ESPN reported on Sept. 30 that the Tennessee Titans starting running back, Chris Johnson, has lost the respect of opposing defenses who “are not stacking the box to stop Johnson.” This hurts the Tennessee offense, as they rely solely on a second-year quarterback to cover the slack. Here is a look at what you can expect from a fantasy football perspective in the Texans vs. Titans game in Week 4.
Matt Schaub – Matt Schaub proved his toughness when he was hit so hard, his helmet flew off, taking part of his ear with him, only to return one play later. He has 751 yards on the season, with five touchdowns and only one interception. He also has the Texans ranked No. 1 in the new NFL AP poll. Expect him to shred the Tennessee Titans’ defense, with over 300 yards and multiple touchdowns in the game.
Arian Foster – Another player who will enjoy playing the Titans defense is Arian Foster, arguably the best running back in fantasy football. He heads in with back-to-back 100-yard games. Both Stevan Ridley and Mikel Leshoure broke 100 yards against the Titans, so Foster should run wild in this game.
Andre Johnson/Kevin Walter – When healthy, Andre Johnson is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He is playing through a groin injury, but still has 13 receptions for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He is a good starting wide receiver this week, but he may not get the big yards with the sore groin. As always, Kevin Walter is too inconsistent to ever trust.
Owen Daniels – Owen Daniels is a middle-of-the-road tight end. He gets multiple catches each week, so he is a solid No. 1 in PPR leagues, but in standard leagues he is a borderline No. 2.
Jake Locker – Jake Locker has been up and down, but had an amazing 378 yard, two touchdown performance in Week 3. That was also the first time he didn’t throw an interception in a game as well. Houston has an amazing defense this year and Locker is not a recommended start, despite last week’s performance.
Chris Johnson – Last week, fantasy football owners were told to give Chris Johnson another chance. He ran for 24 yards and blamed his offensive line. He is no longer a quality start, and against the Texans, the one-time best runner in the NFL should sit.
Nate Washington/Kenny Britt – Nate Washington has seven receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns on the season, but 112 of those yards came in Week 3. Against Houston, sit Washington and wait for a better matchup. Kenny Britt is questionable, and there is a chance he doesn’t play, so ignore all the Titans’ receivers this week.
Jared Cook – Jared Cook might be worth a look this week. With the Texans defense shutting down the pass attack, and Chris Johnson worthless, Jared Cook might be all that is left. He has 11 receptions for 164 yards and a touchdown and might be in for a good week as a low-level starter.
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