2014 Fantasy Football: Judging the Value of Houston Texans WR’s
After a year that ended in turmoil for the Houston Texans in just about every way imaginable, the team is looking to pick up the pieces. They are a long way from turning things around, but they are attempting to put the pieces in place to move forward from the mess they had last season.
As of now, Ryan Fitzpatrick is the team’s quarterback, and while he won’t blow anybody away, he is certainly a serviceable quarterback, as he showed when he relieved Jake Locker in Tennessee for much of the 2013 season. The team drafted Tom Savage as a long-term project, who they hope can learn from Fitzpatrick and take over when he’s ready. Arian Foster will return after ending his season with surgery last year. He can still be considered to be a top back in the league, however, durability concerns will no doubt affect his value this season more than it has in years past. The team chose to keep the same receiving corps around as last season, which looks like a good move considering the talent spread across the field.
The Andre Johnson trade saga should continue for the rest of the offseason. Even at 33 years old, Johnson is still viewed as one of the elite receivers in the league, however, most suitors have not been too eager to make a move for him due to his age and high cap hit. Judging the way things are going, Johnson should be expected to remain with the Texans at least for this season. The team has been unwilling to trade him unless they receive the right package in return. If the receiver does, he will be dealing with a quarterback that isn’t known for having a strong arm, so Johnson likely won’t be getting many deep balls thrown to him. The bright side is that Johnson will benefit from Fitzpatrick’s short to intermediate accuracy and still be an elite WR-1 in fantasy football.
Deandre Hopkins showed a lot of promise in his first few NFL games, but he hit the “rookie wall” in just about the hardest way possible. He was demoted to the bench at times towards the end of the season for lack of concentration. Moving forward, Hopkins should be a much improved player heading into his second season as a pro. Hopkins rarely seems to drop a ball, and pairing that with Fitzpatrick’s accuracy in the short to intermediate game, he should be able to get the ball in space and rack up yards after the catch, thus upping his fantasy value. He should be locked in as a solid WR-3 heading into the season.
Devier Posey will likely take the slot role for this season, which doesn’t bode well for his fantasy value. He will be the third option on a team that likes to run the football and focus on their defending. Posey will improve a bit on his statistics from last season, but he isn’t even a blip on the fantasy radar.