A.J. McCarron does not have long-term Fantasy value and will only be rostered in the event Deshaun Watson suffers a significant injury. Even in that case, McCarron would be a borderline No. 2 quarterback at best.
McCarron completed 21 of 36 passes for 225 yards and an interception in the team's Week 17 loss to the Titans. He added five rushes for 39 yards and a score. McCarron led the team on an impressive opening drive that resulted in a touchdown, completing four of seven passes for 49 yards. However, he was able to orchestrate only one more scoring drive, capping a 16-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter. McCarron is set to be a free agent at the conclusion of the season and should find a role as a backup, whether in Houston or elsewhere.
McCarron is expected to serve as the Texans' starting quarterback Sunday against the Titans, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. The Texans can still move up from the No. 4 seed in the AFC postseason to the No. 3 seed, but only with a win and a Kansas City loss. Considering the Chiefs are heavy home favorites over the Chargers and are kicking off at 1 p.m. ET, there's a good chance the Texans will be locked into the No. 4 position before their game kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET. With that in mind, coach Bill O'Brien apparently isn't inclined to take any chances with Deshaun Watson (back) in the regular-season finale, as the star quarterback will be ticketed for backup duties. McCarron is thus on track to see the field for just the second time this season for what will be his first start since 2015, when he was with the Bengals. The Alabama product will have to make do with a depleted receiving corps, as Will Fuller (groin) has been ruled out, while Russini notes that DeAndre Hopkins (illness) will be active but isn't expected to play much. Kenny Stills (knee) is also questionable for Week 17 and could be limited if he's active.
McCarron went 0-for-1 and was sacked in Sunday's 41-7 loss to the Ravens. McCarron's mop up of Sunday's blowout loss was his season debut. Starter Deshaun Watson, who was sacked six times and absorbed 10 quarterback hits, had not been knocked around like this since a Week 4 loss to the Panthers, so to avoid any risk of injury, McCarron made his first appearance in a Texans uniform.
McCarron (thumb) is expected to be on the active roster for Week 1 against the Saints, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Texans ran into some quarterback depth trouble in the preseason when McCarron injured his thumb during joint practices with the Packers prior to preseason Week 1. Then in preseason Week 4, Joe Webb (foot) went down with a significant injury. McCarron warmed up prior to the preseason finale and looked like he's ready to throw if need be. The Texans may get by with two quarterbacks for now, but it's likely they'll be on the lookout for additional depth just in case.
McCarron (thumb) had the cast removed from his hand and threw during warmups prior to Thursday's preseason finale against the Rams, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. McCarron dressed for the game but, as expected, did not play. This is a positive sign for the Texans, who lost No. 3 quarterback Joe Webb to a serious foot injury Thursday. McCarron appears on track to play Week 1 against the Saints after he broke his right thumb during joint practice sessions against the Packers on Aug. 6.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|7||10/25||Green Bay Packers||3||14.33|
|11||11/22||New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|3 Year Avg||55.6||100||0||0||12||0||5|