May 28, 2016

Houston Texans

AFC South

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    CHI @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    KC @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    HOU @ NE


    9:30 pm

  • Week 4

    TEN @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    HOU @ MIN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    IND @ HOU


    8:30 pm

  • Week 7

    HOU @ DEN


    8:30 pm

  • Week 8

    DET @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 9


  • Week 10

    HOU @ JAC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    HOU @ OAK


    8:30 pm

  • Week 12

    SD @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    HOU @ GB


    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    HOU @ IND


    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    JAC @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    CIN @ HOU


    8:30 pm

  • Week 17

    HOU @ TEN


    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Houston Texans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview




“Your typical city involved in a typical daydream

Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings


Dallas, got a soft machine; Houston, too close to New Orleans

New York’s got the ways and means; but just won’t let you be, oh no.”




I don’t know if it is really too close to New Orleans, but I sure as hell know Houston is not anywhere close to winning the AFC South this year.  They finished dead last in that division and only scraped together 2 wins last year. Just because a team is not winning, doesn’t mean there is no fantasy value to be had. New head coach Bill O’Brien, yet another Belichick protégé, is looking to turn a new program around. In all honesty, this Houston challenge should be a piece of cake compared to the Penn State mess the guy walked into a few years ago. After turning the program around in 2012 from the unprecedented Sandusky scandal, O’Brien won Big Ten coach of the year. He was offered NFL jobs, but said at the time: “I am not a one-and-done guy”. The following year, he was done. Evidently, he is a two-and-done sort of fellow. So, now he sets his sights on the mess that is Houston. As far as his offensive impact, he tends towards pocket passing and the running game. I don’t see Ryan Fitzpatrick having the ability, nor the opportunity to be anything except a game manager. He is a smart QB that can go through his reads and will understand the O’Brien’s offense. Fitz has been in the league since 2005. His career touchdown to interception ratio is 106 to 98. Houston’s defense should be decent enough, and number 1 draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney, looks as advertised. You have seen it before, but can you really tire of the mega-hit against Michigan?




Clowney is up to his old tricks and announced his presence in the Atlanta preseason game.




 He and J.J. Watt will be a formidable force and fun to watch. 





With a decent defense, and a guy like Foster running the ball, Fitzpatrick will simply need to feed guys here and there. He has some nice weapons on his receiving core. However, Fitzpatrick has never thrown for 4,000 yards, nor has he passed for 25 touchdowns in a season. When all is said and done, he should be smack in the middle of the 20’s for fantasy ranked quarterbacks.





Arian Foster is going to be a huge part of O’Brien’s offensive scheme. His physical break down, which Pyro called very early last year, was inevitable. In 2010, he carried the rock 327 times. In 2011, he had 278 carries.  In 2012, he racked up 351 totes. It seems obvious now, but if you remember, Pyro was one of the few sites shouting this from the roof tops last year. Yet, the douche canoe sites, who always prefer to play it safe, still ranked Foster in the top ten, if not the top five in 2013. So, his season was put on ice with a major back injury, he played 8 games, only turned in 542 yards on 121 attempts and 1 rushing TD. This is dwarfed by his 2012 numbers were he rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 TDs. But, that does not mean he has fallen off the proverbial running back cliff. This year, Foster should have a bounce back season, although he is not off to a reassuring start. He has yet to play in a preseason tilt as he is recovering from an early camp hamstring injury. Besides concussions, these are some of the trickiest injuries, you just never know how severe it is, or how much it actually hampers performance. On the plus side, Houston has the best strength of schedule for running backs in 2014. This year, it seems we have come full circle. Now, if healthy, he should be able to land inside the top 10 this year for fantasy running backs. Foster is something of a dying breed in the NFL landscape. He is a workhorse back, once a staple, it is now a rarity that a team leans on one back as much as Houston does. Even if his yards per carry continue to dwindle, he will have fantastic fantasy value just for sheer volume of work. Without looking at his first season in 2009 when he only had 54 attempts, his rushing average seems to be sliding. In 2010, he averaged 4.9 yards per carry; in 2011 it was 4.4; in 2012 it was 4.1; finally, last year’s shortened season saw him rush an average of 4.5 yards per attempt.  One thing to remember with Foster is his use in the passing game. In 2010, he hauled in 66 passes for 604 yards and 2 TDs. In 2011, he snagged 53 for 617 and 2 TDs again. The following year, he caught 40 passes for 217 and 2 TDs yet again. In his injured, half season of 2013, he collected 22 passes for 183 yards and 1 TD. Again, this was done in 8 games, so if you double that, then it is pretty consistent with the year before. Looking at his ADP in 12 team leagues, he might just be of value by the time your draft rolls around.  Looking back over the past month, Foster has fallen almost a full round. In mid-July, he was going as the 1st pick in the 2nd round. As of mid to late August, he is the 11th pick in the 2nd round. Look, outside the top one, maybe top two running back tiers, there is risk in one form or another. Pyro is liking Foster more and more. I have to say, if he is there in round 3, it would be hard to pass that up. If you want to hear more about Foster’s rising value, check out the latest podcast where the boys dissect our recent PPR draft, episode 28: show 141. 




