2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Houston Texans
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Texans are in a rebuilding mode. The defense still is pretty sold but the offense is a question mark. The quarterback situation is a big concern with Ryan Fitzpatrick likely opening the season as the starter. Houston needs to find their franchise quarterback. The Texans will be a run-first, defensive team that will try to grind out wins. It could be a long season for the Texans. They should finish below .500 and struggle to win a lot of games. This roster still needs to add some talent to get going in the right direction once again.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver DeAndre Hopkins had an up and down rookie season but was a top big-play threat for the team and had some big games. He is the top deep threat in the offense. Expect his game to take a step forward this season and become more of a weekly threat for the Texans. He is the future No. 1 for the Texans and that transition should start this season. Andre Johnson isn't getting any younger and wants to move to a better situation, opening the door for Hopkins to play a huge role the coming years. He could hit his first 1,000-yard season in 2014.
FANTASY DUD
Some are giving tight end Garrett Graham a recommendation for this coming season since he'll move into a starting role. We aren't sold on him, though. Graham isn't really a big-play threat and more of a move the chains tight end. He'll get some catches but don't expect his yards or touchdowns to be very good. He should be considered a low-end No. 2 fantasy tight end. Just because he is starting doesn't mean his numbers will suddenly be off the charts. Don't get too excited about Graham.

Team Notes

Aug 25, 10:03 PM Houston Texans FS Lonnie Ballentine (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 25.
Aug 25, 02:43 PM The Houston Texans waived WRs Joe Adams, Alec Lemon, OG Samuel Longo, RB William Powell, NTs David Hunter, Austin Brown, CB Junior Mertile and LBs Terrance Lloyd and Lawrence Sidbury.
Aug 21, 03:12 PM Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (undisclosed) was held out of practice Thursday, Aug. 21, because of an undisclosed injury. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Clowney is fine but is not sure if Clowney will play in the third preseason game.
Aug 20, 10:43 PM Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. Johnson had an impressive practice during joint workouts with the Denver Broncos Wednesday, Aug. 20. 'He's a big part of what we're doing here,' head coach Bill O'Brien said.
Aug 20, 02:33 PM Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 20, because of an undisclosed reason.
Aug 19, 05:23 PM Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt believes he has outplayed his current contract and wants to sign an extension.
Aug 19, 04:23 PM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) and LB Brian Cushing (undisclosed) were all active for practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Aug 18, 01:02 AM Houston Texans DT Louis Nix (knee) may be able to play in the third preseason game.
Aug 18, 01:02 AM Houston Texans QB Case Keenum still has a lead over QB Tom Savage for the No. 2 quarterback job even though he has been inconsistent during training camp.
Aug 16, 07:12 PM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) and WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) will not play in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16.
Aug 14, 03:32 PM The competition between Houston Texans PKs Randy Bullock and Chris Boswell for the kicker job is wide open at this point, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Fantasy Impact: We would stay away from both kickers for now.
Aug 14, 01:42 PM The Houston Texans have not decided if RB Arian Foster (hamstring) will play in the second preseason game, but he is close to fully participating in practice, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Foster participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 14, for the second straight day.
Aug 14, 01:42 PM The Houston Texans have not decided if WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) will play in the second preseason game, but he is close to fully participating in practice, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Johnson participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 14, for the second straight day.
Aug 14, 01:32 PM Houston Texans C Chris Myers (undisclosed) left the field toward the end of practice Thursday, Aug. 14, because of an undisclosed reason.
Aug 14, 01:32 PM Houston Texans OT Duane Brown did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 14, because he was given the day off.
Aug 14, 10:52 AM Houston Texans QB Case Keenum is taking some repetitions with the first-team offense in practice Thursday, Aug. 14. Ryan Fitzpatrick is still in the mix to start, but neither are worthy of fantasy consideration except in deep leagues.

Fantasy Impact: Fitzpatrick has really struggled lately so he doesn't have a firm grip on the starter's job by any means.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Kendrick Lewis, S; Andre Brown, RB; Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB. 

Losses:
Owen Daniels, TE; Danieal Manning, S; Ben Tate, RB; Earl Mitchell, DT; Antonio Smith, DE; Matt Schaub, QB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  1 Jadeveon ClowneyLB
 # 2  1 Xavier Su'a-FiloOL
 # 3  1 C.J. FiedorowiczTE
 # 3  19 Louis NixDL
 # 4  35 Tom SavageQB
 # 6  1 Jeoffrey PaganDL
 # 6  5 Alfred BlueRB
 # 6  35 Jay ProschRB
 # 7  1 Andre HalDB
 # 7  41 Lonnie BallentineDB
 Undrafted Chris BoswellK

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Washington
2     Sep 14 4:25PM     at Oakland
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at New York Giants
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Buffalo
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Dallas
6     Oct 9 8:25PM     Indianapolis
7     Oct 20 8:30PM     at Pittsburgh
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     at Tennessee
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     Philadelphia
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at Cleveland
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     Cincinnati
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     Tennessee
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Baltimore
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Jacksonville
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