• Arian Foster - RB
    Posted 8/27/15 5:30pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) has been working out in Houston, and he's expected to return to the field in some facet by Week 2 to Week 4, according to ESPN 97.5 in Houston's Jayson Braddock.

    Huddle Up: Hey, that wold keep the RB off the injury lists to start the season and certainly would be a positive development for Foster's fantasy stock, which should start to swing back the other way in a hurry after this report.

  • Ryan Mallett - QB
    Posted 8/27/15 10:03pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett missed practice Thursday, Aug. 27, because he overslept. Mallett was present for meetings later on, however. He will also be at practice Friday, Aug. 28.

    Huddle Up: Perhaps he was dreaming that he was the Texans' starting QB. In any case, we can hardly wait to see how this plays out on next week's Hard Knocks.

  • Brian Hoyer - QB
    Posted 8/24/15 9:55am ET

    Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer was named the starting quarterback for the 2015 season.

    Huddle Up: Hoyer gets the nod over Ryan Mallett. While Hoyer himself isn't a fantasy factor, he is charged with getting the ball to DeAndre Hopkins so fantasy owners will be paying close attention.

  • Jadeveon Clowney - LB
    Posted 8/24/15 3:07pm ET

    Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) has been ruled out for the third preseason game.

    Huddle Up: The Texans aren't going to take any chances with Clowney. They're hoping to have him back for Week 1. It's doubtful Clowney plays in the preseason.

  • Arian Foster - RB
    Posted 8/24/15 3:59pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is recovering his groin surgery and there is no timetable for his return at this time, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

    Huddle Up: Foster remains fantasy football's X-factor heading into drafts. Right now he has an ADP of Round 6 but no one knows for sure when he'll be back on the field.

  • Jadeveon Clowney - LB
    Posted 8/20/15 4:53pm ET

    Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) has been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list. Clowney has increased his activity since he began practicing again earlier this week.

    Huddle Up: Clowney looked good during his individual drills on Hard Knocks, and perhaps we'll get a glimpse of him on the field Saturday night against the Broncos.

  • Jadeveon Clowney - LB
    Posted 8/17/15 3:04pm ET

    Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he feels pretty good after he participated in practice on a limited basis Monday, Aug. 17. He did not wear a brace on his surgically repaired knee and did not have any soreness in the knee. Clowney will be limited to individual work until the doctors and coaches believe he is ready for more.

    Huddle Up: The Texans don't really know when to expect Clowney back on the field but when he does return he'll make one of the NFL's best defenses even better. The Texans are already one of the top fantasy defenses without Clowney.

  • Ryan Mallett - QB
    Posted 8/16/15 2:12pm ET

    Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett will be the starting quarterback for the second preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Saturday, Aug. 22.

    Huddle Up: Offseason acquisition Brian Hoyer got the the start in the Texans' preseason opener Saturday, finishing 2-for-4 for 67 yards and a TD -- a 58-yard strike to Cecil Shorts on the the team's opening drive -- but Mallett also played well (10-of-11 for 90 yards) in relief and the competition remains wide open.

  • Jadeveon Clowney - LB
    Posted 8/12/15 2:40pm ET

    Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) could return to practice by Monday, Aug. 17, but head coach Bill O'Brien said the team will not rush him back if he is not ready to practice.

    Huddle Up: It remains a frustratingly slow road back for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick, who's played in only four NFL games so far. Don't start forecasting any IDP production for him until he starts showing some tangible on-field progress.

  • Chris Polk - RB
    Posted 8/8/15 12:07pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Chris Polk (hamstring) is participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 8, after missing some time because of a hamstring injury.

    Huddle Up: Polk only missed a couple of days with a hamstring injury. He'll compete with Alfred Blue for snaps in Houston's backfield while Arian Foster is out.

  • Arian Foster - RB
    Posted 8/8/15 12:07pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) may miss only four to six weeks of playing time instead of the two to three months that was originally mentioned as his recovery time, according to sources. Foster may start the season on the short-term Injured Reserve list, which would keep out for at least the first eight weeks of the season.

    Huddle Up: Original reports had Foster missing 3-6 months, so this would indeed be good news. The Texans still have a month to decide whether they want to put Foster on the injured reserve/designated to return list, which would cost Foster the first eight weeks of the season. Those drafting late will have a big advantage in assessing Foster's injury and when to select him.

  • Arian Foster - RB
    Posted 8/7/15 7:07pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin), who had successful groin surgery Friday, Aug. 7, will be placed on the short-term Reserve/Injured list, meaning he'll be eligible to return in Week 8.

    Huddle Up: This was expected after Foster injured his groin. Foster will now miss at least half the season, maybe longer. Alfred Blue and Chris Polk will battle to replace Foster throughout training camp and the preseason.

  • Arian Foster - RB
    Posted 8/5/15 3:16pm ET

    According to reports, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster will undergo surgery Monday, Aug. 10, to repair his groin injury.

    Huddle Up: Foster, who finished fifth among RBs last season with 235 fantasy points, reportedly was going to seek a second opinion on his injury, but it sounds like he's now resigned to surgery and likely will open the season on the Texans' short-term injured-reserve list.

