DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 2/5/17 11:04am ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was a primary trade target for the New England Patriots during the season. Prior to dealing LB Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns for a conditional third-round pick, the Patriots asked for Hopkins in a potential trade for Collins.
Huddle Up: Collins' tendency to freelance and miss assignments went play any better for Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel than it did for Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, but the offer is still interesting nonetheless. As it is now, Hopkins has stated he loves playing in Houston and the Texans are interested in extending his contract, so expect him to remain in Texas for the foreseeable future.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 2/2/17 7:46pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler has all the traits to be a successful quarterback, according to retired head coach Gary Kubiak, and Kubiak said Osweiler is 'going to be fine' in the long run.
Huddle Up: Despite Kubiak's optimism, Osweiler likely played himself into a quarterback competition with his poor performance this season. Even if he breaks camp as the starter, he doesn't need to be drafted.
J.J. Watt - DEPosted 2/1/17 6:05am ET
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) said his rehab from back surgery is going well.
Huddle Up: Watt underwent two back surgeries and a groin operation in 2016, and the back operations cast some doubt on whether he'll be able to return to his elite level. He was, hands down, the best defensive lineman in fantasy before the latest injury. If Khalil Mack is eligible at DL, he could be that guy this year. However, Watt is still an elite option with a big caution flag.
J.J. Watt - DEPosted 2/1/17 6:54am ET
Updating an earlier report, Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) said he has been cleared for football activities, and he'll be ready for organized team activities. He said he'd probably have a separate program, though, to be on the safe side.
Huddle Up: Watt had two back surgeries and another one on his groin in 2016. He was the top DL option in fantasy heading into last year, but Khalil Mack bridged the gap. If Mack is eligible at DL next season, he and Watt could be interchangeable atop the position heading into drafts.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 2/1/17 12:14pm ET
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said the team will try to sign WR DeAndre Hopkins to a long-term extension this offseason.
Huddle Up: Hopkins had a disappointing 2016 season and finished with 954 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season. He played better during the playoffs with 11 catches for 132 yards and one touchdown in two games. He will continue to be the team's top receiver in the passing game in 2017 and can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 receiver in leagues depending on the quarterback situation.
Braxton Miller - WRPosted 1/28/17 5:48pm ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller said he learned a lot of small details about the receiver position this season and plans to 'turn it up to another level' in 2017.
Huddle Up: Miller will have to make a big leap to become a viable fantasy option next year, but his elite athleticism makes him worth a flier in the later rounds of redraft leagues.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 1/16/17 10:04am ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler received a slight but expected vote of non-confidence Monday, Jan. 16, as head coach Bill O'Brien told reporters it is too early to know if Osweiler will be the starting quarterback at season because the team has a lot of evaluating to do.
Huddle Up: The odds are overwhelming Houston adds a quarterback via the draft or free agency who can give Osweiler and/or Tom Savage a run for their money. With most if not all of the league's top-ranked defense likely to return in 2017, the pressure will be on the Texans' brass to improve the offense to the point to where they can make a Super Bowl run. A first-round quarterback selection cannot be ruled out, nor can the possibility Osweiler becomes the league's most highly paid backup.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 1/15/17 4:57pm ET
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller dropped a potential touchdown in a 34-16 loss to the New England Patriots Saturday, Jan. 14, but head coach Bill O'Brien said Fuller is only going to improve and the drop wasn't the difference in the game.
Huddle Up: Fuller showed big-play ability in his rookie year, but drops were a problem. He offers upside as a WR4 heading into 2017, especially if Houston can upgrade its quarterback situation.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 1/15/17 7:14pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler said he is disappointed he was unable to capitalize on the opportunities that presented themselves in the AFC Divisional Round loss to the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Despite signing a big deal to join the Texans, Osweiler is no lock to start in 2017 after a terrible season. Even if he does start, he doesn't need to be drafted.
