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Fantasy Studs on the Houston Texans

As we approach the end of summer, many Americans are thinking about creating their fantasy football leagues. Americans play a majority of these leagues for fun, but for some others, there can be a lot of money and pride on the line. This money and pride are why it is important to conduct extensive research on the players they select for their team. A fantasy league player lacking adequate research may be one pick away from success.

When it comes to fantasy football, select a player from a skilled position first. These positions include running back, quarterback, tight end, and wide receiver. The majority of your team’s points will come from these positions because they will be the players contributing to touchdowns. Over the past few years, quarterbacks have dominated the first few rounds, as the National Football League has become more of a “passer friendly” league, leading to more yards through the air and more touchdowns for quarterbacks. Unfortunately, for the Houston Texans, they have an unpredictable quarterback situation with Brian Hoyer (149 points last year), Ryan Mallet (19 points), and Tom Savage (1 point). Texans’ fans, should select running back Arian Foster (223 points) as early as possible. If he plays with the same skill as he did last season he could lead a fantasy team to victory. For the other skilled positions, the Texans have a highly rated receiver in DeAndre Hopkins (146 points), as well as Cecil Shorts (58 points), who they signed from the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason. Garrett Graham (23 points), an unknown tight end who could produce a surprise if given an opportunity by the coaching staff.

When it comes to picking a defense, choose a defense that forces turnovers, gets after the quarterback, and does not allow the opposing team to score very often. The Houston Texans have one of the highest rated defenses in the NFL. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt leads the defense. If Jadeveon Clowney plays meaningful snaps this year, along with new defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, then Houston has the opportunity to lead the NFL in sacks. Also, former All-Pro linebacker Brian Cushing is attempting to recover completely from his offseason surgery. If he recovers in time, he will contribute to a defense that is already extremely difficult to beat. On the back end, they resigned Jonathan Joseph and drafted Kareem Jackson in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. These two players will ensure opposing offenses struggle to score throughout the entire season. The Houston Texans kicker, Randy Bullock, did well last year. He scored 140 fantasy points. If the offense finds stability with a quarterback, look for him to increase that total this year.

Overall, the Houston Texans have the foundations for a successful playoff team that will contribute immensely to a fantasy football team. The success of the team will depend heavily on the quarterback.

GRFF Staff

GRFF Staff

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