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  • Texans Defense Solid In Week 12

    The Houston Texans defense is not the reason they lost to the Jets in Week 12. They managed to sack rookie quarterback Zach Wilson four times, intercepting him once, and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Jets while allowing 21 points. The Texans defense continued their solid play, albeit in one of the softest matchups in the NFL. They get the Colts next week and Seattle the following weekend, so despite the recent run of success, fantasy managers can find much better defensive units with more upside.

    Nov 28 · Source via Texans Houston Texans
  • Ka'imi Fairbairn Misses Only Field-Goal Attempt In Week 12

    Houston Texans kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn missed his only field-goal attempt in a Week 12 loss to the Jets while he converted both extra points. The field-goal attempt was from 55 yards out and dropped Fairbairn to 9-for-12 on the season. Fairbairn has been very solid for the Texans this season and he is unlikely to be replaced moving forward. That said, his value is capped by one of the worst offenses in the NFL. He's a bye-week streaming option in deeper leagues, at best.

    Nov 28 · Source via Texans Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • Brevin Jordan Scores Second Career Touchdown In Week 12

    Houston Texans rookie tight end Brevin Jordan was a non-factor for the first seven weeks of the season as he failed to muster a single target. However, he has seen at least two targets and has scored twice in the four games since. On Sunday he saw three targets, which he converted into three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown. Jordan paced all Houston tight ends in targets and seems to be taking on a larger role in the offense. The rookie is someone to keep an eye on moving forward as Houston may look to get him more involved as they continue to lose games to close out the season. Jordan is just a dynasty stash right now, but he is a watch-list candidate.

    Nov 28 · Source via Texans Brevin Jordan
  • Nico Collins Sees Five Targets In Loss To Jets

    Houston Texans rookie wide receiver Nico Collins shared the team lead with five targets in their Week 12 loss to the Jets. Collins only managed to convert two of those five targets for 28 yards and he failed to reach the end zone. The rookie is a player the Texans may look to get more involved in the coming weeks as their season winds to a close. But Collins is only a dynasty stash and someone to keep an eye on moving forward in one of the worst offenses in football.

    Nov 28 · Source via Texans Nico Collins
  • Brandin Cooks Finds The End Zone In Loss To Jets

    Going into Week 12, Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks had one of the largest target shares in the NFL. Those days may be over. Cooks saw only five targets, which were tied for the most on the team with three other players. While Cooks did manage to score, he only had three catches for 45 yards while facing one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL. Cooks' saving grace was his volume, but even that is no longer reliable. He's a WR3/flex option at this point in one of the least explosive offenses in the league.

    Nov 28 · Source via Texans Brandin Cooks
  • Rex Burkhead Splits Workload In Week 12 Loss To Jets

    Houston Texans running back Rex Burkhead was expected to see the majority of the rushing attempts while David Johnson was expected to fill the pass-game role. However, Burkhead saw only 12 of the 24 total rushing attempts for only 27 yards in the Week 12 loss to the New York Jets. He also saw three targets that he converted into three receptions for 27 yards. Johnson's role was much larger than most expected, as he evenly split touches with Burkhead. Burkhead's value moving forward is non-existent as long as he is splitting touches in one of the worst offenses in the NFL.

    Nov 28 · Source via Texans Rex Burkhead
  • David Johnson Splits The Workload In Loss

    Heading into Week 12, Houston Texans running back David Johnson was expected to be the passing-down back while Rex Burkhead got the majority of the carries. It turns out we will see more of an even split between the two. Johnson saw 10 carries for 39 yards and three targets, which he converted into two catches for 16 yards in the loss to the New York Jets. Burkhead saw near identical numbers, with neither reaching the end zone. The two of them splitting the workload kills any fantasy value either player may have had, and with quarterback Tyrod Taylor the preferred goal-line back, it is highly unlikely Burkhead or Johnson produce a worthwhile fantasy score moving forward.

    Nov 28 · Source via Texans David Johnson
  • Tyrod Taylor Disappointing In Loss To Jets

    Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor was one of the best streamer candidates this week after taking over the goal-line rushing role for Houston in a great matchup versus the bottom-feeding Jets. Yet he only managed 158 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Furthermore, he only had two carries for 30 yards. This was the best possible matchup for Taylor, but the production was lackluster. Taylor is an emergency QB2 with decent rushing upside, but the ceiling is capped in this offense.

    Nov 28 · Source via Texans Tyrod Taylor
  • Jordan Akins A Healthy Scratch Again In Week 12

    Houston Texans tight end Jordan Akins is a healthy scratch in Week 12 against the New York Jets for the second straight week. It appears the 29-year-old has been passed on the depth chart by rookie Brevin Jordan with Pharaoh Brown back to full health. The Texans also have Antony Auclair at the position. Akins was already an afterthought in fantasy, as are the rest of Houston's tight ends for that matter, and has caught just 21 passes for 184 yards and no touchdowns on 28 targets in his nine games played (three starts) this season. The Texans offense could actually make some noise against the Jets this weekend, but it's hard to recommend any Houston tight end in fantasy given their lack of explosive plays on offense in 2021.

