Description: Texans TE Garrett Graham was held without a catch in Houston's Week 6 loss to the Colts as he continues his slid from fantasy-worthy status.
Insight: Graham caught 49 balls for 545 yards and five touchdowns while sharing time with Owen Daniels last season and some thought he could blossom with Daniels in Baltimore. That hasn't happened and we aren't expecting much from him on Monday night against the Steelers.
Description: Former Eagles and now Texans wide receiver and kick returner Damaris Johnson saw a season-high three catches for 62 yards against Indianapolis and might see action with the offense again Monday night.
Insight: He's a solid return man and if you can get him in open space he's tough to pull down. He might be useful for the Texans in three-receiver packages, but fantasy owners in non-return leagues should steer clear.
Description: Texans coach Bill O'Brien said there is a 50/50 chance outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney returns to the field for the Monday night game against the Steelers.
Insight: Clowney has not played since suffering a torn meniscus in Week 1. J.J. Watt has been carrying the Texans defense, and he should be even more effective should Houston get back its second-best pash rusher.
Description: Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went 15-of-23 for 212 yards and a touchdown against the Colts on Thursday night.
Insight: Fitzpatrick did not throw an interception but was sacked five times as Houston really struggled to move the ball in the first quarter. The Texans made the contest a game, but ultimately, fell short.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster rushed for 157 yards on 23 carries and gained 15 receiving yards against the Cowboys on Sunday.
Insight: Foster also scored two touchdowns to cap off a huge fantasy day. Foster has gone over 100 yards and 22 carries in three of the four games he has been dressed. When healthy, it is hard to find a back better than Foster.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster played, but was rather ineffective.
Insight: He did nothing on the ground, carrying the ball eight times for only six yards. Foster did add seven receptions for 55 yards though. If he is able to stay on the field, Foster should still be considered a RB1 moving forward.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster will likely be a game-time decision for Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills according to CSN Houston.
Insight: The good news is Houston plays at 1 pm ET, so we will know his status by noon on Sunday. Personally, we don't expect him to play and The Sports Network running back rankings for Week 4 reflect that. Alfred Blue will be the starter if Foster cannot go.
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 116 yards against the Giants in Week 3.
Insight: Hopkins led the Texans receivers with receptions and receiving yards. Andre Johnson still led the team with 11 targets, but Johnson caught just four passes for 24 yards. Hopkins had nine targets.
Description: Texans rookie Alfred Blue is expected to start on Sunday against the Giants.
Insight: Foster will miss the game due to a hamstring injury. Blue rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries against the Raiders in Week 2. It appears that Blue has moved ahead of Joanthan Grimes, who rushed for nine yards on three carries in Week 2, on the depth chart.
Description: Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins, scored in Week 2 from 12 yards out, but is still the second option behind aging Andre Johnson.
Insight: Hopkins has shown us flashes of talent, but has been targeted 10 times over two games this season to 16 for Johnson. That as much as the quarterback situation is going to limit Hopkins' upside.
Description: Bad news for Texans running back Arian Foster's fantasy owners as coach Bill O'Brien said he needed to do a better job spreading the workload, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: He carried the Texans' offense in Week 2 rushing 28 times for 138 yards and a score and could have posted more if the Texans hadn't called off the dogs. He's totaled 55 rushing attempts over the first two weeks which extrapolates to 440 rushing attempts over a 16-game schedule and the injury-prone back has zero chance of surviving that.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster said the heavy workload will continue in Week 2.
Insight: Foster led the league with 27 rushing attempts in Week 1 and also had two catches. New head coach Bill O'Brien has made it clear that he will use Foster as a work-horse back. With the Texans visiting Oakland this week, Foster may lead the league in carries again for Week 2.
Description: Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is out 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his knee.
Insight: This loss is huge for the Texan defense, which held Washington to six points in Week 1. The defense is built on pass rush with Clowney and J.J. Watt. For fantasy, Houston's defense takes a huge hit without Clowney.
Description: Texans TE Garrett Graham (back) is inactive for Week 1.
Insight: Graham has always been a sneaky option while sharing the position with Owens Daniels. Daniels is gone and Graham could have fantasy value if he can get healthy. Rookie C.J. Fiedorowicz should see most of the tight end targets in Week 1.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) has shown no signs of rust so far, according to cbssports.com.
