5 Reasons to Draft Matt Schaub in Your Fantasy Football League
The Houston Texans had the most successful season in the short history of their franchise in 2011, winning the AFC South for the first time.
However, the team enjoyed much of that success without starting quarterback Matt Schaub, who missed the last six games of the regular season and the Texans' first playoff win in franchise history after suffering a foot injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 31-year-old will be back under center for Houston in 2012, and here are some reasons to consider making him a part of your fantasy football team's quest for glory as well.
1. A History of Production
Led by star running back Arian Foster, the Houston Texans are a run-first team, but that hasn't stopped Matt Schaub from posting solid fantasy stats in the past.
Prior to last year's injury, Schaub threw for over 4,000 yards in each of the previous two seasons, including a career-high 4,770 yards in 2009.
Schaub was a top-five fantasy quarterback in that 2009 campaign, a top-10 performer the following year and was 11th in fantasy points per game at his position before getting injured a season ago.
2. The Foot Is Reportedly Good to Go
Lisfranc injuries can be tricky, but in Schaub's case it appears that the ninth-year pro will be all systems go when the Texans take the field against the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium on September 9th.
Schaub had surgery shortly after getting hurt last November. His rehab has progressed well, and as Schaub recently told the Associated Press via KPRC-TV, he's eager to get back on the field and put last season's injury behind him.
"With the pieces that we have in this locker room and the guys that we have, anything less [than the Super Bowl] won't be getting the job done," he said. "We took the next step as a team and the only next step after that is to get to the Super Bowl and win it. So anything short of that will be a disappointment in our eyes."
3. Matt Schaub Is Entering a Contract Year
As if getting back to the playoffs and returning from an injury weren't enough motivation for Matt Schaub, there's also the not-so-insignificant matter of the fact that 2012 is the final year of his current contract with the Texans.
Should Schaub put together a successful year and take the Texans deep into the postseason, then he will most likely be rewarded handsomely by the team.
However, should Schaub disappoint this season or get hurt again after missing time in three of his five seasons in Houston, it's possible that the Texans could look to make a change under center.
Motivated players are productive players, both in the NFL and fantasy football.
4. Andre Johnson
Generally speaking, it helps a quarterback's chances of being productive if he has solid targets in the passing game to throw the ball to.
Matt Schaub has one of the best in the National Football League in wide receiver Andre Johnson, who has topped the 1,200-yard receiving mark in three of the past four seasons.
The 10th-year veteran has plenty of motivation of his own after missing more than half of the 2011 season due to injury, and together a healthy and hungry Schaub-to-Johnson duo could easily be one of the most prolific pitch-and-catch pairs in the NFL this season.
5. Starting QB Numbers at a Bargain Price
Success in a fantasy draft is all about finding value, and right now Matt Schaub represents one of the better values at his position in fantasy football.
According to MyFantasyLeague.com, Schaub's average draft position presently lies in the 10th round of fantasy drafts, where he's being selected as the 15th quarterback off draft boards.
That would seem to indicate that most fantasy owners view Schaub as little more than a backup.
However, with top-10 upside, Schaub is an excellent draft candidate as part of a quarterback platoon or even as a potential weekly starter for teams that wait to address the quarterback position.