Obviously, the quarterback situation of the Texans has the analysts skeptical the fantasy potential of the Houston Texans' offense. Even Arian Foster. The idea is that defenses will not respect the passing game and key in on stopping the run, depressing the values of both aspects.
They note that Andre Johnson should still be considered a top-tier prospect regardless of the quarterback situation. Johnson had his two best games with Case Keenum throwing the ball, after all. If Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter, it doesn't take a Harvard graduate to know where the bulk of his targets will be.
Still, at this point I'd put Johnson behind other WRs like Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green and Julio Jones on my draft board. If I were stuck with a last first-rounder, I'd love to double down at WR and take Johnson with my second-round pick, especially in a PPR format.
The analysts are split on Foster's value. One has him worthy of a later first round pick, while the other two are much more skeptical. This is obviously understandable considering Foster's injury-plagued 2013 season, but the fact remains that he's far and away the most talented running back on the roster. If I see him drop into the third, I wouldn't hesitate in picking him up.
Even if his role on the Texans becomes more focused like Bill O'Brien recently suggested, there's not much to suggest that Andre Brown and Alfred Blue will tank Foster's value... not yet anyway. And if he does fill in that Danny Woodhead, pass-catching role he should be a hot commodity in a PPR format.
Will the defense see a rejuvenation like it did its first year under Wade Phillips? The squad can only go up from where it ended, and Jadeveon Clowney will certainly help that cause. Keep an eye on their D/ST with your final two picks.
Your thoughts, readers? Where do you see Foster and Johnson's fantasy value? Also sere you lucky enough to snag Foster before your rivals knew about him back in 2010? Were you savvy enough to trade Keenum after his two big games against Kansas City and Indianapolis? Share your fantasy war stories below.