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Texans Fantasy Start Em/Sit Em - Week 7

Big Game on Sunday, Here's Who You Should Play

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans avoids a tackle from linebacker Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Tennessee Tians at Reliant Stadium on November 28 2010 in Houston Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans avoids a tackle from linebacker Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Tennessee Tians at Reliant Stadium on November 28 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Texans Start Em/Sit Em

Start:

Arian Foster - Sure the Titans are 10th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game, but that yardage total is still 105 per game (I'll take that). With Andre Johnson most likely out again, the Texans will lean heavily on Foster. The Raiders and Ravens had success in loading up the box to stop Foster, but even in the Raiders game, Foster still had 184 total yards. The Titans defense is tough, but it's the same team he's faced in years past; he averaged 139.5 total yards per game last year vs. the Titans.

Owen Daniels - The Titans defense has been pretty good this year, but not so against opposing tight ends. Over the last two games, tight ends from Cleveland and Pittsburgh have combined to gain 127 yards and score three touchdowns against the Titans. In his last 2 games against the Titans, Daniels has 10 receptions, 117 yards, and touchdown. With Andre Johnson still out, I'd expect a game similar to the one he had vs. Oakland; he had 7 catches for 89 yards. A must-start in PPR leagues, a good start in standard leagues.

Neil Rackers - I believe the Texans will move the ball, but their red zone efficiency has been awful this season. This will likely continue, meaning Rackers will have plenty of opportunities to score.

Sit:

Matt Schaub - This was a tough call for me, but Schaub's on the road, he's banged up, Andre is still out, and the Titans have allowed an average of under 14 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. So all signs point towards a down week, however, depending on your bye week situation, he still might be serviceable. A game like he had against the Raiders, which was awful in reality, could get you by in the world of fantasy because he still had 24 points in my standard scoring league. Until he turns it around and gets Andre back, I'd continue to error on the side of caution.


Texans Defense - With no Mario Williams, the Texans scored just five fantasy points last week in Baltimore. In addition, the Texans defense has scored five or fewer points in three of their last four games. If your league gives points for points allowed, the Texans are a decent option. However, only the Browns, Lions and Vikings have fewer turnovers than the Titans. This will likely be another case of good in reality, bad in fantasy.


Kevin Walter/Jacoby Jones - Walter would actually make a decent start as a flex 3rd WR, but if your league starts just two receivers, I'd avoid both. The Titans are giving up just 9.6 yards per catch (3rd NFL) and 231 yards a game (10th NFL); this likely won't be a high scoring game. On top of that, my guess is Daniels and Foster will be Schaub's top two targets, maybe in PPR leagues Walter can start, otherwise, bench them both.

Good luck this week, keep living the fantasy!

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