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Speaking Monday, coach Bill O'Brien said the Texans will try to do a better job of "(spreading) out" carries going forward.

Arian Foster has taken the rock an absurd 55 times through the Texans' first two games, putting him on pace for 440 carries. That would break Larry Johnson's single-season record by 24. Owners may cringe at the idea of a reduced workload, but it's not like Foster would suddenly be a part of a committee. The Texans have to scale back his work to keep him healthy. Even a scaled-back Foster would be a locked-in RB1, and among the league leaders in totes.
Sep 15 - 3:37 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 14-of-19 throws for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' Week 2 win over the Raiders.

The Texans have Fitzpatrick right where they want him, as he's yet to exceed 22 pass attempts in either of the first two games. Arian Foster has a whopping 55 rushing attempts. It will become more and more difficult to keep Fitzpatrick in that low-volume range as opponents get better, but for now the formula is working. Fitzpatrick will continue to be a low-upside two-quarterback-league option against the Giants in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 7:49 PM

DeAndre Hopkins secured 3-of-5 targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Week 2 win over the Raiders.

Hopkins' TD came on a back-shoulder throw by Ryan Fitzpatrick on the right side of the end zone. The sophomore wideout has two touchdowns through two games, but that's an unsustainable pace, and Hopkins' usage has been that of no more than a lower-end WR3. He'll be a dicey fantasy play against the Giants next week.
Sep 14 - 7:46 PM

Garrett Graham secured his lone target for 26 yards in the Texans' Week 2 win over the Raiders.

He was targeted just once. Ryan Fitzpatrick only needed 19 pass attempts as the Texans ripped open the Raiders' defense with their running game, so this may not have provided an accurate read on Graham's role. Graham does appear to be "competing" for targets with DeAndre Hopkins behind Andre Johnson. Johnson was thrown to on seven occasions Sunday, while Hopkins saw five targets.
Sep 14 - 7:41 PM

Texans RB Jonathan Grimes rushed three times for nine yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Raiders.

Rookie Alfred Blue had 11 carries, which suggests Grimes may have fallen behind the sixth-rounder on Houston's depth chart. No longer a clear handcuff for Arian Foster, Grimes' fantasy value is now in serious question.
Sep 14 - 7:38 PM

Andre Johnson secured 6-of-7 targets for 74 yards in the Texans' Week 2 win over the Raiders.

Through two weeks, Johnson has stat lines of 6-93 and 6-74 on a combined 16 targets. Although he has yet to find the end zone, Andre's usage has been very promising. His long gain Sunday came on a bubble screen for 20 yards, a play ex-Texans coach Gary Kubiak rarely utilized with wide receivers. Johnson is set up for another rock-solid stat line in Week 3 against the Giants.
Sep 14 - 7:37 PM

Texans rookie Alfred Blue rushed 11 times for 40 yards in Houston's Week 2 win over the Raiders.

It's notable that Blue ran ahead of Jonathan Grimes, who managed nine yards on three carries. Blue is the player the Texans have more invested in as a 2014 sixth-round pick, and it's conceivable he's now moved ahead of Grimes on the depth chart. The backfield pecking order is worth monitoring because Arian Foster's body seems unlikely to hold up on his current workloads. He's on pace for a ridiculous 440 rushing attempts through two weeks.
Sep 14 - 7:32 PM

Arian Foster rushed 28 times for 138 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Week 2 win over the Raiders, adding two catches for 12 yards.

He's now on pace for 440 carries this season after toting the rock 27 times in Week 1 and adding 28 rushing attempts in Sunday's 30-14 drubbing of Oakland. Foster's fantasy owners should actually be hoping coach Bill O'Brien scales back Foster's workload in an effort to keep the centerpiece of his offense healthy. For now, of course, Foster remains an elite RB1 and every-down back on a team that knows it must run the football voluminously to stay competitive. Expect another mammoth workload in Week 3 against the 0-2 Giants.
Sep 14 - 7:24 PM

Garrett Graham is active for Week 2 against the Raiders.

The Texans' Week 2 inactives are S Shiloh Keo, TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, OLB Jadeveon Clowney, QB Tom Savage, WR DeVier Posey, OT Jeff Adams, and NT Louis Nix. Graham missed Week 1 with a back injury. He's an interesting sleeper tight end for owners needy at that position. Keep an eye on him.
Sep 14 - 3:10 PM

Arian Foster (ribs) is officially listed as probable for Week 2.

Foster practiced throughout the week despite his rib issue. He's Rotoworld's No. 5 overall running back for Sunday's matchup at Oakland.
Sep 12 - 7:48 PM

Texans rookie TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (foot) has been ruled out for Week 2.

Expect to see Garrett Graham in the "move" tight end role against the Raiders, while Ryan Griffin plays the low-volume "in-line" tight end position.
Sep 12 - 3:25 PM

Arian Foster is on the Week 2 injury report with a ribs issue, but is practicing in full.

Foster's health is a long-term question mark, but his ribs "injury" is a nonissue. Ticketed for some of the league's heaviest workloads, Foster is a locked-in RB1.
Sep 11 - 5:46 PM

Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

The Texans are just taking things easy with their No. 1 receiver. He'll be ready to go against the Raiders.
Sep 11 - 5:45 PM

Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is "day to day" with a foot injury.

Fiedorowicz sat out Wednesday and Thursday's practices. He's not looking like a particularly great bet for Week 2, which means Ryan Griffin would back up Garrett Graham, who is returning from a back injury.
Sep 11 - 5:25 PM

Texans TE Garrett Graham (back) will be active for Week 2.

"Garrett will be in the game on Sunday," coach Bill O'Brien said after Graham practiced for the second-consecutive day Thursday. He'll be on the TE2 borderline against the Raiders' bottom-tier defense.
Sep 11 - 5:16 PM

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