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Here are a few thoughts on the Texans players for their Week Four matchup with theBills.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick - The former Buffalo Bills quarterback showed why he is no longer in upstate New York in the loss to the Giants last week. Fitzmagic isn't real. Fitzpatrick was 20 for 34 for 289 yards with a touchdown and three picks last Sunday. Of course you're not starting him on fantasy, but the question becomes ,"When will we see Ryan Mallett if the interceptions continue?" Another question--how will Mallett effect the other players on the Texans' offense?
RB: Arian Foster - Foster is an automatic start when healthy, but he's not healthy at the moment. He is worth the risk when it comes to waiting for the inactives to come out on Sunday. The Texans' offense looks completely different without Foster in the lineup. Foster is day-to-day with a hamstring injury. BRB will keep you updated on Sunday, so make sure to check back for the inactives announcement shortly after 10:30 a.m. CDT.
Alfred Blue - Blue rushed for 78 yards on 13 carries in his first career start last Sunday. Blue is a solid option if Foster can't go in a flex or RB2 role. The only thing holding Blue back from a full load (if Foster can't go) is his poor pass blocking, and the fact that you can't score points if you're not on the field. Blue was pulled in Week Three for Ronnie Brown after missing blocking assignments.
WR: Andre Johnson - Another week, another solid game from Andre Johnson. Johnson faces a defense that ranks 26th in passing yards allowed, and they have given up four touchdowns to receivers through the first three weeks of the season. Johnson looks primed to pop the top on his touchdown drought.
DeAndre Hopkins - Hopkins has kicked the door in on being a sleeper this season and become a fully fledged option at WR2. Hopkins moved into the slot in the second half theGiants game and looks like a dynamic weapon.
Damaris Johnson - Johnson won't be a fantasy pick-up anytime soon, but he may be worth a look if you're in bye-week hell. Johnson has speed for days and he burned the Giants down the seam on Sunday.
TE: Garrett Graham - Graham was targeted six times and caught five passes on Sunday against the Giants. That's a positive sign if you're scrambling for a tight end on Sunday.
K: Randy Bullock - Bullock is 5-for-6 in field goals attempted this season. There are still better options in the fantasy kicking world with the amount questions surrounding the Texans offense.
Team Defense: Texans - The Texans and Bills are very much alike, in that both teams have a quarterback that struggles with pressure, offensive weapons galore, and a stout defense. If the Texans were facing a quarterback who played like Fitzpatrick, you would start the Texans, right? Okay, so start the Texans defense.
Summary: Drop the needle on the broken record--start Foster if healthy. If Foster can't go, Alfred Blue is a solid backup. Johnson and Hopkins are starts until proven otherwise. Pick Graham up if you need a tight end replacement. Start the Texans defense against the error-prone E.J. Manuel. Skip Demaris Johnson and Randy Bullock for now unless you're desperate.
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