Texans Fantasy News

49ers WR Bruce Ellington working out of slot

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 1:19pm

49ers.com - [Full Article]

49ers WR Bruce Ellington rolled his ankle in San Francisco’s Week 1 preseason loss to the Houston Texans.

“It feels good to be back out there competing,” the third-year pro said. “I love competing. Going against those guys, I know they love to compete, too. Everyone is getting better. Iron sharpens iron.”

The 5-foot-9, 197-pound receiver has 19 receptions for 215 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 26 career games. Ellington has an opportunity to surpass those numbers in the upcoming season. His role in Chip Kelly’s offense makes him one of the most critical play-makers to watch this season.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Ellington has learned a lot from Anquan Boldin and feels he's ready to play the position when the season starts. Kelly's slot position receiver on the Eagles last year was Jordan Matthews, who was a main target (due to lack of quality on the outside) so Ellington has a chance to put up some solid fantasy numbers.

Saints Beat: WR Brandon Coleman could lose roster spot

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 2:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Coach Sean Payton said, “There’s gonna be a lot of dirty hands” when the New Orleans Saints review the tape from their ugly offensive performance in Saturday’s 16-9 loss to the Houston Texans.

But two players, in particular, may be losing their grip on a roster spot after their performances -- running back/kick returner Marcus Murphy and receiver Brandon Coleman.

Fantasy Impact:

At best, Coleman is the fourth receiver on New Orleans’ roster after being outperformed by rookie Michael Thomas this summer. But he needs to show vast improvement over the next two weeks to keep that job safe.

Texans WR Will Fuller continues to stand out

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 10:10am

HoustonTexans.com - [Full Article]

In his second preseason game, WR Will Fuller showed the crowd at NRG Stadium just how valuable he was with the Texans first-round draft pick in 2016. On a deep pass to the right side of the field, Fuller made a leaping catch for a 19-yard touchdown. It was the first of his NFL career.

Fantasy Impact:

In the 16-9 win over the Saints, Fuller led the Texans wide receivers with four receptions for 73 yards and the score. We have Fuller 63rd on our list and he's getting some late-round draft attention. We're not ruling out Jaelen Strong making a push either, but right now the WR2 job appears to be Fuller's.

Texans RB Lamar Miller primed for 'a season for the ages'

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 6:31pm

Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report - [Full Article]

Mike Freeman of the Bleacher Report on the thought that Texans RB Lamar Miller might lead the league in rushing:

That's what one scout believes. He thinks the combination of a solid offensive line and the presence of a real quarterback will free up Miller to the point where he will be one of the top two runners in football.

I've heard this type of thing before about Miller (and written it). More than a few people in football think he is set for a huge season. Lead the league in rushing? That would be quite a leap, but it's not totally unbelievable. Miller always showed great bursts of talent when in Miami, but because the Dolphins gonna Dolphin, they completely underutilized him. The Texans won't, and I keep hearing from scouts that they think he might have a season for the ages. We'll see.

Fantasy Impact:

Miller finished #9 and #5 in the last two seasons in PPR formats, but was underutilized in Miami, which is one reason he signed with the Texans. Consider this: Miller only saw 18-plus carries in three of his 16 games in 2015, while Arian Foster carried the ball 18-plus times in 13 of his last 17 games with the Texans. Foster averaged 22.5 touches per game over that span, and if Miller can maintain the 0.920 FP/touch rate (PPR) from the last two years, he would average around 20.7 FP per game. Last year’s #1 PPR RB (Devonta Freeman) averaged 21.1 FP.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 5:11pm

HoustonTexans.com - [Full Article]

Alfred Blue, who was noticeably absent from Sunday's lineup against San Francisco, did not practice on Tuesday for the Texans.

“He’s dealing with a minor shoulder injury,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Tuesday. “It’s not anything serious but it does warrant time off as far as contact so we’re just making sure that he’s healthy when we bring him back. We don’t want to bring him back too soon. Very competitive position, we know what Alfred can do. We like Alfred but we want to make sure he’s healthy when he comes back.”

Monday, August 15, 2016, 6:11pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter will not participate in the 49ers’ practices this week against the Denver Broncos, coach Chip Kelly indicated on Monday.

