Fantasy Deconstruction: Texans
There was a time when you couldn't find a Texan in the starting lineup of any sober fantasy owner. I'm talking about the days when
Now the Texans now have one of the most explosive offenses in football. Behind an underrated gunslinger and a trio of dynamic playmakers, that "other Texas team" has a Top 10 NFL offense that will grab owners' attention for the next decade.
The indicators weren't lying. Owners who grabbed Schaub in the middle rounds are smiling more than
Of course, the big question is if Schaub can stay healthy. He's taking his share of hits behind the Texans' offensive line, and has been sacked 12 times. If he keeps his fragile body intact, the dominance will continue. Just watch Schaub owners glow during the fantasy playoffs (Weeks 14-16) when the Texans face the sub-par Seattle, St. Louis and Miami pass defenses. It will be sickening.
Don't even think about putting Schaub on the bench unless there are 30-plus mph winds in Buffalo on Sunday. That said, Schaub will only have an average day because the Bills rush defense couldn't stop a pee-wee football scat back. The Texans will overwhelm the Bills with their offense and drain the clock late with their rushing game.
Slaton hasn't rushed for more than 76 yards in any game this year and is only averaging 3.1 YPC. However, he racks up receiving yards every game, and has found the end zone five times because of his playmaking ability. Further, Slaton is an absolute monster in PPR leagues (27 receptions). Finally, for those of you in leagues that give bonuses for long scores, Slaton is a threat to take it to the house on every touch. He is still a solid RB1 because he brings the goods even when he's not compiling rushing yards.
Slaton will tear up Buffalo's embarrassing and injury-decimated rush defense (ranked dead-last in the league). Yes, this is even a game where the "S.S. Express" will go over 100 rushing yards to appease even his ungrateful owners.
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Johnson already has 38 catches for 634 yards and a TD on the season. Defensive backs just can't compete with Johnson's speed and size. The stud wideout sent his owners into a "tweeting" panic last week when news broke that he left the game with a chest injury. Nevertheless, early word is he will play on Sunday against Buffalo, and that the lung injury will not be a problem going forward.
Johnson is hungry after failing to score in two straight games. He has too much size and strength for 5-9, 195-pound CB
Daniels is now a focal point of the Texans offense. Daniels is targeted more than any TE (56 targets) and leads all TEs in production with 39 receptions for 497 receiving yards and five TDs. The athletic Daniels is exceptional in finding open space on third down and is one of Schaub's favorite red zone weapons (10 red zone targets). Hmmm, I would say Daniels has earned that new contract he's been seeking, wouldn't you?
Owens' production may slow a tad as defenses pay more attention to him in the second half. Nevertheless, he will remain an elite TE because of his skills and Houston's explosive offense. This is the type of guy who will win owners' titles because he's providing monster production even though he went off the board in the middle rounds after more glamorous TEs.
Daniels will find room to roam against a pathetic group of Bills' linebackers. He will put up nice reception and yardage numbers, but won't find the end zone with more attention from the defense this week in money territory.