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?
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.
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