Texans Fantasy News

Titans plan to stick with QB Zach Mettenberger

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:30pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Barring an injury to or a faceplant from rookie Zach Mettenberger, Jake Locker has likely started his last game for the Tennessee Titans.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed Thursday that Mettenberger will be under center Sunday versus the Houston Texans.

"We're going with Zach," Whisenhunt emphasized, "and we're going to stay with Zach."

Fantasy Impact:

Here's the scouting report on Mettenberger from NFL.com's Nolan Nawrocki: "Pure dropback, strong-armed thrower who will require patient, confidence-building play-calling and a clean pocket to function at a high level in the NFL. Has starter talent in a vertical, downfield passing attack if he can learn to take command of a huddle and continue progressing as a decision-maker." Mettenberger under center could be a good thing for Justin Hunter, who is the Titans' best deep threat. Conversely, Kendall Wright may not see as many short passes if Mettenberger insists on pushing the ball down the field.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps Wednesday. Foster should continue to roll. He has rushed for 100-plus yards in five of six games this season.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Johnson should be fine for a nice matchup against the Titans.

Report: Titans plan to start QB Zach Mettenberger in Week 8

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:32pm

Tennessean - [Full Article]

The Titans plan to start rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger against the Texans on Sunday, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The move could also signal the beginning of the end for quarterback Jake Locker in Tennessee. The fourth-year pro has missed the last two games with a thumb injury and has struggled with injuries throughout his career.

Indications are Mettenberger was informed of the decision Tuesday night. He was not in the locker room after practice Wednesday, when Locker was off-limits to the media. Charlie Whitehurst, who has three starts this season, said he was not allowed to talk to reporters.

Fantasy Impact:

Here's the scouting report on Mettenberger from NFL.com's Nolan Nawrocki: "Pure dropback, strong-armed thrower who will require patient, confidence-building play-calling and a clean pocket to function at a high level in the NFL. Has starter talent in a vertical, downfield passing attack if he can learn to take command of a huddle and continue progressing as a decision-maker." Mettenberger under center could be a good thing for Justin Hunter, who is the Titans' best deep threat.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien endorses Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:25pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Bill O'Brien doesn't sound like a coach prepared to remove Ryan Fitzpatrick from under center any time soon.

The first-year coach has been riding with the journeyman quarterback through a 3-4 record so far, but thinks his team's performance is not the reflection of one position playing poorly.

"Fitzy is our quarterback," O'Brien told reporters on Tuesday.

He added: "When you look at our tape ... you cannot just point to one position and say that's the position that is at fault. There are a lot of positions that need to play better. We need to coach better, all those different things. It all goes into why sometimes we stall offensively. It's not one guy."

Fantasy Impact:

When coaches begin to endorse a beleaguered starter, it's usually a sign that change is coming. It sounds as if Fitzpatrick still has a bit of leash, but if the season gets out of hand, the team may turn to Ryan Mallett to see what he brings to the table.

Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:14pm

Texans Inactives
Jeff Adams T
Josh Aubrey DB
Jadeveon Clowney OLB
Darryl Morris DB
DeVier Posey WR
Jumal Rolle DB
Tom Savage QB

Fantasy Impact:

As expected, RB Arian Foster and WRs Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins are active for Monday night. It's a great matchup for Foster owners against Pittsburgh while we have Johnson as a low end WR2 and Hopkins a WR3 against a better Steeler passing defense.

Monday, October 20, 2014, 9:56am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Titans are hoping to get starting QB Jake Locker back from his thumb sprain in time to play next week against the Texans.

Locker practiced early last week, but was then limited, and he didn’t play yesterday.

“I would expect him being able to go next week,” HC Ken Whisenhunt said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean. “But until we get out there and practice, I don’t know that for sure.”

Locker practiced Wednesday, but was then limited the rest of the week with soreness in his throwing hand.

“Obviously you worry about him turning the ball over and putting one on the ground if you miss a snap or do something with ball handling,” Whisenhunt said of the decision to park him. “That’s ultimately what made the decision.”

Week 7 MNF Injury Report - Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins PROBABLE

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 4:42pm

Texans
OUT
CB Darryl Morris (ankle)

QUESTIONABLE
LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Mike Mohamed (calf)

PROBABLE
G Brandon Brooks (illness), LB Brian Cushing (knee), RB Arian Foster (groin), WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand), DE Tim Jamison (groin), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), C Chris Myers (not injury related), T Derek Newton (elbow), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee), DE J.J. Watt (thigh)

Steelers
OUT
DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE
LB Ryan Shazier (knee)

PROBABLE
DE Cameron Heyward (ankle), RB Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), S Michael Mitchell (knee), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related)

Fantasy Impact:

For the Texans, it looks like Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins all have a great shot to play on Monday night against the Steelers. It's a better matchup for Foster and the running game as the Steelers rank just 20th in allowing fantasy points to RBs, and as a result we have Foster third on our RB list for Week 7. While in the passing game, the Steelers are sixth in allowing fantasy points to WRs. Johnson is ranked 18th this week and Hopkins is 26th.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. It’s a good sign for Foster’s availability on Monday night.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand) took full practice reps again Friday. The full practice indicates Hopkins is probably good to go for Monday night.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) took limited practice reps again Friday. Johnson should be fine to play on Monaday night.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) took limited practice reps Thursday. The Texans play on Monday night, so this isn’t too worrisome at this point in the week. Foster owners should pick up Alfred Blue if he’s available on the waiver wire.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand) took full practice reps Thursday. This is a new injury for Hopkins, but given the full participation, we aren’t too worried.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) took limited practice reps Thursday. This is typical for Johnson.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 12:46pm

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

Bernard Pierce is back healthy, but Justin Forsett remains the lead dog for the Baltimore Ravens.

There’s been chatter around Baltimore as to who the Ravens’ top running back is in their strong rushing game. On Sunday in Tampa Bay, Forsett took another step in proving he’s the guy.

Forsett and the now healthy Pierce split the carries – Forsett got 14 and Pierce had 15. But Forsett took his for 111 yards (7.9 yard average), and Pierce totaled 32 yards (2.1 average) and a touchdown on his attempts.

Forsett got his fourth straight start, and kick-started the Ravens offense with a 52-yard jaunt on their second play of the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett, who still leads the NFL in average yards per carry (6.4), hadn’t logged a 100-yard game since 2009, his second year in the league when he was with the Seattle Seahawks. Forsett is fifth in the NFL with 408 rushing yards, trailing only Dallas' DeMarco Murray, Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell, Houston's Arian Foster and Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy. It didn't appear Forsett would step up to the lead role and keep it with the younger Pierce and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro as part of the running attack. For now, Forsett is taking advantage of his opportunities despite splitting carries with Pierce.