DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 6/9/19 10:06am ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said Saturday, June 8, he endured a tough season in 2018 in which he had to deal with nagging pain from foot and shoulder injuries and overcome mental hurdles. 'Last year was tough, not just physically but mentally,' Hopkins told the Houston Chronicle. 'It's the most banged up I've ever been playing football. I was dealing with serious injuries a lot of people would have sat down for. But we had a good team that depended on me, and I never gave a thought to not playing unless the doctors told me I couldn't.'
Huddle Up: Hopkins still played in 17 games, including a playoff contest, and hit career highs with 115 receptions, 1,572 yards and a 70.6 catch percentage to finish as fantasy's fourth-ranked wideout. He's a no-doubt WR1 -- if not the top-ranked wide receiver -- in all formats for 2019.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 6/8/19 2:02pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) has been recovering from an ankle injury this offseason but should be ready for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Hopkins has been one of the top receivers in the NFL for several years and will continue to be the focal point in the Texans passing game. He should be one of the first receiver selected in fantasy drafts in 2019.
Jordan M. Thomas - TEPosted 5/30/19 7:30am ET
Houston Texans TE Jordan M. Thomas has made eye-popping and leaping catches during organized team activities. Thomas, who switched to tight end from wide receiver as a rookie last year, has had a strong offseason.
Huddle Up: With the tight end position up for grabs, Thomas looks to be the front runner to take the starting job. He's a sleeper as a TE2 in fantasy.
Alfred Blue - RBPosted 5/28/19 9:51am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Alfred Blue was absent from the team's OTA workouts Tuesday, May 28, for an unspecified, non-medical reason.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on Blue as he's vying with Thomas Rawls, Benny Cunningham and rookie Ryquell Armstead to serve as the primary backup to the oft-injured Leonard Fournette.
Deshaun Watson - QBPosted 5/10/19 7:17pm ET
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson will 'always make a jump' in performance, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. 'I've always said that I don't think there's any ceiling on Deshaun Watson,' O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: With plenty of weapons to throw to in the passing game and his running ability, Watson needs to be treated as a top-five fantasy at the quarterback position.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 4/18/19 9:26am ET
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) is fully anticipated to be ready for the Texans' regular-season opener, according to general manager Brian Gaine. 'Everything is trending in the right direction,' Gaine said Thursday, April 19. 'Everything is looking good.'
Huddle Up: Fuller has produced 13 TDs in 31 games, but the question remains his health as he's missed a combined 17 games over his first three seasons. Value him as a low-end WR3 for the time being.
D'Onta Foreman - RBPosted 4/18/19 11:09am ET
Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) returned to the team in good shape, according to general manager Brian Gaine.
Huddle Up: Although the Texans are expected to add a pass-catching back in the draft, Foreman's recovery from his 2017 Achilles injury may be enough to convince Houston to do so on the third day instead of using a premium pick at the position. Although Lamar Miller had a solid year in 2018, a healthy Foreman would be able to push him and possibly forge a committee. At the very least, Foreman should be able to take over goal-line duties. Assuming no setbacks, he should be a solid late-round flier this summer.
Keke Coutee - WRPosted 4/18/19 6:46pm ET
Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee said his main goal for the 2019 season is to be able to play all 16 games.
Huddle Up: Coutee battled a hamstring injury last year, but he had some solid outings when healthy, including his 11-catch performance in the playoffs. Even with DeAndre Hopkins headlining the passing attack, Coutee is worth a look as a WR4 in PPR formats.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 4/16/19 1:50pm ET
Free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas (Texans) reportedly agreed to terms on an undisclosed contract with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, April 16.
Huddle Up: Thomas' game has been in decline for at least a couple of years, but he immediately becomes the most notable outside receiver on the Patriots' depth chart for however long Josh Gordon is away from the team. While he brings plenty of name value to the position in New England, owners need to realize he is coming off an Achilles injury and little more than a veteran flier. Only four months removed from his injury, he could easily begin the 2019 season on the PUP list.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 4/16/19 2:10pm ET
Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas (Texans) signed a one-year contract worth up to $6 million with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, April 16.
