If there is one team set up for success, it’s the 2012 Houston Texans. For the first time in a long time (ever actually), people expect them to walk away with the AFC South. With the healthy return of both QB Matt Schaub and WR Andre Johnson, this should be an exciting season for fans of the Texans. Now that much improved defense did suffer a huge loss with DE Mario Williams who the Texans drafted with the #1 overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft. This year, the Texans utilized their #1 pick (26th this year) on Williams’ replacement: DE Whitney Mercilus out of Illinois. When defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips put his name in the game to interview for the Tampa Bay head coach position, I know fans were worried. Looks like he will hang around for the Texans to make a splash in the AFC. Here is more from the 2012 Houston Texans.
Fantasy Football Studs: Houston’s roster is a great place to start enhancing your fantasy football roster. Arian Foster has solidified himself as a bona fide stud in reality and fantasy. He has been the number 1 fantasy back the last two seasons. He put together a 1200 plus yard season and double-digit TDs in just 13 games. His backup, Ben Tate, would be a starting RB if it wasn’t for Foster. He still managed just under 1000 yards in his second string roll. Also, a big part of the Texans high-powered offense is QB Matt Schaub. You could do worse, actually far worse. Schaub is a great quarterback and deserves to be on the top of the not quite so elite list of QBs. Lastly, Andre Johnson, when on the field, is as good as it gets at WR: big, tall, fast, but unfortunately, brittle. He only managed to play in 7 games last year, and 13 the year before that. In fact, in 9 seasons, there were only 5 where all 16 were played? Stud, but proceed with caution.
Area of Strength: Arian Foster and Ben Tate kept the run game pretty action packed in 2011. Together they combined for a total of 2166 yards and 14 TD. As a fantasy owner, Foster had me cheering practically every Sunday. Foster just signed a new contract in March. I don’t see any signs of him slowing down.
Area of Weakness: The Texans have a couple of weaknesses. Outside of Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels, there are no good options at WR. Kevin Walter is too hit or miss. But the biggest weakness became even weaker with the departure of Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans. Granted, the Texans D was decent enough last year, especially after the 2010 debacle of the NFL’s worse defenses. But without those two defensive standouts, its hard to say what the defense will be like this year. It will probably be good enough to win the division, but as I see it, the Texans will have to score a lot on offense to win most of their games.
2012 Marquee Matchups: Aside from the divisional games, the Texans have a few other match ups. Week 3 comes perhaps their first real test of the season as they head to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos (still sounds weird). The Texans also host Baltimore Week 7 just before their bye week. Thanksgiving Day, they will be in Motor City to play the Lions. Dec 10th live on MNF, the Texans go up to New England and deal with Tom Brady and the Pats.
All Things Houston Texans: There are many ways to keep up with the 2012 Houston Texans. Here are a few…
Blogs: Battle Red Blog http://www.battleredblog.com/; Toro Times http://torotimes.com/ Texans Talk http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88554
Apps: Houston Texans Mobile for iPhone and iPad (by YinzCam/Texans)
Fan Clubs: The official fan club for the Hosuton Texans can be found on www.houstontexans.com under Fan Zone. The Texans also have a fan club just for female fans: The Battle Red Ladies http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/battle-red-ladies.html