2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Houston Texans
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

This team was 9-7 last year with erratic quarterback play and a couple major injuries on the defensive side of the ball. The Texans have the top defensive player in the game (J.J. Watt) and an elite running back (Arian Foster), so this team will be in most games. Expect a similar season to last year. The thing holding this team back is a solid starting quarterback. The Texans need to get a franchise quarterback in place to take a step forward from the last few seasons.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
It is an open competition right now at quarterback but Ryan Mallett seems to have a good chance to win the starting job for the Texans this year. He brings the most to the table for the team. Mallett showed well in limited work for the Texans last year and seems to have the coaching staff behind him for this year. He won‚??t have a huge season in a starting role but will be worth some spot starts in this offense. He‚??ll be capable of the big game. Mallett isn‚??t afraid to push the ball downfield and go for the big play.
FANTASY DUD
At one point, it looked like receiver Cecil Shorts was on his way to big things in the NFL. But things have derailed for him a little since showing promise early in his career. He gets a new start with the Texans this year but don‚??t expect a sudden breakout season. He moves to a run-first offense with an inexperienced quarterback at the helm. Shorts should finish with similar numbers to his past few seasons with the Jaguars. A new team won‚??t make for big numbers for Shorts.

Team Notes

Aug 28, 04:02 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will not play in either of the final two preseason games but is on track for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Aug 28, 12:12 PM Updating a previous report, Houston Texans OT Duane Brown (hand) will not play Sunday, Aug. 30, against the New Orleans Saints. Brown is not expected to miss any regular season action, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Aug 28, 11:42 AM Houston Texans OT Duane Brown (hand) has an injured hand but should not need surgery, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Aug 27, 07:52 PM Updating a previous report, Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett missed practice Thursday, Aug. 27, because he overslept. Mallett was present for meetings later on, however. He will also be at practice Friday, Aug. 28.

Fantasy Impact: Not good. You can see why Mallett lost the starting job.
Aug 27, 04:12 PM Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (personal) was not at practice Thursday, Aug. 27, due to a personal issue, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Aug 27, 02:22 PM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) has been working out in Houston, and he's expected to return to the field in some facet by Week 2 to Week 4, according to ESPN 97.5 in Houston's Jayson Braddock.

Fantasy Impact: This is a much sooner time period for Foster to play. But this is good news. Move him up a little in your rankings.
Aug 26, 08:43 PM Houston Texans LB Benardrick McKinney (knee) has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, according to multiple sources. He is projected to miss a short period of time and the injury is expected to heal on its own, with a combination of rest and rehabilitation.
Aug 26, 01:53 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will not play in the team's third preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Aug. 30, as the team continues to follow a medical plan for their linebacker. Houston is likely to ease Clowney in the rotation with LBs Whitney Mercilus and John Simon. 'I'm rusty,' Clowney said. 'I'm just trying to get as many reps as I can. Tell coach to put me in as much as possible. They're not trying to rush me back. Working me in slowly. I'll still be trying to get as many reps as I can so I can get ready for the game.'
Aug 26, 01:53 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will not play in the team's third preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Aug. 30, as the team continues to follow a medical plan for their linebacker. Houston is likely to ease Clowney in the rotation with LBs Whitney Mercilus and John Simon. 'I'm rusty,' Clowney said. 'I'm just trying to get as many reps as I can. Tell coach to put me in as much as possible. They're not trying to rush me back. Working me in slowly. I'll still be trying to get as many reps as I can so I can get ready for the game.'
Aug 26, 01:53 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will not play in the team's third preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Aug. 30, as the team continues to follow a medical plan for their linebacker. Houston is likely to ease Clowney in the rotation with LBs Whitney Mercilus and John Simon. 'I'm rusty,' Clowney said. 'I'm just trying to get as many reps as I can. Tell coach to put me in as much as possible. They're not trying to rush me back. Working me in slowly. I'll still be trying to get as many reps as I can so I can get ready for the game.'
Aug 24, 06:42 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) may not play in the preseason but appears to be on track to play Week 1. Head coach Bill O'Brien said the team is following the plan for Clowney that the medical staff created.
Aug 24, 03:22 PM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is recovering his groin surgery and there is no timetable for his return at this time, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Aug 24, 03:02 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) has been ruled out for the third preseason game.
Aug 24, 09:22 AM Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer was named the starting quarterback for the 2015 season.

Fantasy Impact: Hoyer doesn't have a firm grip on the job but he'll open the season as starter. Fantasy teams should avoid Hoyer.
Aug 21, 04:32 PM Houston Texans QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett have need competing for the starting quarterback job, but head coach Bill O'Brien wants to see them play more before making a decision. 'I need to see a little bit more and I want to give Ryan a chance to start a game, and put some more thought into it. Then make a decision at some point whether it's next week or the week after. At some point, we'll make a decision,' O'Brien said.
Aug 21, 04:32 PM Houston Texans QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett have need competing for the starting quarterback job, but head coach Bill O'Brien wants to see them play more before making a decision. 'I need to see a little bit more and I want to give Ryan a chance to start a game, and put some more thought into it. Then make a decision at some point whether it's next week or the week after. At some point, we'll make a decision,' O'Brien said.

Fantasy Impact: This quarterback spot is wide open. Both guys haven't been very good, which is a huge concern for this offense.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Brian Hoyer, QB; Rahim Moore, FS; Cecil Shorts, WR; Nate Washington, WR; Vince Wilfork, DT. 

Losses:
Andre Johnson, WR; Kendrick Lewis, FS; Thad Lewis, QB; Brooks Reed, LB. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  16 Kevin JohnsonDB
 # 2  11 Benardrick McKinneyLB
 # 3  6 Jaelen StrongWR
 # 5  39 Keith MumpheryWR
 # 6  35 Reshard CliettLB
 # 6  40 Christian CovingtonDL
 # 7  18 Kenny HilliardRB

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 1:00PM     Kansas City
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Carolina
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     at Atlanta
5     Oct 8 8:25PM     Indianapolis
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Miami
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     Tennessee
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 16 8:30PM     at Cincinnati
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     New York Jets
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     New Orleans
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     at Buffalo
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     New England
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at Tennessee
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     Jacksonville
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