Player News - Texans

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Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he expects T.J. Yates to start Week 15 against the Jaguars.

This always appeared to be the likely outcome after Tom Savage suffered a nasty-looking concussion against the 49ers. Yates played relatively well after entering the game, hooking up with DeAndre Hopkins for two touchdowns, but he will face a considerably more difficult test this week in Jacksonville. The Jaguars DST will certainly be highly owned in DFS.
Dec 11 - 10:12 AM

Lamar Miller rushed 17 times for 53 yards and caught two passes for seven yards in the Texans' Week 14 loss to the 49ers.

Miller did briefly leave with an injury in the second quarter, but he dominated the backfield work outside of that. Unfortunately, he could not find any room against a 49ers defense which has been surprisingly good the last two weeks. With Jacksonville up next, Miller will be just a volume-based RB2 next week.
Dec 10 - 5:32 PM

Andre Ellington rushed three times for six yards and hauled in 1-of-2 targets for 16 yards in the Texans' Week 14 loss to the 49ers.

Ellington was used heavily as a receiver with the Texans banged up last week, but he only saw two targets in this one despite Lamar Miller getting knocked out of the game for a while in the second quarter. Ellington can be left on the wire.
Dec 10 - 5:28 PM

Stephen Anderson hauled in 2-of-6 targets for 16 yards in the Texans' Week 14 loss to the 49ers.

This is quite a letdown after Anderson broke out last week. His first target did not come until the second quarter, and it was a bad drop on what would have been a long third-down conversion up the seam. He did get a catch in the third, but he followed that up with another drop and committed a hold in the fourth. With the Jaguars up next, Anderson can be sent back to the wire.
Dec 10 - 5:22 PM

Will Fuller hauled in 3-of-5 targets for 26 yards in the Texans' Week 14 loss to the 49ers.

In his first action since Week 10, the Texans looked to get Fuller involved early, targeting him three times on the first two drives. Unfortunately, that was about it as he was not able to haul in a deep shot in the second half and did not see really any other work outside of that. With T.J. Yates perhaps under center for a trip to Jacksonville next week, Fuller will not be a starting option.
Dec 10 - 5:16 PM

T.J. Yates completed 14-of-26 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' Week 14 loss to the 49ers.

Yates also ran for 31 yards on three carries. Entering the game for a concussed Tom Savage in the second quarter, Yates did the smart thing by targeting DeAndre Hopkins early and often. He found him from seven yards out for a score before the half, and he hit him for a 29-yard touchdown just after the break. The 49ers mostly took Hopkins away after that, however, and the offense stalled. Considering how bad Savage's injury looked, Yates will likely get a start next week in Jacksonville. He obviously will not be a fantasy option in that matchup.
Dec 10 - 5:12 PM

DeAndre Hopkins hauled in 11-of-16 targets for 149 yards and two scores in the Texans' Week 14 loss to the 49ers.

Hopkins makes so many great catches they are sometimes easy to overlook, but he was in special form on Sunday. His second grab was a spectacular diving catch in the first quarter, and he worked the sideline to perfection on a big third-down catch in the second. He was just getting started, too. Playing for an injured Tom Savage, T.J. Yates peppered Nuk with targets, and he repaid the confidence with a seven-yard touchdown just before the half and a great 29-yard score at the start of the third quarter. A lost fumble in the fourth was the only blemish on an otherwise spectacular game. Hopkins gets the Jaguars next week, but he was able to scratch out 55 yards and a score against them in Week 1. He will remain a top-20 option despite the terrible matchup.
Dec 10 - 4:24 PM

Tom Savage exited Week 14 against the 49ers with a concussion.

Savage's head slammed into the turf in the second quarter. He very clearly suffered a concussion but was somehow allowed back in for another drive after being evaluated on the sidelines. The medical staff rectified the situation on the next series and took Savage to the locker room. He was ruled out after halftime. He completed 6-of-12 passes for 63 yards before leaving. T.J. Yates is now in at quarterback.
Dec 10 - 2:24 PM

Will Fuller (ribs) is active for Week 14 against the 49ers.

This was fully expected after he was able to get in full practices Thursday and Friday. Fuller is less exciting with Tom Savage under center, but he is still a big-play threat who should see a good target share with the Texans' receiver corps banged up. That makes him an upside WR4/FLEX play. Houston declared Alfred Blue (concussion), Braxton Miller (concussion), OT Julien Davenport (shoulder), LB Jelani Jenkins (concussion), WR Cobi Hamilton, OLB Ufomba Kamalu, and NT Chunky Clements inactive for Week 14.
Dec 10 - 11:32 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, C.J. Fiedorowicz may be forced to retire after suffering his fourth concussion in the last two seasons.

Fiedorowicz was placed on I.R. last week after suffering his third concussion of the year. To continue his career, the 26-year-old would likely have to pass a team physical, which could be a tall task given his lengthy history of brain injuries. Fiedorowicz agreed to a three-year, $21 million extension with $10 million guaranteed over the summer, though the deal includes a de-escalator that would reduce his base salary to $2.8 million if he were cut due to a pre-existing injury such as a concussion.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 10 - 9:08 AM

Will Fuller (ribs) was removed from the Week 14 injury report.

He'll return Sunday after missing the last three weeks. Fuller is locked into heavy targets with Braxton Miller, Bruce Ellington (hamstring, IR) and C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion, IR) sidelined, but Tom Savage limits his upside.
Dec 8 - 6:47 PM

Braxton Miller (concussion) is out for Week 14 against the 49ers.

Coach Bill O'Brien said Thursday that Miller was "trending in a better direction" but he was always a long shot to make it through the protocol by Sunday. Tight end Stephen Anderson should see some work in the slot with Miller and Bruce Ellington (hamstring) both sidelined.
Dec 8 - 2:09 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Braxton Miller (concussion) is "trending in a better direction."

That's encouraging news, though Miller still faces an uphill battle to be ready for Sunday's game against San Francisco. With Will Fuller expected back after missing the last three games with cracked ribs, Miller will be no better than Houston's No. 3 receiving option if he plays this week.
Dec 7 - 3:17 PM

Alfred Blue (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 14.

Andre Ellington, who has been dabbling at receiver in Houston, will back up Lamar Miller against the 49ers. Ellington has some last-gasp RB4 appeal for the fantasy quarterfinals.
Dec 7 - 3:05 PM

The Texans expect Will Fuller (ribs) to return against the 49ers.

"It looks good for Will to be able to play," coach Bill O'Brien said Thursday. Fuller, who has seven touchdowns in six games this season, has missed the past three weeks. Balling out with Deshaun Watson at quarterback, Fuller is a volatile WR3/4 with Tom Savage at the controls. The duo hooked up just four times for 47 yards in Weeks 9 and 10.
Dec 7 - 3:02 PM


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