Week 12 Fantasy Picks For Titans-Texans: Can You Trust A Man Named Rusty?

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Texans - Titans: Week 12 Fantasy Football, Who To Start


RB’s Arian Foster and Chris Johnson — You already knew not to sit Johnson against the worst defense in the NFL, that’s just common knowledge. Foster played very well against the Jets last week, who have one of the better run defenses in the NFL. Don’t downgrade him out of your lineup just because of his matchup unless you’re playing in a two team league.

WR Andre Johnson — Had a bad game against Darrelle Revis, but who doesn’t when he’s healthy? Cortland Finnegan should be an easier task, even if he is no cakewalk. The Titans have a pretty good pass defense but number one wide receivers have been their Achilles heel so far this year: they’re just 21st in the NFL against them according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA numbers.

TE Bo Scaife — If Zac Diles is back patrolling the middle of the field like a guard in a James Bond movie, then Scaife should find a way to get a touchdown out of the scenario, third string quarterback or not.


Randy Moss — Between his new found quarterback struggling against the Redskins and Moss being much more of a vertical threat, you can make the case that his value will be stifled. Of course, if you have a receiver, and you don’t start them against the Texans, you’re asking for the Football Gods to spite you. I’d probably start him and cover my eyes if I had him.

Nate Washington — See Randy Moss, add some snaps against Kareem Jackson and Brice McCain and less talent. Nobody can blame you for starting him, but it sure would help if the Titans had a better quarterback.


Kevin Walter — While the Titans are bad against #1 wideouts, they’re fourth in the league against #2 wideouts. Walter has fought off Jacoby Jones to basically grab hold of the second receiver slot, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to nab a lot of balls in this particular game.

Joel Dreessen – The Titans are 8th in the NFL covering tight ends. Again, you don’t want any of this 3 catches for 27 yards stuff. So skip Dreessen and find a different TE on the waiver wire.


Rusty Smith — It would take a tremendous pair of balls to play this one, and it probably has the highest risk/reward of any quarterback this week. Rusty is a rookie sixth rounder out of Florida Atlantic, which nominally is a no-start, but this Texans pass defense is on pace to be the worst in NFL history. I switch back-and-forth between starting and sitting him, and it wouldn’t make me completely comfortable if I were a fantasy owner, but the Texans have made a winner out of a low round rookie starting his first game before: Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Gun to my head, I’d rank Smith about 18th of the NFL fantasy QB’s this week and give him a little more respect than most are showing him. The only problem with putting him on your roster is that it’s a definite one-week solution. If he really does kick the Texans around, that has little bearing on his future starts.


Texans Add DE Chris McCoy To Practice Squad

Per Nick Scurfield, the Houston Texans have signed DE Chris McCoy to the practice squad. McCoy, from Middle Tennessee State, was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

McCoy, who is listed as 6'3'' and 261 pounds, is oft-described in draft profiles as a raw, athletic talent. During his senior season, McCoy had 20 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, and was voted the Sun Belt Conference's Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and media.

For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog.


Week 12 NFL Picks For Titans-Texans: It's Now Or Never, Houston

The Houston Texans (4-6) return home after Mark Sanchez did his best Joe Montana impression in the last minute of last week's game. Houston will welcome their hated division rivals, the Tennessee Titans (5-5), to Reliant Stadium for Sunday's week 12 match-up. If the Texans hope to put together a playoff run, if you're still believing in that, then Sunday's game is a must-win. A win, with realistic help, puts them a game back in the division, while a loss effectively will be the nail in the coffin.

Similar to the Texans, Tennessee is coming in on a three-game losing streak. There are a lot of outside distractions for the Titans. Vince Young has been placed on injured reserve, Young has gotten into it with head coach Jeff Fisher, offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger has relieved his duties to undergo chemotherapy (best wishes out to him and his family), and Rusty Smith will be making his first career start in the NFL. Last week, the Titans committed three penalties to set up Washington for the game-winning field. All in all, Tennessee enters this week in a bit of disarray.

The disarray has influenced the picks as everyone at CBS, ESPN, and Yahoo are taking the Texans in the match-up of the AFC's top two running backs - Houston's Arian Foster and Tennessee's Chris Johnson.

It'll be an early game on CBS, 12 PM CT, and your usual suspects will pick up the radio: Sports Radio 610 AM, 100.3 KILT FM and La Tremenda 1010 AM if you prefer Spanish.

The betting line is off-board at the moment.

For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog.

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