Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos: Fantasy Analysis and Weather Update

Jeremy Alpert@@pyroman1acSenior Analyst IIDecember 26, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos watches a replay with teammates during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Temperature: 49°F 

Feels Like: 46°F

Wind: Light, North—Northeast at 6.0 mph

Chance of Precipitation: 0 percent


Week 16 Matchup:  Houston Texans (5—9) at Denver Broncos (311)

Rankings based on top 25 QBs, 40 RBs, 60 WRs and 25 TEs

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Houston Texans

(Texans Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Denver Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 22nd—TDs Allowed 26th

Denver Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 31st—TDs Allowed 32nd


Houston Offensive Cast


Matt Schaub (QB Week 16 Ranking: No. 4)

2010 Season: 324/519—for 3,807 yards & 22 TDs

Just start him for goodness sakes. He’s averaging over 50 pass attempts the last three games along with over 350 yards and 2.3 TDs. Against the Broncos, I’ve got to have my head examined for not making him the number one QB this week.


Arian Foster (RB Week 16 Ranking: No. 1)

2010 Season: 277 carries for 1,345 yards & 13 TDs || 60 receptions for 550 yards & 2 TDs

Foster got himself a bit banged up last weekend, but the word is he’s just fine. To be honest, against this Denver defense, I would have had him as my top—ranked RB if he came out there with one leg and a live donkey strapped to his back.


Andre Johnson (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 4)

2010 Season: 86 receptions for 1,216 yards & 8 TDs

The BIG question is, will Andre even suit up for this one? The latest word is that it’s highly doubtful, so be ready to get someone else in there for him if that’s the case. Both Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones could be great options here.  

However, that’s not my only problem with Andre this weekend. If he does suit up, he'll likely be shadowed by Champ Bailey all game. Will that hinder his game? A bit, sure, but you can bet that Schaub knows he’s just 14 receptions away from his third straight 100-catch season, so you better believe he’ll get his fair share of targets with the Texans being out of the playoff hunt.


Kevin Walter (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 36)

2010 Season: 47 receptions for 553 yards & 5 TDs

Houston is passing the ball a ton right now as Matt Schaub has 116 pass attempts in the last two weeks combined. Besides that, the Texans happen to be facing the Broncos, which might be the worst all-around defensive squad in the league. Champ Bailey will likely be shadowing Andre Johnson all day and if he does, look for Walter to get another 10 targets or so like he has in each of the last two games. He could be a real nice sleeper here.


Jacoby Jones (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 52)

2010 Season: 41 receptions for 377 yards & 3 TDs

Read what I wrote for Walter and make that double for Jacoby, especially if ‘Dre Johnson ends up on the bench.


Owen Daniels (TE Week 16 Ranking: No. 7)

2010 Season: 25 receptions for 336 yards & 0 TDs

Owen came back down to Earth last game, but the Broncos couldn’t defend his own mother if they tried, so have a little faith and let Daniels be a part of your Championship run this weekend.


Joel Dreessen (TE Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 31 receptions for 435 yards & 4 TDs

Dreessen had a nice game last week, but don’t expect him to overtake Owen at this point.


Denver Broncos

(Broncos Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Houston Pass Defense—2010: Yards Allowed/Game 32nd—TDs Allowed T-31st

Houston Rush Defense—2010: Yards Allowed/Game 9th—TDs Allowed T-21st


Denver Offensive Cast


Tim Tebow (QB Week 16 Ranking: No. 22)

2010 Season: 9/17—for 141 yards & 2 TDs || 20 carries for 106 yards & 4 TDs

The truth is, Tebow really didn't look all that good in his debut, but he did have a rushing TD and a passing TD, which is all you can realistically expect from a rookie with his skill set. He has a nice fantasy matchup this weekend as the Broncos take on a team with the worst pass D in the league, so take a chance in two—QB leagues and especially in leagues that count double for rushing TDs/yardage.


Knowshon Moreno (RB Week 16 Ranking: No. 15)

2010 Season: 169 carries for 719 yards & 5 TDs || 35 receptions for 348 yards & 3 TDs

If Moreno’s rib injury is minor and he plays this weekend, he’ll do just fine as an RB2 for your fantasy team. Be sure to check the news throughout the week to be sure though, as you don’t want to be caught with him in your lineup while sitting on the Donkeys bench.


Brandon Lloyd (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 13)

2010 Season: 67 receptions for 1,264 yards & 10 TDs

Tebow didn’t throw the ball a ton his first game, but when he did, he threw it to Lloyd. Obviously he was watching closely all year and saw that Brandon could pretty much catch anything thrown his way (CHECK OUT THIS CATCH!!!). Lloyd will be the man again this weekend and though I’d rather see Orton tossing him the pill, Tebow should do just fine in getting him WR2 numbers.


Eddie Royal (WR Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 57 receptions for 605 yards & 3 TDs

Royal can’t even be played as a PPR guy with Tebow running the show.


Jabar Gaffney (WR Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 60 receptions for 773 yards & 2 TDs

Nope, not gonna do it. And of course, this will be the week he goes off because, well, that’s Jabar. 


Daniel Graham (TE Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 16 receptions for 107 yards & 0 TDs

Graham isn’t involved enough to consider playable, especially now.




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