Deshaun Watson - QBPosted 7/12/17 12:15pm ET
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson said he will be ready to play whenever head coach Bill O'Brien believes he is ready to start. QB Tom Savage is expected to be the starting quarterback when the regular season begins.
Huddle Up: Watson probably will serve as the No. 2 quarterback this season but could see some playing time as a rookie. Owners in most standard leagues should avoid Watson, but he will have some value in keeper leagues.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 7/7/17 7:55pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said he feels the city has embraced him and Houston feels like his hometown. 'I love being here,' Hopkins said. 'I love playing for this team, great organization.'
Huddle Up: Hopkins suffered from poor quarterback play last season, but he is just two years removed from a 111-catch, 1,521-yard campaign. Don't be surprised if he recaptures his WR1 form this season.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 7/1/17 7:34am ET
Houston Texans coaches want WR Will Fuller to concentrate on improving as a receiver rather than worrying about special teams, although he is considered the club's best punt returner.
Huddle Up: The 23-year-old Fuller had 47 receptions for 635 yards and two touchdowns during his rookie campaign and also averaged 15 yards on 11 punt return attempts, including another touchdown. He's worthy of consideration as a high-risk, high-reward WR4 in most fantasy formats.
Tom Savage - QBPosted 7/1/17 6:41pm ET
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage is ahead of QB Deshaun Watson in 'how he functions with the offense' heading into training camp, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Savage's experience could make him the starter in Week 1, but he really isn't worth your time in fantasy formats. On the other hand, Watson should be stashed in all keeper formats. He has long-term QB1 potential.
Braxton Miller - WRPosted 6/26/17 11:30am ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller's speed and quickness give the Texans optimism about his place in the slot. Wide receivers coach John Perry believes that Miller's combination of size, speed and quickness make him a valuable offensive asset. In addition to his physical characteristics, Miller has learned more about route-running, coverage recognition, eating healthy and the little things that help make him a better receiver.
Huddle Up: Miller needs to play his way into more playing time, although he is a nice fit in the slot alongside DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. The promise is evident, but there are still growing pains to be had. Ad oh yeah, the Texans don't even know who their starting quarterback is yet.
Braxton Miller - WRPosted 6/24/17 6:39pm ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller has spent time diving into the playbook to better understand coverages, according to wide receivers coach John Perry, and Perry believes Miller has the versatility to play in the slot and outside.
Huddle Up: Miller has enough upside to take a chance on in the final rounds, but he could still be a year away from making a consistent impact.
Deshaun Watson - QBPosted 6/23/17 10:57am ET
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson has impressed head coach Bill O'Brien with his poise, intelligence and athleticism in a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle. 'He's a very poised guy. I like the way he carries himself. I like the way he operates. He's a rookie, and he's not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter in this league, but you can tell he's got a lot of qualities you like. ? For being a rookie, he's wise beyond his years. ? You don't see him make the same mistake twice,' O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: While O'Brien's comments bode well for Watson's future, they should actually reinforce the notion Tom Savage will begin the season as the starter. How quickly that changes will obviously be up to how quickly Watson gets O'Brien's offense down pat. With that said, Savage has shown little ability to stay healthy in the NFL, making it very likely Watson will get a few starts at some point in 2017.
Braxton Miller - WRPosted 6/22/17 9:43pm ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller was praised for his progress in OTAs by assistant coach Wes Welker.
Huddle Up: Miller has the speed and agility to be a weapon out of the slot, but he is a work in progress as a receiver. Feel free to take a late-round flier on him in redraft leagues, but he is much more valuable in keeper formats.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 6/21/17 11:22am ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller received 268 carries in 2016 but likely will see a drop in his carries this season so the team could keep him fresher later in the season. Running backs coach Charles London said the team has a diverse group of running backs, which will allow the team to balance Miller's workload.
Huddle Up: Miller finished in the top 10 in rushing with 1,073 yards and his 268 carries ranked sixth among running backs in 2016. He probably will lose some work to Alfred Blue and D'Onta Foreman this season but will continue to be the main focus in the running game. Owners in most leagues should consider Miller a low-end No. 1 fantasy running back.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 6/18/17 6:49pm ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller and WR Will Fuller have made big jumps in their second seasons, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Fuller is worth taking a chance on as a high-risk, high-reward WR4, but Miller remains a work in progress and can be left on the waiver wire outside of keeper leagues.
