2010 Houston Texans Position Battle: Kevin Walter vs. Jacoby Jones

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2010

HOUSTON - JULY 30:  Wide receiver Kevin Walter #83 of the Houston Texans misses a pass as he is defended by  cornerback Antwaun Molden #28 during the team's first NFL training camp practice of the season at Reliant Park on July 30, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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There were quiet rumors and praise regarding fourth-year receiver Jacoby Jones prior to Houston's training camp, but now it's time for fantasy football owners to finally take notice.

After seeing glimpses of the talent and explosiveness Jones can bring to the table (16.2 yards per catch in 2009), all of Gary Kubiak's ridiculous praise is starting to pay off.

Jones is now officially in a heated battle for Houston's No. 2 receiver job, as he continues to compete with incumbent starter, Kevin Walter.

Walter has been the starter opposite of Johnson for the past three seasons, but has always been looking over his shoulder, as Jones packs a nice combo of size, speed, and explosiveness.

Walter is no slouch, but it's undeniable Jacoby Jones is much faster and explosive.

Regardless, Walter has the proven experience, and is a tough, physical, play-making receiver on the outside. A demotion would slide him into the slot, which is a role he could excel in, but would obviously diminish his fantasy value.

Houston's offense isn't exactly the destination for slot receivers to grow into something special.

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Jones escaped 2009 with less than 30 receptions, while Walter, the No. 2 receiver, had under 55 catches in 14 starts.

In other words, unless you're Andre Johnson or Owen Daniels, you're not an elite fantasy option in Houston, despite the team leading the entire league in passing last season.

Fantasy Dish: A lot is being made about this position battle, but the truth is, the end result doesn't have a major fantasy impact.

Jones lining up on the outside could certainly help stretch the defense and free-up inside looks for Walter, Daniels, and even Johnson, but we all know where the targets will wind up.

After all, Johnson didn't just re-do his fat contract for the fun of it. He will continue to get the majority of Matt Schaub's targets, rendering all other Houston receivers as virtually useless in the fantasy realm.

Our vote: Just draft AJ and forget about this mess.

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