Houston Texans: Fantasy Info
The Houston Texans offense became a solid fantasy offense in 2008. With quart back Matt Schaub’s ability to get the ball into his play makers hands of wide receivers Andre Johnson, Kevin Walters and tight end Owen Daniels. The passing game was good but what really moved the Texans up in fantasy football team rankings is the emergance of rookie running back Steve Slaton. Slaton’s explosive ability’s was put to use from week one through the entire season. The kid from West Virgina dropped into the mid rounds of the national football league draft mainly because of his size. At 5’9 and 203lbs most teams believed Steve would take a couple years to bulk up to see if he could be more than a third down back. This was the same knock on Brian Westbrook coming out of college and it did take Brian a few years and then he took over. How ever Slaton proved everyone wrong and had a fantastic year with 1282 yards rushing, 4.8 per carry and 9 rushing touchdowns. He also proved to be dangerous in the passing game as well with 50 receptions for 377 yards and a touchdown.
Texans Take Next Step in 2009 to the Fantasy Football Elite
Now that the Texans have an explosive stud at running back look for the passing game to have more opportunity’s to0 shine. It’s not unreasonable to see this offense being possibly the #1 fantasy team in the league this year.
Schaub, Daniels, Johnson and Walters are now in their 3rd season together in the same offense. The plain true of the matter is the longer a group of guys play together the more chemistry the have with one another as well. As in any offense in football the last thing that comes to a passing squad is plunging the ball into the end zone more often. Johnson and Walters both had 8 touchdowns each last year. Daniels while he had 70 receptions only had 2 touchdowns. This offense is better than that and I truly believe they will all see a bump in this years campaign.
Matt Schaub’s health is Key
Only one thing has really held back the Texans in the last 2 season’s and that is Matt Shaub’s health. Matt has only played 11 games in 2007 and 11 games in 2008. Those years Houston had at least Sage Rosenfels to run the show behind him. Sage while it’s true made too many bone head throws, he did how ever move the offense in Schaubs stead. But what concerns me now is that the Texans have Detroit Lions cast away Dan Orlovsky as their back up. If the Texans are to be successful Schaub must stay healthy all year long.
2009 Fantasy Football Rankings for the Houston Texans
Quarterback: Matt Schaub- I see Matt staying healthy this year mainly because the Texans offensive line is better every year. With an offensive line providing solid protection it’s not hard to see Matt posting 4,500 yards passing this season. His touchdown total will increase this season as the chemistry between himself and his receivers is very strong. 25 touchdown passes is a very reasonable mark for this gunner and the skill players he has. Schaub will probably be drafted in most fantasy leagues at a very reasonable price. There is no reason why you could not have Matt in the middle rounds of your draft. And to get a guy with 4,500 yard, 25 touchdowns at that level would really give you an edge over others that paid much higher for that same production.
Running Back: Steve Slaton- This is the Texans spark plug in the offense. Rumors floated around that Head Coach Gary Kubiak wanted a bigger runner for short yardage. But the coach has done nothing in free agency and drafted no one as well. Look for Steve to repeat his numbers from a year ago and be a solid #1 pick for your fantasy squad.
Wide Receiver: Andre Johnson- Already one of the top 5 fantasy wide receivers.With almost 1600 yards receiving and 115 catches this stud showed it all, except an ability to get double digit touchdowns. Andre will deliver this year as now teams have to respect more than just Johnson’s ability’s in the Texans offense coming into 2009. With a more balanced attack it will provide Johnson with more one on one coverage and thus more touchdowns. Look for Andre in the 2nd or 3rd round of your draft.
Wide Receiver: Kevin Walters- Kevin busted out with 8 touchdowns last year and proved he is a more than capable #2 receiver in the Texans offense. While he is more of a possession receiver Kevin also showed his ability’s to break long touchdowns throughout the 2008 season. Most of your fantasy football competitors will slide on Walters farther than they should giving you the opportunity to grab him at a nice area. Look for Kevin in the later middle rounds of your draft as a fine #3 or even #4 receiver on your team. Even if your league only starts two receivers, having Walters on your bench will be a fine option tohave in a pinch and during the bye weeks.
Tight End: Owen Daniels- This young tight end has the tools to be an excellent tight end for your fantasy team. He proved this last year going for 70 receptions and this year I see Owen building on those numbers. Much like Kevin Walters and Matt Schaub you will be able to draft Daniels at a very reasonable price in your fantasy draft. If your in an auction league you might even get this starter at 3 or 4 dollars. In standard formats it should only cost you a lets say 12th round pick. You may even find him cheaper than that.
Written By: Sean Douglas- fantasy-info.com
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