Schaub is on fire. He has averaged 309 yards passing with six touchdown passes in his last three games. Up next is a Minnesota pass defense that gives up 219.4 yards a game. The Vikings have an aggressive defense but Schaub is playing at an extremely level and is a Must Start against any defense right now. Keep riding the wave while it lasts.
Slaton continues to be the main man in the Houston running game. He's scored in each of the past two games while averaging 64 rushing yards a game in that span. He won't find it easy against a Minnesota run defense that gives up only 70.7 yards a game. Slaton's versatility gives him flex value in many leagues but you should lower your expectations for him this week if you start him because it won't be easy.
Green suffered a leg injury last week but the Texans are hopeful he'll be able to play on Sunday. Even if he does, he's a poor option as the backup RB against this strong run defense. He isn't worth starting in any league this week.
Johnson is having a stellar season. He has caught 56 passes in the first seven games with two touchdowns and is making big plays all over the field. The Vikings have major issues in terms of pass coverage and they will struggle to stay with the talented Johnson. He is one of the game's elite WRs so you know you start him against any defense.
Walter is coming off another productive game as he scored twice in last week's win over the Bengals. With the Texans unable to run this week, Schaub will be a passing machine so Walter stands to get plenty of targets with a touchdown very likely. He's a fine WR3 most weeks and this week he could delver WR2 production.
Daniels is the best TE in the league nobody talks much about. He has 32 receptions and two TDs through seven games and remains a critical element in the Houston passing attack. This is a great week to start the key options in the Texans' passing game so look for Owens to deliver nicely.
Brown is a fine kicker who is being hurt by his offense's proficiency in the Red Zone. The Texans are scoring TDs like mad and that has resulted in Brown failing to receive a FG attempt in the past two games. On the road against the Vikings, though, should be a different story. Brown will deliver 7+ points for his owners this week, making him a solid starting option.
The Texans scored again last week on a special teams touchdown and have generated some surprising production in recent weeks. Gus Frerotte is putting up good yardage numbers but he will throw the ball into coverage so a turnover or two is very probable. Combine that with Mario Williams' pass-rushing ability and the Texans aren't the worst reach this week in larger leagues.
Frerotte is becoming a very viable fantasy starter. He has thrown for more than 295 yards in each of his past two starts with three TDs in that span. The Texans give up 207 yards through the air but the Vikings have become more vertical with Frerotte and will put Houston's secondary to the test. If you're looking for a quality sleeper pick at QB this week, Frerotte is a good place to turn.
All Day is starting to warm up. He's topped 110 yards rushing in each of his last two games while scoring twice. The Texans give up 119.6 rushing yards a game so this is a great matchup for Peterson to exploit. He'll extend his streak of 100-yard rushing games to three with another big game this week.
Taylor was more involved in the Vikings' last game, getting 16 touches (including six receptions) and a TD in the loss to the Bears. Whether that continues is the question. The Vikings haven't shown any indication thus far they want to give Taylor a healthy number of touches so while this matchup is very enticing, he brings with him considerable risk. If you're going to gamble with him, do so as a RB3 in PPR leagues this week.
Berrian is on a roll with Frerotte at QB. He's caught at least five passes in each of his last four games and has topped 75 yards receiving in his last five. He's clicking nicely with Frerotte and will test a soft Houston secondary. Look for him to continue producing quality fantasy numbers.
The Vikings are hoping Rice will finally be at 100 percent after battling a knee injury since Week 1. He is a strong Red Zone option as the No. 2 WR but it's best not to expect too much as he could be rusty given how little he has played of late. A TD is possible but 3-4 receptions and modest receiving yardage is more realistic.
Wade has played very well in place of Rice but with the second-year WR back, Wade's value takes a major hit. Should Rice encounter a setback during practice this week, Wade is a strong sleeper pick as a WR3 in PPR leagues. But if Rice practices fully and returns to the starting lineup, Wade isn't worth starting.
Shiancoe has become a decent TE option this season. He has only 17 receptions but three of those have gone for touchdowns, which is where his value resides. Frerotte will look for him in the Red Zone so if you need to dig deep he could produce. But he's not very consistent which makes him a reach only.
Longwell is having a fine fantasy season. He has made 16 of 19 FG attempts so far and will get a couple of chances at least this week in what is shaping up to be a high-scoring affair. Start him with confidence.
The Vikings will be tested by the red-hot Matt Schaub this week. For the season, Minnesota is outstanding against the run but vulnerable through the air. Playing at home gives them confidence and their aggressive mentality will pay off in at least two turnovers. The Vikings are a week-to-week defensive play, but at home and fresh off the bye they are worth a look this week.