Texans Fantasy News

Texans Beat: No clear favorite to start opposite WR DeAndre Hopkins

Monday, June 15, 2015, 2:41pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle discusses DeAndre Hopkins and the Texans' receiving corps:

This offseason so far reminds me of the Texans offseasons when it was Andre Johnson and a buncha rando wide receivers competing to see who would be starters. No receiver targets in OTAs have been *oh-wow* type guys where you see a particularly positive future for him when they are in the offense longer.

Fantasy Impact:

Rookie Jaelen Strong, Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington seem to be the primary candidates to start opposite Hopkins, but no one is standing out, per Stradley. Damaris Johnson will probably man the slot.

Texans Beat: RB Alfred Blue 'has much more juice' than last year

Friday, June 12, 2015, 3:17pm

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Texans writer Jesse Clark:

It’s been more of a passing camp than anything else but RB Alfred Blue has much more juice than he had this time last season. I think he’s going to surprise fans when training camp rolls around.

Fantasy Impact:

Considering he's the primary handcuff to the oft-injured Arian Foster, Blue is going very late (17th round) in early fantasy drafts.

Texans Beat: WR Nate Washington 'can get open in a phone booth'

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 2:04pm

Houston Texans - [Full Article]

Texans writer John Harris: When the Texans signed Nate Washington, I wrote a piece on him as it pertained to how his veteran savvy could be seen in his route running. I watched him closely today on a few of his routes and that man can get open in a phone booth. He has a knack of selling his routes to get open and it’s fun to watch a veteran at his age still know how to find seams or win against man coverage.

Fantasy Impact:

Our younger readers are wondering, "what's a phone booth?" Washington is the dark horse to start opposite DeAndre Hopkins. He's competing with Cecil Shorts and rookie Jaelen Strong.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant 'worked on the whole route tree' in offseason

Monday, June 8, 2015, 12:16pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant got his opportunity in Week 7 against the Houston Texans, catching two passes and his first NFL touchdown. Bryant reached the end zone six times in his first four games.

This time, Bryant wants to make sure he is ready to start the season in Week 1.

"I am more prepared," Bryant said. "I have more confidence. I just trained and did karate and ran routes the whole offseason to get better. I worked on the whole route tree that we run so people can see that I can do more than just catch the deep ball."

Fantasy Impact:

Bryant averaged 2.8 catches for 56 yards and 0.82 TD in the final 11 games of the season (including a 5-61-1 outing against Baltimore in the playoffs). Thanks to the incredible touchdown rate, those are high-end WR2 numbers in standard formats and solid WR2 numbers in PPR. What's more, he didn't play 60 percent of the snaps until the postseason, so there's upside here from a playing time standpoint. If he earns a starting role this offseason -- and it looks like he will -- he’ll be a middle round pick in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Friday, June 5, 2015, 5:46pm

Houston Texans - [Full Article]

Knowledge of the system has aided in Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz's ability to play faster. Also helping is improved health, as Fiedorowicz revealed Monday that he'd gone through arthroscopic knee surgery in January. The tight end said his knee "feels great" and is "strong".

HC Bill O'Brien wants "to see very consistent play" from the tight end, and said a strength of Fiedorowicz's is his blocking.

"He’s a very good blocking tight end and I think he can help us in the passing game," O'Brien said. "I think he can run the different routes that we need the tight ends to run."

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:42pm

Texans.com - [Full Article]

Last Monday, Texans QB Brian Hoyer took reps with mostly first team guys. Today? Ryan Mallett took reps with mostly first team guys.

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 3:35pm

Houston Texans - [Full Article]

Texans writer John Harris...

If there’s a guy that I’m truly stoked about his progress as a second year player, it’s TE C.J. Fiedorowicz. He made a great fingertip catch on a ball down the seam. If he’s healthy, he’s going to impact this offense in 2015 and be a multi-purpose “tight end” in every respect.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:21pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Chris Polk has agreed to a one-year, $760,000 contract with the Texans, according to an NFL source.

Andre Johnson says playing for Colts is 'like a breath of fresh air'

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3:20pm

PFT - [Full Article]

“Being in one place for a long time, the past two years have been pretty frustrating,” Colts WR Andre Johnson said, via ESPN.com. “Just being here is like a breath of fresh air for me.”

Part of that breath of fresh air has to include playing with Andrew Luck after cycling through several quarterbacks while with the Texans. Matt Schaub was the most accomplished player of that group and Johnson showed them all some kindness by putting a unnecessary qualifier on his assessment of Luck’s skills.

“He throws a great ball,” Johnson said. “Probably the best quarterback I’ve ever played with. I’m excited about the opportunity.”

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. It’s a big upgrade from a quality-of-quarterback standpoint, as he has never played with one as good as Andrew Luck. His targets are likely to take a hit, however. He averaged 9.7 T/G in 2014, while Hilton and Reggie Wayne led the Colts with 8.7 and 7.7 T/G, respectively. So this looks like a case of the targets dropping but the quality of those targets increasing. After finishing in the top 10 (in PPR) in five of his previous six seasons, Johnson finished #28 in 2014. He’s turning 34 this offseason, so it may be foolhardy to expect a huge bounceback season, but low-end WR2 numbers in PPR formats seem reasonable.

Monday, April 6, 2015, 8:03pm

Newsday - [Full Article]

In an attempt to improve his game, Jets QB Geno Smith turned to Tom Brady's quarterback guru.

The Jets quarterback has spent time in California this offseason working out with former major-league pitcher-turned-quarterback tutor Tom House, who also has worked with Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Matt Cassel and former Jet Tim Tebow.

"It wasn't a thing where I needed to change things," said Smith, who is 11-18 in two seasons. "It was basically just going out there to work out and get better, and that's what we accomplished."

