The Houston Texans are the newest team to make a change at the quarterback position.
Quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday’s game with a foot injury. After getting off to a good start in the first two games (644 yards, six touchdowns, three interceptions), things went downhill. He had 908 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions in the next four games. He had a pick-six in three straight games.
Backup T.J. Yates finished last week’s game, but continued Schaub’s streak of consecutive pick-sixes. He threw for a second interception before the game was over. Yates now has more than twice as many picks (nine) as touchdowns (four) in his 15 career NFL games.
Head coach Gary Kubiak announced that third-string quarterback Case Keenum will get the start this Sunday. He hasn’t played a snap in the NFL, but Kubiak believes in his skills. “He has a knack for making big plays … This young man has to go in there and do his job,” he said during a press conference.
Making big plays is definitely what Keenum does. According to the ESPN Stats & Info Twitter page, Keenum is the all-time FBS leader in pass yards (19,217), pass TD (155), completions (1,546) and 300-yard games (39). If Keenum can do a fraction of what he did in college, the Texans may have a chance against this tough Kansas City Chiefs defense.
The Chiefs allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, as they made an example out of Terrelle Pryor last week.
As far as fantasy football is concern, don’t even think about picking up Keenum. Unless you’re in a 3QB, 20-team league, he should remain on the waiver wire. Arian Foster should have a big day, relieving the pressure from Keenum. Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins drop in value, but not much. Tight end Garrett Graham should benefit from the first-time starter and could see double-digit targets.
No one was expecting this kind of start for the Texans, but the bigger surprise is that Case Keenum and Thad Lewis are starting in Week 7.