Insight: Johnson sat out OTAs and minicamp because he wanted to be traded and he missed the early portion of training camp with a hamstring injury. We have confidence in his ability to build a rapport with new QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and learn Bill O'Brien's offensive scheme quickly. He had 109 catches, 1,407 yards and five touchdowns on 181 targets last season despite having to catch passes from Matt Schaub and Case Keenum.
Description: Houston running back Jonathan Grimes put forth a solid argument for his being the No. 2 back with 42 yards rushing on nine carries, three catches for 25 yards and a special teams touchdown.
Insight: The winner of the battle for a backup spot to Arian Foster is a "must-handcuff" as Foster, who is already dealing with a hamstring injury, has missed 11 games over the past three years.
Description: According to Dave Zangaro of csnhouston.com, Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.
Insight: Foster didn't participate in the entire session, as the team is likely trying to manage his reps to make sure he gets to the regular season 100 percent healthy. The running back will likely finish in the top three in the NFL in touches if he stays on the field.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, according to Dave Zangaro of csnhouston.com. He's questionable for the team's second preseason contest.
Insight: Johnson pulled his right hamstring at the end of July and missed the first preseason game. The 33-year-old has played 16 games in back-to-back seasons after sitting out 12 across 2010 and 2011. It's good to see him back on the field so he can build a rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick and become more familiar with Bill O'Brien's offensive system after he skipped OTAs and minicamp.
Description: The Houston Chronicle reported Monday afternoon that Jonathan Grimes was now the frontrunner for the Texans' backup running back job and just a few hours later the team released Andre Brown and Dennis Johnson.
Insight: It was assumed Brown would get the job as Ben Tate's replacement due to his past experience as New York's starter, but he didn't play in the preseason opener and was cut two days later. Grimes is the necessary handcuff to Arian Foster, who is dealing with a hamstring injury already and missed 11 games the past three years.
Description: The Texans have released running back Andre Brown, according to Pro Football Talk.
Insight: Brown didn't see a snap in the preseason opener, which coach Bill O'Brien said was because there wasn't enough time (the Texans had just 41 plays and lost 32-0 to the Cardinals), and Houston handed him a pink slip a couple days later. When he signed a one-year, $645,000 contract with the Texans in the offseason, it was believed he would be replacing Ben Tate as Arian Foster's backup, but that job will go to Jonathan Grimes. Dennis Johnson was also cut Monday.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) could be back in the team's second preseason game, according to houstontexans.com.
Insight: Johnson pulled his right hamstring at the end of July and hasn't practiced. The 33-year-old has played 16 games in back-to-back seasons after sitting out 12 across 2010 and 2011. We'd like him to get back on the field so he can build a rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick and become more familiar with Bill O'Brien's offensive system after he skipped OTAs and minicamp.
Description: According to houstontexans.com, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Arian Foster is close to returning from a hamstring injury.
Insight: Foster has missed most of camp with a hamstring injury, but O'Brien said the running back has a chance to play in the team's second preseason game. We'll see if he returns to practice this week. Foster remains a high-risk, high-reward first-round fantasy pick.
Description: According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Andre Brown didn't play in the first preseason game because the team ran so few offensive plays.
Insight: The Texans had just 41 plays and lost 32-0 to the Cardinals. O'Brien said the plan was to play Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Dennis Johnson, in that order. It's unclear if Brown is behind them on the depth chart or if the Texans already know what they have in him and wanted to see the other backs. With injury-prone Arian Foster on top of the depth chart, we'll continue to monitor the situation to see who emerges as the necessary handcuff.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster continues to miss training camp due to a hamstring injury and Sunday was the fourth straight day of missing practice.
Insight: This doesn't appear to be a serious injury, but with Foster you always have to worry. He has top-five ability if healthy for a full season, but he missed eight games last season and three in 2011.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster has a hamstring injury, according to a Houston Chronicle report.
Insight: This doesn't appear to be a serious injury, but with Foster you always have to worry. He has top-five ability if healthy for a full season, but he missed eight games last season and three in 2011.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson wants out of Houston, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) posted another good season despite the obvious problems the team had at quarterback last season and at 33-years-old apparently doesn't want to go through a rebuilding period.
Description: When asked if he'll be at training camp, Texans receiver Andre Johnson told Marcus Smith of NFL Network "hopefully" and added "we'll see what happens."
