Game Predictions & Player Projections - HOU vs NYG

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Game Predictions & Player Projections - HOU vs NYG

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Prediction: HOU 24, NYG 17 (Line: HOU by 2.5)

UPDATE: Arian Foster was added to the injury report as questionable because of his hamstring and was limited in practices this week. He is expected to play but check his pregame status to be certain. Knowing of his injury history, owning Alfred Blue is prudent for the Foster owner.

The 2-0 Texans benefited with a very soft opening schedule that is not through yet. The 0-2 Giants cannot get past scoring 14 points or allowing at least 25. This is a road game but the Giants are just bad so far. The Texans will come back down to earth soon enough. Just not this week.

Houston Texans

1 WAS 17-6 10 BYE —–
2 @OAK 30-14 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 Alfred Blue 40
RB Lamar Miller 80,1 2-10
WR DeAndre Hopkins 4-50,1
WR Cecil Shorts 6-70
PK Nick Novak 1 FG 3 XP

No denying the schedule has been the Texans best friend so far. But the defense has really returned after a disaster of a 2013 season and holds opponents to 14 or fewer points. The new offense has not really been tested much so far but starting in a week that will change. The Texans will still likely fall back from contention eventually but the improvement from last year is already easy to see.

QUARTERBACK : Ryan Fitzpatrick is certainly no worse than Matt Schaub was and so far has yet to turn the ball over. He’s only averaging about 170 passing yards per game but scored at least once in both. Fitzpatrick is no difference maker, but at least he is not a liability.

RUNNING BACK : Arian Foster already has topped 100 rush yards in both games this year but his pace has to cool. He’s already rushed 27 and 28 times and that will crush the NFL record if sustained. He’s adding a couple of catches and scored once. Alfred Blue ran 11 times for 40 yards in Oakland and will see an increase on going just to keep Foster healthy. Despite the injury of last year, Foster is running as well as ever and has been a great value considering where he was usually drafted.

WIDE RECEIVER : DeAndre Hopkins scored in both games but was held to only three catches for 22 yards in Oakland. Andre Johnson has a total of 12 receptions for 167 yards and no score so the result is about the same no matter who the quarterback is. The passing stats have been meager thanks to the heavy load by Foster but that will change soon enough and these wideouts are going to need to step up even more.

TIGHT END : No fantasy value.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Texans are on the road again and the Giants are bound to get better at some point. But the Giants have played decent defense so far – their offense just cannot keep up. Foster is a must start and should score once with healthy yardage here – Ellington just left with 91 yards on 15 carries there. But in New York, the secondary is playing well and that makes any of the Texans more risky than it may seem. Johnson and Hopkins can be considered, but this is not as great of a matchup as it may seem.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points HOU 29 18 17 32 14 10
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 17 18 25 4 30 30

New York Giants

1 @DET 14-35 10 @SEA —–
2 ARI 14-25 11 SF —–
3 HOU —– 12 DAL —–
4 @WAS —– 13 @JAC —–
5 ATL —– 14 @TEN —–
6 @PHI —– 15 WAS —–
7 @DAL —– 16 @STL —–
8 BYE —– 17 PHI —–
9 IND —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
NYG vs HOU Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning 260,1
RB Rashad Jennings 60,1 4-50
RB Bobby Rainey 90,1 3-20
RB Shane Vereen 40 6-30
WR Victor Cruz 5-70,1
WR Hakeem Nicks 2-30
TE Larry Donnell 7-70
PK Josh Brown 1 FG 2 XP

Still no improvement. After losing in Detroit, even a home game against the Cardinals wasn’t enough. The Giants offense is stuck in second gear while the opponents are coasting to a win. The Giants also just lost their MLB Jon Beason indefinitely with a foot injury. That’s not going to help slow down the rushing in future games. This remains a team in an obvious rebuild but one that doesn’t seem to be moving down the learning curve at all.

QUARTERBACK : The only consistencies with Eli Manning is that he throws two interceptions, gets sacked twice and cannot mount a comeback. He has three touchdown on the season is remains clearly out of synch with his receivers. There is no where else to go, but Manning has not looked like the answer in New York for going on two seasons now.

RUNNING BACK : Rashad Jennings has been a plus. He turned in over 95 total yards each week and plays more consistently than anyone else. Andre Williams helps out mostly in relief. Jennings is adding four catches per game that helps keep him fantasy relevant. Though only mediocre in production, he is already an upgrade from last season.

WIDE RECEIVER : Jerrel Jernigan was placed on injured reserve with a mid-foot sprain. Julian Talley will take his place on the 53-man roster but that only interjects less experience and talent into a situation that needs much more. Odell Beckham remains out with a hamstring strain from August. Victor Cruz was able to catch five passes last week for 60 yards which is his first remotely good game. Rueben Randle still has yet to top 39 yards though he did score last week. This was once the strength of the offense and now is more of a liability.

TIGHT END : Larry Donnell was the surprise in week one and continued to impress with seven catches for 81 yards in the loss to the Cardinals. He continues to be the leading receiver for the Giants despite being a no-name until last week.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Texans are good against the run but allowed a score in both games to tailbacks. They have only allowed one passing score but at least 260 yards to both RG3 and Derek Carr. Jennings and Cruz are still both worth starting and at home they have a better chance at relevant stats. Both are risks but the offense has to move through them.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 23 22 31 8 32 27
Preventing Fantasy Points HOU 12 15 27 16 1 2

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