|Offense||12th||127.9 (6th)||221.3 (17th)|
|Defense||23rd||96.9 (7th)||253.8 (27th)|
|74||Clark, Chris||T||6-5||305||10/1/1985||9||Southern Mississippi|
|90||Clowney, Jadeveon||OLB||6-5||270||2/14/1993||4||South Carolina|
|51||Cole, Dylan||ILB||6-0||240||5/19/1994||R||Missouri State|
|31||Decoud, Treston||CB||6-2||210||8/1/1993||R||Oregon State|
|23||Drummond, Kurtis||FS||6-1||210||1/29/1992||3||Michigan State|
|12||Ellington, Bruce||WR||5-9||200||8/22/1991||4||South Carolina|
|15||Fuller, Will||WR||6-0||185||4/16/1994||2||Notre Dame|
|93||Heath, Joel||DE||6-6||295||6/18/1993||2||Michigan State|
|8||Johnson, Josh||QB||6-3||219||5/15/1986||7||San Diego|
|30||Johnson, Kevin||CB||6-0||190||8/5/1992||3||Wake Forest|
|24||Joseph, Johnathan||CB||5-11||190||4/16/1984||12||South Carolina|
|94||Kamalu, Ufomba||LB||6-6||300||11/2/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|63||Lamm, Kendall||T||6-6||305||6/5/1992||3||Appalachian State|
|9||Lechler, Shane||P||6-2||240||8/7/1976||18||Texas A&M|
|66||Martin, Nick||C||6-4||300||4/29/1993||2||Notre Dame|
|55||McKinney, Benardrick||ILB||6-4||250||11/19/1992||3||Mississippi State|
|13||Miller, Braxton||WR||6-2||215||11/30/1992||2||Ohio State|
|26||Miller, Lamar||RB||5-10||225||4/25/1991||6||Miami (Fla.)|
|72||Newton, Derek||T||6-6||315||11/16/1987||7||Arkansas State|
|52||Peters, Brian||LB||6-4||235||10/31/1988||3||Northwestern (Ia)|
|40||Williams, Marcus||CB||5-11||196||3/24/1991||4||North Dakota State|
|2||Yates, T.J.||QB||6-4||217||5/28/1987||6||North Carolina|
|95||Covington, Christian (IR)||DE||6-2||290||10/16/1993||3||Rice|
|34||Ervin, Tyler (IR)||RB||5-10||180||10/7/1993||2||San Jose State|
|69||Godin, Matt (IR)||DE||6-6||295||9/30/1993||R||Michigan|
|16||Gray, Deante' (IR)||WR||5-10||174||2/27/1994||R||TCU|
|84||Griffin, Ryan (IR)||TE||6-6||255||1/11/1990||5||Connecticut|
|Leonard, Richard (IR)||CB||5-9||170||9/2/1991||R||Florida International|
|59||Mercilus, Whitney (IR)||OLB||6-4||260||7/21/1990||6||Illinois|
|4||Watson, Deshaun (IR)||QB||6-2||215||9/14/1995||R||Clemson|
|99||Watt, J.J. (IR)||DE||6-5||290||3/22/1989||7||Wisconsin|
|Gilchrist, Kennan||LB||6-1||230||9/16/1994||R||Appalachian State|
|Pruitt, MyCole||TE||6-2||243||3/24/1992||2||Southern Illinois|
|77||Quessenberry, David||G||6-5||310||8/24/1990||3||San Jose State|
|Virgin, Dee||DB||5-9||194||10/29/1993||R||West Alabama|
|56||Cushing, Brian||ILB||6-3||250||1/24/1987||9||Southern California|
Savage was predictably ineffective in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams, but there isn't any reason to think T.J. Yates would be significantly better. The Texans will eventually give Yates or Josh Johnson a look if Savage doesn't display something in the range of competence within the next week or two. If nothing else, this is at least good news for DeAndre Hopkins, who was targeted on 30 of Savage's 80 pass attempts the past three games. Savage also forced the ball to Hopkins when he got playing time in 2014 and 2016.