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) expressed his desire to be traded because he doesn't want to go through another rebuild with the Texans. He'll likely be with Houston when the season starts and is a bargain at his ADP of 46.6 (fantasyfootballcalculator.com).
Description: The Texans have released quarterback T.J. Yates. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Prior to getting cut, Yates had fallen to fourth on the team's QB depth chart behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage and Case Keenum. Yates should find a backup job somewhere but he won't have fantasy value.
Description: Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was named the starter by coach Bill O'Brien.
Insight: Considering O'Brien's other options, this isn't much of an announcement. It's also the reason star wideout Andre Johnson isn't happy. We're expecting a huge workload for running back Arian Foster.
Description: The Texans have signed No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney to a four-year, $22.3 million contract.
Insight: Clowney was a defensive end in college but he'll switch to linebacker to accomodate defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's new scheme. Clowney and 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt will give opposing QBs all they can handle next season.
Description: The Texans would like to use Arian Foster more in the passing game next season. SOURCE: MyFoxHouston.com
Insight: Foster has good hands for a halfback, averaging 405.3 receiving yards per season since 2010. Opting for shorter passes could also improve Ryan Fitzpatrick's completion percentage. It's a win/win for everyone.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson is expected to skip the team's upcoming mandatory minicamp. SOURCE: NFL.com
Insight: It's pretty clear Johnson wants out of Houston. But unfortunately, it's not up to him. The star wideout is under contract until 2017 and the team has no obligation to trade him. Unless another team is willing to take on most of Johnson's remaining $29 million salary, he's unlikely to be dealt.
Description: Houston used its No. 1 pick on South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Insight: It was an easy pick. Clowney was clearly the best player in the draft and he should have a chance to make an impact right away. The last time a defensive player was taken No. 1 overall was back in 2006 when the Texans took NC State defensive end Mario Williams.
Description: Arian Foster tweeted that he's been medically cleared. The Texans halfback underwent back surgery in November.
Insight: Foster ran for 4.5 yards per carry last season which is consistent with his career average. With Houston likely to use a rookie quarterback in 2014, Foster is going to see a ton of work next season. He should be a first-round pick in most fantasy drafts this summer.
Description: The Raiders have their eye on Texans QB Matt Schaub. SOURCE: Jerry McDonald, Oakland Tribune
Insight: Schaub imploded last season and with the Texans likely to draft a quarterback with the first pick, he shouldn't be in Houston for much longer. Schaub's best season came in 2009 when he led the league with 4,770 passing yards. That was also the year he made his only Pro Bowl appearance.
Description: Houston has released tight end Owen Daniels. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Daniels only saw the field five times last season, logging 24 catches for 252 receiving yards and three touchdowns. If he can stay healthy, Daniels should be a strong bounceback candidate for 2014. Of course, a lot of that depends on what team he ends up signing with.
Description: Houston running back Arian Foster (season-ending back surgery on November 15th) is progressing on schedule, according to GM Rick Smith.
Insight: Foster should be ready for training camp, but his inability to stay healthy has to concern fantasy owners and the Texans. Ben Tate is likely to leave in free agency so expect Houston to draft a running back not long after selecting a quarterback of the future.
Description: Soon-to-be free agent Ben Tate acknowledged Monday that he has probably played his last game as a Texan. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: For years we've been wondering what kind of numbers Tate would produce if he were a featured back instead of having to split carries with Arian Foster. Soon we'll know the answer. Cleveland seems like the best fit for Tate though ultimately he's going to sign wherever he can get the most money.
Description: Houston quarterback Case Keenum is out with a sprained thumb. Matt Schaub will get the start under center Sunday in the regular season finale.
Insight: Keenum has thrown just one touchdown and five interceptions in his last four games. Schaub hasn't been much better with 2 TD and seven picks in his last five appearances. The Texans, losers of 13 straight, are closing in on the No. 1 pick in next year's NFL Draft.
Description: Texans TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) still has not returned to practice and interim coach Wade Phillips said the tight end is "about the same as last week." SOURCE: csnhouston.com
Insight: According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Phillips said that "it's not looking good" for Graham's chances of playing in Week 16. Ryan Griffin will fill in again and can probably get you the same production as Graham with Matt Schaub returning to quarterback.
Description: Texans TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday.
