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.
Description: Arian Foster isn't the only Texans running back dealing with an injury. According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, backup Ben Tate fractured four of his ribs Sunday against the Chiefs.
Insight: The bye week gives Tate a little extra breathing room though this isn't an injury that can heal overnight. Tate and Foster (hamstring pull) are both questionable for Week 9 against the Colts.
Description: Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing will miss the remainder of the season with a broken fibula and a torn LCL. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL Network
Insight: The nightmare season continues in Houston. Cushing, a Pro Bowler in 2009 and an All-Pro selection in 2011, will finish the 2013 campaign with 48 tackles, one forced fumble and an interception. Cushing suffered a season-ending injury last season also (torn ACL in Week 5).
Description: Texans quarterback Case Keenum threw for 271 yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions in his NFL debut Sunday at Kansas City.
Insight: Keenum also lost a fumble late in the fourth quarter with Houston trailing 17-16, but overall it was a strong performance for the rookie considering the situation he was thrown into -- facing one of the NFL's top defenses in one of the league's most hostile environments without RB Arian Foster. The Texans have a bye in Week 8, but Keenum could get another start on Nov. 3 versus the Colts even if Matt Schaub is healthy.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster went to the locker room early in Sunday's game against the Chiefs after aggravating his hamstring injury. He's questionable to return.
Insight: Foster came into the game dealing with injuries to his thumb, chest and hamstring, and he didn't last long before aggravating one of them. Ben Tate will handle the carries until Foster returns.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (shin) had a full practice Friday and is probable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Insight: Johnson's shin is still sore but he's getting closer to being 100 percent. Case Keenum is making his first NFL start in place of Matt Schaub but he should be able to get Johnson the ball enough to make him worth starting as a WR2.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (thumb, chest, hamstring) got in a full practice session Friday and will play in Week 7 against the Chiefs.
Insight: Foster entered the season with Ben Tate on his heels due to preseason injuries but he has looked like his old self recently. Over his last three games, Foster has produced 341 rushing yards on 68 carries and 146 receiving yards and a touchdown on 14 catches.
Description: Texans quarterback T.J. Yates completed 12-of-17 passes for 98 yards and two interceptions in relief of an injured Matt Schaub last week and it apparently wasn't enough to win him the starting gig in Week 7.
Insight: Houston has announced that Case Keenum will start against Kansas City. Yates started five regular season games in 2011 going 2-3 and helped the Texans win a playoff game against Cincinnati that year before losing to Baltimore.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (shin) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Insight: Johnson is making progress towards being 100 percent; he missed several practices entirely last week before catching seven passes for 88 yards against the Rams on Sunday. His matchup against the Chiefs is a tough one and he could have T.J. Yates at quarterback, but he should be started as a WR2 in all leagues.
Description: Houston halfback Arian Foster exploded for a season-high 141 rushing yards Sunday in a loss to St. Louis.
Insight: After getting off to a slow start, Foster has averaged 113.7 rushing yards per game over his last three contests. He isn't scoring many touchdowns (just two this season) but with that kind of yardage, fantasy owners should be plenty satisfied with Foster's performance.
Description: Unlike his coach, Andre Johnson said he would play on Sunday.
Insight: Coach Gary Kubiak called Johnson a game-time decision, but the wideout said he felt better than last week. Johnson wasn't productive last week, but that was more a function of a horrible day from the quarterback position. If he plays, he's a must start.
Description: Andre Johnson's shin is acting up again. He missed most of Thursday's practice to receive treatment and is headed for a game-time decision Sunday against St. Louis. SOURCE: Texans on Twitter
Insight: Johnson has been battling this injury for a few weeks now and though it doesn't seem to be getting any better, it hasn't gotten any worse either. It would be wise to check on his status later in the week but we're guessing Johnson will play his usual role in the Houston offense Sunday versus the Rams.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson wasn't on the field for Wednesday's practice.
Insight: We're not sure if Wednesday was just a maintenance day for Johnson or if he's dealing with a recurrence of one of his previous injuries. Johnson's status should be monitored closely ahead of Sunday's game versus St. Louis.
Description: ESPN's Tania Ganguli reports that Matt Schaub will start at quarterback this week against the Rams.
Insight: Schaub has had an horrendous season but head coach Gary Kubiak isn't ready to give up on him yet. If Schaub has another bad week, he could be benched for Week 7's matchup against the undefeated Chiefs.
