Thursday Night Football

HOUSTON TEXANS (2-0) vs NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)

Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien likely isn’t going to sob over the predicaments of former boss in New England Bill Belichick ahead of their matchup for Thursday Night Football game (Enter Contests) at Foxborough. The Patriots are expected to start third-round rookie Jacoby Brissett in spite of Tom Brady’s suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulder injury. Brissett completed 6-of-9 passes for 92 yards in Sunday’s 31-24 victory over Miami, after Garoppolo went down.

Team’s Breakdown

All-star tight-end Rob Gronkowski has yet to make his season debut. He’s still bothered by a hamstring injury, but could be making his return to the lineup Thursday. Acquired from Chicago in March, Martellus Bennett has done a good job in place of Gronkowski. The nine-year veteran has played on all but two offensive snaps during the season’s initial two games. He reeled in a 20-yard touchdown on Sunday against Miami. Bruising running back LeGarrette Blount collected 193 yards and two touchdowns this season. He’ll look to stay healthy, especially against the team that landed him on the injured reserve last season.

 

After enduring the round and round of their own quarterback carousel last year, the Texans have welcomed the stability afforded by their expensive offseason acquisition Brock Osweiler. Signed to a four-year, $72 million contract, Osweiler was able build good chemistry with Pro Bowl selection DeAndre Hopkins and first-round rookie Will Fuller. While Hopkins leads the team with 12 receptions and two touchdowns, Fuller became the third wideout to start his NFL career with two straight 100-yard receiving games.

Running back Lamar Miller provides O’Brien with a constant presence in the backfield, as the offseason acquisition’s 53 carries are second only to Pittsburgh’s DeAngelo Williams (58) for most in the league. Defense has been the name of the game for Houston, which surrendered just 26 points (NFL third-best), 274.5 yards allowed (third-best) and 178.5 passing yards (fourth-best). Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt earned 1.5 sacks in a 19-12 triumph over Kansas City last Sunday, while linebacker Whitney Mercilus has had two of them this season and 17 in his last 14 games overall.

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Kansas City Chiefs versus Houston Texans Real Money NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks 1-9-2016

The Wildcard round of the NFL playoffs get underway with the Houston Texans hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. One day fantasy league GM’s can tune to ESPN TV on Saturday January 9th at 4:35PM Eastern Time to track the results of their real money roster picks.

 

These teams have a history during the 2015 campaign as they met in Week 1 with Kansas City earning the 27-20 victory on the road. Houston did outgain the Chiefs and that was due in part to a pick six interception return for the Chiefs. KC built up a 27-9 halftime lead and was held scoreless in the second half. Alex Smith passed for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Brian Hoyer was benched in this game. He threw for 236 yards hitting on 18 of 34 passes with a touchdown and pick.

 

Kansas City has closed the season strongly winning ten straight games. This came before a five game losing streak as the Chiefs opened the year at 1-5 as their offense sputtered. The Chiefs have the 30th ranked passing attack and are sixth in rushing offense. The defense has carried Kansas City as they rank third in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 17.9 points per game.

 

Houston was the winner of a weak AFC South division. They closed the year with three straight victories including a clutch 16-10 road win at Indianapolis which put the Texans in control of the division. The Texans rank near the middle in most offensive categories. The defense has been outstanding down the stretch for the Texans that it moved the team to number three in yardage allowed by giving up 310 yards per game.

 

Kansas City Chiefs QB:

 

Alex Smith

 

Known as a dink and dunk passer who is reluctant going deep downfield with passes. The veteran signal caller has completed 65.3% of his throws this year for 3486 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven picks. He threw two picks last week in the win against Oakland. His passing numbers have been futile in recent weeks. Smith has thrown for 191 yards or fewer over his past five games all against losing teams. Alex Smith has not had success in the post season.

