Game Predictions & Player Projections - HOU vs OAK

Game Predictions & Player Projections - HOU vs OAK

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Game Predictions & Player Projections - HOU vs OAK

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Prediction: HOU 17, OAK 16 (Line: HOU by 3)

UPDATE: Maurice Jones-Drew never practiced this week and had surgery on his hand. While listed as questionable, he is not expected to play. Latavius Murray and Darren McFadden should share the load.

The Texans come off a home win over the Redskins and showcased a defense that looks dominating at least until Jadeveon Clowney left the game. The Raiders lost a close on in New York against the Jets and return home.

Houston Texans

1 WAS 17-6 10 BYE —–
2 @OAK —– 11 @CLE —–
3 @NYG —– 12 CIN —–
4 BUF —– 13 TEN —–
5 @DAL —– 14 @JAC —–
6 IND —– 15 @IND —–
7 @PIT —– 16 BAL —–
8 @TEN —– 17 JAC —–
9 PHI —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
vs Rush Catch Pass
RB Lamar Miller 40 4-30
WR DeAndre Hopkins 5-50
PK Nick Novak 3 FG 1 XP

The Texans defense looked back in shape even with the loss of Jadeveon Clowney for the next month or more. They held the Skins to a league low six points of offense though themselves only scored on a blocked punt and a 76-yard play when the Raiders forgot to cover DeAndre Hopkins. This has a very good shot at being one of the lower scoring games this week. The Texans are on the first of three road games over the next four weeks.

QUARTERBACK : Ryan Fitzpatrick was nothing stellar and his 206 yards and one score was really 135 yards and one lucky play. He did not turn the ball over but only passed 22 times last week. They may get away with that again this week but the rest of the schedule needs the Texans to figure out their passing game that was limited to just two wider receivers.

RUNNING BACK : Arian Foster ran 27 times for 103 yards with only two carries by any other runners. He’s healthy, running well and not sharing at all. Foster even added two receptions for 17 yards. As long as he remains healthy, he’ll remain RB1 worthy if only because he is getting all the action for the Texans backfield.

WIDE RECEIVER : DeAndre Hopkins ended with 89 yards and a score on four catches but take away the 76-yard fluke and it was three catches for 13 yards. Big difference. Andre Johnson was targeted a team-high nine times for six receptions and 93 yards and the reality is that Fitzpatrick almost exclusively looked for Johnson and got lucky on the one Hopkins play. There were only four completions for 24 yards outside of the two starting wideouts.

TIGHT END : No fantasy value.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Raiders allowed 208 rushing yards between Geno Smith and the two runners for the Jets. They gave up 221 yards and one score to Smith as a passer. Foster is a strong start this week and Johnson is always a play for yardage and catches. Hopkins got lucky last week but can still be considered as a low-end WR3 since Fitzpatrick was looking for him five times – more than any one else besides Johnson.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points HOU 26 27 12 31 22 2
Preventing Fantasy Points OAK 8 28 3 13 16 7

Oakland Raiders

1 @NYJ 14-19 10 DEN —–
2 HOU —– 11 @SD —–
3 @NE —– 12 KC —–
4 MIA —– 13 @STL —–
5 BYE —– 14 SF —–
6 SD —– 15 @KC —–
7 ARI —– 16 BUF —–
8 @CLE —– 17 @DEN —–
9 @SEA —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
OAK vs HOU Rush Catch Pass
QB Derek Carr 190
RB Roy Helu 20 3-20
RB Latavius Murray 40
WR Michael Crabtree 4-40
TE Mychal Rivera 3-30
PK Sebastian Janikowski 3 FG 1 XP

Last week’s loss saw predictable problems running the ball against a fierce Jets front line but the passing game wasn’t that much better even if they did score twice. All these new players need to be integrated soon and take advantage of a schedule quirk that gives the Raiders only one road game between now and week eight. There’s plenty to work on and home games help the effort.

QUARTERBACK : The rookie Derek Carr opened with 20 of 32 completely for 151 yards and two scores. Not exactly a big total and on 32 passes no less. Carr only ran once and remains in the pocket but he needs a lot of improvement quickly if the Raiders are going to have any chance. Facing the pass rush of the Texans is not going to be any easier.

RUNNING BACK : The defensive line of the Jets held Maurice Jones-Drew to only 11 yards on nine runs though he added two catches for 12 yards. Darren McFadden when for 15 yards on his four runs. 13 runs for 26 yards leaves a cool 2.0 YPC. This backfield needs to improve if Carr is going to buy any more time.

WIDE RECEIVER : Still too little information to make much of an assessment of the wideouts. Both Rod Streater (5-46) and James Jones (3-34) scored once but had minimal impact as a receiver. Denarius Moore was the starter along with Streater and yet only ended with two catches for eight yards on a team high eight targets. Still much work to do on this unit.

TIGHT END : No fantasy value. Mychal Rivera gained 31 yards on three catches and that was on the high side for him.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Texans are going to being the pass rush and that could rattle Carr. But they were less adept against the run last week. It is hard to recommend any of these Raiders for a start with such minimal production so far. Maurice Jones-Drew will outpace his 11 yards from last week but is still a risk to produce RB2 number. Best this squad is left to develop before investing a start in any of them.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points OAK 21 32 18 23 30 18
Preventing Fantasy Points HOU 1 22 5 18 32 19

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