Monday, August 17, 2020

Houston Texans Fantasy Football Projections 2020

In addition to viewing our 2020 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2020 fantasy football projections for the Houston Texans.

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Deshaun Watson503.6339.93953.325.9412.5982.2431.64.73308.25
Not only was he dominant in his partial (six starts) rookie season, but Watson finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in both of his full seasons (2018 and 2019). The loss of DeAndre Hopkins in addition to the durability concerns of Will Fuller IV and Brandin Cooks poses a threat to his ability to yield another top-four campaign for his fantasy owners in 2020.
A.J. McCarron3519.8229.31.230.952.12.10.0212.52


David Johnson222876.96.1136.4322.12.18169.64
Making his tour around the NFL, Carlos Hyde eclipsed the 1,000-yard milestone in his lone season (2019) in Houston and finished as fantasy's RB27 (half-PPR). As bad as David Johnson was in Arizona, it's reasonable to expect him to outproduce Hyde, especially given Bill O'Brien's propensity to feed his lead back a healthy workload.
Duke Johnson85.4384.31.4948.1440.11.8102.18
While he's always been efficient on his touches (4.4 career YPC and 9.2 Y/R), Johnson averaged only 7.94 touches per game in his first season with the Texans. On a positive note, James White (315) and Christian McCaffrey (303) are the only two running backs with more receptions than Johnson (279) since he entered the league in 2015. Better in PPR formats, Johnson has finished as a top-30 PPR running back in four of five seasons including 2019 (RB29).
Buddy Howell14.956.60.150006.56
Karan Higdon8.535.70.130004.35
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Will Fuller60.2851.86.02000121.3
As the saying goes, "the best ability is availability." Fuller has played 42 games in four NFL seasons and has missed at least five games in three consecutive years, but head coach Bill O'Brien recently said of Fuller that he's "excited about having him for 16 games. He looks as good as he's ever looked." If he's able to stay healthy, few players can match his ability to explode for a 150/3 line in any given week and trading (read: giving) away DeAndre Hopkins should lead to a more consistent volume of targets, when healthy.
Brandin Cooks57.7810.74.767.545.80.3116.01
See Fuller IV, Will. Cooks has an extensive concussion history, which is worrisome (on many levels), but there is upside if he can stay healthy. Cooks gets a quarterback upgrade and will likely have less competition for target share compared to his situation with the Rams. Before last year’s disappointment, the 26-year-old receiver had four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Randall Cobb45551.33.383.218.70.0677.64
While Cobb set a non-rookie low in receptions per game (3.7), the slot receiver averaged a career-high 15.1 yards per reception in his lone campaign in Dallas. Heading south to Houston, Cobb won't be drafted in many standard-sized leagues, but the durability question marks ahead of him on the depth chart boost his chance of becoming a popular waiver-wire add at some point during the season.
Kenny Stills25351.32.3800049.41
DeAndre Carter7.383.60.3700010.58
Isaiah Coulter4.247.90.250006.29


Darren Fells33.2333.73.2400052.81
By setting a career high in touchdowns (seven), Fells nearly finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 2019. The classic touchdown-or-bust tight end, Fells had more games with two yards or less (four) than he had with 30 yards or more (three).
Jordan Akins29.3328.21.7600043.38
Kahale Warring6.364.30.380008.71
Jordan Thomas4.647.40.390007.08

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