Hal picked off Marcus Mariota on the first drive of the game and then once again shortly before halftime. He made the most of just 31 snaps (76.0 percent), as the the blowout win did not require a heavy workload. Hal will look to carry his momentum into Sunday night's Week 5 clash with the Chiefs.
Allen injured his knee Sunday against the Seahawks but appears to be fine after practicing in full the past two days. Expect the lineman to suit up for Sunday's divisional showdown with the Colts.
Tom Savage is expected to start Sunday against the Rams, but by having Yates work with the ones, head coach Bill O'Brien is signalling that he won't put up too long with a struggling starter. Savage, who was pulled after one half in the season opener, did not fare well for the first three quarters in last week's loss to Indianapolis, a team with one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
Tom Savage completed half of his passes and committed four turnovers, but he at least can be relied upon to pepper Hopkins with targets. After turning 16 looks into six catches for 86 yards and a score the previous week, Hopkins put on a garbage time clinic in Los Angeles, drawing a target on five consecutive snaps -- though one was wiped out by a penalty -- on the Texans' final drive. He also got plenty of attention while the game was competitive, but his stat line was lacking until he ripped off gains of 36 and 11 on back-to-back plays on that final drive. Hopkins could suffer if the Texans decide to take a look at T.J. Yates or Josh Johnson, as there's no guarantee another quarterback would force-feed him as shamelessly as Savage does. Assuming he's still the starter, it'll be interesting to see how Savage responds to a Week 11 matchup with a Cardinals defense that presumably will use Patrick Peterson to shadow Hopkins.
Houston, who was signed to the Texans roster after J.J. Watt (leg) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) were lost for the season, played 47 snaps Sunday, his most since joining the Texans. He should continue to get opportunities with Mercilus and Brian Cushing (suspension) both unavailable. Since joining his new team, the eight-year veteran has recorded four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and Sunday's fumble-recovery TD.
Johnson was signed by the Texans earlier this month but did not appear in a game. The rookie was let go in order to free up a roster spot, as the team added quarterback depth in the wake of Deshaun Watson's season-ending knee injury.
The durable Prosch, who has played in all but one game in three seasons with the Texans, is primarily a lead blocker and special teams contributor. As a fantasy asset, there's not much there. Prosch has 10 rushing attempts and six targets over 47 games played.
Miller was activated for just the third time in the last six games, but was not targeted. The Texans have often talked about using Miller in various roles, but outside of an occasional end-around, we haven't seen much of that versatility. The former Ohio State quarterback was utilized as a change of pace on a few plays, but the Rams were not fooled. As for Miller's primary job as a wideout, he could see a boost in opportunities, depending on how Will Fuller's rib injury shakes out this week.
Making his first appearances since the opening week of the season, Fiedorowicz finished third on the team in targets behind DeAndre Hopkins (14) and Bruce Ellington (eight). The current level of quarterback play will make it tough to count on anyone besides Hopkins, but it isn't unrealistic to think that Fiedorowicz could re-establish himself as the second or third option in the passing game, just as he was for much of last season. He draws a Week 11 matchup against an Arizona defense that had been solid against tight ends until Seattle's Jimmy Graham caught a pair of touchdowns Thursday.
Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.
This game got out of hand in the second half, so the running game became an afterthought when the Texans fell behind by multiple scores. That led to different backfield personnel as Alfred Blue (13 snaps) nearly matched that of Foreman (16). With Houston's offense struggling to score in the post-Deshaun Watson portion of the season, the ground attack should be emphasized, but it can't play from behind as it did Sunday.
After losing Quintin Demps to the Bears in free agency, the Texans have been in the market for additional help at strong safety. The wait was long, but after Gilchrist was cleared by doctors last week from last year's season-ending knee injury, it was only a matter of time before he found a landing spot. Granted, signing Gilchrist, a long-time free safety, doesn't exactly shore up the hole with the Texans' 2016 starter at the position, Andre Hal, still in the fold. Having said that, Gilchrist should have an opportunity to surpass 55 tackles for the sixth consecutive campaign.