Description: Houston tight end Owen Daniels had an MRI on his injured leg and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to Texans beat reporter Tania Ganguli.
Insight: The injury is a non-displaced frature of the fibula. Owens is one of Matt Schaub's favorite targets and has accumulated 24 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns this season. Garrett Graham will take his place in the passing game.
Description: Houston tight end Owen Daniels had an MRI on his injured leg and is still waiting to hear the results.
Insight: Houston Chronicle beat writer John McClain seems to think Daniels will be out for at least a "few weeks." Backup Garrett Graham would start in his place, though it's hard to trust any Texans receivers with how poorly Matt Schaub has been playing lately.
Description: Matt Schaub isn't a lock to start next week's game versus St. Louis. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Head coach Gary Kubiak backtracked from his earlier stance that Schaub would remain the starter by saying, "I'm evaluating everything to see what gives us the best chance to win." Schaub is tied with Arizona's Carson Palmer for second in the league in interceptions with nine. Backup T.J. Yates could be worth an add if Schaub's struggles continue.
Description: Texans QB Matt Schaub will continue to start, according to coach Gary Kubiak.
Insight: Schaub set a record for futility with a fourth consecutive game throwing an interception for a touchdown. Kubiak's options are limited (T.J. Yates, Casey Keenum) and if the coach can help Schaub regain his confidence, he's still the team's best chance to win and go deep into the playoffs.
Description: Despite being hobbled by a leg injury and facing Richard Sherman for most of Sunday's game against Seattle, Texans receiver Andre Johnson had nine catches for 110 yards.
Insight: A shin injury limited Johnson in practice throughout the week, but he still saw 12 targets Sunday and has 47 targets in four games. If he stays healthy, the veteran is a lock for another 100-catch season.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster looked like his old self Sunday against the Seahawks, totaling 171 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 33 touches.
Insight: Foster carried the ball 27 times for 102 yards and had six catches for 69 receiving yards and a touchdown. His competition Ben Tate had 44 yards on seven carries (6.3), but lost a fumble. Tate has carried the ball nine times or less in all four games this season, while Foster is averaging 22.5 touches per game and is finally rounding back into shape.
Description: Houston wideout Andre Johnson will start Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: A shin injury limited Johnson in practice throughout the week. Johnson hasn't found the end zone yet in 2013 and we're guessing he won't in Week 4 against a rock-solid Seahawks secondary. Start him at your own risk.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (shin) said Friday that he was about "80 percent." SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Johnson added that he is "feeling better every day." The receiver is expected to start in Week 4 against Seattle despite a muscle bruise in his leg. He'll face one of the top shutdown corners in the league in Richard Sherman, but fantasy owners should roll the dice and trust that the big and physical Johnson can get open against anyone.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (shin) participated in individual drills Thursday but is still a game-time decision against Seattle, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.
Insight: Johnson sat out of all activities Wednesday, so at least he's making some progress. Houston hosts the Seahawks at 1 p.m. ET, so we should know if Johnson is playing by 11 a.m. ET Sunday morning.
Description: Houston receiver Andre Johnson is expected to be a game-time decision Sunday versus the Seahawks. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Head coach Gary Kubiak said Johnson's shin is feeling "very sore." Even if he plays, Johnson will probably be shadowed by All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman. It's not a good matchup for the 11-year veteran.
Description: The Texans are calling injured wideout Andre Johnson "day-to-day." SOURCE: Texans on Twitter
Insight: Johnson left Sunday's game against Baltimore with a shin injury but X-rays showed that it was only a bruise. He'll carry the questionable label into Week 4's game against Seattle but we're confident he'll be ready to play on Sunday.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster had 54 yards on 12 carries Sunday at Baltimore.
Insight: Ben Tate had 36 yards on nine carries. The Texans gave the running backs a combined 12 carries in the first quarter and just nine the rest of the game. Foster has provided fantasy owners with 190 rushing yards on 49 carries and one touchdown through three games.
Description: The Browns are hoping to rebuild their offense by signing Ben Tate when he becomes a free agent next offseason. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Tate has long been the best backup in the league and there's no doubt the idea of being an every down back would appeal to him. If the price is right, Cleveland should be near the top of his wish list.
Description: According to Drew Dougherty of HoustonTexans.com, Andre Johnson (concussion) was a full participant in practice Thursday and all indications are that he'll start Sunday against the Ravens.
