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Houston Texans Fantasy Football: Week Five Starts And Sits

Time to answer the all important question in fantasy. Start 'em or sit 'em: What should you do with the Houston Texans you drafted?

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Which version of Arian Foster will show up this week?
Which version of Arian Foster will show up this week?
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Week Five is upon us and it's time once again to set our fantasy roster. Let's take a look at a few Texans players as they take on the Cowboys this week.


Arian Foster, Running Back - If you have Arian Foster on your team, more than likely you drafted him as your number one or number two fantasy running back for your team. As a result, you will have to roll the dice once again on Foster. He is listed as probable.  If Foster plays, he will still be the number one option on the Texans' offense and must start until proven otherwise.

DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver - Hopkins has had either a hundred yards receiving or a touchdown in his first four games this season. He is the only healthy playmaker of the Houston's "Big Three", so don't expect him to slow down against the suspect Cowboys pass defense.

Garrett Graham, Tight End, - Graham missed Week One due to injury, and only got two targets in his return in Week Two. Since then, he has 11 targets over the last two games, and the Texans face a defense that has allowed the second-most short passes over middle (27), according to

Andre Johnson, Wide Receiver - Johnson leads the Texans in targets and yards after catch. But questions swirl about his health after he left last week's game against the Bills with an ankle injury. He has been listed as questionable against the Cowboys and has been held out practice this week. If Johnson does go, he won't be a hundred percent. I would lean towards sitting him if not for the favorable match upagainst Dallas; the Cowboys are giving up over 270 passing yards a game this season.


Alfred Blue, Running Back - Blue's value is totally dependent on the volume and quality of Foster's play. If the Texans' number one running back plays like he did last week,  Blue will get equal carries and some solid yards. But in a world where every point counts, you can't risk a starting spot on player that may only get backup touches. Blue still has tremendous value down the road if Foster succumbs to injury.

Texans; Team Defense - I would love to be wrong about this one, Houston will need strong play from their defense if they hope to steal one in Dallas. DeMarco Murray is running like a man with his hair on fire, posting four-straight games of a hundred yards rushing and a touchdown. He is running behind an offensive line that has three first-round picks on it, and against a defense that picked up Ryan Pickett off the street to fill the nose tackle position. The Cowboys' offense is tough to stop if they can balance the run and pass with weapons like Murray, Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, and Jason Witten. If you have a better option than the Texans this week, use it.


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