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Now you are going to ask me how an injury to Matt Leinart—a guy who it's unlikely was high on anyone's "stud" list even in this offense—is going to submarine your fantasy season?
Well it's less about Leinart and more about the ripples his injury sends out.
First of all, the Texans will look to rookie TJ Yates, a middle of the road prospect really more a placeholder quarterback than someone who can step right up and fill in. He lacks the size and athleticism teams look for in a starter (or even a developmental prospect) and his arm strength is average at best. Yates also is prone to bouts of inaccuracy.
You can't plug him into your fantasy team and I'd argue he's not even worth a roster spot.
Yates' presence could change things for a few of your other fantasy studs as well—and not in a good way.
Things looked bad enough with Leinart not stretching the field in the first half and replacement Yates' statline was not much more encouraging, as he went 8-of-15 for a whopping 70 yards in just over two quarters. On top of that, Johnson was targeted just three times.
Johnson will undoubtedly have better games and as Yates gets first-team reps, might bond with the new quarterback. However, I am very concerned that his output will be very streaky the rest of the way and that could hurt owners who have been hanging on for his return from injury, hoping he will start putting up 100-yard games.
Teams will not back off the run until someone beats them through the air. The Jaguars were without key defensive linemen like Terrance Knighton and Aaron Kampman and yet they still managed to slow Foster down and bottling him up for just 65 yards on 22 carries. Foster added a touchdown and then some nice receiving yards but with Yates (or backup Kellen Clemens or whatever veteran they grab off the street) and not Schaub in at quarterback, Foster will be facing some tough stacked fronts.
Of course, we know the Texans will run the ball early and often, so that's good for Forster and his partner, Ben Tate. The yards could be tough to come by though.