Fantasy Football 2013: Texans at 49ers Week 5 Preview
Houston Texans (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
Sunday, October 6, 2013; 8:30 PM ET
The Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers will provide a very intriguing end to the Sunday slate of Week 5 NFL games as they clash in Candlestick Park on “Sunday Night Football.” The two teams look pretty similar on paper and are both looking to make a statement in their respective divisions. The 49ers (2-2) thoroughly dominated the Rams last Thursday, while the Texans (2-2) failed to help San Francisco out, falling to the Seahawks in an overtime heartbreaker.
As expected, there will be fantasy considerations all over the place in this key game, so with that in mind let’s take a close-up look at some of the important players who will be having a major impact on your roster.
Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans: Schaub is one of those bye-week fill-in players in fantasy who languishes on your bench throughout the whole year. That said, he’s been putting up starter-type numbers for the most part this season, as evidenced by his 355-yard, two-TD performance in Week 4. Schaub will hit the starting lineup on many rosters this week due to byes, and he should do just fine.
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Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Before Week 4, we were admittedly a little concerned about Kaepernick. He posted a pair of dud performances in Weeks 2 and 3, but came around against the Rams with a 15-for-23 line and a pair of touchdowns. The bothersome thing here is that he’s not throwing for a ton of yardage (sub-200 for the past three games). That’s fine in fantasy if he’s getting rush yardage, but not if he stays in the pocket. Still, Kaepernick remains a solid--if slightly risky--play on Sunday.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: Foster put up sub-par numbers for the first three weeks of the season, which was understandable as he was working himself back into shape after missing the entire preseason. His line looked great against the Seahawks, however: 27 carries for 102 yards; six receptions for 69 yards and a score. Part of that was likely due to Ben Tate being in the doghouse after losing a fumble, but we’ll prefer to be optimists here. Foster is a must-start just about every week.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: After a couple of bad fantasy games to open the season, Gore has produced well. He was on fire against the Rams last Thursday, going for a whopping 153 yards and a score on 20 carries. That’s his highest yardage total since 2009. Don’t expect an exact repeat of the same stats against the Texans, but Gore should be able to hit the ground running after an extended rest period.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: Johnson entered Sunday’s game with a questionable tag due to a shin injury, which likely caused many fantasy owners to shelve him. He responded by grabbing nine balls for 110 yards, however, which likely caused many fantasy owners to slap their own foreheads in disbelief. Johnson’s only had one “bad” game thus far, but he still hasn’t found the end zone. That will come eventually. If you’ve got him, you’re starting him.
Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: For where he was drafted, Boldin has provided some nice fantasy returns thus far. He tallied 90 yards and a score on five grabs against the Rams, which was his biggest game since the 208-yard effort in Week 1. Boldin is the only Niners WR worth starting, and as long as their offense doesn’t flame out completely (like they did in Weeks 2 and 3), he should put up some pretty good numbers.
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