Insight: Johnson, who suffered a mild concussion Sunday against the Titans, will see an NFL doctor one last time before being officially cleared to play, but he wouldn't be practicing with pads if he wasn't ready to go.
Description: According to HoustonTexans.com, Andre Johnson is in the final stage of the NFL's concussion program.
Insight: Johnson, who suffered a mild concussion Sunday against the Titans, is expected to practice in pads Thursday. "Andre's fine," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. Fantasy owners can expect to have Johnson back Sunday against the Ravens and should bump rookie DeAndre Hopkins down from WR2 into flex territory.
Description: Houston rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins will still have to share targets with Andre Johnson in Week 3 as it appears the Texans' No. 1 receiver will be ready to play.
Insight: Hopkins broke out with seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets Sunday against the Titans doing a lot of damage after Johnson was sidelined. His fantasy value drops a bit from early-week expectations of him being the primary target for quarterback Matt Schaub.
Description: According to Houston coach Gary Kubiak, wideout Andre Johnson "should be ready to go" Sunday against Baltimore.
Insight: Johnson suffered a mild concussion late in Sunday's overtime win against the Titans. Though he hasn't scored a touchdown yet, Johnson is seventh in the league in receiving yards (222) and first in targets (29).
Description: Texans rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who broke out with seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets Sunday against the Titans, could be in for another big game in Week 3 if star Andre Johnson can't play due to his concussion.
Insight: Hopkins looked like a legitimate No. 1 receiver during overtime while Andre Johnson was in the locker room last week and if Johnson has to miss any time, Hopkins would be a must-start.
Description: Houston coach Gary Kubiak said that wideout Andre Johnson's availability for this week's game won't be known until later in the week because of the league's concussion protocol.
Insight: It seems like the concussion Johnson suffered was much milder than the one that sidelined Eddie Lacy last week against the Redskins. Head injuries are tricky though and there's no guarantee that he'll be able to play Sunday against the Ravens.
Description: According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, Texans safety Ed Reed was very close to playing in Sunday's game against Tennessee. It appears that he'll make his season debut next week against his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Insight: Reed's return will strengthen what is already one of the league's toughest defenses. In 16 games last season, Reed had 58 tackles to go along with four interceptions.
Description: Houston wideout Andre Johnson is undergoing concussion tests after being knocked out of Sunday's game, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Johnson was hit hard by Bernard Pollard of the Titans and left late in Sunday's overtime win. Two of Johnson's teammates told McClain the receiver will be fine but we'll have to wait for the concussion results.
Description: Texans rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins broke out with seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets Sunday against the Titans.
Insight: Hopkins looked like a legitimate No. 1 receiver during overtime while Andre Johnson was in the locker room getting checked for a concussion. If Johnson has to miss any time, Hopkins would be a must-start.
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that he wants the workload split between Arian Foster and Ben Tate to be "pretty close right now." SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Tate outplayed Foster in the opener but received just 11 carries to Foster's 18, and Kubiak said afterward that he regretted not getting Tate more snaps. The Texans are easing Foster back into action after he missed the entire preseason with injuries, but if he doesn't improve on the field quickly he'll find himself in an even timeshare with Tate and that's something Foster owners don't want. Tate is a flex play in 12-team leagues for Week 2 against the Titans.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster had 24 touches to Ben Tate's 11 Monday night against the Chargers but only averaged 3.2 ypc to Tate's 6.1.
Insight: After missing all of the preseason with calf and back injuries, Foster rotated with Tate and was thoroughly outplayed. He failed to convert on short yardage several times, dropped two passes on third down and finished with 57 rushing yards on 18 carries and 33 receiving yards on six receptions. Foster has definitely earned himself a long leash with his play over the last three seasons, but he'll need to improve quickly.
Description: Houston coach Gary Kubiak said the Texans will rotate Arian Foster and Ben Tate Monday against the Chargers, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Foster has impressed Kubiak since returning from his calf and back injuries, but the team is not ready to give him 25 touches. Still, he's one of the top red zone running backs in the NFL so even if he only sees 15-20 touches he still could conceivably approach RB1 numbers. Tate makes for a decent flex play.
Description: Texans rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins (concussion) is listed as probable for Monday's season opener at San Diego.