Insight: Graham is "iffy" for Week 16, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Owen Daniels (leg) also has a chance to play, so there's no need to go into this weekend with Graham slotted in as your fantasy tight end.
Description: Dennis Johnson will start at running back for the Texans Sunday against Denver after Ben Tate (ribs) was placed on injured reserve. Tate has been playing through four broken ribs for the past seven games, but he suffered a fifth cracked rib in Week 15.
Insight: Johnson had 74 yards on 13 carries in Week 12 against the Jaguars and should be in line for a big workload with Tate out. However, with the Broncos likely to blow out the Texans, he'll have to do most of his work in the receiving game and should only be considered a flex play for that reason.
Description: Texans quarterback Case Keenum won't play Sunday against the Broncos. He's battling a sprained thumb. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN
Insight: Matt Schaub, who was booed off the field earlier this season, will get the start. It's been a miserable year for the Texans, a team most were expecting to compete for the AFC Championship. Sunday's loss to Indy was their 12th consecutive defeat.
Description: The Texans have placed halfback Ben Tate on season-ending injured reserve.
Insight: Tate broke one of his ribs in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. Dennis Johnson will start the rest of the season at running back. Tate led the team in rushing this year with 771 yards on 181 carries.
Description: Texans TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) is out Sunday against the Colts.
Insight: Graham missed practice all week. With Owen Daniels still out, the Texans are down to Ryan Griffin and Brad Smelley at tight end. Griffin is the better long-shot play seeing how he's actually been targeted this season.
Description: The Texans do not expect to have Garrett Graham (hamstring) Sunday against the Colts, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Graham missed practice all week. He's listed as questionable but is closer to doubtful. With Owen Daniels still out, the Texans will be down to Ryan Griffin and Brad Smelley at tight end. Griffin is the better long-shot play seeing how he's actually been targeted this season.
Description: Houston QB Case Keenum, benched for Matt Schaub in the third quarter Thursday night, will start for the Texans in Week 15.
Insight: Keenum completed 16-of-29 for 159 yards with one touchdown and one pick. After a hot start to his tenure as the starting QB, Keenum has thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions over his last four games. With 11 losses and the firing of Gary Kubiak, the final games should be an evaluation of the talent with an eye to the future and Keenum is expected to start in Week 15.
Description: Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was good in a relief role going 17-of-29 for 198 yards one TD and one INT.
Insight: Case Keenum's great start seems such a long time ago. He's done little to assure that he will start any more games over the remainder of the season. It wouldn't surprise anyone if coach Gary Kubiak opts for the veteran over the final three games as he tries to save his own job.
Description: Houston QB Case Keenum was benched for Matt Schaub with the Texans trailing 24-10 to the Jaguars in the third quarter Thursday night.
Insight: Keenum completed 16-of-29 for 159 yards with one touchdown and one pick. After a hot start to his tenure as the starting QB, Keenum has thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions over his last four games. The Texans will likely take a QB in the first round of the 2014 draft.
Description: Texans tight end Garrett Graham had his best game of the season Sunday against the Raiders.
Insight: Graham caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets from Case Keenum and then two of three targets for 37 yards from Matt Schaub after Keenum was benched. Overall, he had 136 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. Graham's usage has been inconsistent, but having Matt Schaub under center rather than the gun-slinging Keenum is much better for his fantasy value going forward.
Description: Texans QB Case Keenum was benched Sunday against Oakland.
Insight: Matt Schaub came in the third quarter after Rashad Jennings rushed for an 80-yard touchdown to put the Raiders up 28-17. Keenum completed 13-of-24 for 170 yards, one touchdown and one pick. It's unclear why coach Gary Kubiak decided to make the switch.
Description: Houston tight end Owen Daniels is hoping to be back Week 14 against the Jaguars. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Daniels broke his leg about a month ago. Before the injury, he had 24 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Garrett Graham (26 receptions, 268 yards, 3 TD) has been starting in his place.
Description: Houston halfback Arian Foster has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. SOURCE: Drew Dougherty, Texans.com
Insight: Foster needs back surgery. He'll hand over the backfield duties to Ben Tate, who figures to be a solid flex play/RB2 in Foster's absence. Foster ran for 542 yards on 121 carries before the injury.
