Houston Texans Preview
Pop Quiz. Who led the Texans in rushing yards each of the past two seasons? Would you be surprised to find out it was Ron Dayne. Well, there will be a new one this year as Dayne and the Texans have parted ways.
On Offense Houston will need Andre Johnson to stay healthy. He was a monster when healthy last year, and he’s their only hope to compete with the Big Boys in their division. The Texans have two capable QBs in Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels. It’s nice to have a safety blanket if your starter goes down. Besides Johnson, the Texans have some other decent options at wideout. Kevin Walter quietly turned in 800 yards last year. Andre Davis provided some big plays. Jacoby Jones could be provide some unexpected production. Their running game is a mess. Ahman Green has not held up his side of the bargain. He’s dealing with a groin injury. They also brought in Chris Brown, who has had a history of injuries as well. Don’t be surprised if Rookie Steve Slaton takes charge of this backfield and finishes as your starter. They have one of the best Tight Ends in the league in Owen Daniels. He caught over 60 passes for nearly 800 yards.
On Defense Super Mario Williams is making Houston look smart for taking him, especially given some of the struggles out of Reggie Bush and Vince Young. He had 14 Sacks last year. DeMeco Ryans (128 tackles) and Morlon Greenwood (118 tackles) are a terrific pair of Linebackers. Amobi Okoye just turned 21 and had 5.5 Sacks as a Rookie. I expect great things out of him. C.C. Brown recorded 84 tackles out of the Free Safety position. Fred Bennett and Will Demps were solid.
This is an improving team. I love their Defense. I don’t think they are quite ready to challenge Indy and Jacksonville, but I think they will be better than Tennessee this year. They should win half of their games this year, and if they can improve on Offense, could surprise some teams and sneak into a Wild Card spot. Not likely, but with their Defense, anything is possible.
Fantasy-wise I love Andre Johnson. He should be a top ten WR this year. Matt Schaub is a decent backup fantasy QB. Kevin Walter makes a solid #4 or #5 WR to be used in bye weeks and in an injury pinch. Their RBs are a mess, but I like Slaton the best. At least he has upside. I fully endorse Owen Daniels. He cuold have a breakout season at Tight End. Houston Defense is a good one to grab. I wouldn’t use them vs. Indy or Jax, but they should do well against lesser teams.