Week 15 Fantasy Football Breakdown: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans

Jeremy AlpertSenior Analyst IIDecember 18, 2010

Week 15 Match-up:  Houston Texans (5-8) at Tennessee Titans (5-8)

Rankings based on top 16 QBs, 32 RBs, 48 WRs and 16 TEs

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Houston Texans (Texans Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Tennessee Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 26th - TDs Allowed T-8th

Tennessee Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 21st – TDs Allowed T-8th


Houston Offensive Cast


Matt Schaub (QB Week 15 Ranking: No. 6)

2010 Season: 289/465 – for 3,482 yards & 20 TDs

Schaub has been awesome for fantasy owners the past couple of weeks, though it might have something to do with Andre Johnson finally being healthy and stepping his game up to a different level.  In a game that’s sure to get a ton of hype with Andre going up against Finnegan, you can be sure that Schaub will let the chips fall where they may and let ‘Dre take control of this game.  In other words, he’s a good bet.


Arian Foster (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 2)

2010 Season: 266 carries for 1,330 yards & 13 TDs || 54 receptions for 504 yards & 2 TDs

Foster continues to dominate for his fantasy owners and now gets to face a Titans team he put up his second highest rushing and highest receiving totals against earlier in the season (143 yards on 30 carries, nine catches for 75 yards).  Enjoy the love folks because it doesn’t get much better than this… until next week when he gets to play the Broncos of course.


Andre Johnson (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 2)

2010 Season: 80 receptions for 1,158 yards & 7 TDs

Andre vs. Cortland, Part II:  The Rematch.  To be honest, I don’t know if the Titans can afford to put Finnegan on him this weekend seeing that before their little Brouhaha a few weeks ago, ‘Dre was consistently making him look like a kindergartner out there.  Finnegan or not, Johnson is going to light it up this weekend.


Kevin Walter (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 40 receptions for 474 yards & 4 TDs

Kinda tough to be putting a Kevin Walter in your lineup at this point in the season, don’t you think?


Jacoby Jones (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 34 receptions for 327 yards & 3 TDs

And that goes double for Jacoby, regardless of his TD catch last weekend.


Owen Daniels (TE Week 15 Ranking: No. 4)

2010 Season: 21 receptions for 291 yards & 0 TDs

Owen dropped his fair share of balls and didn't look quite in sync during his return last Monday night, but Schaub DID target him 11 times with Owen putting up 91 yards on five catches in the process.  Looks like the Texans are committed to him over Joel Dreessen, too, as Dreessen was targeted just three times and came away with zero catches in the game.


Joel Dreessen (TE Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 27 receptions for 399 yards & 4 TDs

Dreessen returns to afterthought status with Daniels back and playing well.


Tennessee Titans (Titans Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Houston Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 32nd - TDs Allowed 32nd

Houston Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 6th – TDs Allowed T-17th


Tennessee Offensive Cast


Kerry Collins (QB Week 15 Ranking: No. 12)

2010 Season: 104/178 – for 1,051 yards & 8 TDs

Kerry Collins?  Seriously?!?!  Well, he had three TD passes last week against the Colts, so he’s definitely on a bit of a roll, but against a defense three times worse against the pass?  You can bet on the old man putting up some nice numbers, especially with Kenny Britt coming back and Chris Johnson taking up a bunch of the defensive attention.


Chris Johnson (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 6)

2010 Season: 258 carries for 1,137 yards & 10 TDs || 37 receptions for 187 yards & 0 TDs

CJ2K hasn’t had nearly the year he and his fantasy owners were expecting, but this match-up against a very beatable Texans D should make for some nice stats this Sunday.  Last week against the Colts, Johnson put up 179 total yards (111 rushing) with a TD.  The upward trend should continue this Sunday.


Kenny Britt (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 19)

2010 Season: 27 receptions for 473 yards & 7 TDs

Britt looked real good in his return to the field last week and was targeted a team-high eight times because of it.  Against the worst pass D in the league this week, he stands to have himself a nice little game for your fantasy team.


Nate Washington (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 32)

2010 Season: 36 receptions for 592 yards & 5 TDs

With Kenny Britt back, Nate will likely be facing off against the Texans second-best corner this Sunday.  If that happens, Washington could be in for a very nice game against this woeful Houston pass D.


Randy Moss (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 27 receptions for 375 yards & 5 TDs

The Mossman can’t even be thought of for your fantasy team at this point, especially with the return of Kenny Britt.


Justin Gage (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 19 receptions for 265 yards & 0 TDs

Gage is always a good bet for 1-2 catches and 30 yards, if that floats your boat.


Bo Scaife (TE Week 15 Ranking: No. 15)

2010 Season: 36 receptions for 318 yards & 4 TDs

If Scaife wasn’t playing the worst pass D in the league… a team that gives up more points/game to tight ends that anyone else in the league this year, I would probably tell you to sit him.  If you’re in a fix, though, let your instincts take control and play Scaife with confidence.


Jared Cook (TE Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 14 receptions for 165 yards & 0 TDs

Scaife proved to still be the man last week, so unless you’re in a dynasty league, go ahead and drop Cook.