Matt Schaub's theme song of 2009 should be Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life", because in reality, for once in his life, Schaub actually stayed healthy. Before last season, the one big knock against him was that he was more fragile than the Mona Lisa - hence the nickname “Glass Joe” (Mike Tyson’s Punch Out). However, in 2009, he finally proved his critics wrong by turning in a full 16-game season that was nothing short of spectacular. He led the Texans to their first winning season as a franchise with a 9-7 record, yet just missed out on the playoffs. Schaub also ended up leading the league in a number of statistical categories and was at his best when the team needed it most, winning his last four games of the season, including the final game where he outdueled Tom Brady and the Patriots to secure a winning season. With Andre Johnson in the fold for at least the next few years, the sky’s the limit for this kid.
~ Ranked first in the league with 583 attempts
~ Set career bests in regular season wins (9), completions (396), attempts (583), completion percentage (67.9%), yards (4,770), passing TDs (29), yards/attempt (8.2), yards/game (298.1), and QB Rating (98.6)
~ Set Houston Texans franchise records in nearly every major QB statistical category (it helped that he got sacked much less than David Carr).
Schaub will have all the confidence in the world as he looks to build on his stunning 2009 season. There will still be plenty of hypercritics out there knocking his injury-riddled past, but as a fantasy owner, the mud-slingers should be ignored come draft day, as Schaub has come to play. He may not crack the fantasy big three of Rodgers, Brees, and Manning, but then again, he just might. He’ll have the necessary weapons to repeat those 2009 numbers, as Andre Johnson and Co. will all still be around. Plus, up-and-coming wide receiver Jacoby Jones will be in a contract year, so his play as a WR3 should be motivated to say the least. Expect at least 4000+ yards and 25+ TDs, with the high probability of quite a bit more.
~ The offensive line did well enough to keep him upright in 2009, and should be able to do so again in 2010. In fact, they allowed fewer sacks in '09 than in '08.
~ After missing the playoffs on a tie-breaker, Schaub and Co. will be motivated to do even better this year
~ Andre Johnson has become the best wide receiver in the game, hands-down
~ Help is coming at the running back position in Ben Tate, and if Steve Slaton fixes his fumbling problem, this area could end up in the top tier for 2010
In his first few season, he was a huge risk to injuries. But he played in all 16 games last year (11 in the 2008 season), so we are moving him to a yellow light. If you draft Schaub, make sure to draft a suitable backup player just in case.