After the decent performance put on by the Texans against the Patriots, they got dog-walked by the Colts. In a fantasy sense, we returned back to a middle point this week. Let’s get into the numbers.
Week Five: (Texans vs. Colts)
QB: Davis Mills - 29/43, 243 yards, 2 INT, 5 yards rushing = 6.22 points
RB: David Johnson - 2 carries, 7 yards, 1 reception, 14 yards receiving, 1 fumble lost = 1.1 points
RB: Mark Ingram II - 18 carries, 73 yards rushing, 2 catches, 8 yards receiving = 10.1 points
RB: Philip Lindsay - 7 carries, 39 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 15 yards receiving = 7.4 points
WR: Brandin Cooks - 9 receptions, 89 yards = 17.9 points
WR: Chris Moore - 4reception, 14 yards, 1 TD= 5.4 points
WR: Chris Conley - 1 reception, 10 yards = 2 points
WR: Nico Collins - 4 receptions, 44 yards = 8.4 points
TE: Jordan Akins - 4 receptions, 41 yards = 8.1 points
TE: Pharaoh Brown - 2 receptions, 8 yards = 2.8 points
K: Ka’imi Fairbairn - 1/2 FG = 3 points
DEF: 4 TFL, 2 sack, 31 points allowed = 1 point
Davis Mills regressed this week as Tim Kelly demanded that he throw nothing but screens the entire game.
On a positive note, Brandin Cooks returned to form. Since we’re scoring through PPR, his week was saved due to his volume. Otherwise, the yardage doesn’t quite do as much. Cooks remains a solid pickup as a WR3/FLEX.
Nico Collins and Chris Moore rounds out the receiver room, but neither warrant a pickup.
Mark Ingram led the backfield in scoring this week and seems to be pulling away as the main back on early downs. David Johnson is still hanging around and siphoning touches. Philip Lindsay is doing the same, but don't expect the committee to be dissolved any time soon. Ingram could be good as a spot pickup for your starter’s bye weeks, but he shouldn’t be banked on quite yet.
Jordan Akins had a better game, though the tight end usage with this team is all over the place. Anthony Auclair didn’t have an impact this week either, so the situation is just too unpredictable right now. There are bound to be better options available even in deep leagues.
Ka’imi Fairbairn was responsible for Houston’s only points this week. As long as this offense remains anemic, he shouldn’t have a ton of opportunities to kick. Even if he did, they would be long and Fairbairn is a risk past 50 yards.
The defense stayed out of the negative but also didn’t help fantasy owners this week. In a matchup against the red hot Cardinals on Sunday, I would stay as far away as humanly possible from this defense.
Game script might go to the air early if the Cardinals have some quick scores. Cooks should certainly be played. Beyond that, Mills may run into trouble with interceptions the more he’s asked to sling it. The running game may (wlll?) end up taking a backseat, so tread carefully there.