 

Kansas City Chiefs RB:

 

Charcandrick West

 

With a season ending injury to Jamaal Charles the Chiefs were scrambling to find a replacement at running back. Second year man Charcandrick West stood out from the backups as he has rushed for 634 yards on 160 carries with four touchdowns. He averaged just 4 yards a carry and contributed in the passing game with 20 catches for 214 yards and a touchdown. He struggled last week with 34 rushing yards on 13 carries.

 

Kansas City Chiefs WR:

 

Jeremy Maclin

 

The veteran wide receiver was a good acquisition for KC in the offseason. He caught 87 passes for 1088 yards with eight touchdowns. Last year Kansas City did not complete a touchdown to a wide receiver. Maclin has a touchdown reception in three straight and five of his past six games.

 

Houston Texans QB:

 

Brian Hoyer

 

The Texans signal caller has completed 60.7% of his passes for 2606 yards with 19 touchdowns and 7 picks. He returned to the lineup last week in the win against Jacksonville as he threw for 249 yards with a touchdown and pick. He missed two games with a concussion. Hoyer has thrown for multiple touchdown throws in seven of his past ten games.

 

Houston Texans RB:

 

Alfred Blue

 

With the season long injury to Arian Foster it was Alfred Blue getting the majority of the carries this year. Blue has rushed for 698 yards on 183 carries and two touchdowns. He rushed for 102 yards on 21 carries on Jacksonville. In their huge win at Indy the running back had 107 rushing yards on 20 carries in Week 15.

 

Houston Texans WR:

 

DeAndre Hopkins

 

The third year pro had his best numbers in 2015 with 111 catches for 1521 yards with 11 touchdowns. He is averaging 13.7 yards per catch. He has caught seven or greater passes in three straight games.

 

NFL Playoff Football Fantasy League Picks

 

 

QB: Brian Hoyer (Texans)

WR: DeAndre Hopkins (Texans)

RB: Charcandrick West (Chiefs)

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-20-2015

Chicago Bears versus Minnesota Vikings NFL Fantasy Preview 12-20-2015

It will be a battle between NFC north foes as the Minnesota Vikings are at home to meet the Chicago Bears. NFL draft managers can tune to FOX on Sunday December 20th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day fantasy league picks.

The Vikings are battling the Packers for the NFC North title as they sit one game back with three games left to be played. The first meeting between these teams was held on November 1st with Minnesota posting the 23-20 road victory. The Bears failed to hold a seven point lead late as their secondary gave up big plays in the passing game to the Vikings passing attack. Adrian Peterson had a good game on the ground rushing for 103 yards.

Minnesota looks to break a two game losing streak with losses to Seattle and the Cardinals. The Vikings have scored no greater than 20 points over their past four games. Teams look to lock on Adrian Peterson and force Teddy Bridgewater to beat them.

Chicago is only 5-8 but the team has shown improvement on the playing field. They are 12th in total defense and 17th in total offense.

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In the league, getting lit up for passing yards is only allowing 20 points per game ranking 11th the Bengals to 20 points, Jay Cutler has shown improvement under center in 2015. He has limited the amount of mistakes. He is coming off a performance against Washington last week where he threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns.

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Chicago Bears QB

Bears veteran running back Matt Forte has rushing touchdowns in two straight games. With John Fox as the new head coach of the Bears they are going to more of a balanced attack on offense. Forte is still featured in the passing game as he is averaging over three receptions per game.

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Chicago Bears RB

Houston Texans versus Indianapolis Colts NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-20-2015

It will be a key game in the AFC South division as the Indianapolis Colts will meet the Houston Texans. DFS draft GMs cant tune to CBS TV at 1PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results from the roster fantasy picks.

Both teams are 6-7 and are tied for first place in the division. The first meeting was won by Indianapolis on October 8th by the score of 27-20. The Texans were able to move the football but struggled in the red zone converting just 1 of 3 chances. Houston was able to gain 444 yards on the Colts defense. Brian Hoyer threw for 312 yards with two touchdowns and a pick in that contest.