Tom Savage - QBPosted 6/16/17 1:24pm ET
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage is still considered the leading candidate for the starting No. 1 quarterback but will have to earn the job during training camp, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: The Texans selected Deshaun Watson in the draft, but Savage likely will begin the 2017 season as the starting quarterback. Savage threw for 461 yards in his three games this past season and has been working on his chemistry with the receivers during offseason workouts. Owners in all leagues should avoid Savage in all drafts.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 6/3/17 9:01pm ET
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage said taking reps with the first-team offense has been a great opportunity to work on his timing and communication with WR DeAndre Hopkins and the other starters.
Huddle Up: Savage is just keeping the seat warm for Deshaun Watson, and even if he breaks camp as the starter, Savage is low-end QB2 for fantasy purposes.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 6/2/17 8:51pm ET
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller said he focused on 'catching the ball consistently' this offseason. 'Wherever the ball is coming from, you catch it with your hands and catch it with your eyes,' Fuller said.
Huddle Up: Fuller has big-play speed, but he was a boom-or-bust option as a rookie, and it could be more of the same this year. Grab him as a high-upside WR4.
Braxton Miller - WRPosted 6/1/17 11:15am ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller has reached out to former veteran NFL wide receiver and Houston Texans offensive assistant coach Wes Welker. Miller is trying to glean what he can from Welker in order to be a better slot receiver. Miller said Welker corrects what he does wrong and then Miller tries to fix it on the next play.
Huddle Up: Miller is still somewhat raw, so growing pains should still be expected. There is promise, though, and he has the size to win any aerial battle. Unfortunately, Miller and other Houston pass-catchers will have either rookie Deshaun Watson or Tom Savage under center, so their full potential is stinted.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 5/26/17 8:40pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said it has been great learning from assistant coach Wes Welker.
Huddle Up: Hopkins was the victim of poor quarterback play last year, but the WR1 upside is still there. If he slips past the first few rounds, don't hesitate to snatch him up.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 5/22/17 9:06pm ET
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller said he's planning on trying to gain some weight for the upcoming season. 'I think the most I've ever weighed is probably about 190, and I felt pretty good,' he said. 'That was around the combine. If I can get to that weight and keep my speed, that would be perfect.' Fuller is currently listed at 180 pounds.
Huddle Up: Fuller started strong in his freshman campaign a season ago, registering more than 80 receiving yards in three of his first four contests, but fell off drastically from there, as he reached only 60 yards just once after that. The 2016 first-round draft pick has a lot of talent, but inconsistent quarterback play may hinder his potential in his second year.
Deshaun Watson - QBPosted 5/19/17 12:02pm ET
Houston Texans first-round pick QB Deshaun Watson admitted he has 'no idea' if he'll be the Week 1 starter. 'I have no idea. That's up to the coaching staff. My job is to come in and learn the system, learn the organization and play my part,' Watson said.
Huddle Up: He'll have to beat out Tom Savage in camp. Watson walks into the best rookie-year situation of all the quarterbacks in this draft class, and he won't be asked to carry the offense in his first year considering Houston's impressive array of offensive weapons and top-ranked defense from a season ago. Considering Savage's injury history, Watson is a good bet to make his first start no later than early October.
D'Onta Foreman - RBPosted 5/14/17 8:00pm ET
Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman has some work to do in order to reach ideal football shape, according to head coach Bill O'Brien, and Foreman spent Saturday, May 13, riding a stationary bike at rookie minicamp.
Huddle Up: Foreman will have to keep his weight under control, but his size and power could help him become Lamar Miller's primary backup as a rookie and a potential touchdown vulture. Grab him as a RB5, especially if you own Miller.
Tom Savage - QBPosted 5/8/17 7:20pm ET
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage said 'it doesn't matter if a coach says you're the starter' and that he will go out there and 'play like I have to play to keep this job.' He added: 'You have to perform. I know that, and that's the attitude I have.'
Huddle Up: Savage has the exact mentality he should be having as a three-year veteran who has never held a full-time starting job in the NFL, but with his limited ceiling, he won't be a recommended option out of the gate for any fantasy leagues. The 27-year-old does have some fine weapons around him, though, so it might not be a bad idea to monitor him through the beginning of the upcoming campaign, just in case quarterback help is desired.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 5/6/17 5:30pm ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller carried a career-high 268 times for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns in 2016. While head coach Bill O'Brien won't rule out a repeat performance, he acknowledged during the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine the team wants to be smart about managing his workload, especially early in the season. 'I think he probably carried it a little bit too much early on. We were very, very dependent on him because he's that type of player. He's a guy that shows up every day, he's in excellent condition, plays through pain. Had an ankle, shoulder, ribs ? played through all of it, practiced through all of it. He's what you're looking for when you talk about a teammate and a guy in your locker room,' O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: There is speculation Miller might slip into more of a lead-back role than remain a featured back in 2017 with the arrival of third rounder D'Onta Foreman. The smarter money is Foreman will take over Alfred Blue's old role and steal around 10 touches per game through the season's first month before Miller takes over as the bell-cow. Miller should remain a low-end RB1 for fantasy purposes.
