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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 34-24. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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TheFantasyFix.comAnalyst IDecember 13, 2010

Ravens vs. Texans

Hopefully, this is a meaningful week/game for you.  We are in the first week of the playoffs for most leagues, and considering the teams in Monday night's games, more than a few first-round games will be decided tonight.  

This is a must win game for both the Texans and Ravens. The Ravens need to win to remain one game back of the Steelers and the Texans have to win to maintain their already slim playoff chances. Both teams are motivated and should provide fantasy goodness for the holiday season.

Nobody is kinder to opposing QBs than Houston, No. 29 against WRs, and No. 18 against opposing RBs—which isn't TERRIBLE—but take into account that teams can easily throw on them at will...so why run the ball?  

On the other hand, the Ravens are No. 5 against QBs, No. 6 against RBs and No. 14 against opposing wide receivers.  The Texans have an uphill battle facing that defense.

This has been an interesting fantasy year for the Texans.  Many people thought this would be a breakthrough year for them, and after a first-week victory over the Colts, it looked like that would come to fruition.  Unfortunately, they've crumbled since then, and their only hope for a title is for Arian Foster to end the year No. 1 in fantasy football.  

Matt Schaub was taken as a consensus upper-echelon QB, and Andre Johnson was the consensus top receiver—things haven't worked as planned.  Matt Schaub is the 12th-ranked QB this year, which isn't terrible, but not what you were expecting.  Andre Johnson is the 11th-ranked WR and doesn't have any multiple touchdowns in any game so far.  

But all is not lost.

As Arian Foster is not only the No. 1 fantasy player this year, he is also the No. 1 surprise of the year.  Lots of people had Arian as a sleeper, and one had to figure the running back of this explosive offense had to be good, but I don't think anyone expected him to be matchup proof—he's had double digit points in every week but one.  That said, you can't bench Andre Johnson and there is no way you are benching Foster, even against a team as good the Ravens.

The Ravens are similar to the Texans—they were supposed to be a playoff team (they've lived up to this), and they were supposed to have a number of solid fantasy players...


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