If you are looking for a name to handcuff with Foster, get in line. I have heard Ronnie Brown’s name from other sites that I trust. Now that they cut Andre Brown, it is a murky depth chart. Jonathan Grimes has seen the most carries this preseason. In two games, Grimes has a 4.3 yards per carry. Alfred Blue is the only back to score a touchdown. He has averaged the most yards per carry with 4.7. Ronnie Brown has only played in one game. He looked incredibly ineffective, running the ball six times for 3 yards. The remainder of the preseason will be telling, but Pyro is backing Blue in this race. He can fill Foster’s shoes nicely as the dude is virtually a mini-Arian. He is a sleeper pick for Pyro. Personally, I think there is a good chance Foster does not play a full season. If indeed that is the case, Blue could have some nice value later this year. I would take the total production of Foster and Blue on my fantasy team, especially if together, they filled the role of my RB#2.


Moving to the passing game, Andre Johnson is a PPR machine. I am not talking about a half man, a half robot like Robocop.




Andre Johnson just racks up the receptions and yardage year in and year out. He has been playing since 2003 and has gone for at least 100 catches five different times. From 2007 to 2010, he crossed the end zone at least 8 times in every season. But, in the last few years, he seems to have lost some speed and does not score like he once did.  Yardage wise, he is reliable. He has had at least 1,000 yards seven different times in his career, and that does not count his rookie season where he missed that mark by 24 yards. He has put up at least 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons. He will be 33 this year. Again, you are not drafting him for his scoring potential. Last year, his five TDs came in two consecutive weeks. If you have some boom or bust guys, he is a nice rock steady receiver that can even out your line up. He was given double digit targets in 10 games last year, and saw 9 targets in 2 other games. He went for over 100 yards 6 times in 2013 and that includes his monster 229 yard game. He finished the season as the 12th best WR in standard leagues. As I have stated before, touchdowns are highly unpredictable. When drafting, you want a guy whose fantasy value primarily comes from yardage. Out of the top 20 fantasy receivers last year, Andre Johnson had the highest percentage of fantasy value tied to his receiving yardage; 82.4% of his fantasy points came from his yardage. Marvin Jones, on the other hand was lowest out of that same group. Only 51.7% of his total fantasy value came from his yards. What would you rather bet on: Marvin Jones scoring another 10 touchdowns this year or Andre Johnson going for at least 1,100 yards? By the way, Johnson has done this 7 times in his career. 





If you are hip to the “Touchdown Dependency” philosophy, it is just one of 19 tabs on the Pyro draft kit. That one table alone has complete data for the top 40 QBs, the top 70 running backs, the top 100 wide receivers, and the top 40 tight ends.


Another receiver drawing the fantasy eye is DeAndre Hopkins. He is entering his second year in the NFL. Pyro likes him as a sleeper pick. Personally, I think he is a year away. Curiously, everyone is talking about fellow second year man, Cordarrelle Patterson from the Vikings. Look, I would rather have Patterson. But the gap between these two players is not as wide as 5 whole fantasy round.  Patterson has less of a talent in front of him. Cordarrelle is on the field with Greg Jennings and DeAndre is playing with Andre Johnson. Plus, Patterson is more versatile, and the Vikings offense will put up far more points than Houston. If you were to just look at the receiving numbers from last year, they favor Hopkins. Patterson was targeted 77 times, caught 45 balls for 469 yards receiving. Hopkins was targeted 91 times and caught 52 balls for 802 yards. Going beyond their box scores is where the difference is really noticeable. Patterson has the advantage in overall scoring and multi-dimensional usage. Patterson had 4 receiving touchdowns whereas Hopkins crossed the goal line twice. Patterson also gets some play in the running game. He managed 12 rushing attempts for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns. Patterson also had 2 touchdowns in the return game. This is where you need to know your league. Is it a full point ppr? Do you get individual return yardage and touchdowns or does that fall under special teams? Depending on your response, their value can swing either way. You would think this would be essential knowledge, but if your tiers do not reflect the rules of your league, you are doing yourself a great disservice. Find out your rules, then, take a listen to the podcast episode 22: show 135.