    Nov 28 · Source via Texans Jordan Akins
  • Nico Collins Will Play Against Jets

    Houston Texans rookie wide receiver Nico Collins (hip) is active for Week 12 against the New York Jets after being questionable on the team's final injury report. Collins popped up on the injury report late in the week, but his hip injury wasn't serious enough to keep him from playing on Sunday. The Jets defense allows the second-most receiving yards per game (296.7) in 2021, so the Texans offense could actually find some explosive plays down the field this week. The 22-year-old has been a fixture in three-receiver sets, but he has only 16 receptions for 200 yards and no touchdowns on 24 targets in his seven games played this season. In a Houston offense that just isn't very explosive, it's hard to recommend any receiver not named Brandin Cooks in fantasy.

    Nov 28 · Source via Texans Nico Collins
  • Brandin Cooks - Week 12 Outlook for Fantasy Football

    Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks comes into his Week 12 matchup versus the Jets with a 43.2% target share, which is near the top of the league. Yet he is only seeing 8.7 targets per game. Cooks has six games where he has seven or fewer targets and only two touchdowns. However, he also has four games of 11 targets or more. The Jets have been the worst team in the NFL against the pass, but Houston has a chance to win this game, and the Texans love to run. Cooks is a viable play in every league, but he's a much better play in PPR leagues where the lack of touchdowns won't kill you.

    Nov 27 · Source via Texans Brandin Cooks
  • Tyrod Taylor - Week 12 Outlook for Fantasy Football

    Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor showed what he was capable of last week and now he gets his softest matchup of the year in a Week 12 meeting against the New York Jets. Taylor has been limited to just three healthy games all season, where he produced pass attempts of 24, 33 and 43. However, Taylor has three rushing touchdowns on the season and has taken over the goal-line rushing role in the offense. The Jets pass defense is nothing to fear, and Tyrod brings upside with his legs. Consider the Houston QB a viable QB2 streamer this week.

    Nov 27 · Source via Texans Tyrod Taylor
  • David Johnson - Week 12 Outlook for Fantasy Football

    Running back David Johnson is expected to be the passing-down back for the Houston Texans in their matchup versus the Jets in Week 12. Johnson is receiving a 16.9% target share but he has only averaged 4.6 rushing attempts per game. The Texans should keep this game close, and Rex Burkhead is expected to dominate the rushing attempts, neither of which bodes well for Johnson. It is very unlikely Johnson puts up a fantasy line that anyone notices. He's a last-resort PPR option.

    Nov 27 · Source via Texans David Johnson
  • Texans Defense Is A Streamer Candidate In Week 12

    The Houston Texans defense doesn't exactly inspire a ton of faith. They have allowed the fourth-most points in the NFL and are in the middle of the pack in sacks. However, they face Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson and an inept offense this week. Wilson has played in six games this season and has managed to throw nine interceptions with only four touchdown passes. The Texans defense is cheap in DFS and can be streamed in any league this week.

    Nov 27 · Source via Texans Houston Texans
  • Rex Burkhead - Week 12 Outlook for Fantasy Football

    Running back Rex Burkhead should remain the lead back on early downs this week for the Houston Texans against the Jets in Week 12. The departure of running back Phillip Lindsay further cemented Burkhead's role. While David Johnson should get the passing-down work, it will be Burkhead who should see the majority of the rushing attempts. The game script may be in his favor, but that is the only positive. The Jets are a bad football team, but the Texans offensive line is in disarray, and Burkhead hasn't shown much explosiveness to this point. He's an emergency streamer in deep leagues but nothing more.

    Nov 27 · Source via Texans Rex Burkhead
  • Nico Collins Questionable To Play This Weekend

    Houston Texans rookie wide receiver Nico Collins (hip) and wide receiver Davion Davis (illness) are both listed as questionable for this Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Collins was added to the injury report on Friday after getting in a limited practice. The 22-year-old third-round pick has been a bright spot for the team's rookie class in 2021, but he has caught just 16 of 24 targets for 200 yards and no touchdowns in the first seven games of his NFL career in this offense that lacks explosiveness. Collins caught only one pass for nine yards in the Week 11 upset over the Tennessee Titans and isn't a realistic fantasy option on a weekly basis, especially now that he's banged up. If he doesn't play on Sunday, it could mean more opportunities for Danny Amendola and Chris Conley behind target hog Brandin Cooks.

