Which Houston Texan Should You Start in Week 2?

By Cooper Welch
Houston Texans
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As you’re probably aware, there are a lot of big Fantasy Football contributors on the Houston Texans. But who should you start against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at noon?

Andre Johnson is the logical choice, as he snagged 12 receptions for 146 yards. He’s averaged close to 90 yards a game over his career and five touchdowns a season. But he only had four touchdown catches last season, and only two the season before that. Johnson has also struggled recently against the Titans, not getting over 60 yards in any game or a touchdown reception since 2009. Cortland Finnegan and Johnson have had some serious issues in the past. I’d say start him if you’ve got him, but it’s definitely not a guarantee he’ll get you many points this week.

Arian Foster had a little over 50 yards against the San Diego Chargers, with only a 3.2 yards per carry average (much less than his 4.1 average last season). He also dropped two passes last week, and finished with just six receptions for 33 yards. But this was supposed to be a figure-it-out game for Foster, as he hadn’t played since the 2012 season after missing the preseason with multiple injuries. Foster is very up and down against the Titans, but he averages a touchdown against them.

Matt Schaub threw an interception in the first offensive play of 2013, but he rebounded very quickly, and is probably the reason the Texans were able to come back and win their first game this season. His career against Tennessee has seen an average of 200 yards and two touchdowns a game, with .5 interceptions per game as well. So you can probably expect a big game from Schaub, though the five sacks that Tennessee had against the Pittsburgh Steelers are a little worrying.

Owen Daniels is another consideration for the Texans, averaging about 50 yards a game against them and .5 touchdowns.

But I think the Texans’ defense is the safest bet. Jake Locker is still struggling in his third season. Chris Johnson hasn’t been himself since signing his big contract, and their best receivers are Nate Washington and Kenny Britt.

Cooper Welch is a Houston Texans writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @cooperwelch1991, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also listen to his Locker Room podcast on iTunes.

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