Texans Fantasy News

Texans WRs Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington OUT for TNF

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7:17pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Texans Inactives

Kourtnei Brown LB
Quintin Demps SS
Akeem Dent ILB
Jonathan Grimes RB
Greg Mancz C
Cecil Shorts WR
Nate Washington WR

Fantasy Impact:

The other Houston receivers will get extra run, but there aren't any trustworthy fantasy starts outside of DeAndre Hopkins, who should see double-digit targets as Ryan Mallett's primary target.

TNF Injury Report: Colts vs. Texans -- Andrew Luck (shoulder) questionable

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 5:50pm

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LB Jerrell Freeman (groin), RB Tyler Varga (concussion), LB Bjoern Werner (hamstring)

S Mike Adams (neck), DT Henry Anderson (foot), CB Vontae Davis (foot), QB Matt Hasselbeck (illness), QB Andrew Luck (right shoulder)

TE Dwayne Allen (ankle), RB Frank Gore (foot), DE Kendall Langford (back), CB Gregory Toler (neck)


S Quintin Demps (hamstring), LB Akeem Dent (hamstring), RB Jonathan Grimes (hamstring), WR Cecil Shorts (shoulder), WR Nate Washington (hamstring)

S Lonnie Ballentine (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (thigh), RB Chris Polk (knee)

T Duane Brown (hand), LB Max Bullough (shoulder), LB Jadeveon Clowney (shoulder, knee), LB Brian Cushing (foot), RB Arian Foster (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (hip), QB Ryan Mallett (chest), T Derek Newton (ankle), S Eddie Pleasant (thigh), G Xavier Su'a-Filo (calf), DT Vince Wilfork (ankle)

Fantasy Impact:

Luck is listed as questionable, so owners should pay attention as inactives are announced leading up to game time on Thursday. Gore and Allen are both probable, so they're virtually certain to play. Allen's return puts a big dent in Coby Fleener's upside. For the Texans, Foster is probable, so he should see an increased workload. With both Shorts and Washington out, the Texans are short at receiver. Look for DeAndre Hopkins to dominate targets again.

Texans rule Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts OUT for Week 5

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 3:52pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans rule out Nate Washington, Quintin Demps, Jonathan Grimes, Cecil Shorts, Akeem Dent.

With Washington and Shorts out, look for rookies Keith Mumphery, Jaelen Strong and Chandler Worthy to all be active and involved

Fantasy Impact:

We wouldn't trust any Texans receiver not named DeAndre Hopkins.

Colts still expected to start QB Andrew Luck on TNF

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:37pm

Ed Werder, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts still expect Andrew Luck to start vs Texans. Re-signed Josh Johnson because backup Matt Hasselbeck has been sick.

Fantasy Impact:

Speculation began when the Colts re-signed Johnson, but it appears that he's serving as depth while Hasselbeck recovers from an illness. Luck should play on Thursday.

Arian Foster came out of Week 4 'fine'

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:30pm

HoustonTexans.com - [Full Article]

Arian Foster returned from a groin injury and caught a 15-yard pass on the Texans' first offensive play. He then carried for two yards and three yards before Ryan Mallett was picked off. On the day, Foster gained 10 yards on eight carries, and three passes for 25 yards. Physically, both Foster and O'Brien were positive about the Pro Bowler's health.

"I came out fine," Foster said.

The head coach reiterated that on Monday, saying Foster "should be ready" for the Thursday-nighter against Indianapolis.

Fantasy Impact:

Foster was a risky start and unfortunately for owners the game dictated how much Foster played. When it got out of hand, there was no point in keeping him out there. The Texans hope this week is a different story and perhaps now that Foster got his feet wet, he'll take on more of a workload in Week 5's Thursday night game.

Andrew Luck has partial shoulder separation

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:02pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said that quarterback Andrew Luck is “trending in the right direction” as he tries to return to the lineup on Thursday night against the Texans, something supported by the team’s decision to release Josh Johnson Monday after the veteran served as Matt Hasselbeck’s backup in the Week 4 win over Jacksonville.

Luck missed that game with a right shoulder injury that Chris Hagan of FOX59 in Indianapolis reports is a partial separation, or subluxation, of his shoulder. Luck reportedly had an MRI done to assess the injury last week and that several doctors from around the country have been consulted about the best course for recovery.

Luck tested his arm on Saturday, but wasn’t ready to play against the Jaguars. He’ll do the same in practice for the next couple of days to determine if the upward trend he’s on takes him into the starting lineup on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

If he isn’t ready to go, the Colts will have to make another roster move that could bring Johnson back to Indy for a second week on the sideline to backup Matt Hasselbeck. It's possible the Colts thought a home game against the Jags would be a good time to rest Luck and have him ready to go for a Thursday night game at Houston.