The news surrounding this game has been the injuries on both sides. Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer is out with a concussion. Veteran T.J. Yates will be under center for the Texans.

On the Colts side Andrew Luck is still out with his kidney laceration. Matt Hasselbeck has filled in for the past four weeks. In Hasselbeck’s past two games under center he has thrown for one touchdown and two picks. In a 51-16 loss last week at Jacksonville Hasselbeck completed just 51.4% of his throws.

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Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins leads the Texans with 89 catches for 1221 yards and two touchdowns. In the game against the Colts in their first meeting, Hopkins had a monster game by catching 11 passes for 169 yards. Hopkins will be running pass patterns against the 29th and fourth worst passing defense in the NFL as the Colts allow 276 yards passing per game.

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Houston Texans versus Cincinnati Bengals Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-16-2015

The Monday Night Football game will feature the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals to host the Houston Texans. DFS NFL draft managers an tune to ESPN TV on November 16th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy roster picks.

They have met the past two seasons all resulting in low scoring games. Last year Cincinnati earned the 22-13 victory on the road to the Texans. Houston is 3-5 on the year but because of a down season in the AFC South they are in a tie with the Indianapolis Colts atop the division. They have been on the losing end of some ugly defeats this year with a 48-21 defeat at Atlanta and a 44-26 road defeat at Miami. On offense the team has had trouble sustaining their run game as they rush for 88 yards per game which is 29th in the league. Houston comes off a bye week and defeated Tennessee two weeks ago by the score of 20-6. Texans are 1-3 on the road this season.

The Cincinnati Bengals have an 8-0 mark heading into Monday Night Football. They faced the Cleveland Browns on a Thursday night on November 5th and came away with the 31-10 road victory. The week prior they held the Steelers to just ten points in their win. The team has been outstanding on both sides of the ball. They are third in the league in scoring offense by averaging 28.6 points a game. On the defensive side of the football the Bengals are surrendering just 17.8 points per game which is fourth best in the NFL.

Houston Texans QB:

Brian Hoyer

Hoyer has won the starting quarterback job for good. He is completing 60% of his passes for 1581 yards with 13 touchdowns and 3 picks. In the win against Tennessee Hoyer completed 65% of his passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns. In the blowout loss at Miami the Texans put up a lot of second half garbage yards which resulted in 273 passing yards with three touchdowns and a pick thrown by Brian Hoyer. A positive for Hoyer is the fact he has thrown for multiple touchdown passes over his past five games with two three touchdown pass performances mixed in there.

Houston Texans RB:

Alfred Blue

The Texans starting running back Arian Foster is out for the season with a torn Achilles. Former LSU product Alfred Blue leads the Texans with 74 carries for 273 yards with a touchdown. He is rushing for just 3.7 yards per carry on the campaign.

Houston Texans WR:

DeAndre Hopkins

The 23 year old wide receiver leads the Texans with 66 catches for 870 yards with six touchdowns. Hopkins is averaging 13.2 yards per catch which is a career low. He caught eight balls in the win against Tennessee for 94 yards with a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

Andy Dalton

Dalton is completing 67.4% of his passes for 2226 yards with 18 touchdowns and 4 picks. He had a very good game in the win against Cleveland completing 77.8% of his throws for 234 yards with three touchdowns. The veteran quarterback has thrown for three touchdowns in four of his eight games.

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

Giovani Bernard

The Bengals running back is sharing carries with Jeremy Hill. Bernard has 91 carries on the year with 511 yards with two touchdowns. Bernard is running for a career high 5.6 yards per carry average. Against Cleveland it was Bernard rushing for 72 yards on 13 carries for 5 ½ yards per run average

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

A.J. Green

The talented wide receiver for Cincinnati has caught 50 balls on the year for 702 yards with four touchdowns. Green is averaging 14 yards per catch this season. In the victory against Cleveland it was Green catching four passes for 53 yards. He has had issues getting into the end zone with just one touchdown catch in four of his past five games. After missing four games last year with injury Green has played in all eight games this season.