Lamm was waived by the Texans on Saturday after the team decided to activate Duane Brown for Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Brown now is staying in Seattle after Monday's trade, opening a spot for Lamm on the active roster once again.
The veteran cornerback returned to the field after being limited in Wednesday's session. Joseph will be going up Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals' passing attack this Sunday -- so his knee will definitely be something to keep an eye on throughout the contest.
Scarlett's playing time has risen dramatically since the Texans lost Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) to a season-ending injury. He's tallied eight tackles in the last two games, with his two sacks Sunday the first of his NFL career. The second-year linebacker provided some pressure from the outside against the Rams, who at some point in the game became fixated on stopping Jadeveon Clowney.
Todman sat out the Texans' Week 6 victory over the Browns but appears fully healthy following the team's bye week. The 27-year-old has not played an offensive snap this season and is not currently on the fantasy radar.
Heath was a limited participant in practice this week and appears to be nearing a return after missing three straight games. The 24-year-old will likely be a game-day decision, with Angelo Blackson and Carlos Watkins slated for increased snaps if he cannot play.
Moore missed the last two games after sustaining the concussion against the Chiefs in Week 5. There hasn't been an announcement that the 24-year-old has officially cleared the league's concussion protocol at this point, but he appears to be nearing a return.
Cole did not practice again this week and has not done so since sustaining the Grade 2 hamstring strain in Week 6. There's no clear timetable on his return at this point, but he'll likely need to string together multiple practices before a return is truly considered.
The Texans need Jackson and all hands on board defensively after losing J.J. Watt (knee) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) to season-ending injuries. The loss of two important disruptive forces up front will put a strain on Houston's cornerbacks, who will be asked to hold coverage longer.
Pleasant has not posted more than a half sack in a season before, so he quadrupled his career high Sunday. However, he's still the No. 3 safety in Houston and has logged more than 30 snaps in a game only once this season, making it difficult to summon him in most fantasy formats.
Peters hasn't seen game action since Week 5, but is now healthy to play. He projects to assume a backup role at inside linebacker.
Already set to miss the Texans' Week 2 tilt with the Bengals due to the concussion, Cushing will now have to wait until Week 13 to play again. The Texans will look to rookies Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole to start alongside Benardrick McKinney, who supplanted Cushing as the IDP of choice from Houston's linebacking corps last season. Cushing was previously suspended four games for a PED violation in 2010, which explains why he was subject to a lengthier suspension this time around.
Blue did not practice Friday, which clouds his Week 11 status. In any case, he's behind Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman in the Texans' RB pecking order, so he's off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest formats these days.
Newton was placed on the PUP list last week; meanwhile, the Texans signed 31-year-old Breno Giacomini on Tuesday to provide a veteran option at right tackle. The Texans should have a better read on Newton's health outlook once training camp arrives, but at this time, there's a good possibility he doesn't suit up in 2017.
Mancz is set to return from a one-game absence but isn't expected to rejoin the starting lineup after Jeff Allen returned from an ankle injury of his own in Week 4.
Fuller missed Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, but it seems as if the hamstring injury is now behind him after logging a full practice Thursday. Look for an official update on his status to come either after Friday's injury report or before Sunday's game against the Browns.
Covington tore his biceps during Sunday's loss to Seattle and was placed on injured reserve Monday. Under contract through the 2018 season, Covington will look to make it back in time for the start of offseason workouts.
Clements will presumably take the roster spot of defensive end Kendall Langford, who was released Tuesday. The undrafted rookie out of Illinois previously attended training camp with the Vikings, but was cut prior to the start of the season.
Following his torn ACL, Godin was promptly placed on IR. Godin is in his first pro season after a college career at the University of Michigan.
The Texans took a hit in the secondary in the offseason, losing safety Quintin Demps and cornerback A.J. Bouye to free agency. They could use a combo guy to back up at both positions. Decoud's physical nature and length make him an interesting candidate but he needs to improve technique at cornerback.
The Texans are completely depleted at the tight end position with Stephen Anderson and Ryan Griffin dealing with concussions and C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) on injured reserve. Pruitt could perhaps see an opportunity on the 53-man roster if he impresses in practice, since Houston's only healthy tight end is currently Evan Baylis.
