Fantasy Football 2015: Patriots at Texans Week 14 Preview
New England Patriots (10-2) at Houston Texans (6-6)
Sunday, December 13, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the NFL’s weekend schedule on the Week 14 edition of “Sunday Night Football,” we’ve got an AFC matchup looming between the Patriots and the Texans. New England (10-2) lost a shocker to the Eagles in Week 13 for their first back-to-back losses since 2012. Meanwhile, Houston (6-6) dropped to .500 on a loss to the Bills in their last appearance.
There will be lots of notable fantasy football players out on the field for this game, so let’s take a closer look at a few key names on each side to see what we might be expecting from our rosters in Week 14.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Brady had a pretty good statistical game against the Eagles, thanks to a furious Pats comeback. He’d finish 29-of-56 for 312 yards and three scores, but also tossed a pair of picks.
The good news on Brady is that he has six touchdown passes in the last two weeks following a pretty bad game against the Bills. That’s impressive, given his banged-up receiving corps. He’s an automatic start for fantasy purposes.
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Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans: Despite the loss in Week 13, Hoyer had a nice game statistically. He’d finish 26-of-43 with three touchdown passes and one pick.
That gives Hoyer five touchdowns in the past two games overall. For the most part, he’s been effective when he’s been healthy, logging at least two touchdowns in seven games so far this year. He’s a decent start if you need a lower-end QB this week. This will probably be a high-scoring game.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots: Blount wasn’t able to do much against the Eagles, especially with the team in comeback mode for most of the game. He rushed 13 times for 54 yards and had no catches. James White was the passing-down RB here, with 10 grabs for 115 yards and a TD.
Even though Blount has been the most consistently reliable fantasy RB on the Pats roster this year, it’s getting hard to trust him. Over the last three weeks, he has no more than 56 rush yards or five receiving yards in a game. Look elsewhere for an RB if you can; Blount is just too big of a dice-roll these days and hasn’t been paying off.
Chris Polk, RB, Houston Texans: Polk got the lion’s share of the carries in Week 13 against the Bills, putting up 12 rushes for 61 yards. He’d add one 11-yard touchdown on his lone catch.
Polk was used far more than Alfred Blue, who posted just four rushes for 14 yards. It’s really tough telling who’s going to do what in the Houston backfield on a weekly basis, so try to stay away completely unless you’re really desperate.
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots: Amendola was overshadowed by White in the receiving game, but still came up with seven receptions for 62 yards and a TD to lead the wide receivers and tight ends.
After a string of three single-digit outings, Amendola is back in the fantasy conversation with back-to-back double-digit scoring weeks. As long as Gronk and Edelman are banged up, he’s a good fantasy start.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: Hopkins had another nice week against the Bills, putting up five receptions for 88 yards and a score. It was a nice bounce-back from the New Orleans game, where he logged just 36 yards on five catches.
Hopkins has five catches in each of the last four weeks, with four total touchdowns in that span. He’s broken 100 yards just once in the last six games, but with his scoring capabilities that hardly matters. Automatic fantasy start everywhere.
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