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David Dorey  

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WEEK 17
2011
BAL at CIN * DAL at NYG * NYJ at MIA SF at STL
* BUF at NE DET at GB PIT at CLE TB at ATL
CAR at NO * IND at JAC * SD at OAK * TEN at HOU
* UPDATED CHI at MIN * KC at DEN SEA at ARI * WAS at PHI

Prediction: TEN 19, HOU 13

Update: Chris Johnson was held out for two days but returned for limited work on Friday and is expected to play but is still hampered by his ankle. Andre Johnson is ready to play but this remains a game with no consequence so his role is hard to guage since he is not needed.

Here's another game where the Texans have clinched their division and the #3 seed and have nothing to win. That means some players are certain to take a lighter load if not leave the game early. The Titans still have an outside chance for a wildcard but it requires the Bengals to lose to the Ravens, the Jets win in Miami with a loss by either the Broncos hosting the Chiefs and the Raiders over the Chargers. Bottom line - convoluted and out of their direct control. Plus they could not beat the Colts. Then again neither did the Texans.

The Texans claim to want to win since they are on a two game losing streak and want to avoid entering the post season on such a down note.

This is a replay of week 7 when the Texans won 41-7 in Tennessee.

Tennessee Titans
Homefield: LP Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @JAC 14-16 10 @CAR 30-3
2 BAL 26-13 11 @ATL 17-23
3 DEN 17-14 12 TB 23-17
4 @CLE 31-13 13 @BUF 23-17
5 @PIT 17-38 14 NO 17-22
6 Bye - 15 @IND 13-27
7 HOU 7-41 16 JAC 23-17
8 IND 27-10 17 @HOU -
9 CIN 17-24      
Titans Report | Statistics | Roster
TENNESSEE at HOU Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Hasselbeck - - 220,1
RB Chris Johnson 50 20 -
TE Jared Cook - 40 -
WR Lavelle Hawkins - 20 -
WR Nate Washington - 80 -
WR Damian Williams - 50,1 -
PK Rob Bironas 4 FG 1 XP -
Pregame Notes: The Titans have a shot at the playoffs left and all they can do is win to help themselves. The catch a break with the Texans having nothing to play for and certain to rest players. The plus side here is that at least you can know the Titans will give this a full and complete effort.

QUARTERBACK: Matt Hasselbeck only passed for 104 yards and one score in the first game but this one should take a different flavor. The Texans at home have been outstanding against the pass but those games all counted and were no doubt of greater focus than this one will be. That means Hasselbeck has a chance for better numbers though in no case should you expect a big game.

RUNNING BACKS: Chris Johnson is nursing a sprained ankle and has not gained more than 56 rushing yards in the last three weeks. He claims it is feeling better but he is facing the same defense that held him to only 18 yards on 10 carries back in week seven when he was healthy. Johnson has been woefully inconsistent this year and has just four games of any note. He has just four touchdowns on the season.

Johnson is still not a strong play this week no matter that the Texans have nothing to play for. We can only hope he returns to his old self next year.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The rushing effort took a nosedive this year but the receivers have been a nice surprise and that is even after the loss of Kenny Britt for the season. Nate Washington has six scores and can top 1000 yards with a 70 yard game. Second year player Damian Williams has five scores and 571 yards and has shown promising flashes of things to com. He's been at or above 60 yards in three of his last four games. Once Britt returns, this will be one of the better units in the league.

But against the Texans in the first meeting, none of them scored and Washington was the leader with 69 yards on four catches. I like one score here against a relaxed secondary.

TIGHT ENDS: One of the whispered sleepers last summer was Jared Cook and it could not have been more right. Except that it took 15 months to bear fruit. Cook has topped 100 yards in each of the last two games and his 169 yards against the Jags was one of the best of the year by any tight end. No doubt that he ends up a sleeper type next summer - let's see if he can deliver. Cook was without a catch in the two games previous to his season-ending blowouts.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points TEN 16 29 14 13 16 21
Preventing Fantasy Points HOU 4 2 10 4 12 4


Houston Texans
Homefield: Reliant Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 IND 34-7 10 @TB 37-9
2 @MIA 23-13 11 Bye -
3 @NO 33-40 12 @JAC 20-13
4 PIT 17-10 13 ATL 17-10
5 OAK 20-25 14 @CIN 20-19
6 @BAL 14-29 15 CAR 13-28
7 @TEN 41-7 16 @IND 16-19
8 JAC 24-14 17 TEN -
9 CLE 30-12      
Texans Report | Statistics | Roster
HOUSTON vs TEN Rush Catch Pass
QB Taylor Yates - - 180
RB Arian Foster 80,1 20 -
RB Ben Tate 50 - -
TE Joel Dreesen - 50 -
WR Andre' Johnson - 50 -
WR Kevin Walter - 30 -
WR Jacoby Jones - 30 -
PK Neil Rackers 2 FG 1 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Texans claim to intend to play this game in earnest but how that plays out remains to be seen along with the level of dedication by players knowing the game does not matter. A win is always nice. So is a healthy Arian Foster in January. Having already lost Matt Schaub, it seems cavalier to consider exposing players to undue injury. But they could play it all out and use only starters. That's just hard to rely on 100%.

QUARTERBACK: Taylor Yates started out well when there was no video tape on him but these last two games - both losses - Yates has not scored or thrown for more than 200 yards. He was limited to only 132 yards in Indianapolis though he had no interceptions. Back in week seven, Matt Schaub passed for 296 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee but that's optimistic to expect here.

Yates wants to win but that doesn't mean he'll manage more than a moderate game at best.

RUNNING BACKS: Arian Foster is ending the year on a high note even with the recent losses. Foster has rushed for over 100 yards in six of the last nine games and his 158 yards on 23 carries in Indy on Thursday night was a season high and a nice change since he's usually been less effective runner in a road game. In fact, before Indy he fell below 100 rush yards for three straight away venues and the only other time he was effective away from Houston was in week seven in Tennessee when he gained 115 yards and two scores on 25 carries and added 119 yards on one touchdown on five receptions in his best fantasy game of the season.

Ben Tate has slid into the background so much that he has not scored for five weeks and been limited to less than 40 yards in all but one of those games.

Even though he stands the risk of being pulled from the game, Foster is still a must start but could see more carries given to Tate at least at the end of the game if not throughout.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Andre' Johnson has returned to practice and has a shot to play in this game though he would be very limited if he did. More than anything, he needs a bit of a "warm-up" game after missing the last three weeks and not wanting to be cold in the playoffs. No wide receiver gained more than 35 yards in the previous matchup with the Titans though Johnson did not play in that game.

Bottom line here - no wide out is a safe player and short of a healthy Johnson there has not been any decent fantasy helpers in this group.

TIGHT ENDS: Owen Daniels is playing with a hyper extended knee so in a game without consequence, the chance is that he'll take it easy if he even plays. Daniels had a big effort in the first meeting with 71 yards on four catches. Joel Dreesen should take up the slack and be the better producer at tight end. The Texans are weakest against this position as well.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points HOU 23 2 31 5 6 12
Preventing Fantasy Points TEN 10 23 5 25 13 7

WEEK 17
2011
BAL at CIN DAL at NYG NYJ at MIA SF at STL
BUF at NE DET at GB PIT at CLE TB at ATL
CAR at NO IND at JAC SD at OAK TEN at HOU
  CHI at MIN KC at DEN SEA at ARI WAS at PHI

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