The Texans are feeling the effect of injuries at wide receiver and are thin at the position. Hamilton played 11 games for the Steelers in 2016, catching 17 balls for 234 yards and two touchdowns.
Jenkins is set to make both his season and Texans debut Sunday. The 25-year-old played the last four seasons in Miami, providing a 110-tackle season in 2014. He's on the Texans' depth chart as a reserve linebacker, but their linebacker corps is littered with injuries, meaning Jenkins could be utilized defensively earlier than expected.
D'Onta Foreman actually got the start and the first two carries, but Miller nonetheless put Houston's offense on his shoulders early on, tallying 52 yards on seven touches within the first 16 minutes of the game. He was essentially ignored thereafter as mistakes by Tom Savage, and the defense forced the Texans to abandon their running game. Rushing volume may continue to be a problem on a struggling team that also gives carries to Foreman, but Miller at least figures to be more involved in the passing game most weeks. He had three receptions in each of Houston's previous three games, and the team doesn't really have another decent option for passing downs. Miller draws a Week 11 matchup with an Arizona defense that's allowing just 3.6 yards per carry and 97.7 rushing yards per game.
Doctors detected no additional ligament damage beyond the ACL tear while performing the procedure, so Watson's recovery timetable is expected to remain at 8-to-9 months. The rookie quarterback was enjoying a star-making campaign prior to suffering the injury in practice last week, but the Texans fully expect Watson to return to form by the start of the 2018 season. The knee surgery was the second of Watson's career; he previously required a procedure during his freshman year of college to repair a torn left ACL.
Cunningham sees himself as an inside linebacker but he'll need to get bigger to man that spot in the NFL. O'Brien feels he can play on special teams immediately and serve as depth at inside linebacker, where he can be groomed by veteran Brian Cushing for an eventual starting job alongside Bernardrick McKinney. Athleticism is Cunningham's greatest asset. He covers ground, is adept at pursuing, and could probably step in right away as a third-down backer.
Johnson will replace the recently signed Matt McGloin as the Texans' third quarterback, with the potential to eventually challenge the uninspiring duo of Tom Savage and T.J. Yates for the starting or top backup roles, respectively. Though the 31-year-old Johnson has just five NFL starts on his resume, he's enjoyed a long career as a backup in the league thanks in large part to his live arm and mobility. Johnson's last regular-season NFL snap came in 2013 as a member of the Bengals.
Texans tight ends have been plagued by concussions all season. With C.J. Fiedorowicz ready to play for the first time since Week 1, the team swapped him for Griffin on the 53-man roster due to the latter's own head injury. For the rest of the season, Houston will roll with Fiedorowicz and Stephen Anderson at tight end.
Fairbairn has missed two straight field-goal kicks, each from the 30-39 yard range, and has scored just three points over the last two games with Tom Savage at quarterback. We'll never know whether or not the miss played a large factor in Sunday's loss, but it notably occurred during the second quarter at a time when the Texans were down 3-0. Playing without Deshaun Watson (knee), Houston's offense has no margin of error, so it's incumbent on Fairbairn to make kicks that are considered chip shots.
Heeney was absent from practice all week as he continues to recover from minor arthroscopic knee surgery. He's yet to be given a timetable for a return, and in his absence, Brian Peters and Dylan Cole will continue to operate as reserves at inside linebacker.
Clark sat out last Sunday's loss to the Seahawks with a strained calf but was able to practice on a limited basis this week. The 32-year-old is the logical candidate to start at left tackle after the trade of Duane Brown, who Clark filled in for during the former's six-game holdout to start the season.
Ellington filled in nicely early in the season when Fuller missed time due to a collarbone injury, but had seen his role diminished once Fuller returned. Now, with Fuller sidelined at least one week, the 26-year-old Ellington has an opportunity to regain some of that lost value. He enters Sunday's game having been targeted 16 times, including three in the red zone, since Tom Savage took over for the injured Deshaun Watson (knee) two games ago.
