The Bud Adams Memorial Army of Darkness has a new field general in Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger got quite the wake up call from the Texans. He learned anything can become bulletin board material, even selfies. Can J.J. Watt and the Battle Red army repeat their success against the Titans Sunday and keep their playoff hopes alive? We will soon find out.
Arian Foster, Running Back - Arian Foster appears ready to return to the lineup after missing the Texans' last two games. Including the bye week, Foster has had three weeks to rest his groin injury. Foster faces a Titans defense that allows an NFL worst 145.4 rushing yards per game this season, and they have tied for second in the league with 13 rushing touchdowns allowed. In Week Eight, Foster ran all over Tennessee for 151 yards on 20 carries. Foster would reach paydirt three times, two by ground and one by air. If Foster does in fact start today, look for a big impact on your fantasy playoff run.
DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver - Ryan Fitzpatrick can handcuff the value of almost any wide receiver, but Hopkins isn't a normal wide receiver. Hopkins has grown this season and shown his explosiveness. Hopkins has 13 receptions of 20 yards or more, which ranks him twelfth among wide receivers - tied with Alshon Jeffery. Yes, Fitzmagic is under center, but Hopkins will make plays with the ball in his hands.
Texans' Team Defense and Special Teams - The Titans could be without three starting offensive linemen on Sunday against the Texans. Starting center Brian Schwenke is out with a knee injury for the season, and both tackles (Taylor Lewan and Michael Oher) haven't practiced this week. The Texans' defense must be licking their chops. Expect Mr. Mettenberger to be running for his life all game.
Andre Johnson, Wide Receiver - Andre Johnson is the Texans' GOAT, but a combination of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Father Time have crippled his fantasy value. Johnson has had a rash of dropped balls. Be it because of inaccurate throws or Johnson losing a step, he is too risky of an option with the fantasy playoffs in full swing.
Garrett Graham, Tight End - Drop the needle on the broken record. Fitzmagic's best trick is making the tight en disappear from the offense. Fitzpatrick has targeted tight ends just 30 times in his first nine starts with the Texans.
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