Houston Texans

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 9-7 6-9-1 6-10 3,226 1,595 57.42% 42.58% 37%
2015-16 9-7 9-7 8-7-1 3,833 1,731 58.12% 41.88% 39%
2014-15 9-7 9-6-1 8-8 3,352 2,161 48.07% 51.93% 39%
2013-14 2-14 3-13 9-7 3,813 1,743 61.98% 38.02% 36%
2012-13 12-4 9-7 7-9 3,830 2,123 54.11% 45.89% 37%

Season Outlook

The Texans have failed to find a solid starting QB the past couple of season, but the Texans believe they got it right by drafting QB Deshaun Watson. Though Watson still needs to beat out Tom Savage as the starting QB and improve on his throwing mechanics and decision making, there are big plans for Watson in the near future. It's best to fade the Texans QBs. RB Lamar Miller and WR DeAndre Hopkins are the catalysts of this offense and are considered elite options at their respective positions. Miller, who signed as a free agent in 2015 with the Texans, earned his money last year, running for a career-high 268 rushing attempts that he turned into 1,073 yards and seven touchdowns. With an inexperienced QB starting under center, expect Miller's touches to increase even more this season, which could lead to a career year for the 26 year-old. He will be a hot commodity in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. In 2014 and 2015, Hopkins flashed his elite fantasy potential the last couple of seasons, collecting a total of 187 receptions, 2,731 yards and 17 touchdowns. However, Hopkins underwhelmed by his standards in 2016; grabbing just 78 receptions on 158 targets, 954 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He has the talent to be a WR1, but the QB situation hampers his fantasy value. Second-year receiver Will Fuller is expected to man the other starting wide receiver slot, but should be avoided as a starter for obvious reasons. He caught 51.1 percent of football's thrown his way and finished the season with 635 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Fuller's numbers could improve, but outside of Fuller, Miller and Hopkins, there aren't any other players on the Texans roster that offer respectable fantasy upside. Last season's offensive coordinator George Godsey was fired this offseason and head coach Bill O'Brien will take over duties as offensive coordinator, so the run-first offensive mindset and schemes aren't likely to change.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis

Quarterbacks

Deshaun Watson

After his short but impressive rookie campaign, Watson is being selected as a top five fantasy quarterback in nearly all formats. It's a steep price to pay, but not unreasonable given his early success. We've seen first hand that the upside is real, but he's clearly not as safe as some of the quarterbacks going around him in drafts.

Defenses

Houston Defense

The Texans were not good last season and that is putting it nicely. They finished at or below league average in several categories, yards allowed, sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles, etc. You name, they just didn't put up significant numbers. BUT, they had a ton of injuries, which truly impacted their team, so we didn't get to see what they are capable of. JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus were both out for significant portions of the season, which truly limited the team's sack potential. Everyone is back and healthy this season, along with the additions of Aaron Colvin and Tyrann Mathieu. If they can stay healthy, which is a big if, this defense can compete with any team in the league. We will also see Deshaun Watson back from his injury, which if it plays out, he will have the team in spots where they are leading, and thus allow the pass rushers to do their thing. This shouldn't be overlooked as a real factor for the defense. When is a team is up, the opposing team generally has to pass it in order to catch up. Simple game script projections will present an opening for their pass rushers to rack up sacks. I'm buying in on this team early.

Player Updates

Injury Update Will Fuller, WR - ACL tear confirmed, Will Fuller done for season
26 Oct 2018 - 2:11pm

Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Will Fuller suffered a torn ACL in the Week 8 win over the Dolphins and is done for the season. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Deshaun Watson, QB - Deshaun Watson (chest) expected to play
14 Oct 2018 - 12:56am

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Deshaun Watson (chest) is expected to play Week 6 against the Bills. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Lamar Miller, RB - Lamar Miller 'definitely' playing versus BUF
10 Oct 2018 - 4:22pm

Lamar Miller (chest) said he's "definitely" going to play Week 6 against the Bills. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Deshaun Watson, QB - Watson 'for sure' expects to play vs. Bills
10 Oct 2018 - 1:12pm

Deshaun Watson (chest) said he "for sure" expects to play Week 6 against the Bills. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Lamar Miller, RB - Texans 'pessimistic' about Lamar Miller SNF
7 Oct 2018 - 2:00am

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Texans are pessimistic Lamar Miller (chest) will be able to play Sunday night versus Dallas. - From Rotoworld.

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