Description: The Texans cut ties with Ed Reed on Tuesday. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Reed managed just 16 tackles in seven games for Houston and was demoted to third safety by the end of his tenure there. Now that Reed is a free agent, a return to Baltimore could be a possibility.
Description: Houston wideout Andre Johnson's resurgence continued in Sunday's loss to Arizona.
Insight: Yardage-wise, Sunday was actually one of Johnson's worst performances of the season (37 yards). But he reeled in two touchdowns, which was more than enough to keep fantasy owners happy. Expect another solid outing from Johnson next week against the Raiders.
Description: Fantasy owners shouldn't count on a speedy recovery from Arian Foster. The Houston running back appears to be headed for season-ending back surgery. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: The Texans' nightmare season continues. Foster will finish the season with 542 yards on 121 carries. He scored just two touchdowns (one receiving, one rushing). If you've been stashing Ben Tate as a handcuff, now is the time to get him into your starting lineup.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster may need back surgery, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle .
Insight: Foster has seen doctors the last two days to try and diagnose his back injury. Given the Texans season is pretty much a lost cause, he might opt to fix his back as soon as possible in hopes to be ready for next season. Ben Tate becomes a solid fantasy value if Foster is out of the picture.
Description: Texans tight end Garrett Graham (thigh) was a full participant in Thursday's practice after being limited Wednesday.
Insight: Graham has nine receptions and zero touchdowns in the three games Owen Daniels has missed. However, he'll play a Cardinals team Sunday that has surrendered 14.5 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, most in the NFL. Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Cameron owners should consider Graham as a bye-week fill-in.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring, back) missed practice again Thursday. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN
Insight: Foster has seen doctors the last two days to try and diagnose his back injury. He's unlikely to play Sunday against the Cardinals after leaving early in each of the last two games. Ben Tate, who is also banged up with broken ribs, will start in Foster's place after rushing for 81 yards on 22 carries Sunday night and is a solid flex option.
Description: Houston halfback Arian Foster wasn't able to practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN
Insight: Injuries to Foster's back and hamstring cost him most of last week's game against the Colts. We're guessing he won't be ready in time for Sunday's game at Arizona. If that is the case, Ben Tate, who is also banged up (broken ribs), would likely start in Foster's place.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster missed most of Sunday night's game with a back injury suffered in the first drive of the night.
Insight: Ben Tate and Dennis Johnson took over the rushing duties and both performed adequately. Add the back to Foster's ongoing list of ailments as the Texans running back has begun to look more and more like a Darren McFadden clone.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring) will play Sunday night against the Colts, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Insight: Foster got in some limited practice sessions during the week but was a game-time decision due to his hamstring injury. Owners who rolled the dice will have him active Sunday night, though it's unclear how close to 100 percent he is. Look for a closer workload split than usual with Ben Tate (ribs), who is also active Sunday night.
Description: Houston coach Gary Kubiak says Texans halfback Arian Foster (hamstring) will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Colts. SOURCE: Kevin Bowen, Colts.com
Insight: His backup Ben Tate (ribs) appears to be in the same boat. What makes this a particularly tough scenario for fantasy owners is that Houston doesn't play until Sunday night. Fantasy owners should prepare to be without Foster in Week 9.
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak confirmed after Monday's practice that Case Keenum will start at quarterback in Week 9 against the Colts even though Matt Schaub is "fine."
Insight: Kubiak also said that no decision has been made regarding who will start for the rest of the season. With a strong performance Sunday against Indianapolis, Keenum could seize the starting job full-time, however.
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that he doesn't think he'll know anything regarding the Week 9 status of running backs Arian Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (broken ribs) until later in the week. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Neither player practiced Monday. Tate said he expects to play Sunday against the Colts, while Foster would only say he expects to practice this week before making a decision closer to Sunday.
Description: Texans quarterback Case Keenum should be the team's starting quarterback in Week 9 when Houston hosts Indianapolis.
Insight: Keenum turned in a solid effort during his first career start (15-of-25 for 271 yards and a TD versus Kansas City) and with Matt Schaub hobbled by an ankle injury and ineffective the Texans should give the youngster another opportunity.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring) expects to play in Week 9, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Foster came into Sunday's game dealing with injuries to his thumb, chest and hamstring, and he didn't last long before aggravating his hamstring issue. Houston has a bye in Week 8 so Foster has plenty of time to recover for Week 9.