What Fantasy Footballer doesn’t love Matt Schaub? Maybe one who’s a fan of the Colts, Jags, or Titans–but that’s about it. It’s obvious the man knows how to move the football. For the second season in a row, he has over 4,000 passing yards (last season he had 4,370) and over 25 TDs (finishing last season with 32). In terms of Fantasy Football, Schaub is right up there with Brees, Brady, P. Manning, Vick–He’s going to get you the numbers and he’s a every week starter. Now the reason you don’t draft him before a Brees, Brady, Manning is because of his 32 sacks, 12 ints, and 9 fumbles. Regardless of the mistakes, Schaub will get you the points to cover them up. A top-tier QB Fantasy Football draft pick.
If I could describe the 2010 Texans Defense in just one word, that word would have to be ATROCIOUS! Specifically the SECONDARY. They couldn’t cover anybody. I think my grandmother even scored on them. Now, I do have to say that the offense did their job keeping the Texans in games. Even the run defense did a decent job, ranking 13th in the league. But against the pass, they were ranked dead last. The secondary gave up an average of 267.5 yards through the air, with a total of 4280 yards. The also gave up 33 passing TDs and managed a paltry 13 INTs. They did garner a shutout against the Titans, but that was no big feat since they had so many QB problems, but other than that, the least amount of points they gave up was 17 against an anemic Jags offense. The Texans gave up an average of 26.7 points per game. ATROCIOUS! The Texans did address their defensive needs through this years draft. 6 of their 8 picks were defensive including 3 defensive backs. They also hired goofball Wade Phillips as the new Defensive Coordinator. As GOOFY as Wade is, he is a decent defensive coach, and should be able to handle the pressure since he’s not running the whole show. There is even talk about them going hard after Nnamdi Asomugha, but until that Magical, Mystical, Majestical day happens, STAY AWAY!
The running game in Houston is to be respected. That’s due to one fast man: Arian Foster. Last year (due to the injury of Ben Tate) Foster ran for 1616 yards and 16 TDs. Pleasantly surprising Texans fans and fantasy owners alike, he ran for an average of 101 yards a game. The high-powered offense of the Texans will be on point. They have made upgrades to the defense. So hopefully the Texans won’t have to have a shoot out with teams every week, further opening their run game. Foster is worth the draft pick. The Texans will drive the ball and someone needs to hit that goal line–I think Foster will still be the man. If there is a question about Derrick Ward-forget about it! He’s really a non-factor with 315 yards and 1 TD
The Texans have a great offense. They have a good QB, and a great running game, whoever ends up running the ball, and they have the best WR in the NFL: Andre Johnson. I had the good fortune of drafting Johnson with my first pick (I think drafting a receiver first is the best Fantasy draft strategy, but that will be addressed in another post). Johnson was plagued last year with nagging injuries which caused him to miss three games, but he still was dominant with 1216 yards receiving and 8 TDs. He even received the Michael Westbrook Award for beating down Courtland “Big Red” Finnegan in the heat of battle(did you notice my Five Heartbeats reference). There is one knock against Johnson. For a receiver with his gifts and gridiron prowess, you would like to see him get into the end zone more often. In his 8 year career, he’s never reached pay dirt double-digit times. However, that could be due to an effective running game. Even though he’s never led the league in TDs, he’s still a must have and a must start, because he’s the BEST. Johnson does have some pretty decent receiving partners surrounding him. Kevin Walter is a slightly above average wideout lined up on the other side. Jacoby Jones also filled in nicely when Johnson was out. Jones is also a decent return man. Lastly TE Owen Daniels can stretch the field, but he’s had his own injury problems, missing some time last season. His backup Joel Dreesen, who’s a big receiving target, filled in nicely for Daniels. I do think that Daniels is a good option to draft for your TE spot, but keep your eye on Dreesen as well. This season, I do anticipate a lot of passing, especially with a suspect defense, so draft the Texan receivers, but with the exception of Johnson, don’t draft them too early. That can kill a Fantasy team.