Tom Savage - QBPosted 5/4/17 6:32pm ET
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson will have a chance to compete with QB Tom Savage for the starting quarterback job, general manager Rick Smith said Thursday, May 4.
Huddle Up: Savage has to be considered the frontrunner to break camp as the starter, but if Watson were to win the job, he would be worth a flier as a low-end QB2 in redraft leagues. Watson has even more appeal in keeper formats, and he should be in the conversation to be the first quarterback selected in rookie drafts.
D'Onta Foreman - RBPosted 4/28/17 8:00pm ET
The Houston Texans selected RB D'Onta Foreman with the 89th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Lamar Miller struggled to stay healthy as Houston's workhorse, and Foreman should step in and spell him as a rookie. More importantly, his size and power could lead to some touches around the goal line, making Foreman a late-round target in redraft leagues and a solid second-round option in rookie drafts.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 4/27/17 7:37pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins told the media prior to the 2017 NFL Draft that he would love to have QB Deshaun Watson throwing him the ball.
Huddle Up: If Watkins can break camp as the starter, he will be worth a flier as a low-end QB2 in redraft leagues. He has QB1 potential long term, giving him even more value in keeper formats and rookie drafts.
Tom Savage - QBPosted 4/27/17 9:02pm ET
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage will be the starting quarterback in 2017, according to head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith, and QB Deshaun Watson will come in and learn.
Huddle Up: The news take a little bit of shine off Watson, but he wasn't going to be a fantasy starter as a rookie anyway. His value is in his long-term upside, so you will want to grab him in keeper formats and rookie drafts.
Tom Savage - QBPosted 4/4/17 7:07am ET
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage will move forward as the starter, but the team is likely to draft a quarterback.
Huddle Up: Savage was unspectacular in his short stint starting last season, and he'll enter the season as a midrate QB2 in fantasy.
Ryan Griffin - TEPosted 3/11/17 3:40pm ET
The Houston Texans re-signed free-agent TE Ryan Griffin (Texans) to a three-year contract, $9 million contract Saturday, March 11, including $3.2 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Griffin will resume tag-team duties with C.J. Fiedorowicz. Coming off a career-high 50 catches last season, Griffin is a poor bet to repeat that number with Brock Osweiler no longer around to check it down. The University of Connecticut product does not need to be drafted in fantasy this spring and summer.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 3/9/17 12:44pm ET
Impending Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler is not necessarily the future of the franchise, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Instead, the belief is that Cleveland wanted the second-round pick from Houston and was willing to absorb the salary of Osweiler to facilitate the deal.
Huddle Up: Presuming this is accurate, the once-promising future of Osweiler is in free-fall. Regardless of his status for 2017, he should not be trusted as anything more than deep roster filler in cavernous leagues.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 3/9/17 12:43pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler, a 2017 sixth-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick are being sent to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round pick, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Texans are now primed to either trade for or sign Tony Romo. This would be an upgrade for DeAndre Hopkins and company, while the Browns' passing game still remains untouchable, aside from Terrelle Pryor if he is re-signed. Stay tuned Houston to sign Romo, but continue to ignore Osweiler and Robert Griffin III for fantasy purposes.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 3/4/17 9:47pm ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller will likely see fewer carries, especially early in the year, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. 'We feel like we have a pretty diverse group of running backs so I think in order to get him at his best in January, we probably need to cut down on that early in the year,' O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: Even if Miller loses a few touches over the course of the year, he should still be the workhorse in Houston's backfield and a borderline RB1.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 3/2/17 8:45am ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins is a player the team is intent on signing to a contract extension, according to general manager Rick Smith.
Huddle Up: Nuk saw a huge decrease in production last year, but a lot of it was due to spotty quarterback play. It still has some wondering if his 111-1,521-11 dominance in 2015 was an aberration with two modest lines on each side. The upside is there, and who's to complain if he falls to the low-end WR1 range?
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