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Fantasy Football: Texans Start/Sit Week 9

The Texans should crush the Browns on the field, how about in fantasy?

On the field, this game will be a blowout, but how will that translate to the world of Fantasy Football?


Arian Foster: The Browns are ranked 26th in the league in rushing yards allowed at over 127 yards per game. Since Foster's return to the field on a full-time basis on October 2nd, the Texans star has totaled 809 total yards and 5 touchdowns in 5 games; he's an absolute no-brainer.

Texans Defense: This is a perfect match-up for owners of the Texans defense; the Browns offense is simply terrible. The Texans rank 5th in passing yards allowed, 6th in rushing yards allowed; their opponent this week is ranked 20th in passing yards, 29th in rushing yards, and is scoring a measly 15 points per game. On top of that both Montario Hardesty and Peyton Hillis could both be out for the game; there's simply no chance of the Browns sustaining drives and putting up points. They have their best chance at a shutout yet and on top of that, you should expect 2-3 sacks and at least 2 turnovers. They're a must start.

Owen Daniels: I'm NOT wavering in my support of OD, he will have a good fantasy week against the Browns. Except for the Ravens game, the catches and yards totals have been there, but he's stuck in a 4 game touchdown drought. Luckily he's facing a Browns team who has given up 5 touchdowns to tight ends this season. With Andre Johnson possibly out again, and Joe Haden taking away Kevin Walter most likely; Daniels should receive the most targets from Schaub this week. Keep him active.

Neil Rackers: My score prediction for the Texans is 27 points which would give Rackers 3 XP, 2 field goals, and 9 points for the game. Not an amazing score, but I think he's a solid starter.


Matt Schaub: He's played well recently averaging 247 yards per game with 4 TD/0 INT in his last 3 games, but sit Schaub for two reasons; the Browns pass defense is very good (2nd) and the Browns rush defense is awful (26th). Joe Haden and the Browns defense is holding opposing QB's under 13 points per game in standard scoring leagues and has given up 2+ touchdowns in only 1 game this season. When you factor in how bad the Browns are against the run, I think you'll see the Texans look to win the game on the ground. It doesn't help that the Texans will likely be up big quickly and looking to milk the clock in the 2nd half.

Kevin Walter: The same reasons I listed for Schaub apply here. Joe Haden will likely match-up with Walter most of the game and severely limit his opportunities. Haden isn't as well known as Revis or Asomugha, but he's a shutdown corner.

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