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Houston Texans Fantasy Football: Best And Worst Fantasy Picks For Week Three

Looking for the best fantasy option for the Houston Texans in Week Three?

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Here are a few thoughts on the Texans players for their Week Three matchup with the Giants.

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick - Fitzpatrick threw two touchdowns passes last week, but it's not something that fantasy owner can rely on. The Texans' quarterback is merely a counterbalance for Arian Foster and the run game. Even with facing the 21st-ranked defense against the pass, expect the run game to be option "A", "B", and "C". Leagues don't give out fantasy points for hand-offs.

RB: Arian Foster - The Texans' running back has been everything Texans fans and fantasy owners could hope for. Foster has carried the ball 55 times this season for 242 yards, and he picked up his first touchdown last week in Oakland. Foster has been limited at practice this week with rib and hamstring injuries. He is currently listed as questionable.

Alfred Blue is the man if Foster doesn't start. The Giants are currently ranked as the 12th best run defense in the league, giving up 100 yards a game.

WR: Andre Johnson - Johnson is Fitzpatrick's security blanket. No matter the coverage, Fitz trusts Johnson to make a play on the ball. Johnson has accumulated 167 yards in his first two games. The Giants have allowed 60 points in their first two games, so it's not a stretch to think Johnson will find pay dirt for the first time this season on Sunday.

DeAndre Hopkins - Hopkins isn't the top option in the Texans' offense, and he plays with a average quarterback.  Yet he finds ways to impact the game. Hopkins has two scores already this young season, and that will only continue with defenses keying on Foster and Johnson.

TE: Garrett Graham - Graham had one catch (on one target) for 24 yards against the Raiders. Houston's tight end position isn't getting the looks that you need for fantasy. Even former Central Michigan tight end  J.J. Watt is getting more looks at the goal line than the Texans' actual TEs are. Graham, or any of the other Texans' tight ends, is a lottery ticket at best -  you hope for touchdown.

Team Defense: Texans - Eli Manning has thrown four interceptions this season and 31 since the start of the 2013 season. The youngest Manning brother hasn't shown a grasp of the Giants' new offense and he hasn't shown he is out of his tailspin. The Texans' defense is a must start this week.

Summary: Start Foster if he's active, and pick Alfred Blue up for the handcuff. Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins balance the running attack, so start them both. Eli Manning is still stumbling, so start the Texans' defense. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a game manager and isn't looking at tight ends in the offense, so sit both.


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