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

Sep 15, 10:17 AM Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue carried 11 times for 40 yards in the Week 2 game against the Oakland Raiders, while RB Jonathan Grimes had just three carries for nine yards. Neither player had a reception.

Fantasy Impact: These backs got a little more work with the Texans up big. Don't expect this much work every week.
Sep 14, 09:12 PM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders, and he added two receptions for 12 yards. Foster has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games to open the season.

Fantasy Impact: Foster is getting a ton of work, which is a concern, but use him while he is hot.
Sep 14, 03:22 PM The Houston Texans have declared OT Jeff Adams, LB Jadeveon Clowney, TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, FS Shiloh Keo, DT Louis Nix, WR DeVier Posey, QB Tom Savage inactive for Week 2.
Sep 12, 07:02 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (foot) and SS Shiloh Keo (calf) have been ruled out for Week 2. CB A.J. Bouye (shoulder), OT Tyson Clabo (ankle), LB Brian Cushing (ankle), DE Tim Jamison (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (foot), CB Elbert Mack (foot), LB Mike Mohamed (quadriceps), C Chris Myers (foot), OT Derek Newton (elbow, illness), DT Louis Nix (wrist), FB Jay Prosch (hand), OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (back) and DE J.J. Watt (ankle, illness) are listed as probable. Clowney, Fiedorowicz, Keo, Newton and Watt did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 12, while the other players fully participated in practice.
Sep 12, 06:52 PM Houston Texans TE Garrett Graham (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 2.

Fantasy Impact: He should return to the lineup in Week 2.
Sep 12, 06:52 PM Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 2.
Sep 12, 06:42 PM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 2.
Sep 12, 04:22 PM Houston Texans TE Garrett Graham (back), who missed practice last week and was inactive in Week 1, has a good chance of playing in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. 'Garrett will be in the game on Sunday,' O'Brien said. O'Brien also said TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (foot) is 'day-to-day.'
Sep 11, 10:20 PM Hopkins had the only offensive touchdown for the Texans in Week 1, scoring on a 76-yard reception. He finished with four catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. As long as the quarterback can get him the ball,

Fantasy Impact: Hopkins seems setup to take a big leap this season in production. He has big-time ability at the receiver position.
Sep 11, 06:12 PM Houston Texans TE Garrett Graham (back) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 11.

Fantasy Impact: Graham looks like he'll miss another week of action.
Sep 11, 06:12 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), DE J.J. Watt (ankle/illness), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (foot) and FS Shiloh Keo (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 11. CB Johnathan Joseph was limited. CB A.J. Bouye (shoulder), OT Tyson Clabo (ankle), LB Brian Cushing (ankle), DE Tim Jamison (groin), CB Elbert Mack (foot), LB Mike Mohamed (quadriceps), C Chris Myers (foot), OT Derek Newton (elbow), DT Louis Nix (wrist) FB Jay Prosch (hand) and OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (back) were full participants.
Sep 11, 06:02 PM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (ribs) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 11.
Sep 11, 06:02 PM Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 11.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson should be ready for Week 2.
Sep 11, 12:33 AM Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (foot) played 92 percent of the team's snaps in Week 1, although he was targeted just once and he did not have a catch. He missed practice Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Fantasy Impact: He isn't worth using for fantasy teams right now.
Sep 10, 07:03 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (foot), and FS Shiloh Keo (calf) all did not partticipate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10. TE Garrett Graham (back) and CB Johnathan Joseph (foot) were limited in practice. CB A.J. Bouye (shoulder), OT Tyson Clabo (ankle), LB Brian Cushing (ankle) DE Tim Jamison (groin), CB Elbert Mack (foot) LB Mike Mohamed (quadriceps), C Chris Myers (foot), OT Derek Newton (elbow), FB Jay Prosh (hand), OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (back) and DE J.J. Watt (ankle) all fully practiced.
Sep 10, 07:03 PM Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson should be just fine for Week 2.

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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