Look, Patterson is going in the 4th round in 12 team leagues as of mid to late-August, whereas Hopkins is going in round 9. Patterson, though overvalued, is going to pop this year. While I like Hopkins, I do not think the conservative Bill O’Brien offense is going to allow Hopkins to flourish, at least not in 2014. Not only that, if you look around the 9th and 10th rounds for wide receivers, there are some nice rookies that I like better : Kelvin Benjamin, Mike Evans, and Jordan Matthews are all going about the same spot as Hopkins. The bottom line is Hopkins is a poor man’s Patterson, but Andre Johnson still has too much value, and the system he is currently in, just will not have enough juice to fill both glasses. I would take Hopkins in a dynasty draft, otherwise, he is on my breakout list for 2015.


Finally, looking at the tight end position, the Texans are starting Garrett Graham. In his 4th season in 2013, Graham scored 6.35 fantasy points per game. Pyro likes him as a deep sleeper. Dawg and Stagg Party are highest on Graham. As of the 2014 draft kit, version #4, both Dawg and Staggs have Graham tiered with guys such as Eric Ebron and Antonio Gates.  Personally, I don’t think the Houston offense has enough fire power to make a huge impact outside their running back and top receiver. There is certainly not enough goo to spill over into the tight end position.



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The Texan standard at wide receiver

andre johnson silences his critics

Andre Johnson is the best wide receiver to ever don a Houston Texans uniform, and is one of the all time greats at the position. Johnson is a physically imposing 6’2” and 220 pounds but also possesses sprinter speed. Johnson played on the vaunted Miami Hurricane teams of the early 2000’s that probably had more NFL talent than some NFL squads. Johnson and Ken Dorsey proved to be an effective combo in college as Johnson would catch 89 passes for 1,777 yards and 19 scores in two seasons together. The Pair would also be named Co-MVP’s of the 2002 Rose Bowl game as Johnson caught seven passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns.

While dominating on the football field at Miami, Johnson was also an accomplished sprinter winning the 60 and 100-meter dash for the Big East. Johnson ran his 100 in 10.59 seconds, a very impressive time for someone of his size. At the combine he would run a 4.4 forty and scouts would be drooling to get their hands on a guy that averaged 21 yards a catch his final season. Johnson would end up being drafted third overall after Carson Palmer and Charles Rodgers by the Houston Texans.

Johnson would go on to establish himself as one of the elite pass catchers in the NFL even without ever playing with an elite quarterback in his career. Johnson would go on to set just about every Texans receiving record in his career and establish himself as a top fantasy asset during his time in Houston. Johnson has started every game of his NFL career when healthy, constantly performing at a high level. Johnson is currently second in NFL history in yards per game at 80.4 trailing only Calvin Johnson. Another of Johnson’s accolades is that he is the first receiver in NFL history to catch 60 or more passes in each of his first eight seasons.

Johnson is currently the Texans all time leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and most starts. He is also the leader in single season receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Andre is currently 17th on the all time receiving yardage list but with a few more productive seasons could find himself behind only Jerry Rice as one of the greatest to ever play the game.



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Mario Williams over Reggie Bush and Vince Young

mario williams take #1 overall in 2006 NFL draft

The 2006 NFL draft was one of the best in recent memory and had a number of story lines starting with what the Houston Texans would do with the number one overall pick on draft day. It was believed to be a three way race through the evaluation period between the favorite, Reggie Bush, the hometown hero, Vince Young, and the uber athletic Mario Williams. Each had a unique story coming into the draft, Reggie Bush had just won the Heisman Trophy over teammate Matt Lienart and Texas quarterback Vince Young who had just beaten USC in the National Championship game with his play. Vince Young had just completed one of the greatest college seasons ever and was a Texas hero after leading the Longhorns to a National Championship. Mario Williams was an athletic freak at 6’7” 290 pounds and ran a 4.7 forty-yard dash at the combine.

