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The Texans are going to be sporting a different look this season, as they’ve made changes at some significant positions, including QB and RB. Unfortunately, after their top flight options, there isn’t much fantasy relevance at a lot of areas, but we’ll take a look anyway!
As mentioned, the QB change is major, with Brock Osweiler going to Houston as their starter. He was presumed to have been the Denver starting QB after Peyton’s retirement, but he’ll be slinging it around Texas instead of Colorado now, it seems. He’s not a high-end QB, but he is a serviceable option that might surprise some. Right now he’s going undrafted in a lot of standard leagues, but keep an eye out for him on the waiver wire.
After letting oft-injured (but extremely talented) RB Arian Foster depart in free agency, the Texans made another splash by signing the under-utilized Lamar Miller out of Miami. Miller was a fantastic RB, but often made you wonder if the coaches hated him, as he (tragically, for fantasy owners) would blow up in the first half of games only to inexplicably ride the bench for the rest of the way. Now, he’ll have the opportunity to truly be a feature back, and we’ll see how many carries he gets to start us off in Week 1.
The WRs are the true fantasy gold mine in Houston, however: DeAndre Hopkins is a sure-fire top 10 pick, and with some stability at QB (after Brian Hoyer and TJ Yates threw to him last season), he is sure to at the very least replicate his numbers from last season. To ensure he does not see #triplecoverage on every play, the Texans drafted Will Fuller to go along with the sophomore Jaelen Strong – this trio of wideouts should be enough to carry the offensive load. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is the presumptive starter at the position as well, but he’s nothing to write home about from a fantasy perspective.
Recap: QB Brock Osweiler; RB Lamar Miller; WR DeAndre Hopkins; WR Will Fuller