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

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

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Here are a few thoughts on the Texans players for their Week One Matchup against Washington.

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, the 25th ranked quarterback in FanDuel's system, is known for his decision making and scrambling. Fitzpatrick hasn't blown anyone away in the preseason and his track record of turnovers in his previous destinations will leave little interest fantasy-wise. Fitzpatrick is ranked one spot ahead of Teddy Bridgewater, a quarterback who isn't even starting at the moment, if that tells you anything.

RB: Arian Foster hasn't played in the preseason, but coaches are happy with his play in practice. Foster is currently ranked as the fifth highest running back in FanDuel, which cuts out any value of selecting a player coming off injury. Foster can torch the Redskins' run defense now without the immortal London Fletcher in the middle of Washington's defense. Bill O'Brien may ease Foster in to his first game back from his back surgery by spreading the carries between Foster, Jonathan Grimes, and Alfred Blue. There is a large amount of risk involved with Foster at such a high value, but the Texans will need him to play big if they hope to win Sunday.

WRAndre Johnson is ranked ninth in FanDuel and has every opportunity to match that ranking against Washington's aging secondary. Johnson will be match up against DeAngelo Hall, who has a tendency to get burned on multiple occasions looking in on the quarterback. Washington will be without Brandon Meriweather, who is suspended two games for legal hits, leaving Ryan Clark and Bacarri Rambo as starters at safety. DeAndre Hopkins, ranked 36th among wide receivers, lines up against second-year man David Amerson. Both receivers can light it up, but the Texans' quarterback play and commitment to running the ball will limit the wide receiver output.

TE: Garrett Graham is questionable to play in Sunday's opener and the Texans will utilize a two-tight ends set regardless The overall value of the Texans tight end position in fantasy is limited until proven otherwise.

K: Randy Bullock was a replacement level kicker for much of the 2013 season for the Texans, but he did show the flashes that got him drafted out Texas A&M. Bullock can boom it with the best but lacks accuracy. The Texans' offense will be  limiting factor for Bullock.  How many chances will he get if the Texans can't get into field goal range?

DEF: The Texans' defense on paper has one of the most desirable skills for fantasy defense--the ability to get to the quarterback. But, with the amount of weapons on Washington's offense, I suspect the Texans' value will be negated with the amount of points it gives up this Sunday.


Editor's Note: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is hosting a $100,000 Fantasy Football Contest for Week 1's NFL games. It's only $10 to join and first prize is $10,000. Starts Sunday, September 7th at 1pm ET. Here's the link.