The 2005 incarnation of the Houston Texans finished 2-14, which was the worst record in franchise history, so they had holes all over the field. The team would also have newly hired Gary Kubiak in charge for the 2006 season so no change would be a surprise. Many draft analysts pegged the Texans to select Reggie Bush as the franchise’s leading rusher Domanick Davis suffered a knee injury in the 2005 season and was expected to miss some time. The team also was not sold on David Carr as he had been one of the most abused quarterbacks in the league and had a .291 career winning percentage. The Texans would spurn all analysts and select Mario Williams first overall, signing him to a contract the night before the draft. Reggie Bush would be selected second overall by the New Orleans Saints and Vince Young would be selected third overall by the Tennessee Titans.

The 2006 was an absolutely loaded draft as 18 of the 32 players selected in the first round would go on to make at least one Pro Bowl.  Mario Williams, Vince Young, and Reggie Bush would all make at least one Pro Bowl in their careers. Mario Williams would leave the Texans after the expiration of his six-year rookie contract for the Buffalo Bills. Upon leaving Williams was the franchise leader in sacks with 53 and forced fumbles with 11. Selecting Williams was one of the most talked about decisions of the 2006 NFL Draft but the case can be made that it paid off.

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New Texans RB Familiar with New Playbook

Lamar Miller told reporters

Pyro's take: Lamar Miller told reporters that a lot of the offensive concepts in Houston are similar to those he saw with his former team, the Dolphins. As such, he says he's already comfortable in his new offense.

Miller will enter 2016 as one of the popular picks to make an impact on the NFL. Miller never really got a shot at an increased workload in Miami, but he should certainly see that opportunity in Houston.

05/23/16, 09:31 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.texans.com

Arian Foster is a week away from passing a physical

Free agent running back

Pyro's take: Free agent running back Arian Foster (Achilles) is a week or two away from being able to pass a physical, after which his market will start to heat up. (Jason La Canfora on Twitter)

Foster should have no problem finding a team once he is healthy enough to pass his physical, and rumors have already linked him to the Dolphins,Patriots and Seahawks. Regardless of where he goes, however, Foster is unlikely to ever be a featured back again and would be best served as part of a committee to keep him healthy and fresh. The only question is for which team will he be on in 2016.

05/20/16, 09:29 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Brian Hoyer leaves Denver without a contract


Pyro's take: John Elway said Brian Hoyer had a "good visit," but that Hoyer had another team visit scheduled

This doesnt mean much, as Hoyer will float around and find the best deal possible for himself and family.

The Broncos are in bad shape and need a quarterback for at least a season or two. Mark Sanchez isnt the answer, and neither is Brian Hoyer, but together they barely make one.

04/21/16, 06:15 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Broncos will attempt to re-sign impending free agent Brock Osweiler.


Pyro's take: “Everybody, whether you’re 12 years old or 40 years old, you want to play in a Super Bowl and you want to win in a Super Bowl,” Osweiler told ESPN.com. “So I’m not looking at it like, ‘I’m only in my fourth year and there are greener pastures ahead.’

“No, I want to win a Super Bowl now, and however this team has to win it, I’m all for it.”

“The time I got behind Peyton, I did my best to soak in as much knowledge and information as I possibly could,” Osweiler said.

02/04/16, 10:32 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

"40 percent" chance impending free agent Lamar Miller returns to Miami.


Pyro's take: ESPN writer James Walker stated that The Miami Dolphins have a lot of decisions to make in February as they plan to slash payroll to free up cap room in advance of the draft and free agency. But the team also has several in-house free agents to address.

Pending free agent: RB Lamar Miller

2015 stats: 872 rushing yards, eight touchdowns

Analysis: Miller should get plenty of interest on the open market. He’s 24 and just entering his prime. Miller also has plenty of starting experience and rushed for 1,971 yards and 19 total touchdowns the past two seasons. Miller made it clear after the season that he is looking for the best fit in free agency. That was a subtle hint that he’s aware Miami’s coaching staff didn’t always use Miller to his full potential. Miller is a Miami native who played every level of football in South Florida. Staying home could play a factor. But the Dolphins have a lot to figure out offensively, and Miller probably could have more long-term success playing elsewhere. For example, a very good fit for Miller in free agency would be the Dallas Cowboys.

Chances of returning: 40 percent

02/03/16, 01:12 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Arian Foster (Achilles') has been cleared for "light jogging."


Pyro's take: "Today you start some light jogging," says the man wearing a Houston Methodist Hospital coat. "No pivoting, cutting, explosive activity. Strengthen all you want. Do your heel lift, elliptical, bike, jog. Surf. Maybe not surf."

