Houston Texans, Def, Texans: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Houston Texans, Def, Texans

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Age Height Weight
Def - #4 174.47 HOU Active 47 0' 0 0

2016 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs


Houston has the 10th best rushing defense in 2015 as far as yards allowed (1597). They allowed 4.1 yards per rush with ten rushing TDs. Their success was helped by low rushing attempts per game (24.2).

They allowed the third-fewest passing yards (3366) with 24 passing TDs and 14 Ints. The Texans finished with 45 sacks (5th).

Their big edge on defense is the electric DE J.J. Watt, who plays great against the run while delivering impact sacks (17.5). DE Brandon Dunn lacks impact talent, and he may not even start in 2016. He offered no value in the pass rush last year with below league average value against the run. NT Vince Wilfork continues to be a solid run clogger with declining value in the pass rush. He'll start the year at age 34.

LB Jadeveon Clowney has yet to live up to his draft value (first overall pick in 2014) due to multiple battles with injuries. Houston moved him from defensive end to linebacker. He played well against the run in his 13 games in 2015 while recording only 4.5 sacks. Jadeveon has impact upside if he ever stays healthy long enough to gain momentum. LB Whitney Mercilus is one the best players at his position with strength against the run and rushing the QB (12 sacks). Benardrick McKinney was Houston's best inside linebacker with steady value against the run and in pass coverage while offering no upside rushing the QB. LB Brian Cushing has lost the battles to injuries over time leading to him ranking well below league average at his position.

CB Johnathan Joseph regained some of his lost form in 2015 leading to him ranking highly in pass coverage with no value in run support. I think Houston's defense improved when rookie CB Kevin Johnson moved into the starting lineup even with his final stats grading below the league average at his position as did CB Kareem Jackson. All of their options at safety played poorly in run support with S Quintin Demps and S Andre Hal offering reasonable success in pass coverage.

This defense has one stud player and three players at linebacker that will provide upside. Their secondary plays much better when their defensive line gets to the QB quickly. I don't feel this defense has enough elite talent to be considered one of the best defenses in the league, but they do play well as a group. Also, Watt is just a complete beast, and he changes so much by teams trying to account for him on the field. The Texans will be a top 10 Fantasy defense with some TD ability. Most of their success tends to come at home.

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