"As of right now, I'm just focusing on getting better every single day and relishing every single opportunity that I have," Smith said on a conference call Monday after the team's first day of voluntary workouts. "Today's only Day 1, Phase 1."

Fantasy Impact:

Smith said he is "very pleased" with the progress he's made, but it remains to be seen what his new coaching staff thinks of him compared with the other quarterbacks on the roster, the story added. The Jets traded for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and the team has hinted they may want to add another quarterback.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief poised to break out, but playing time is uncertain

Friday, April 3, 2015, 11:15am

Colts.com - [Full Article]

There’s been a lot of wide receiver news this offseason, but all the while, Colts WR Donte Moncrief appears poised for an even bigger second season in the NFL.

“This guy can make plays. He’s big. He’s fast. He can stretch the defense, all those types of things,” said Pagano. “It’s a learning process, and he’s going to be better in year two than he was in year one. He’s going to have more opportunities.”

The question is to what extent will Moncrief’s production increase. There are a lot of options in the passing game for Andrew Luck, not even factoring in tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener.

Overall, Moncrief played more than 50% of the snaps in just six games (week 8 at Pittsburgh when Reggie Wayne was out & the last five weeks of the season). In those six games, Moncrief accumulated 18 receptions, 301 yards, and all 3 of his TDs.

That’s more than 56% of his catches for the year, about 68% of his yards, and 100% of his touchdowns for the season...in just six games, the only games where Moncrief played a majority of the snaps. The picture is getting clearer as to why the 6’2”, 221 pound burner is expected to get more opportunities in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

In those six games, Moncrief averaged 3.0 catches for 50 yards and 0.50 touchdowns, but that split includes both huge games (3-134-2 vs. Washington, 7-113-1 vs. Pittsburgh) and disappearing acts (a goose egg vs. Houston, 2-5 vs. Dallas, 3-16 vs. Tennessee), so his production was all over the place. Moncrief's ADP took a two-round hit (6th to 8th) once the Colts signed Andre Johnson, and the signing certainly takes some of the wind out of Moncrief's sails. But both Reggie Wayne (859 snaps) and Hakeem Nicks (576 snaps) are gone, so there may be room for both Johnson and Moncrief to play starter's snaps. The question is how often the Colts go to two-TE sets since Dwayne Allen should be healthy after missing six games last season. When either Allen or Wayne were out, Nicks played 59% of the snaps. When both were in the lineup, Nicks played just 45% of the snaps. Moncrief is still going to be a breakout candidate, but his playing time is up in the air.

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller bulking up to break more tackles

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 11:19am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

When Dolphins RB Lamar Miller went back and watched film from last season, he saw flaws.

He didn’t break enough tackles, so he put on seven pounds of muscle in the University of Miami weight room to get up to 225 pounds.

And he didn’t catch enough passes (38 in 2014, with six drops).

So Miller has spent the offseason in front of the Jugs football-passing machine. He has worked on technique with standout wide receiver Andre Johnson, who’s now a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

And he runs routes for Ryan Tannehill with the team’s other young skill-position players.

Fantasy Impact:

Miller carried the ball 219 times for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 38-275-1 on 52 targets in the passing game. This resulted in a #9 finish in both standard and PPR formats. Despite this, the team doesn't seem completely sold on Miller as a feature back and is looking to shore up the position in the offseason. It's good to hear that he's putting on some muscle and is working on his flaws to hopefully take his game to the next level.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 4:13pm

John McClain, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Nate Washington signed a one-year deal for $1 million, including $30,000 guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Washington will provide depth in the Houston receiving corps behind DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts.

Colts will use WR Andre Johnson as a 'big, possession-type guy'

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 3:08pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

If Andre Johnson has lost a step -- as Texans owner Bob McNair intimated last week -- the wide receiver's new coach hasn't seen it on game film.

"You don't see a huge drop-off numbers-wise," coach Chuck Pagano said, via ESPN.com's Mike Wells. "Maybe in touchdowns. But you still see a guy who is more than capable of stretching the defense. Certainly somebody who an opponent can't just line up and say, 'Don't worry about Andre Johnson.'"

If defenses still opt to send extra coverage toward T.Y. Hilton, Pagano expects Johnson to take advantage as a "big, possession type guy" on the underneath routes that an injury-ravaged Reggie Wayne couldn't convert in the second half of last season.

"He's a big body guy that can still separate, create separation," Pagano continued. "He's got a big catch radius. But again, the contested catches that you see on tape. It's very difficult to match up."

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. It’s a big upgrade from a quality-of-quarterback standpoint, as he has never played with one as good as Andrew Luck. His targets are likely to take a hit, however. He averaged 9.7 T/G in 2014, while Hilton and Reggie Wayne led the Colts with 8.7 and 7.7 T/G, respectively. So this looks like a case of the targets dropping but the quality of those targets increasing. After finishing in the top 10 (in PPR) in five of his previous six seasons, Johnson finished #28 in 2014. He’s turning 34 this offseason, so it may be foolhardy to expect a huge bounceback season, but low-end WR2 numbers in PPR formats seem reasonable.

Texans sign WR Cecil Shorts to a two-year deal

Monday, March 16, 2015, 3:19pm

John McLain, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans have agreed on a contract with WR Cecil Shorts.

Fantasy Impact:

In PPR formats, Shorts finished #25 in 2012 and #38 in 2013, so he has been fantasy relevant in his career. At this point, we're penciling him in as the starter opposite DeAndre Hopkins, but the team is likely to shore up the receiver position in the draft. Shorts isn't a threat to Hopkins up-and-coming status, and he's capable of turning in a fantasy starter-type season if he stays healthy and gets good quarterback play.

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