Texans' 2013 Not-So Fantasy Football Season
By Emin Avakian
The 2013 fantasy football season is over! You can all breathe.
How did I fare in my leagues? Glad you asked. Two third-place finishes, one runner-up and don't ask about the other one.
In the leagues I did well in, I did not draft the disappointment that was Arian Foster. I also did not have Matt Schaub as one of my quarterbacks. Talk about an uncalled for shot at Foster and Schaub.
But really, Andre Johnson was the lone Texan to compile respectable statistics this season (103 receptions, 1358 yards and five touchdowns=217.30 fantasy points). There were ten receivers ahead of Johnson in the fantasy football season: Josh Gordon, Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, A.J. Green, Antonio Brown, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Eric Decker and Dez Bryant. Side note: Andre Johnson is older than all of them.
DeAndre Hopkins proved to be a nice sleeper pick, catching 48 balls for 767 yards in his rookie campaign; 110 surprising fantasy points, mostly from the bench I'm guessing.
Among eligible quarterbacks, Schaub scored better than Jason Campbell, teammate Case Keenum, Matt Cassell, Michael Vick, Jake Locker and Brandon Weeden. Of course, none of those players started every game. Keenum, Vick, Locker and Weeden will be holding the clipboard on Sunday. Schaub was projected as 142nd overall going into the season, good for 23rd among quarterbacks and above the likes of Phillip Rivers. However, more interceptions than touchdowns puts Schaub at a dissatisfying 275th overall. Rivers? 15th overall and seventh among quarterbacks.
Most disheartening of them all, however, was Foster. The former pro-bowl running back's one touchdown and injury-riddled season has him ranked below Schaub among all players and Jacquizz Rogers among running backs. Rogers split carries with Steven Jackson this season, and I'd bet he was not drafted in most leagues. Foster, meanwhile, had high expectations as a projected first-round selection. Of the top-10 projected running backs, Doug Martin, CJ Spiller, Trent Richardson and Foster did not prove to be smart decisions.
Ben Tate was picked up by many shortly after Foster was placed on the IR. Tate didn't put anyone over the edge, however, and had pedestrian numbers (771 rushing yards, four touchdowns). His 34 receptions were a nice bonus in PPR leagues (points per receptions for the non-addicts).
Houston's tight ends were hit or miss. Garrett Graham exceeded expectations with 49 receptions, 545 yards and five touchdowns. Like Foster, Owen Daniels missed a brunt of the season, much to the chagrin of his fantasy owners.
If you really want to dig deep, Houston's defense was fourth among team defenses going into this year's fantasy draft, below Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago. Care to take a guess where Houston finished? Dead last, baby! They managed to give their fantasy owners, or lack thereof, 68 fantasy points for the season, roughly 4.8 points/week.
How did the kicker do, you ask? Randy Bullock fared better than nine kickers. His 25 PATs were second-to-last among full-time kickers. Talk about an uncalled for shot at the Texans offense.
To recap, if you drafted Lesean McCoy instead of Foster in the first round, went with, say, Ryan Tannehill instead of Schaub or Keenum as your emergency quarterback (QB2 in two-quarterback leagues), were lucky enough to grab Andre Johson as your second receiver, and basically, avoided any Houston Texan and its defense, then congratulations on making the playoffs.