Insight: Hopkins finally passed his final concussion test Tuesday. He'll serve as the No. 2 receiver across from Andre Johnson and should be owned in all fantasy leagues, but owners should avoid playing him early this season until the Texans show that they are willing to break from their conservative passing offense. Of Houston's 354 completions last season, 212 went to backs or tight ends.
Description: The Texans rewarded inside linebacker Brian Cushing with a massive contract extension on Tuesday. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The deal is worth $55.643 million over six seasons. Cushing, a Pro Bowler in 2009 and later an All-Pro in 2011, missed roughly half of last season because of a torn ACL. He's fully recovered now and should be a go for Monday night's season opener against San Diego.
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins finally has passed his concussion test, according to ProFootballTalk.
Insight: Hopkins should be ready to go for the season opener, but rookies who miss a lot of practice time don't get big roles in the offense. He'll likely be eased into the slot opposite Andre Johnson and should have a much better second half of the season.
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak indicated that he won't ride Arian Foster in Week 1. "Obviously I don't think Arian's going to be a 30-carry guy on opening night," Kubiak said. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN.com.
Insight: The fact that Kubiak even said 30 should tell you just how much he still plans to use Foster when he thinks the running back is 100 percent. We won't be surprised to see him get 20 carries right off the bat, even after he missed most of training camp with calf and back injuries.
Description: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports believes the Texans will ease running back Arian Foster into the season.
Insight: Foster's touches should increase gradually throughout the year as he continues to work his way back from a calf injury. Foster said on Thursday that he'd be ready for Week 1 but La Canfora didn't seem as optimistic.
Description: When asked about his availabilty for Houston's season opener against the Chargers on September 9th, Texans halfback Arian Foster said, "Yeah, I'll be ready." SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: We don't doubt it. Foster, who has been battling a calf injury since OTAs, finally got back on the practice field on Wednesday. He'll have about two and a half weeks to get back into football shape before the season starts. The three-time Pro Bowler is a top-five fantasy pick in virtually every format.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (calf, back) practiced Wednesday for the first time this training camp.
Insight: Foster suffered a calf injury during OTAs and started training camp on the PUP list. However, the more pressing concern recently has been a back injury that caused some leg discomfort and required injections. Foster is unlikely to play the final two preseason games but coach Gary Kubiak is optimistic he'll be ready for Week 1.
Description: John McClain of the Houston Chronicle said if he was Texans coach Gary Kubiak he would be concerned about Arian Foster's Week 1 status.
Insight: Foster has been sidelined throughout training camp with a calf injury that he suffered several months ago, but the more pressing concern at this time appears to be a back injury that has "gone into his legs" and required an injection. He's now an extremely risky top-five pick, and with plenty of talented rushers available in the first round, it isn't a risk fantasy owners have to take.
Description: Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins suffered a concussion in Saturday's win against the Dolphins. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Hopkins made two catches for 22 yards prior to the injury. He'll likely be kept out as a precaution next week against the Saints though we wouldn't expect the injury to carry over into the regular season.
Description: According to Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that running back Arian Foster's calf is "fine."
Insight: Foster also has been dealing with a sore back that has caused him to be out longer than expected. Foster hasn't practiced at all since training camp began, but Kubiak insists the team is just being "smart" with the running back. It's getting increasingly difficult to take Foster with a top-five pick in fantasy drafts.
Description: Houston rookie wideout DeAndre Hopkins caught four balls for 52 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown, in the Texans' exhibition opener.
Insight: Hopkins had a huge season at Clemson, putting up 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. He's not super fast, but a good route runner who can separate from the defender. He'll see a lot of one-on-one coverage opposite Andre Johnson and he could produce decent fantasy statistics if he continues to play well.
Description: Texans star running back Arian Foster was expected back at practice Sunday, but didn't take the field.
Insight: Fantasy owners don't expect to see much of Foster during the preseason, but we would like to see him getting healthy. Drafting him is a bit risky given his heavy workload the last few seasons, but he's still worth a top-five pick.
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak hopes to have Arian Foster back at practice Sunday, according to HoustonTexans.com.
Insight: Of course, Kubiak also said Sunday that he hoped the running back would be back by the middle of this week, and he wasn't able to make that cut. Foster is still experiencing soreness from a calf strain he suffered nearly two months ago. Drafting him is risky given his heavy workload the last few seasons, but he's still worth a top-five pick.
