Team Preview: Houston Texans
Onto the 3rd place team in the AFC South on our 32-Team Preview we head to Houston, and the Texans.
Houston scored the 18th most points in 2020 while throwing for the 4th most passing yards. They were 31st in rushing yards even though their QB Deshaun Watson rushed for 444 yards himself. They finished the year at 4-12. Vegas has them winning 4.5 games.
Deshaun Watson: There is a whole lot of drama surrounding the Texans' QB from him not wanting to play there anymore to being involved in some off-the-field scandals. It's difficult to project this team because we don't know if he will be there or even if he is if he will play a full season. If Watson is able to play a full season, he is obviously a Top 10 QB. His current ADP on Underdog Fantasy is the QB29. I've taken him in some best ball drafts at the very end of my draft, and I think he's a good pick at the very end of your redraft leagues instead of taking a DST or kicker.
David Johnson: Johnson quietly had a decent season last year averaging 15 points per game. However, that was with Watson making this offense actually serviceable, and before the team added Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, and Rex Burkhead. With Tyrod Taylor behind center, this thing turns ugly FAST. Johnson is easily the best back of the group, and as of now, I like Johnson as a mid-range RB3 just based on volume.
Lindsay / Ingram / Burkhead: There is not much to say other than these backs have essentially zero value without an injury to DJ, and even then it's difficult to project who might actually benefit. They can be left on your waiver wire.
Brandin Cooks: Like DJ, Cooks also quietly had a decent season averaging 15.5 points per game. Again though, that was with Watson at QB, and without him, YIKES! Another thing to point out is that Cooks scored 40 points, 17% of his overall total during his week 17 matchup vs Tennessee. Removing that sort of meaningless game and you're now looking at the WR32 in points per game vs the WR17. I think he's a mid-range WR3 in 2021.