Clowney has faced increased scrutiny from offensive lines since the Texans lost J.J. Watt (leg) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) to season-ending injuries, but in recording his team-leading sixth sack Sunday, he matched the career high he established last season.
In Fuller's absence this weekend, look for Bruce Ellington and Braxton Miller to pick up the bulk of the extra snaps and targets that don't go to top wideout DeAndre Hopkins, who could well be shadowed by ace cornerback Patrick Peterson. As a result, Ellington -- who logged four catches for 41 yards and a TD last Sunday against the Rams -- represents a decent Week 11 fantasy dart.
The Texans' 2016 fifth-round pick -- who was viewed as more of a rotational lineman coming out of Clemson -- started seven games in his rookie season and proved sufficiently capable of occupying double teams and clogging up the trenches at the professional level. While he finished the year with only 22 tackles and one sack across 16 appearances, Reader seems to be a lock to improve upon his 40-percent snap count from a season ago. Consequently, he should have more of an opportunity to rack up the counting stats in his sophomore campaign.
Anderson remains an active target for the Texans, who have been dealing with concussion injuries to members of their tight end position group. C.J. Fiedorowicz returned to action Sunday, but Ryan Griffin (concussion) was inactive, leaving Anderson as the team's second tight end for the seventh time in nine games. Given the state of the Tom Savage-led offense, it's hard to believe Anderson will produce at fantasy-worthy levels.
Johnson's on a path to return to the field Week 8 against Seattle after missing four games. His presence gives the defense a good run-stopping cornerback who can help support a front seven that's lost J.J. Watt (leg), Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) and Brian Cushing (suspension).
The four-year vet racked up 33 combined tackles and two interceptions one year ago. Given his production over the last two seasons and the Jets' dwindling secondary that no longer includes Darrelle Revis, Williams projects to function as one the team's primary cornerbacks heading into training camp.
Davenport did not practice this week so this doesn't come as much of a surprise. The Texans will have to look elsewhere if a starting offensive lineman suffers an injury.
It was revealed Monday that Ervin suffered a torn patellar tendon in Sunday's win over the Titans that would require season-ending surgery, so the move to IR isn't a surprising one. The Texans will replace the running back on the 53-man roster with defensive back Marcus Cromartie.
Thompson was a new addition to the injury report this week and was unable to practice Thursday and Friday. The 27-year-old's practice participation seems to have him trending towards not playing Sunday, which would leave Jordan Todman and Bruce Ellington to take over duties as kick and punt returners. Receiver Will Fuller (ribs) has already been ruled out, which would provide a window for more offensive opportunities should Thompson be able to play. If he can't suit up, DeAndre Hopkins, Bruce Ellington, and Braxton Miller would be the Texans only available receivers for Sunday's game.
Giacomini, who was released by the Jets in February, will add depth at right tackle for the Texans in 2017. The 10-year vet underwent back surgery following the 2016 season, so he figures to be somewhat limited throughout the offseason.
Quessenberry, who fought back to football after battling cancer, is a pretty popular guy with the team and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him land on Houston's practice squad if he goes unclaimed.
Mercilus needed season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, so the move was fully expected. In order to address the pass-rushing void the loss of Mercilus presents, Texans signed Lamarr Houston earlier this week. Houston notched eight sacks for the Bears in 2015, his last 16-game season.
Gray was waived/injured Tuesday after tearing his ACL last week. Unless he reaches an injury settlement with the Texans, he's likely stuck on injured reserve through the end of the 2017 campaign.
Based on that timeline, Watt, who was officially moved to injured reserve Wednesday, could possibly be ready for Organized Team Activities next May, but the Texans aren't expected to push the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Kamalu had a sack in each of the past two games, but it apparently wasn't enough for him to suit up against the Colts. Veteran Lamarr Houston will likely start at outside linebacker for the Texans, with Brennan Scarlett serving in a reserve role.
Watkins, selected in the fourth round (142nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, played both nose tackle and defensive tackle at Clemson, where his quickness produced eye-popping sack totals from the interior defensive line. With the Texans, he'll be deployed as a run-stopper, meaning he'll need to add strength over the course of the summer.