Building your fantasy draft board?
Here are the top five Houston Texans to draw from during your draft:
1. Andre Johnson
2. Andre Johnson
3. Andre Johnson
4. Andre Johnson
5. Andre Johnson
No really, the Houston Texans have some very interesting prospects to help rack up fantasy points in the upcoming 2010 NFL Football Season.
Here is a look at the obvious pick for your draft, as well as a few more creative choices to ponder while pouring over the countless athletes available for your fantasy arsenal.
If you are lucky enough to pick the, dare I say future Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Johnson, never sit him.
Johnson is a no-brainer when it comes to fantasy productivity and points. He has lead the league in receiving yards for the last two seasons in a row, with over 1500 yards each year.
I believe this year the question of who is the best current receiver in the league will finally be put to rest. Andre Johnson’s work ethic, character, and results are unmatched and all of these attributes will contribute to a record setting season.
The Texans improved running game is going to open doors for Johnson to make big plays as well. Imagine how much more he could do if opposing defenses were forced to respect the run, and stack defenders in the box.
However the main reason Johnson should be your number one pick, even over a running back, is that he is looking to restructure his contract.
Being the No. 1 receiver in the league and locked into a subpar contract is just the incentive Johnson needs to prove that he is bigger than Brandon Marshall, has better hands then Larry Fitzgerald, and can out run Randy Moss.
Look for Johnson to set himself apart in the 2010 season, then sit back, relax, and watch your fantasy points rack up.
213.90 Fantasy Points in 2009—214.70 Projected for 2010
The most underrated quarterback in the league is the Texans seven-year veteran Matt Schaub.
When analysts argue about the elite quartbacks in the league discussing Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and even Aaron Rodgers they never even hint in Schaub’s direction.
Schaub lead the league in passing yards last year with a staggering 4,770 yards from scrimmage. He threw for 29 touchdowns.
He was overlooked in Pro Bowl voting, but squeaked in because Peyton Manning had a Super Bowl appearance the following week. Nevertheless, it was Schaub who hoisted the MVP trophy at the end of the Pro Bowl.
The question with Schaub has always been durability.
However, in 2010, he showed us some real toughness. Returning to the game after suffering a dislocated shoulder during the Week 13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. This gained him the respect of his teammates.
The first 12 games of the season, he was put on the turf 23 times. During the four remaining games following his return in Jacksonville, he was only sacked two times.
His offensive line began to fight to keep him upright. Strange what a little bit of grit, and commitment can do to rally men together.
If he can carry the level of respect, and leadership he earned that day in Jacksonville throughout the 2010 season, expect him to be a solid value pick for your fantasy draft.
280.50 Fantasy Points in 2009—251.18 Projected for 2010
Usually when a player comes back from a season ending injury, such as a torn ACL, there is a high probability their productivity will decline.
In the upcoming 2010 season tight end Owen Daniels will be the exception to this rule.
First, this is not Daniels’ first rodeo with rehab.
In fact this will be the third ACL injury he bounces back from. He has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to fully recover from this type of injury, and the timing of the injury occurred at the best possible week for a full recovery in the 2010 season.
Along with Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels is looking for a new contract. Daniels was leading all tight ends in receiving yards and fantasy points until his week eight injury occurred. Had he remained healthy throughout the entire 2009 season, his contract would certainly have been restructured.
Look for him to excel in an effort to raise his stock once again. Daniels will return in the 2010 season to the fantasy productivity he achieved during the first half of the 2010 season.
81.90 Fantasy Points in only half of the 2009 Season—118.80 Projected for 2010
The Texans have the makings of a three-headed monster in the backfield of their offense. Running the ball by committee is what the 2010 season holds, according to the Texans coaching staff.
The crystal ball is unclear who will emerge on top of the running back competition during training camp this season. However, don’t be surprised if its 2010 second round draft pick from Auburn Ben Tate.
Tate ran the ball for 3,843 all purpose yards with 24 touchdowns in college, and he only started in 19 games. His running style is exactly what the Texans are looking for: a hard-nosed, downhill, one-cut runner.
Clocking a 4.43 in the 40 yard dash, and coming in the league at 5’11” tall 220 pounds, Tate is a large back with speed.
The Texans have struggled to score from the red zone for the last eight years. Tate is the answer to that problem, and will be given the ball in short yardage scoring situations.
Also, once the Texans outstanding air assault has put the team in the lead, look for Kubiak to pound out the clock with Tate in the back field.
Draft Tate as a second back for your fantasy team, he will be given the ball and when he is expect him to make the most of the opportunity.
0.0 Fantasy Points in 2009—117.70 Projected for 2010
The Texans defense could be the dark horse defense in the league this year.
The Texans added Alabama corner Kareem Jackson, who has to go up against Andre Johnson every day in practice, to the secondary.
As well as the adjustments being made rotation-wise to the defensive line, it is possible that the Texans' defense begins to generate a high fantasy status.
Not to mention that Mario Williams will not be plagued by a nagging shoulder injury in 2010.
After the fourth game of the season when sophomore Brian Cushing returns from suspension, the Texans will have the best linebackers in the league on the field.
During the 2009 season, the defense had a rough start with the scheme of defensive coordinator Frank Bush. However, once they became comfortable as a unit they rose from 32nd against the run to 13th overall by the end of the season.
This will be Bush’s second season as coordinator, and his players are confident in how he calls the game.
If the Texans can improve in the red zone expect them to be a strong defense mid way through the season, building momentum as the games unfold.
132.00 Fantasy Points in 2009—79.00 Projected in 2010
There are three other Texans that should be under consideration for a fantasy draft.
First, keep an eye out for third-year running back Steve Slaton, who is returning after a season ending injury to his neck in 2009. Slaton is a highly productive running back once he gets into space, and the Texans are going to create ways for him to find it.
Second, fourth-year wide receiver Jacoby Jones really stepped up when the team needed him last season.
The catch he made in the back of the end zone during the last game of the 2009 victory over the New England patriots, still give fans the chills.
Quarterback Matt Schaub will be looking for opportunities to get the ball into this dynamic playmakers' hand.
Third, there is still uncertainty as of who will emerge as the Texans' starting running back. Sophomore running back Arian Foster really made an impression during the last three games of the season. The icing was how Foster ran the ball down New England’s throats for two crucial red zone touchdowns, one to tie the game, and the second to put the Texans on top.
This has been a look at some of the top prospects from the Texans for your 2010 fantasy draft. Be sure to tune into training camp, watch the positions battles, see who emerges, and then…pick Andre Johnson.