    Nov 26 · Source via Texans Nico Collins
  • David Johnson, Texans Ground Game Has Been Bad

    The Houston Texans running game was the worst in the NFL last year, and they have actually regressed in yards per carry (3.16), EPA per carry (minus-0.31) and success rate (24.4%). They also rank last in yards before contact per rush (0.72) and are 28th in yards after contact per rush (2.44) through Week 11. Mark Ingram II has been traded and Phillip Lindsay was released this week. David Johnson and Rex Burkhead are now sharing the backfield touches, but both players might not be back in 2022. As a result, the Texans could give rookie Scottie Phillips some more run once he returns from Injured Reserve to close out the year. Until then, Johnson and Burkhead are both low-upside RB4/flex options in deeper leagues.

    Nov 26 · Source via Texans David Johnson
  • Tyrod Taylor, Brandin Cooks Lacking Explosive Plays

    Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor and the offense have produced an explosive play (16-plus yards on a pass or 12-plus yards on a run) just 6.3% of the time in 2021. Houston's offensive line ranks 30th in ESPN's pass-block win rate, which measures how often an offensive line holds its blocks for at least 2.5 seconds. That has made it hard for Taylor and wide receiver Brandin Cooks to hook up for deep connections. And outside of Cooks, the Texans don't really have any pass-catchers that can consistently win deep down the field. If Houston's explosive-play rate holds for the rest of the year, it would be the lowest rate by a team since 2000. Cooks will remain in the WR2 mix as his team's target hog in a great matchup against the New York Jets on Sunday, but his lack of big plays down the field limit his overall fantasy ceiling.

    Nov 26 · Source via Texans Tyrod Taylor Brandin Cooks
  • Texans Designate Justin Britt For Return

    Nov 25 · Pro Football Rumors Texans
  • Texans Release Phillip Lindsay

    The Houston Texans have released former Pro Bowl running back Phillip Lindsay on Tuesday. The 27-year-old carried the ball just one time in Week 11 and has accumulated just 50 opportunities on the ground this season. Lindsay has averaged just 2.6 yards per carry while splitting opportunities with David Johnson, Rex Burkhead, and at one point Mark Ingram II. Burkhead carried the ball 18 times in Week 11, so he will have a lot of appeal on the waiver wire before Week 12 when the Texans play the New York Jets. David Johnson will likely handle passing situations, so he could have some fantasy value in deeper PPR leagues down the stretch. As for Lindsay, he is nothing more than a speculative add because of his unclear situation. He could be a good fit for the Baltimore Ravens who have just moved on from Le'Veon Bell, but it may be best to wait and see where he lands before using a waiver claim on him.

    Nov 23 · Source via Texans Phillip Lindsay
  • Texans' Jordan Jenkins To Miss Time

    Nov 22 · Pro Football Rumors Texans Jordan Jenkins
  • Jordan Akins A Healthy Scratch Sunday

    Houston Texans tight end Jordan Akins is a healthy scratch in Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans and will not play on Sunday. Akins hasn't done enough to warrant fantasy consideration in standard-sized leagues this year, but he does lead the team's tight ends with 21 receptions on 28 targets for 184 yards through nine games in 2021. But with Pharaoh Brown back healthy this Sunday, Akins will be the odd man out. Antony Auclair and Brevin Jordan will likely work behind Brown against the Titans, but Houston's tight end situation is one to avoid in fantasy. Brown is second on the team with 18 TE targets, but he's caught only 12 passes for 114 yards in seven games this year.

    Nov 21 · Source via Texans Jordan Akins
  • Jonathan Greenard, Cre'Von LeBlanc Ruled Out For Texans

    Houston Texans defensive lineman Jonathan Greenard (foot) and defensive back Cre'Von LeBlanc (illness) have both been ruled out for Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans after coming into the game with questionable tags. The Texans defense will also be without linebacker Hardy Nickerson (concussion). Houston's defense/special teams enters Week 11 play as the No. 18 defensive unit in overall fantasy points, and fantasy managers have plenty of better options at their disposal than the Texans, even against a Titans offense that remains without running back Derrick Henry (foot).

    Nov 21 · Source via Texans Jonathan Greenard Cre'Von LeBlanc
  • Jeff Driskel Moving To Tight End

    Houston Texans quarterback Jeff Driskel is making the transition to tight end, and tight ends coach Andy Bischoff called him "a rare athlete." The 28-year-old was drafted in the sixth round in 2016 by the San Francisco 49ers, and he's spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos in three seasons in the NFL. Driskel has attempted 345 passes and thrown for 2,120 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 15 career games (nine starts), with his most recent action coming last year in three games with Denver. The Texans are desperate for production at the tight end spot between Jordan Akins and Pharaoh Brown, but we doubt Driskel will factor into the picture anytime soon on game days.

    Nov 18 · Source via Texans Jeff Driskel