Houston Texans vs. New York Jets: Monday Night Football Fantasy Preview

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIIOctober 8, 2012

Will this be the week we see Tim Tebow at QB?
Will this be the week we see Tim Tebow at QB?Marc Serota/Getty Images

There might be more intrigue surrounding the New York JetsTim Tebow than all of the Jets’ current starters combined. The nation will be watching on Monday Night Football to see if head coach Rex Ryan and crew will utilize the quarterback to help their offense.

If they do, the Tebow element might throw the Houston Texans off a bit. If they don’t, the Texans D/ST should be the fantasy star of this game.

Mark Sanchez is completing just under 50 percent of his passes, but it’s hard to tell if the reason behind that is Sanchez’s play or the quality of options around him.

Starting tight end Dustin Keller has missed a lot of time this year and has caught just one ball for seven yards on the season.

Starting tailback Shonn Greene has been largely ineffective carrying the ball, rushing 68 times for 191 yards (2.8 avg) and a touchdown. The same story applies to Bilal Powell.

Tebow actually has the second-best yards-per-carry average of Jets players this year, with nine carries for 38 yards (4.2). The only player on the team that has a better average has just three totes on the year (Joe McKnight: three carries, 14 yards).

The No. 1 wideout on the team was easily Santonio Holmes, who attracted 41 targets over the first quarter of the season before he was injured. 

No one else saw more than half of that; backup tight end Jeff Cumberland has drawn 20 targets this season.

The Jets D/ST can’t even be trusted as a fantasy unit without Darrelle Revis. In ESPN standard scoring, New York has scored just 12 points in the last three weeks.

The only viable fantasy option for the Jets in this game after its discouraging offensive display last week  would be the kicker.

And that’s only because I like Monday night kickers.

The Jets have surrendered 4.5 yards per carry and a league-high six rushing touchdowns to running backs over the season’s first quarter. Arian Foster (and perhaps also Ben Tate) should enjoy a big game.

New York’s fantasy points allowed to wide receivers has decreased from week to week this season, a head-scratcher considering the team lost Revis.

However, it has not faced a receiver like Andre Johnson yet this season. If the Texans opt to throw on Monday night, Johnson should be able to contribute to fantasy lineups.

The Jets haven’t allowed a double-digit fantasy day to a tight end, so if you’re relying on Owen Daniels to cover a large deficit for you, you may be disappointed.

Matt Schaub should be fine against the New York Jets defense. The Jets have four interceptions on the year, but three of them came against the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown eight picks in five games this year.

Sanchez, meanwhile, has thrown only four.