  • Arian Foster - RB
    Posted 8/5/15 5:47pm ET

    Updating previous reports, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) now is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday, Aug. 7, to reattach his groin muscle to the bone. "He's going to miss some time, there's no doubt about that," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "We have no idea how much time he's going to miss. There's medical opinions that still need to take place. One thing I want to say about Arian is, you know, I feel bad for him personally. I think he came into this offseason and he really worked extremely hard, came back here and ran the conditioning test really, really well, came back in great shape, and he was practicing well. But, as a football team, it's next man up, next man up."

    Huddle Up: John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Foster will be placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list meaning the RB would miss the first eight weeks of the regular season. The Texans also have a bye in Week 9, giving Foster an extra week of recovery time and theoretically putting him back just in time to throw a curveball into the fantasy stretch run.

  • Chris Polk - RB
    Posted 8/5/15 8:36pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue is expected to take over the first-team duties with RB Arian Foster (groin) expected to miss some time in the regular season. RBs Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk could also see more action in the backfield with Foster injured.

    Huddle Up: Pierre Thomas turned down a contract for the veteran-minimum Wednesday, so Blue and Polk are the two likely candidates to replace Foster moving forward. This will obviously be one of the most watched position battles throughout training camp and the preseason. Expect both Blue and Polk to see time with the first-team offense.

  • Arian Foster - RB
    Posted 8/4/15 2:40pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Arian Foster suffered a groin injury during the team's first fully padded practice Monday, Aug. 3, according to sources and may need surgery.

    Huddle Up: Yikes -- the injury bug never seems to be too far away from Foster of late as he's missed 11 full games the last two seasons, and it looks as if it might've struck early this year. We'll certainly monitor this closely as Foster entered the day as The Huddle's seventh-ranked RB.

  • Arian Foster - RB
    Posted 8/4/15 3:37pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Arian Foster will undergo surgery on his injured groin. He should return during the season, however.

    Huddle Up: Foster is a prime candidate for the injured reserve/designated to return list which would mean he'll miss the first six regular-season games and then have a two-week window to see if he's able to return. In the meantime, second-year player Alfred Blue and former-Eagle Chris Polk likely would share Foster's touches.

  • Alfred Blue - RB
    Posted 8/4/15 3:46pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue was carted off the field Tuesday, Aug. 4 with leg cramps. Blue received the repetitions that RB Arian Foster (groin) would have received.

    Huddle Up: Blue, a 2014 sixth-round pick, should be fine and he'd better be as the he's now the main man at RB in H-Town with Foster likely to miss at least part of the regular season with groin surgery. Blue made three starts and totaled 641 yards from scrimmage and three TDs last season. Carlos Polk will also share in the workload.

  • Jadeveon Clowney - LB
    Posted 8/3/15 12:20pm ET

    Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is expected to return to the field Monday, Aug. 17, according to Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.

    Huddle Up: Clowney is recovering from microfracture surgery and his availability for Week 1 is still unclear. However, it's a positive sign that he's expected back soon. Clowney's presence makes an already strong Texans' defensive front even more formidable.

  • Ryan Mallett - QB
    Posted 8/2/15 11:17pm ET

    Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett worked with the first-team offense Sunday, Aug. 2, after QB Brian Hoyer worked with the first-team Saturday, Aug. 1. 'Whenever he (Bill O'Brien) feels like someone is ready to be named the starter, that's what he'll do, and whatever way it goes, I have really a lot of trust and faith in him,' Hoyer said. 'Whatever he decides will be best for the team.'

    Huddle Up: This figures to be a tight battle, but outside of two-QB leagues -- and even in those the Texans' starter will be scraping the bottom of the barrel -- it'll be a derby contested well below fantasy radar range.

  • Jadeveon Clowney - LB
    Posted 7/27/15 5:55pm ET

    Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.

    Huddle Up: Clowney is recovering from microfracture surgery and it's unclear whether or not he'll be ready for Week 1. Clowney could open the year on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the season.

  • Nate Washington - WR
    Posted 7/24/15 6:17pm ET

    Houston Texans WR Nate Washington is projected to be the No. 2 wide receiver behind WR DeAndre Hopkins and ahead of WR Cecil Shorts, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.

    Huddle Up: Washington, who quietly averaged 51.2 receptions, 765.2 yards and 4.7 TDs per season during his just-completed six-year run with the Titans, is still only 31 and seems to be perennially overlooked for fantasy purposes each season. He's a player to keep an eye on, particularly in larger leagues.

  • Arian Foster - RB
    Posted 7/12/15 3:27pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Arian Foster has scored 62 total touchdowns in 66 games since taking over as the primary running back, including 13 in 13 games last year.

    Huddle Up: Even though he missed three games, Foster rebounded nicely from his injury-marred 2013 season, finishing with 1,573 total yards (1,246 rushing) and the 13 total TDs to rank as fantasy's fifth-best RB (235 points). He'll turn 29 in August, but he's still a sure-fire RB1 in standard and PPR formats.

  • Alfred Blue - RB
    Posted 7/10/15 4:28pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue has been working with RB Arian Foster on improving his skills on third downs. Blue could see playing time on third downs this season.

    Huddle Up: It's a good bet that Blue will once again be Foster's handcuff but he'll first have to hold off Chris Polk, Jonathan Grimes and seventh-round pick Kenny Hilliard.

  • Jaelen Strong - WR
    Posted 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 - WR
    Posted 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 - LB
    Posted 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 - QB
    Posted 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 - WR
    Posted 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 - QB
    Posted 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.

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