"Cleared to jog ... back against the wall once again," wrote Foster on the post. "I live for s--- like this!!!! f--- "they", we out here dreamin!"

02/03/16, 01:05 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Brock Osweiler (knee) returned to practice Monday.


Pyro's take: Nicki Jhabvala via Twitter "Brock Osweiler back at practice."

He will be ready to roll as Peyton Mannings back up

01/11/16, 11:36 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Alfred Blue rushed 17 times for 99 yards


Pyro's take: Alfred Blue was the only bright spot on the Texans offense today. He would have broken the 100-yard barrier if Houston could have kept up with the Chiefs, Before the end of the half he had his longest run of 49-yards.

It will be interesting to see what Alfred Blue, Houston Texans, and Arian Foster will be at the beginning of next season.

01/09/16, 07:32 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Brian Hoyer completed 15-of-34 passes for 136 yards, zero touchdowns, and four interceptions


Pyro's take: Brian Hoyer was awful against the Chiefs. Hoyer also took three sacks and fumbled twice, losing one.

Hoyer looked like a rookie out there. His first interception was a gimme to Eric Berry, his second was a panic throw near the Chiefs goal line, the third was an overthrow, and his fourth sailed over DeAndre Hopkins.

No doubting that the Texans will be looking for a quarterback in the offseason.

01/09/16, 07:08 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Gary Kubiak doesn't expect Brock Osweiler (knee) to practice on Saturday.


Pyro's take: Andrew Mason via Twitter "Kubiak, when asked whether Osweiler would practice Saturday: "I would say no right now."

Peyton Manning is the starter and the Broncos have a bye week, so no big deal.

01/09/16, 01:49 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Alfred Blue (back) is listed as probable for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Chiefs.


Pyro's take: He was limited on Friday, but he will suit up this weekend against the Chiefs. Blue looks like he has picked up some momentum as he rushed for 254-yards over the final three games.

01/09/16, 01:39 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

DeAndre Hopkins (hand) is listed as probable for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Chiefs.


Pyro's take: DeAndre Hopkins was a frequent visitor on the injury report over the season, but has not missed a game. He wont miss this one either.

01/09/16, 01:37 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Cecil Shorts (hamstring) is listed as probable for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Chiefs.


Pyro's take: Shorts has been practicing of late, He will try to improve on his four receptions for 57-yards against the Chiefs in week 1.

01/09/16, 01:35 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Brian Hoyer remains the starter


Pyro's take: Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer has missed the team's past two games as he recovers from a concussion. While backup Brandon Weeden played the best game of his career on Sunday, the job remains Hoyer's. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said as soon as Hoyer clears the league's concussion protocol, he will start for the Texans. -- Tania Ganguli

12/29/15, 12:24 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Bill O'Brien said he has no plans to rest players even if the Texans clinch the AFC South


Pyro's take: O'Brien said even if the Texans (8-7) clinch the AFC South on Monday night, rendering the Jaguars' game meaningless in terms of the playoffs, Hoyer will still start if cleared. If the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, the Texans win the AFC South title. O'Brien indicated that he will not rest players against the Jaguars even if that happens.

"I think the most important thing is to win," O'Brien said. "I don't think there's any substitute for winning."

12/28/15, 04:44 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Jay Glazer reports Brock Osweiler will start the rest of the season "barring some sort of collapse."


Pyro's take: Brock Osweiler is Denver's quarterback, and Peyton Manning will not reclaim the starting position. Osweiler has dropped in progression over the last few weeks, but gives them the best chance to win.

12/28/15, 04:29 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Brian Hoyer is in the final stage of the NFL's protocol concussion testing.


Pyro's take: Aaron Wilson via Twitter "Bill O'Brien: 'Brian Hoyer has progressed through protocol, in last phase, be able to tell you more on Wednesday.'

12/28/15, 03:49 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Cecil Shorts (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 17.


Pyro's take: Tania Ganguli via Twitter "O'Brien says Cecil Shorts won't be ready for Sunday's game. #Texans"

12/28/15, 03:44 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Osweiler to Play, Manning to Rehab


Pyro's take: The team said that Peyton is to focus on getting better. That leaves Osweiler to start on Monday night. I think they are leaving the door open for Manning to return nduring the NFL playoffs, Week 16, injury

12/27/15, 12:30 AM CST by M O

DeAndre Hopkins named to Pro Bowl


Pyro's take: DeAndre Hopkins was named to the Pro Bowl among seven other receivers

12/23/15, 12:20 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: probowl.fantasy.nfl.com


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