Fantasy Football 2013: Texans at Jaguars Week 14 Preview
Houston Texans (2-10) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9)
Thursday, December 5, 8:25 PM ET
TV: NFL Network
The Week 14 edition of “Thursday Night Football” doesn’t look like much on paper. The Houston Texans will be heading to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars in a matchup of two teams that have all but given up on any major success this season. The Texans (2-10) lost a lead against the Patriots in Week 13 and dropped another game. Meanwhile, the Jaguars (3-9) pulled off the upset against the Browns and have now won three of the last four.
Even though the records aren’t much to look at, we’ll be seeing some noteworthy fantasy players in this one. Let’s take a look at some of the important names on both sides so that we can get a feel for what to expect on our rosters.
Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans: The only real bright spot in Keenum’s fantasy line was his rushing touchdown. Otherwise, Ben Tate did pretty much all the work (and we’ll get to that in a second). Keenum ended up with a 15-of-30 line for 272 yards and a pick. That’s his third downer game in a row after he showed some early promise. We can’t think of any fantasy circumstances we’d trust him in, unless you’re in a deep 2-QB league and have to start someone.
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Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Henne had a bad third quarter against the Browns, but he overcame his difficulties and ended up with some pretty good numbers. He posted a 22-of-40 line for 195 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That’s his first multi-TD game this season.
Like Keenum, we don’t really like Henne for anything in fantasy. There are a few other waiver-wire level QBs out there who will likely suit your team better.
Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans: Tate had one of the most electric performances of anyone on Sunday, as he wrecked the Patriots run defense to the tune of 102 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. During the first quarter, Tate was limping a little bit on the sidelines, so if he’s got some kind of an issue it could affect his performance on the short week of preparation. That said, any owners should keep rolling with him as a mid-to-low-end option.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Jones-Drew had a three-game TD streak heading into Week 13, but was unable to take it any further. The Cleveland run defense limited him to 77 yards on 23 carries, which isn’t too bad considering the Browns’ difficulties in stopping the run recently. Jones-Drew still hasn’t broken the century mark this season, but the bright side is that he’s not completely bottoming out, either. He’s a decent play on Thursday and should continue to put up decent numbers.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: After a horrid Week 13 in which the entire Texans offense was incredibly crummy, Keenum and Johnson got back on the same page once again. He did a good job against a pretty good Pats pass defense, notching 121 yards on eight catches. That’s the second time Johnson has broken the century mark in the last three weeks. He’s a no-duh fantasy start, and should stay cemented in your lineup at all times.
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Shorts has been the big man in the Jags’ receiving game for most of the year, but he’s had to deal with the emergence of Ace Sanders recently. Sanders (eight receptions, 67 yards) outperformed Shorts (six receptions, 64 yards) against the Browns, but Shorts was able to get into the end zone. He’s probably good for at least 6-8 points this week, which makes him a nice option in deeper leagues.
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