Fantasy Football Profile: T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Housh has a new home in Seattle. He downgraded in QB from Carson Palmer to Matt Hasselbeck, but he’s still in a pretty good situation. Hasselbeck has never had a reliable receiver like Housh so expect him to be targeted early and often. Housh isn’t going to burn you deep, but he knows how to get open and pick up yards at around 11 yards per catch. He will pick up a ton of first downs. The key is whether or not he’ll be able to get in the end zone. Housh had four TDs last year after averaging 9.3 he previous three years. Of course Carson Palmer missed the bulk of last season so it’s not surprising he took a hit in that department. Seattle had a miserable year as well, but in 2007 Hasselbeck threw for nearly 4000 yards and 28 TDs. If he can stay healthy, there will be TDs to be had.
Housh is a decent WR2 in standard leagues, and an excellent WR2 in PPR leagues. Housh is going in the late third/early fourth round in fantasy drafts. He isn’t really a risky play because he showed last year he can still perform with marginal QB play. Though Hasselbeck is a bigger injury risk than Palmer, I think Seneca Wallace is a more adequate backup than he worked with last year. I expect another 90 reception season with 1000 yards and 6 TDs.