The Houston Texans lost their 11th game in a row Thursday night, as a second half rally fell short against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quarterback Matt Schaub replaced Case Keenum in the third quarter and finished 17-f0r-29 for 198 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak praised Schaub after the game, and suggested he could start the rest of the season. Should Schaub now be back on the radar of fantasy football owners?
Schaub was benched after Houston’s 38-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 6, and he did not re-surface again until late in Week 11 when he replaced Keenum against the Oakland Raiders. Keenum kept the starting job in the following two games, but now the Texans’ quarterback situation is officially uncertain as they make a charge toward having the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Two of Houston’s final three opponents (Week 15-Indianapolis Colts, Week 16-Denver Broncos) entered this week in the bottom half of the league against opposing quarterbacks (ESPN scoring), and Schaub had a decent game (298 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions) against their Week 17 opponent, the Tennessee Titans, way back in Week 2.
Whoever starts under center for the Texans over the final three weeks could be a sneaky fantasy play based on pure volume, particularly in Week 16 against the Broncos at home. Denver has allowed at least 293 passing yards or multiple passing touchdowns in five of their six road games this season, including both in each of their last two games, and opposing quarterbacks have attempted the second-most passes in the league (493, 41.1 per game) against them.
I’m surprised Schaub is still as widely owned as he is in Yahoo! leagues (nine percent), and even in a best-case scenario he should not be considered a reliable fantasy option over the next couple weeks. But he does have some appeal as a waiver wire addition in very deep leagues, assuming Kubiak declares him the starter for the rest of the season.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.