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Texans LCB Kareem Jackson (knee) isn't due back until Week 14.

The Texans have had a lot of problems in their secondary with fill-ins A.J. Bouye and Darryl Morris struggling in Jackson's place. Jackson is a critical corner because he can both play outside and cover the slot in sub-packages.
Nov 26 - 11:31 PM

The Houston Chronicle considers Arian Foster (groin) "likely" to return to the starting lineup in Week 13 against the Titans.

Foster resumed practicing Wednesday after two games off, and "looked pretty good," coach Bill O'Brien said. If Foster starts, he'll be a top-shelf RB1 against a Titans defense serving up season-best rushing days left and right.
Nov 26 - 11:29 PM

Arian Foster (groin) returned to practice Wednesday.

According to coach Bill O'Brien, who's been spewing hot garbage about Foster of late, Foster "looked good" Wednesday and "has a good chance to play" Week 13 against the Titans. He said the same thing last week, and Foster ended up sitting Week 12. We'll hope for something more concrete later in the week.
Nov 26 - 4:01 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Week 13 against the Titans.

As expected. The Texans will go with the veteran until they're officially eliminated from playoff contention. Either Tom Savage or Thad Lewis will be the No. 2. Fitzpatrick had an eye for DeAndre Hopkins in his nine starts earlier this season, but not much changes from Ryan Mallett to Fitzpatrick. Andre Johnson is a borderline WR2/3. Fitzpatrick is barely an option in two-quarterback leagues.
Nov 26 - 3:55 PM

QB Tom Savage is not expected to play unless the Texans are eliminated from the playoffs.

With Ryan Mallett done for the season, we'd love to see the Texans give Savage a shot over limited veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. It doesn't look like it's going to happen. The 5-6 Texans are two games out of first place in the AFC South with five games to go.
Nov 25 - 9:52 AM

Texans signed QB Thad Lewis.

With Ryan Mallett (pectoral) done for the season, Lewis will be the Texans' No. 3 quarterback. He may actually be active on game days if the Texans deem fourth-round rookie Tom Savage not ready for NFL action. Lewis was brutal in the preseason for the Bills after entering summer the favorite for No. 2 duties.
Nov 24 - 6:44 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that Arian Foster (groin) "could play" in Week 13 against the Titans.

It would be a major missed opportunity for Foster's fantasy owners if he couldn't play, seeing as Tennessee is getting routinely gashed by opposing rushing attacks. Despite Sunday's struggles, Alfred Blue would slot in as a quality RB2 in the event Foster can't make it back this week.
Nov 24 - 3:38 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports Ryan Mallett (pectoral) is done for the season.

Brutal. Mallett waited over three years for his chance to become an NFL starter, and it ends after two games, only one of which he was healthy for. Mallett's reward for playing hurt in Sunday's loss was 60 minutes of bad film heading into the open market. It's unclear if the Texans will turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick, or perhaps go into full-on evaluation mode with fourth-round rookie Tom Savage. Heading into his age-27 season as a statue-esque pocket passer with only 79 career throws, Mallett is going to be a strange case in free agency.
Nov 24 - 1:09 PM

Texans QB Ryan Mallett played through an injured right pectoral muscle during Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Bengals.

Mallett suffered the potentially season-ending injury in warmups, perhaps explaining his erratic play against the Browns. He's headed for an MRI and if it shows a tear, the chance he's been awaiting for so long is over. The Houston Chronicle is already suggesting that Ryan Fitzpatrick is "likely back" for the foreseeable future, although we wouldn't be shocked if the Texans turned to fourth-round rookie Tom Savage. Bill O'Brien has seen Fitzpatrick's ceiling and hit his head on it.
Nov 23 - 8:57 PM

Garrett Graham secured 4-of-7 targets for 41 yards in the Texans' Week 12 loss to the Bengals.

He led the Texans in receiving yards on a day where Ryan Mallett got nothing going outside the numbers. Graham has been productive enough with Mallett at the helm to at least be worth TE1 streamer consideration when the Texans take on the Titans next. But streamers need to be aware that Mallett is a highly erratic quarterback whose accuracy tends to tank for extended stretches.
Nov 23 - 5:23 PM

Andre Johnson secured just 3-of-12 targets for 36 yards in the Texans' Week 12 loss to the Bengals.

Johnson's wildly ineffective 2014 campaign continued as Ryan Mallett peppered him with errant balls. At this stage of his career, Johnson lacks the explosiveness to his game he once used to "go get" those bad throws. Johnson will return to the WR3 fringe when the Texans take on the Titans in Week 13.
Nov 23 - 5:20 PM

Ryan Mallett completed 21-of-45 throws for 189 yards and an interception in the Texans' Week 12 loss to Cincinnati.

This game was a big step back for Mallett, who continued to flash his powerful arm but was more frenetic and less in control as a pocket player. Mallett's first pass of the second half was intercepted by Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga. The Texans' run game was nonexistent one week after running all over the Browns. Mallett appears to be a quarterback who requires an effective and high-volume rushing attack to succeed. His accuracy is also highly streaky, and generally not very good. Mallett would be a weak two-quarterback-league play in Week 13 against the Titans.
Nov 23 - 5:18 PM

DeAndre Hopkins caught 5-of-9 targets for 39 yards in the Texans' Week 12 loss to the Bengals.

On a quiet day for Houston's wideout corps, Hopkins reeled in a long second-half catch only to have the reception overturned on replay. Hopkins has been a WR2/3 in fantasy all year, but Houston's consistently erratic quarterback play has failed him at times. The Texans will take on the Titans next.
Nov 23 - 5:13 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed twice for 16 yards and caught three balls for 32 yards in the Texans' Week 12 loss to Cincinnati.

One week after the Texans piled up 54 team rushing attempts in a win over Cleveland, the Houston run game was not nearly as successful. Therefore, change-of-pace and third-down back Grimes handled just the five touches compared to Alfred Blue's 19. Game flow simply didn't allow for more work. Arian Foster (groin) is tentatively due back in Week 13. Houston's third-string tailback, Grimes is not worth rostering in 12- or 14-team fantasy leagues.
Nov 23 - 5:11 PM

Alfred Blue was limited to 46 yards on 16 carries and caught three passes for 20 yards in the Texans' Week 12 loss to the Bengals.

This week's game worked out nothing like last week's for Blue, whose most notable highlight was getting buried in the end zone for a Bengals safety. Comparable to Shonn Greene in terms of on-field skill, Blue has shown the ability to handle heavy workloads but likely isn't Houston's running back of the future, even when Arian Foster moves on. This season, the Texans desperately need Foster (groin) back healthy to stay competitive behind the Colts in the AFC South.
Nov 23 - 5:09 PM


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