Smelter, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, sat out his entire rookie season after sustaining a torn ACL in his final season at Georgia Tech. He battled a hamstring issue during the 49ers’ offseason program this spring, further setting back his development.

Smelter was held out of Sunday’s exhibition opener against the Houston Texans due to an undisclosed condition after missing the past several days of practices. And his return to the practice field appears does not appear to be imminent.

Monday, August 15, 2016, 4:31pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Quarterback Thad Lewis’ bid to serve as a 49ers backup is over because of a knee injury, a league source confirmed Monday.

Lewis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the third quarter of Sunday’s 24-13, exhibition-opening loss to the Houston Texans.

With Colin Kaepernick unable to play because of shoulder tightness, the 49ers had Lewis succeed starter Blaine Gabbert for their fourth series, and Lewis passed for a team-high 97 yards (12-of-21).

Fantasy Impact:

Lewis, one of the 49ers’ few free-agent acquisitions, figured to battle rookie Jeff Driskel for a No. 3 role this season, assuming Gabbert and Kaepernick would fill the top two slots. Driskel was 4-of-12 for 20 yards in his pro debut.

Colin Kaepernick won't play Sunday

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 5:53pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

49ers coach Chip Kelly hopes to resolve the quarterback competition in San Francisco based in large part on preseason performance. In Week One of the exhibition slate, Colin Kaepernick will be doing nothing to help his chances. Or, technically, to hurt them.

The 49ers have announced that Kaepernick will miss Sunday night’s game against the Texans, due to shoulder soreness. Kaepernick has been limited in practice lately due to a sore arm.

Fantasy Impact:

That gives Blaine Gabbert the reps with the first-string offense — and a chance to establish a gap between himself and Kaepernick. Or, if Gabbert performs poorly, to give Kaepernick an edge by default, the story pointed out.

Colin Kaepernick dealing with soreness in left shoulder

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 11:01am

49ers.com - [Full Article]

Sunday's preseason opener for the San Francisco 49ers against the Houston Texans will be fascinating for many reasons. Chief among them, how much will Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert play?

The question comes into great focus after Kaepernick sat out of practice on Friday for a second consecutive day. As a result, Gabbert took all the first-team reps in a joint practice against the Texans.

Chip Kelly said Kaepernick was dealing with soreness on his surgically-repaired left, non-throwing shoulder.

"Hopefully we can get him to play on Sunday," the 49ers coach said.

Fantasy Impact:

Kaepernick remained hopeful he could see the field on Sunday. In the meantime, he mirrored Gabbert and San Francisco's other quarterbacks, going through his footwork and reads during the joint practice. The sixth-year pro said he was experiencing tightness in his arm, so he's being proactive about icing his shoulder and being cautious.

Texans Beat: WR Will Fuller is making 'serious progress in all facets' of the offense

Friday, August 12, 2016, 9:51pm

Houston Texans - [Full Article]

John Harris of Texans.com:

I’m not going to put anyone in the Hall of Fame after a training camp practice, but get ready, folks. Wide receiver Will Fuller is making serious progress in all facets of this offense. I don’t know how many different types of balls he caught during the day, but trust me when I say that the 49ers had issues with him in all areas on the field.

Fantasy Impact:

Fuller is competing with Cecil Shorts and Jaelen Strong for snaps, but it appears that he's off to a great start. The Texans are run-heavy, but there's room in the passing game for another fantasy relevant receiver.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 1:45pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Bill O’Brien and Randy Moss arrived in New England in the same year, 2007. Moss had a career year that season, and O’Brien now hopes Moss can help coax better play out of the receivers who currently play for O’Brien.

Per multiple reports and accounts, Moss attended Texans practice on Tuesday as a guest of O’Brien, in order to work with the team’s receivers. DeAndre Hopkins posted on Twitter a photo of himself with Moss, along with the message “all ears when the goat teaching.”

Moss has never shown an inclination to coach football, and he’s starting a new job with ESPN. Still, it’s impossible to rule anything out for one of the greatest wideouts to ever play the game — especially if he sees the connection between his advice to players like Hopkins and other Texans receivers and an improve in their play.

Jaelen Strong looks to turn things around

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 8:42am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Since being drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round in 2015, things have not gone as planned for wide receiver Jaelen Strong.