C.J. Fiedorowicz - TEPosted 1/14/17 9:06pm ET
Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz finished with three catches for 36 yards and accounted for the his team's only touchdown on a 10-yard throw from Brock Osweiler in the second quarter in a Divisional Round loss to the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Fiedorowicz emerged as a useful low-end TE1 this season, in part due to Osweiler's on-and-off ability/willingness to throw the ball downfield. Assuming things stay mostly the same in Houston this offseason, Fiedorowicz should be approached as a low-end TE1/high-end TE2 this summer in redraft leagues.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 1/14/17 9:15pm ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller ran for 73 yards on 19 carries and added 16 yards receiving on four catches in a Divisional Round loss to the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: It's about the kind of line we've come to expect this season from Miller, who got exactly what he wanted in terms of workload this season but rarely got much of a chance to show off his explosiveness as defenses typically loaded the box and dared Houston to throw. Miller could emerge as the RB1 he could have been this season in 2017, but the Texans need better quarterbacking and some improvements on the offensive line if that is going to happen.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 1/14/17 9:12pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins tallied six receptions for 65 yards in a Divisional Round loss to the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Hopkins was able to find a better connection with Brock Osweiler late in the season and had nine targets in this one, but 2016 will still go down as a bust for 'Nuk' in large part because Osweiler struggled so much in getting him the ball downfield. This offseason should present a nice buy-low window for patient owners, but those in redraft should probably consider him a WR2 at best until they see significant improvement from Osweiler.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 1/14/17 9:24pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler played turnover-free ball in the first half before throwing three interceptions in the second half in a Divisional Round loss to the New England Patriots. He finished 23-of-40 for 198 yards and a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Thus ends a wildly inconsistent and mostly disappointing season for Osweiler, who found C.J. Fiedorowicz from 10 yards out for his only score. Despite being only one season into a four-year, $72 million deal, the Texans will need to seriously consider adding another signal-caller in the offseason after spending most of 2016 calling plays out of fear their top quarterback would lose games for them. Osweiler will be far off the fantasy radar in most leagues in 2017.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 1/13/17 11:51am ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) was limited at practice for the third straight day Friday, Jan. 13, but he will be 'set to go' in the team's Divisional Round playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, versus the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: He's not listed as questionable or doubtful, so this ensures Hopkins will be out there come kickoff. Nuk should see plenty of work in this one, with the Texans likely to throw his way a lot throughout the contest. If the expected scenario of the Patriots blowing out the Texans plays out, Houston could be passing virtually all game, which only adds up to extra looks for Hopkins. As a result, he does have fine WR1 potential this weekend.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 1/13/17 2:36pm ET
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 13, but is not on the injury report for the Divisional round playoff game against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Hopkins will be a big factor in the passing game even though he is dealing with the knee injury. He likely will lead the team in targets during the game and can be considered a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 1/12/17 12:36pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) said his injured knee feels excellent.
Huddle Up: Hopkins was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 11, but should see his normal workload against the New England Patriots. He posted solid numbers in the Wild Card playoff game but will be facing a tougher defense this week. Owners should consider him a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 1/12/17 4:07pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Jan. 12.
Huddle Up: Hopkins played in all 16 games this season and he'll be out there on Saturday night. He's in an interesting spot, as the Texans are likely to get blown out in New England, meaning Houston could be throwing a lot more than usual to try and keep up. No matter how it plays out, Hopkins looks like a fine WR1 option this weekend for all formats.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 1/11/17 1:58pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 11.
Huddle Up: Hopkins probably will be ready to play against the New England Patriots, but owners should check on his status later in the week. He recorded 67 yards and one touchdown in the Wild Card playoff game and will continue to be a main part of the passing game. Owners in fantasy leagues should consider him a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 1/8/17 9:57am ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) said his ankle felt good during the Wild Card playing game and did not have any setbacks.
Huddle Up: Miller received 31 carries during the game, so it appears like he is healthy after missing the last two regular season games. He will be facing a tough defense in the Divisional Round playoff game but can still be a No. 1 or No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 1/7/17 4:59pm ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller returned from a two-week absence due to an ankle injury and carried 31 times for 73 yards and a touchdown in a Wild Card playoff win over the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Miller scored from four yards out midway through the first quarter and also busted loose for an 18-yard run, but Houston's offensive line did him very few favors otherwise. With a likely date in Foxboro against the New England Patriots next weekend, Miller will be no more than a RB2.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 1/7/17 5:06pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins finished with five catches for 67 yards and a touchdown in a Wild Card playoff win over the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Hopkins had nine targets and showed better-than-usual chemistry with Brock Osweiler, who looked better than he has most of the season as Houston picked up the tempo to run out to an early lead. Hopkins' score with 1:20 left in the second quarter came on a quick 2-yard slant and essentially put the nail in the coffin for the Raiders. Whether the Texans face the Kansas City Chiefs or the New England Patriots on the road next week, Hopkins will hard-pressed to post anything more than WR3 production.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 1/7/17 5:27pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler completed 14 of his 25 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown and ran six times for 15 yards and a score in a 27-14 win over the Oakland Raiders Saturday, Jan. 7, and head coach Bill O'Brien said Osweiler will start in the divisional round.
