Wednesday, August 26, 2009

DW '09 Season Preview: Houston Texans

Last Year: 8-8
Key Additions: Brian Cushing OLB, DE Antonio Smith

Offense: The Houston Texans have great potential on offense, led by WR Andre Johnson. Johnson is a beast and can routinely make grabs through double teams. (Egan’s) Steve Slaton led all rookies in rushing last year and comes into the season as the unquestioned starting running back. Slaton is built for this zone blocking attack. There is extra emphasis on QB Matt Schaub to stay healthy this season with backup Sage Rosenfels in Minnesota. Schaub has missed 5 games in each of the last 2 seasons, in which the Texans finished 8-8. A Healthy Schaub could mean a playoff spot. Number 2 receiver Ken Walter and TE Owen Daniels combined for 130 receptions last season. Johnson, amazingly had 115 himself.

Defense: Superstar DE Mario Williams anchors this young Defense. DeMeco Ryans is a talented MLB coming off of a somewhat down season. 2007 1st rd pick DT Amobi Okoye is looking to come into his own in 2009. Antonio Smith is primed for a big season at DE taking advantage of O-lines focusing on stopping Mario Williams. An improved pass rush will help an undersized and underrated secondary.

Fantasy Studs: Andre Johnson: 115 Rec 1575 YDs, 8 TDs. Grab him early. Expect his first Double Digit TD season and another 100 grab season. Steve Slaton: 1283 Yds, 9 TDs: Slaton is extra valuable in a PPR league as he may be the second best receiver on the team.

Prediction: 10-6. A healthy Schaub and an improved Defense will lead the Texans to their first winning season in Franchise history. Depth is a concern. A couple of key injuries could have devastating consequences.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that this team is due for a good season. I think their weakest spot is QB, but with Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels, they should make up for it.

    When is Andre Johnson a free agent? If he gets on a good team (with a good QB) he would be even more unstoppable.