Fantasy Football Week 5 Projections: Matt Schaub Will Produce Top WR

Mick AkersAnalyst IOctober 8, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:   Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans throws a pass over  Scott Shanle #58 of the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on September 25, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will still be a reliable fantasy option even though his main target, wide receiver Andre Johnson, will be out in their Week 5 game against the Oakland Raiders.

Here are three reasons why Schaub will still be effective even without his No.1 target.

Owen Daniels

Matt Schaub still has one of his other favorite targets available in tight end Owen Daniels.

Daniels has started to emerge after a slow start and should see the bulk of the passes come his way in Week 5.

Look for Daniels in turn to also have a big game for fantasy owners in the process.

Arian Foster

After an impressive Week 4, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster showed us he was back in a major way, racking up 155 yards and a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Foster will open up the passing lanes with his dominating run game, making for a much easier time getting the ball downfield for Schaub.

Raider's Poor Pass Defense

The Oakland Raiders' pass defense is ranked at No. 22, making it one of the worst in the NFL. That will set up Schaub for a big game..

With Arian Foster opening up the pass lanes, look for seldom-used receivers James Casey and Jacoby Jones to step up in the absence of Andre Johnson and put up solid enough numbers. The Texans won't miss the ailing Johnson.