The former Arizona State standout had a disappointing rookie season, finding himself unable to finish some practices due to poor conditioning. Strong finished last season with 14 catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns in 10 regular-season games.

Then he was arrested in February for possession of marijuana.

Fantasy Impact:

Since the arrest, Strong has turned his diet and workouts around and made noticeable improvements. He passed his conditioning test and came to camp in much better shape than he was in a year ago. We have Cecil Shorts and Will Fuller ahead of Strong on our WR list at the moment, though. However, Strong posted 0.12 FP/snap as a rookie which is solid if unspectacular. What makes him an intriguing player is the fact that he lost 30 lbs in the offseason and the relative opportunity in the Houston receiving corps. Many are expecting Will Fuller to emerge as the team’s WR2, but Strong has a year of experience and flashed some talent as a rookie. His top two athletic comparables at Mockdraftable.com are Martavis Bryant and Miles Austin.

Lamar Miller finding his rhythm at camp

Friday, August 5, 2016, 12:39pm

HoustonTexans.com - [Full Article]

Lamar Miller is getting acclimated more than just the Houston heat, a relatively easy transition for the Miami native, during training camp. After three days of full pads, the Texans starting running back is also finding his rhythm in the ground game.

“No question, he’s getting a rhythm into the run,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Thursday. “You don’t run the ball at all in the offseason because it’s no pads and it’s a passing camp so it does take a while to get back in the rhythm of playing in pads at any position. He’s definitely back in the rhythm of playing in full pads.”

Fantasy Impact:

Miller, who signed with the Texans in March, had a successful four-year career for the Dolphins. Over the past two seasons (2014-15), he ranked fourth in the league in total rushing yardage (1,971) and was only one of two players to score 8-or-more rushing touchdowns in each year. However, Miller starts fresh with the Texans, learning a new playbook and adjusting to a different offensive line, the story said. Miller shoots all the way up our rankings to second so far through midsummer.

Miller finished #9 and #5 in the last two seasons in PPR formats, but was underutilized in Miami, which is one reason he signed with the Texans. Consider this: Miller only saw 18-plus carries in three of his 16 games in 2015, while Arian Foster carried the ball 18-plus times in 13 of his last 17 games with the Texans. Foster averaged 22.5 touches per game over that span, and if Miller can maintain the 0.920 FP/touch rate (PPR) from the last two years, he would average around 20.7 FP per game. Last year’s #1 PPR RB (Devonta Freeman) averaged 21.1 FP.

Christensen: Dolphins need RB 'to emerge as the guy'

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 2:11pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen says he’s looking for a sturdy and versatile every-down running back, the better to press defenses with a no-huddle attack that does not take breaks for substitutions.

Last year Lamar Miller did all the heavy lifting at running back for Miami but he’s with the Texans now, gone in free agency.

“We really need someone to emerge as the guy,” Christensen said. “I’ve talked about the no-huddle thing. We don’t want to substitute. When you huddle, you substitute those guys and you can keep them fresh. We really need one guy to be a three-down back, stay in there for that drive."

Fantasy Impact:

Very interesting comments from Christensen. We assumed Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi would split the workload. That could still happen if the two split drives, but it doesn't sound like the team really wants to substitute mid-drive. Foster has missed 23 games to injury over the last few years and Ajayi has missed time already in camp so neither has proven to be versatile as of late. This situation because increasingly interesting each day so far this summer.

Texans will take care of DeAndre Hopkins at 'proper time'

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 8:30am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Texans owner Bob McNair watched DeAndre Hopkins practice, and said he was relieved the short protest was over.

“I’m happy that he’s back,” McNair said. “I think it’s in his best interest for him to be here.

“We’ll deal with his contract at the proper time. We take care of our players and we’ll take care of him.”

Fantasy Impact:

Hopkins has two years left on his rookie deal, and based on last year, is grossly underpaid. The Texans have made a point of not dealing with contract extensions for guys with multiple years left (unless that guy is J.J. Watt), the story said. Perhaps the big question is can Hopkins get this out of his head and focus on 2016.

We are your friend's secret weapon.

  • Get 4 FREE downloads
  • Receive breaking news alerts & analysis.
  • BONUS: Learn how to play DFS.
  • Battle-Tested by 40,000+ fantasy football diehards since 1999.