Huddle Up: NFL Network's James Palmer is reporting that Thomas is expected to be available sooner than most believe, in part because offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who drafted Thomas in 2010 while in Denver, saw his former first-round pick overcome the same injury in six months. If that scenario plays out, then it is possible the Patriots may have found an outside receiver capable of giving them roughly what Chris Hogan did. It's also very possible he doesn't make the roster.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 4/14/19 1:41pm ET
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) will be at 10 months removed from tearing an anterior cruciate ligament when Week 1 begins. In the opinion of HoustonTexans.com's Drew Dougherty, he'll be 'stunned' if Fuller isn't on the field for Week 1.
Huddle Up: As recently reported, Fuller has a shot at being ready for training camp. The timeline for Week 1 puts him behind the typical nine-month pace, suggesting he should be ready in advance of the season-opening week. He hasn't played a full slate in his career, and Houston keeping Fuller healthy via managed reps will be a factor to consider when targeting him in fantasy drafts. He's a strong WR2 when at 100 percent but should be drafted as a third or flex.
Deshaun Watson - QBPosted 4/12/19 9:19am ET
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson posted a league-best 88.2 passer rating when under pressure in the 2018 season.
Huddle Up: Watson lived up to the sophomore fantasy hype, throwing for 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns while rushing for 551 yards and five scores to finish fourth among fantasy QBs. He'll be one of the top five QBs to come off the board again this summer.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 4/4/19 12:00pm ET
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) could be ready for training camp, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien said Houston feels 'really good' about where Fuller is in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: Fuller has missed 17 games in his three-year career, but he's been effective when on the field. If he's full go by training camp and avoids any setbacks, he deserves consideration as a WR3 with obvious risk.
Alfred Blue - RBPosted 4/1/19 1:12pm ET
Free-agent RB Alfred Blue (Texans) signed a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday, April 1, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Blue was a solid contributor for the Houston Texans behind Lamar Miller. He'll make for a high-end handcuff behind Leonard Fournette in Jacksonville.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 2/28/19 4:37pm ET
Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine said he sees RB Lamar Miller as the team's starting running back next season.
Huddle Up: Miller is coming off a solid 2018 season when he finished with 973 yards and five touchdowns. He probably will have to share playing time with the other backs on the roster next season but could be a No. 3 fantasy running back in standard leagues if he receives a majority of the carries.
Bill O'Brien - HCPosted 2/27/19 2:59pm ET
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) is making good progress in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament but his availability for offseason workouts is uncertain, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Fuller suffered the injury in October, so he may not be on the field until training camp. He has shown good chemistry with Deshaun Watson when healthy and can be a No. 3 fantasy receiver in 2019 if he is healthy.
D'Onta Foreman - RBPosted 2/26/19 2:22pm ET
Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') has worked hard so far this offseason and impressed the Texans with how he's looked after missing all but one game last year.
Huddle Up: Foreman appears to be recovered from the troublesome ruptured Achilles' tendon. The Texans didn't want to take their chances last year and essentially let him rest the whole season. Heading into 2019 he'll make a formidable one-two punch with Lamar Miller. Miller will still be the lead back, but Foreman is one of the more talented handcuffs in fantasy football.
Deshaun Watson - QBPosted 2/23/19 8:33pm ET
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson became the first quarterback in NFL history with 4,000-plus passing yards (4,165), 25-plus touchdown passes (26), 500-plus rushing yards (551) and five rushing touchdowns (five) in a single season in 2018.
Huddle Up: Watson didn't disappoint in his first full season, and he is a safe bet for QB1 production for the foreseeable future.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 2/16/19 2:35pm ET
Free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas (Texans) suffered minor injuries after being involved in a car accident in Denver Saturday, Feb. 16.
Huddle Up: Thomas is also dealing with a torn Achilles' tendon, so he will be recovering from multiple injuries. He may not be signed until training camp and probably will not have a big role with his new team. He could be a late-round pick in fantasy drafts based on his situation.
Keke Coutee - WRPosted 2/14/19 9:06am ET
Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) said Thursday, Feb. 14, he is almost fully recovered from the chronic hamstring injuries which limited him miss 10 of the Texans' 17 regular-season/playoff games as a rookie this past season. 'I'm feeling great,' Coutee said. 'I'm feeling really good. I'm feeling like myself. The hamstring is good. I'm still resting a little bit. I'm going to start back training soon, but it's 100 percent.'