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that he is hoping running back Arian Foster (calf) is back on the field by the middle of this week, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.
Insight: Foster suffered a calf strain nearly two months ago and was expected to be back by now but is still experiencing soreness. Drafting Foster is risky given his heavy workload the last few seasons, but he's still worth a top-five pick.
Description: Even though Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he expected Arian Foster back in a few days, Foster is still without a timeline, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Foster suffered a calf strain nearly two months ago and was expected to be back by now but is still experiencing soreness. Kubiak said Houston's head trainer thinks the team just needs a few days to ease Foster into action. Drafting Foster is risky given his heavy workload the last few seasons, but he's still worth the third overall pick after Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin.
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak admitted Thursday that not having Arian Foster (calf) for the beginning of training camp was "a little bit of a surprise," according to houstontexans.com.
Insight: Foster suffered a calf strain nearly two months ago and was expected to be back by now. Kubiak said Houston's head trainer thinks the team just needs a few days to ease Foster into action. Drafting Foster is risky given his heavy workload the last few seasons, but he's still worth a top-three pick.
Description: Texans RB Arian Foster (calf) will start training camp on the active/PUP list.
Insight: Foster suffered a calf strain nearly two months ago, and he's not ready to go yet. The Texans reportedly want to reduce Foster's workload this season after the running back set a career high with 351 carries last season. Given the rapid rate of decline for high-workload running backs, Foster is a somewhat risky top-three fantasy pick this season, but he's worth the risk.
Description: According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans coaching staff doesn't want Arian Foster setting another career high in carries this season like he did last year with 351.
Insight: Foster has produced 44 rushing touchdowns and six receiving scores in 45 games over the last three seasons, so he'll have major fantasy value even with a reduction in carries. If he can get his ypc up to 4.4 again like 2011 after he had a career-low 4.1 ypc last season, Foster will still be able to rush for 1,300 yards even if he gets 50 fewer carries. The running back also has caught at least 40 passes three years in a row. He's a top-three fantasy pick.
Description: Now nine months removed from ACL surgery, Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing has officially been cleared for training camp. SOURCE: NBC Sports
Insight: It sounds like the Texans are going to take it slow with Cushing but he's in no danger of missing the start of the regular season. His presence will improve a defense that was among the stingiest in the NFL last year (seventh-fewest yards allowed in 2012).
Description: Texans' cornerback Johnathan Joseph is completely healthy for the first time in a long time following offseason sports hernia surgery, according to csnhouston,com.
Insight: Joseph made a second consecutive Pro Bowl, but his 2012 season was not nearly as good as 2011. If he's back and healthy it makes the Texans' pass defense, which fell from fourth-best in 2011 to 16th last season, much stronger.
Description: Houston running back Arian Foster (calf) will sit out until training camp, according to Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Foster suffered a calf strain Tuesday at OTAs and is on crutches. However, coach Gary Kubiak said Foster is "going to be fine." Fantasy owners shouldn't hesistate to draft him as a top-three running back.
Description: Texans' rookie wideout DeAndre Hopkins should eventually grab the starting job opposite Andre Johnson, but according to receivers coach Larry Kirksey he's not there yet.
Insight: He has to beat out second-year guys Keshawn Martin and Lestar Jean. We think it's mostly coach speak. Hopkins had a huge season at Clemson, putting up 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. He's not super fast, but a good route runner who can separate from the defender. By Opening Day he will be a starter.
Description: With Kevin Walter agreeing to a deal in the offseason with Tennessee, the Texans used their first-round pick (27th overall) to select Clemson standout DeAndre Hopkins.
Insight: Hopkins had a huge season at Clemson, putting up 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. He's not super fast, but a good route runner who can separate from the defender. He's also a solid blocker for a receiver, which Arian Foster will appreciate. Hopkins should end up being a low-end WR3 by the end of his rookie season.
Description: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is reporting that former Ravens safety Ed Reed has inked a two-year contract with Houston.
Insight: The Ravens have now lost seven starters from last season's Super Bowl-winning squad. La Canfora speculates that Reed could earn an annual salary of close to $6 million. Reed managed 58 tackles and four picks last season.
Description: The Texans have released receiver Kevin Walter.
Insight: Walter has served as Houston's No. 2 receiver since 2006 but he has been on the decline over the past four seasons after putting up a career-high 899 yards and eight touchdowns in 2008-09. He had just 518 yards and two scores in 2012.