Huddle Up: Compared to his usual numbers, this was a strong outing from Osweiler. A much tougher matchup likely awaits him next week, and he will be a reach for fantasy owners, even has a low-priced DFS play.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 1/6/17 2:17pm ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 6, and is not on the injury report for the Wild Card game against the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Miller should see plenty of work in the playoff game because of the team's quarterback situation. Miller sat out the last two regular season games to allow his ankle to heal but did have a touchdown in his last two games played. Miller should be considered a No. 1 or No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 1/5/17 5:14pm ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.
Huddle Up: Miller should be ready to roll after sitting out the final two regular season games, and the ball should be in his hands early and often against Oakland. He should have one of the higher floors among running backs in play this weekend.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 1/4/17 2:13pm ET
Houston Texans WR Lamar Miller (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Huddle Up: Miller appears to be on track to play in the Wild Card playoff game against the Oakland Raiders after missing the previous two games because of his ankle injury. Miller should receive most of the work at running back and can be a starting back in all fantasy leagues.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 1/4/17 9:09pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler didn't elaborate on an argument he had at halftime with head coach Bill O'Brien during Week 17, and O'Brien chalked the situation up to the intensity of the game.
Huddle Up: Osweiler is back in the starting lineup after a brief benching, and with Tom Savage ruled out for the playoff game, the Texans have no other choice but to live and die with Osweiler. He has been awful this year, but with limited options available and a friendly matchup against the Raiders, he could be worth a roll of the dice in DFS games.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 1/3/17 10:40am ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler was named the starter for the team's AFC Wild-Card game against the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: This news likely confirms the playoffs will kick off with Osweiler and rookie Connor Cook under center. Riveting. Tom Savage is still in the league's concussion protocol and didn't exactly perform well enough in his brief time as the starter to give the Texans a reason to wait for him to return. Osweiler did manage to get DeAndre Hopkins involved last week, but it is going to be difficult to trust any Texan offensive players outside of Lamar Miller and perhaps C.J. Fiedorowicz this weekend.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 1/3/17 3:11pm ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) feels rejuvenated and ready to go against the Oakland Raiders this weekend after sitting out the last two games of the regular season. 'I think [the break] helped me out a lot,' Miller said. 'I feel fresh right now. I feel good. Missing my first two games [of the season], it was kind of tough. It was different for me, but I'm happy I'm back and I'm looking forward to helping this team.'
Huddle Up: For those in fantasy playoff leagues, Miller is one of the best options for the first round of postseason action. He faces an Oakland Raiders defense that surrendered 141.6 total yards per game and 18 total touchdowns to running backs in the regular season. Miller should also be considered a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 for next season.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 1/2/17 9:25pm ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is 'set to return' for the team's AFC Wild Card postseason game Saturday, Jan. 7, versus the Oakland Raiders. He has been running and has made steady progress in his recovery after missing the final two games of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Even with Houston's uncertainty under center, Miller should be a good option to deploy in fantasy at running back if he indeed suits up, which looks very likely now. It's also possible that the Texans continue to implement backup running back Alfred Blue a bit more than usual, but even so, Miller will get plenty of work, with Houston trusting him far more than their inconsistent quarterbacks.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 1/1/17 12:21pm ET
Updating previous items, Houston Texans QB Tom Savage (concussion) was determined to have a concussion at halftime of the Sunday, Jan. 1, game against the Tennessee Titans. QB Brock Osweiler is in the game.
Huddle Up: This could be worth monitoring in the coming days. Obviously Savage's health comes first, so the team may have to go with Osweiler in postseason play if Savage isn't cleared in concussion protocol. If you take part in playoff leagues, this will be a big factor. Otherwise, if your season is over, there could be a battle at QB heading into 2017.
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