Houston struggled to sustain drives. Miller may fall short of matching Arian Foster's best years as a Texan, but his all-purpose game makes him a fine selection for owners at the end of the first or beginning of the second round in most drafts.
Braxton Miller - WRPosted 8/15/16 2:06pm ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller had four catches for 34 yards in a 24-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason Sunday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick Miller has been overshadowed some by the Texans' first-rounder, Will Fuller, but the former could wind up posting more consistent numbers, particularly in PPR leagues. In 12-team leagues, though, we're talking about end-of--your-WR-bench considerations here.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 8/10/16 8:59am ET
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller stood out in practice Tuesday, Aug. 9, showing off impressive route running and hands. He continues to run opposite WR DeAndre Hopkins with the first-team offense in practice.
Huddle Up: Fuller is worth scooping up as a WR5 in redraft fantasy formats in the later rounds, and he has the potential to slide up to a WR3/4 by season's end. He is a great middle-round scoop in long-term keeper formats.
Jaelen Strong - WRPosted 8/9/16 9:18pm ET
Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong was listed as the No. 2 wide receiver opposite WR DeAndre Hopkins on Houston's initial depth chart.
Huddle Up: Aside from an early two-TD game against Indy, Strong's rookie season a year ago was a major disappointment, as he finished with a 14-161-3 stat line, but he could prove to be a usable WR4 if he holds on the gig opposite Andre Hopkins with new QB Brock Osweiler in town.
C.J. Fiedorowicz - TEPosted 8/9/16 9:29pm ET
Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is listed as the starting tight end on the Texans' first depth chart. TE Ryan Griffin would be the backup.
Huddle Up: Note: This is of fantasy significance in only the largest of leagues.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 8/7/16 12:48pm ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is not practicing Sunday, Aug. 7 as he's received a "day off." Miller appeared to tweak his ankle during practice Saturday but continued to participate after being examined by trainers and having the ankle taped up. Both Miller and head coach Bill O'Brien claimed he was fine.
Huddle Up: As is the case with most NFL injuries, watch what they do and not what they say. This might only amount to nothing, but with Miller's elevated fantasy profile this summer, it's certainly something to monitor going forward.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 8/1/16 8:07am ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler said he felt comfortable calling the plays and making adjustments at the line of scrimmage during practice Sunday, July 31.
Huddle Up: Osweiler is a bit of an unknown heading into his first season as a full-time starter, and he shouldn't be counted on as more than a midrange QB2.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 8/1/16 8:44am ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was activated from the Reserve/Did Not Report list Sunday, July 31. The team declined offering him a contract extension. He's due a non-guaranteed $1 million base salary this season and a $445,004 roster bonus on the fifth day of training camp. Hopkins was subject to $40,000 fines for each missed day of camp.
Huddle Up: The shortest holdout in the history of holdouts is officially over. From a fantasy perspective, perhaps Hopkins will use this as extra motivation in 2016, as if he really needed the help. He remains a dominant WR1.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 7/31/16 1:00pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins did not report to training camp because he is unhappy with his contract and the team is not willing to negotiate an extension. Hopkins can be fined $40,000 for each day of camp he misses and has been placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list.
Huddle Up: Few things could slow the fantasy momentum of Hopkins, who finished fifth among wideouts last season after hitting career highs across the board with 111 receptions for 1,521 yards and 11 TDs, but unfortunately a pay dispute is one of them. You'd figure this wouldn't last too long, given Hopkins' value to the Texans' offense, but the possibility of unrest is going to need to be baked into the WR's draft stock until we have some more clarity.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 7/31/16 8:32pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins ended his holdout and returned to the Texans Sunday, July 31, the first day of training camp. Hopkins expressed his disappointment in Houston's lack of contract negotiations, but he also stated his desire to help the Texans win a Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: Well, that lasted all of 24 hours, and while Hopkins is still uphappy his fantasy owners are overjoyed.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 7/24/16 1:29pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said he is not looking for a 'certain range' for his next contract but wants to be paid what he is worth. General manager Rick Smith said he is hopeful Hopkins will be around for a long time.
Huddle Up: Hopkins still has two more years left on his 4-year, $7.6 million deal, but the Texans will have to ante up sooner rather than later if the wideout has another season close to his breakout year (111-1,521-11) in 2015.