Texans to stick with Ryan Mallet

Monday, October 5, 2015, 2:49pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said that Ryan Mallett remains his starting quarterback.

“He’s our starting quarterback,” O’Brien said Monday. “We all have to do better. Ryan has to play better. We have to coach better. I believe Mallett understands that.”

Mallett was replaced by backup Brian Hoyer during the Texans’ 48-21 loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

“Losing like that is never going to be acceptable,” O’Brien said. “It’s my responsibility to make sure that never happens again. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure we improve. We have to make an honest assessment. I have to coach better.

“We have to cut down on turnovers, catch the ball better, tackle better, eliminate penalties. Those are some of the things we have to improve on. I know many players took responsibility and I appreciate that.”Ryan Mallett played on nine series and failed to generate a point. He threw an interception the Falcons turned into a touchdown. Brian Hoyer entered down 42-0 and led three touchdown drives."

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan Mallett played on nine series and failed to generate a point. He threw an interception the Falcons turned into a touchdown. Brian Hoyer entered down 42-0 and led three touchdown drives.

Cecil Shorts has dislocated shoulder

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 8:15pm

Adam Caplan on Twitter - [Full Article]

Left shoulder dislocation for Texans WR Cecil Shorts, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

The team also lost Nate Washington to a hamstring issue so the Texans may have to look for help at the position heading into Week 5. The offense didn't look good despite getting RB Arian Foster back and the QB situation is up in the air after they switched back to Brian Hoyer.

Nate Washington injures hamstring

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 7:54pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Texans veteran starting wide receiver Nate Washington was ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Washington didn’t catch a pass. The Texans offense did not look good when it counted against the Falcons and the team again switched QBs going with Brian Hoyer after things got out of hand. Cecil Shorts dislocated his shoulder in the loss. Keith Mumphery is next up on the depth chart but the team may have to look outside the organization for help.

Foster: 'Feel like I've got a chance'

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 4:49pm

HoustonTexans.com - [Full Article]

Arian Foster feels like he has a chance to play in Sunday's game at Atlanta after his Aug. 3 groin injury and subsequent surgery sidelined him from getting his first start of the 2015 season.

“Progression is well, I think from two months ago having it off the bone to today," Foster said of his recovery. "It feels great and so yeah, I feel like I’ve got a chance. It just depends on how it feels on Sunday.”

Heading into the Week 4 matchup against the Falcons, Foster is officially listed as questionable. The All-Pro back will be a game-time decision, Bill O’Brien said Friday. Foster says he was a "full participant" in practice this week.

Fantasy Impact:

Foster is a true game-time call for Week 4, but the good news is it's an early game so owners will have time to adjust lineups when we learn the inactives. There's a good chance if he plays the team may limit his snap count. Jonathan Grimes has been officially ruled out after not practicing all week with a knee issue. The Texans currently have just two other running backs in case Foster can’t start: Alfred Blue and Chris Polk.

Steelers cut Josh Scobee, sign Chris Boswell

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 4:23pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Josh Scobee's miserable fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens cost him his job.

The Steelers cut the veteran kicker on Saturday, less than 48 hours after a pair of late missed field goals by Scobee helped the Ravens rally for a 23-20 overtime victory.

Pittsburgh replaced Scobee on the roster with Chris Boswell, who has spent time with the Houston Texans and New York Giants but has never kicked in a regular season game.

The Steelers acquired Scobee from Jacksonville on Aug. 31 in exchange for a sixth pick in the 2016 draft following injuries to Shaun Suisham and Garrett Hartley in the preseason. Scobee, the leading scorer in Jacksonville history, made just 6 of 10 field goals and also missed an extra point.

Fantasy Impact:

Like all those before him, Boswell should have fantasy value given the talent on the Pittsburgh offense and its ability to move the ball. Of course, the offense takes a bit of a hit with Michael Vick at QB, but Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return which will given everyone a boost. Boswell is at least worth considering if you're in need at the position.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Mallett is a decent desperation option given the likelihood that the Texans fall behind early against the Falcons.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 4. Foster appears to be a game-time decision for Week 4. He says he has “a chance” to play and that the best rehab for his injury is to play, so we’ll see. The Texans play early on Sunday. If Foster can’t play, Alfred Blue would be a Sneaky Start against the Falcons.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (toe, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 4. Freeman will be fine to face the Texans. With Tevin Coleman looking doubtful, Freeman should be in for another big workload in Week 4.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Texans RB Jonathan Grimes (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4.

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