Huddle Up: DeAndre Hopkins will still be gobbling up the lion's share of the Texans' targets and Will Fuller will also be involved if he can come back from a torn ACL, but Coutee has sleeper potential, particularly in PPR formats, after averaging 5.6 receptions and 56.7 yards and catching a pair of TD passes in the seven games he did play last season.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 2/13/19 5:32pm ET
Free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas (Texans) likely will not receive interest from the New York Jets this offseason even though he has played for head coach Adam Gase before, in the opinion of the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.
Huddle Up: Thomas is recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, so he may not sign with a team until training camp. There has been a drop in his production over the last several season and would only be a late-round fantasy option if he joins a team.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 2/12/19 6:19am ET
Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles') will be cut Tuesday, Feb. 12. He has no timetable for his return from a torn left Achilles', but he returned from a torn right Achilles' in six months after his rookie season.
Huddle Up: Thomas will be little more than a PPR WR5 when he is healthy as age and the injury really limit his fantasy output.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 2/12/19 2:41pm ET
Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles') was officially released Tuesday, Feb. 12, with a failed physical designation. His release created $14 million more in Houston's salary cap space.
Huddle Up: The release of Thomas means more opportunities for Keke Coutee and Will Fuller as the No. 2 and No. 3 wide receivers behind DeAndre Hopkins. Coutee performs better without Fuller, but both possess WR3 upside.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 2/10/19 11:51am ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins set a Pro Football Focus-era record (since 2006) for the most catchable targets (105) without a drop (minimum 40 targets) in 2018.
Huddle Up: Hopkins set personal single-season marks for receptions (115) and yardage (1,572) and finished as the top wideout in PPR leagues and second in standard-scoring formats. He'll be one of the top non-RBs to come off the board in the drafts this summer.
D'Onta Foreman - RBPosted 2/8/19 8:12pm ET
Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman still has a bright future with the team, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. 'So, hopefully with a good offseason, here's a guy that can really, really be an excellent player in this league,' O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: An Achilles' injury derailed the start of his career, but if he can stay healthy, he should be able to push Lamar Miller for playing team. Foreman remains an intriguing stash candidate in keeper formats and could be a sneaky sleeper in redraft leagues in 2019.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 1/28/19 5:17pm ET
Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas is a candidate to be released this offseason since the Texans would save $14 million in salary cap space if he is released, according to Spotrac.com.
Huddle Up: Thomas is recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, so it is not known if he would receive much interest if he was available in free agency. He has played well in the past but is starting to slow down. He could be a late-round option in fantasy leagues if he is healthy for the 2019 season.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 1/24/19 11:15pm ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller has only $1 million of guaranteed money left on his contract, and the team could elect to release him, according to Spotrac. The move would save more than $6 million in cap room.
Huddle Up: Miller has topped 1,000 yards just once in his three seasons with the Texans and was mostly a non-factor in the receiving game last year. If the Texans feel D'onta Foreman is ready to step up or find someone else on the open market or draft day, Miller could be seeking work this summer. If things stay status quo, Miller is a good RB3.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 1/16/19 8:26pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was targeted 163 times during the regular season while the second highest total on the team was 45 targets.
Huddle Up: Hopkins was targeted at least 10 times in 11 regular season games this season and received 10 targets in the playoff game. He will continue to be the main option in the Texans passing game and should be a No. 1 receiver in all leagues. Hopkins could even be the first receiver off the board.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 1/7/19 9:05am ET
Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles') told the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson he's 'not thinking about retirement' and 'would love to finish my career (with the Texans).'
Huddle Up: Thomas faces a long rehab this offseason and won't return to Houston at the $14 million he is owed in 2019. The Texans also will get Will Fuller and Keke Coutee back fully healthy, although durability is not something either player's strong point. Expect Thomas to be in another uniform next season, most likely as a complementary starting receiver. His days as a 100-catch wideout are almost certainly over.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 1/6/19 9:24am ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins drew extensive praise Sunday, Jan. 6, in head coach Bill O'Brien's season-ending news conference. 'I don't think there was anybody better in the league,' O'Brien said. ' ... Every team knew that we were going to him on every play.'
Huddle Up: Hopkins set career highs in receptions (115), receiving yards (1,572) and catch percentage (70.6) in 2018 and was a top-six fantasy wideout for the third time in the last four seasons. The Texans have more weapons than ever if WRs Will Fuller, Demaryius Thomas and Keke Coutee are healthy, but Hopkins will continue to be an elite WR1.
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