NFL Monday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Andy Dalton (Bengals)

RB: Giovani Bernard (Bengals)

WR: A.J. Green (Bengals)

TE: Tyler Eifert (Bengals)

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Indianapolis Colts versus Houston Texans

Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks 10-8-2015

The Houston Texans will be at home facing the Indianapolis Colts from Thursday Night Football. NFL fantasy GM’s can tune to CBS TV on October 8th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Colts are a 2-2 football team after back to back wins. They victories came against AFC South teams and were close results. In week three the team defeated Tennessee 35-33 and won because they successfully defended a two point conversion late in the game. With Andrew Luck out last week the Colts edged the Jaguars 16-13 at home in the overtime period. The Indianapolis run game didn’t get going with just 60 yards on 24 carries. They struggled in the red zone with just 1 of 4 conversions in the game. Andrew Luck is expected to play on Thursday night. Matt Hasselbeck in his start last week threw for 282 yards and a touchdown going 30 of 47 passing. Indianapolis has had trouble scoring this season as they push across just 18 points a game ranking 26th in the league.

It has been a disappointing year for the Houston Texans. The team is 1-3 with their lone win a 19-9 victory against Tampa Bay in week three. Last week was a bad one for Houston as they get crushed at the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 48-21. The Texans fell behind 28-0 at the half then it was 42-0 after three quarters. Houston committed four turnovers in the loss and took none from the Falcons. Brian Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett and threw two touchdown passes after the game was no longer in doubt by the fourth quarter.

Indianapolis Colts QB:

Andrew Luck

The Colts starting quarterback has told reporters he expects to play on Thursday. He is completing 56% of his throws this year for 753 yards with five touchdowns and seven picks. The offensive line has not blocked well for Luck on the year.

Indianapolis Colts RB:

Frank Gore

The veteran running back leads the Colts by far in carries with 54 on the year with 227 yards and two touchdowns. He is averaging 4.2 yards a carry on the season. He rushed for just 53 yards last week against Jacksonville on 17 carries for 3.1 yards per run.

Indianapolis Colts WR:

T.Y. Hilton

Hilton has been targeted 41 times in the passing game but has caught just 22 passes for 294 yards with no touchdowns. He caught seven balls for 67 yards last week.

Donte Moncrief

The second year receiver has three touchdowns catches on the year. Has been targeted 35 times and caught 23 passes for 275 yards and averaging 12 yards per reception. In the win against Jacksonville Moncrief caught six balls for 75 yards.

Houston Texans QB:

Ryan Mallett

This is a sore spot for the Texans coaching staff. Brian Hoyer was the opening week starter and lost his job to Ryan Mallett after week one when Houston dropped a home game to Kansas City. Mallett has hit on 51.8% of his throws for 720 yards with three touchdowns and two picks.

Houston Texas RB:

Alfred Blue

With the injury to Arian Foster it has been Blue getting the bulk of the carries. Alfred Blue has run for 214 yards on 51 carries. In the loss against Atlanta on the road last week Blue rushed for 17 yards on six carries.

Houston Texas WR:

DeAndre Hopkins

He leads the Texans in targets by a wide margin with 61. Hopkins has 31 receptions for 409 yards with three touchdowns on the year. In the loss at Atlanta last week Hopkins was targeted 22 times and has nine receptions for 157 yards which averaged 17.4 points per reception.

Cecil Shorts

The fifth year wide out has caught 22 balls for 236 yards and a touchdown. Shorts was targeted ten times last week and grabbed six passes for 87 yards with a touchdown with a long reception for 42 yards.

NFL Football Real Money Fantasy Picks

QB: Andrew Luck (Colts)

RB: Frank Gore (Colts)

WR: T.Y. Hilton (Colts), DeAndre Hopkins (Texans)

TE: Coby Fleener (Colts)

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