By: Fantasy Football Dude
Published: May 30th, 2018
- Deshaun Watson
- Brandon Weeden
- Joe Webb
- Watson Last year came out and lit up the NFL and Fantasy world. In his 7 games last year he threw for almost 2,000 yards and had 21 total TDs. Which is absolutely amazing and is the reason why everyone is so excited about him coming into this upcoming season.
- Watson didn’t get to start right away and it took him a couple games to get his footing in the NFL but against the Patriots he went toe to toe with Tom Brady trading score after score and after that game the rest was history as he continued his onslaught on anyone else who got in his way.
- Now coming into this season he is still recovering from his ACL injury but he is fully expected to be ready for week 1 of the season. Now that he is entering his 2nd year and knows what it takes to be successful at the NFL he could end up being in the top 5 in fantasy QBs not to mentions the talent he has surrounding him on offense. Don’t let anyone convince you that Watson is not going to as good as he was last year but he is primed to an amazing QB for a long time.
- Lamar Miller
- D’Onta Foreman
- Alfred Blue
- Lamar Miller during his time in Houston hasn’t lived up to his contract after everyone thinking he was underused in Miami. During his time in Houston he has struggled to average over 4 ypc and hasn’t shown the same explosiveness he did in Miami for whatever reason.
- Now with all that being said Miller has been an ok fantasy option at running back if you have been using him as a flex/rb3 option but the problem with him is that he was suppose to be an RB2 and maybe even cross over as a RB1 but that seems so long ago when we use to think that about miller.
- Now Lamar Miller enters a make or break year, there was a lot of talk about him even being released this year. With Foreman potentially missing the start of the season it gives Miller a chance to show he can be the guy in the backfield. But expect his leash to be short once Foreman comes back. Miller is worth having on your fantasy team but be cautious not try and rely on him all season, I don’t expect him to continue to get the same workload he has gotten the last couple of years.
- Foreman Last year started to show that he was a better option in the run game than Miller has ever been the last couple years in Houston. It got to the point where Foreman started to split carries with Miller and seemed like only a matter of time before he started to gain more duties but he suffered a bad leg injury that ended his season.
- Coming into this year Foreman has a legit shot at taking over the starting role for the Texans but it all depends on how healthy he is. There have been reports that he might be able to make training camp while other reports say he could miss the start of the season. Foreman status is definitely worth watching over the coming months but if he shows up healthy ready to go for camp I full expect him to be the starter and at worst he splits carries with Miller at first.
WR & TE
- DeAndre Hopkins
- Will Fuller
- Bruce Ellington
- Keke Coutee
- Ryan Griffin
- Stephen Anderson
- There isn’t much to say about Hopkins that isn’t already said he is pretty much a top 3 fantasy WR heading into this year and with Watson back a QB the sky is the limit for him. Expect Hopkins to produce another fantastic fantasy season this year and he might even come close to 20 TDs in my opinion this year.
- Fuller has had a pretty up and down start to his career but this could be the year where he finally stays healthy and shows some consistency. Last season Fuller was on a tear with Watson at QB making big play after big play, but once Watson went down Fuller’s production dropped dramatically and was never able to do much of anything to salvage his fantasy season.
- Fuller is a flat out burner when he is out on the field, he run past anyone and has shown it during his time in the NFL so far. Now entering this year with a healthy Watson Fuller could flirt with 1,000 yards. Usually after 3 or 4 years in the NFL is when receivers start to really develop unless you are uber talented like OBJ or Evans and players like that.
- Fuller is a player you should be able to get at a reasonable price and he is a threat to make huge plays anywhere on the field with limited amount of catches, which he showed last year. Fuller should be someone you should target because with Watson back at QB Fuller could end up being a stud next to Hopkins.
Bruce Ellington / Keke Coutee
- Bruce Ellington left the 49ers and ended up in Houston. Now during his time in Houston he didn’t really show much to be considered nothing more than a bye week filler. But entering this season he is the lead candidate to be the primary slot WR this year. Given that he will get a full off-season to get acclimated and get more comfortable he should see a good uptick in his production but Ellington to me is going to have to compete and beat out Coutee to see his number increase.
- Keke Coutee spent the majority of his college career in the slot, he has blazing speed and has a real chance to win over that 3rd WR spot on Houston. Now he can come in right away and be an effective slot weapon for Watson and that offense he offers better speed than Ellington and an ability to get down the field fast from the slot. Coutee is the player who I think will come out on top for the starting slot position and when he does is going to be a nice fantasy asset. Whoever ends up in this role I can envision somewhere around 700 yards and 6 TDs.
Ryan Griffin / Stephen Anderson
- The Tight End position for the Texans might not be a valuable position to look at for fantasy. Ryan Griffin hasn’t shown the skills to be a good enough receiving TE to make an impact on fantasy teams and even with Watson, Griffin managed just one good fantasy game all season. I wouldn’t expect to much out of him this year either.
- Stephen Anderson fits the mold in the same way but he is younger and might
develop into something if given a chance to start over Griffin. Anderson had some nice moments last year in his 2nd year at TE. Now entering his 3rd year he has a chance to compete with Griffin for the starting role. But this looks more like both TE will see the field and try to complement each other. This TE situation I wouldn’t expect much from unless there is a clear cut starter which looks like there isn’t.