clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Texans Fantasy Football: Week 16 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?

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

To quote Jack Nicholson from Batman, " And now, folks, it's time for "Who do you trust!" Hubba, hubba, hubba!" That is the fantasy football playoffs a nutshell; who do you trust to put up solid points? Can the Texans offense put together enough momentum to have solid days all around or will the offense bog down with the fourth different quarterback at the helm this season?

Starts

Arian Foster, Running Back - It's going to a tough matchup for the Texans running back.  The Ravens have allowed the third-fewest rushing yards per game this season (84.3 yards). To top it off, the Ravens have allowed the fewest fantasy points to running backs per week this season (10.0). Foster is still a start because you probably don't have a better option, and Foster is option number one in the Texans' offense. At the very least, Foster will take up the challenge to be the first running back to rush for over 100 yards in a game against the Ravens in 24 games. The fact that defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is suspended for today's game will only help the Texans' run game.

Andre Johnson, Wide Receiver - All eyes will be on Johnson if Hopkins is unable to play Sunday, but he will have Case Keenum under center - a quarterback he found success with a season ago. Johnson averaged 100 receiving yards per game and scored all five of his touchdowns during Keenum's eight starts last season. Safe to say Keenum will be looking to use Johnson as his security blanket.

Ryan Griffin, Tight End - Garrett Graham saw 10-plus targets in his last four starts with Case Keenum under center before his season was cut short by injury. Griffin stepped into the starting lineup with Graham and Owen Daniels on the shelf lasy year and posted 177 receiving on 34 targets over the Texans' last three games. If you're in desperation mode, Griffin may be worth a look with Keenum back under center.

Sits

Case Keenum, Quarterback - Yes, Keenum played with the Texans last season. Yes, he was in training camp with Houston this season as well. I know, but Keenum has still been out of the loop for 10-plus weeks. He is not going to light the world on fire in his first start back. Maybe if he had a fullly healthy cast of Hopkins, Johnson, Foster, and Graham, but that is not the case.

DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver - Hopkins is listed as questionable for Sunday's game with an ankle injury. The Texans' breakout wide receiver has been held out of practice all week and will test his ankle before kickoff. Hopkins has been a valuable fantasy piece this season, but can he be trusted to get a hundred yards or a touchdown with an injury and a new quarterback? Probably not.

***

Editor's Note: FanDuel is hosting a $600,000 fantasy football league for SBNation. It's $5 to join and first place wins $50,000. League starts Sunday 1 PM ET and ends on Monday.  Here's the link.

Ravens vs Texans coverage
Baltimore Beatdown