J.J. Watt - DEPosted 7/22/16 1:49pm ET
Updating previous reports, Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt could miss up to 10 weeks after his back operation, which would include the first month of the season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Back injuries are nothing to mess with -- even for superheroes such as Watt -- and his IDP-league owners may have to bite the bullet and plan to be without Watt's mega-production for a quarter of the season. Stay tuned ...
Braxton Miller - WRPosted 7/13/16 10:44am ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller said Tuesday, July 12, in a satellite radio interview that he is open to playing anywhere the team asks. 'Playmaker. I'll play slot, I'll play outside, receiver, running back. Whatever's in the game play,' Miller said.
Huddle Up: Expect the Texans to have some gadget plays designed to get the ball into Miller's hands, at least until he's more up to speed at the wide receiver position and can be assimilated into the team's regular offense.
Ryan Griffin - TEPosted 6/29/16 10:19am ET
Houston Texans TE Ryan Griffin isn't a one-dimensional tight end, according to tight ends coach John Perry. 'He can be effective in the pass game. He can be effective as a blocker,' Perry said. 'You need to bridge that gap like you're a great blocking tight end and a great receiving tight end, to have a bridge guy helps you as an offense to be more effective.'
Huddle Up: While those are nice comments from the coach, "bridge guy" isn't the same as "dynamic fantasy guy". And with all the other offensive weapons the Texans have at their disposal, it's unlikely Griffin gets much of a chance to make a consistent fantasy splash this season.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 6/26/16 1:56pm ET
The Houston Texans have agreed to terms with WR Will Fuller on a four-year, $10.2 million contract, according to a source familiar with the terms of the deal. All first-round contracts include a fifth-year option.
Huddle Up: If he can show his buttery-hands issues are behind him, the first-round pick is the favorite to start opposite the elite DeAndre Hopkins. Until proven otherwise, though, in the Texans' new-look offense, Fuller is no better than a WR5 option in the majority of leagues.
Cecil Shorts - WRPosted 6/19/16 2:09pm ET
Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts has accepted a pay cut. He still has a $15,625 per game active roster bonus up to $250,000. Shorts' $100,000 workout de-escalator was removed from his original deal, however. His new cap figure stands at $2.371 million, down from $3.421 million.
Huddle Up: Shorts finished 2015 -- his first season with the Texans -- with 42 catches for 484 yards and a pair of TDs, but he's in danger of getting lost at the back end of the WR shuffle with the devlopment of second-year wideout Jaelen Strong and the team drafting a pair of WRs (Will Fuller and Braxton Miller) in the first three rounds.
Jaelen Strong - WRPosted 6/16/16 12:56pm ET
Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong has been impressive during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, impressing with seemingly more scoring plays than anyone.
Huddle Up: The 2015 third-round pick had a disappointing rookie campaign, finishing with only 14 catches for 161 yards and three TDs and eight receptions, 109 yards and two of those scores came in two games. Perhaps the additions of rookie wideouts Will Fuller and Braxton Miller have lit a fire under the second-year wideout.
Braxton Miller - WRPosted 6/12/16 9:55pm ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller has been running sharp routes in OTAs, and he has shown the ability to make plays in space.
Huddle Up: The former QB-turned-third-round pick has the skills and upside to claim the No. 2 WR role in H-Town, but he's going to need to outperform first-round pick Will Fuller and veteran Cecil Shorts in July and August.
C.J. Fiedorowicz - TEPosted 6/10/16 3:56pm ET
Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, June 10, because of a hamstring injury he suffered last week. Fiedorwicz's injury is not considered serious.
Huddle Up: For the record, Fiedorowicz does sit atop the Texans' offseason TE depth chart, but fantasy GMs are advised to look elsewhere for tight-end help given the all the additions at other offensive positions in H-Town.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 6/6/16 11:30am ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller is slated for a versatile role as an inside and outside runner, and he figures to be a healthy part of the passing game.
Huddle Up: Arian Foster was a dual threat as the Texans' feature back, and Houston signed Miller to fill a similar role. There's little competition on the roster, leaving Miller poised for a big fantasy opportunity.
Jaelen Strong - WRPosted 6/2/16 11:10am ET
Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong is down to 197 pounds after weighing in at 230 pounds last season. An improved physique has already improved his game. 'I just said to him today how far he's come,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'I was concerned about him from a conditioning standpoint. He really at some point in time before training camp, he came back and passed the conditioning test and really took off after that.'
Huddle Up: Something about the Texans spending early draft picks on Will Fuller and Braxton Miller lit a fire under Strong as he battles to save his spot in the Houston receiver rotation.
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