One week after stinking up the joint against the Titans, Garrard was far more serviceable for his fantasy owners, passing for 317 yards and a TD in the loss to the Vikings. Garrard has thrown for more than 225 yards in three of his past four games but he's only thrown for multiple TDs in a game twice this season. In other words, he's a shaky option even against a vulnerable defense like Houston's. The matchup makes him a viable option but his performance this season doesn't make him a lock by any means. Proceed with caution.
Jones-Drew mustered a meager four yards on three carries last week against the Vikings but he was a terror in the passing game, catching nine passes for 113 yards. He's struggled to get much going on the ground this year but the Texans give up 129 rushing yards a game so this is a good week for him to get untracked. He's always a threat to score no matter the matchup and he'll find the end zone at least once on Monday night.
This continues to be a lost season for Taylor. He rushed for only 20 yards last week in the loss to Minnesota. That marked the eighth time he's been held under 50 yards rushing in a game and the seventh time he's been held under 30. This is a fine matchup but he's not getting it done and Jones-Drew is gobbling up all of the TDs so there's no reason to start Taylor in any league this week.
Jones continues to avoid his looming NFL suspension but he came up small last week, catching only four passes for 37 yards. This is a good matchup for him to get back on track, however, as he caught five passes for 71 yards and a TD in the first meeting with the Texans. Jones remains the top option in the passing game and as long as he continues to elude the long arm of the NFL he's a very viable WR3 in PPR formats especially.
Porter continues to be a non-factor in the passing game. He caught only one pass last week against the Vikings and has only seven receptions in his past four. He's a poor fantasy option in all leagues.
Williams found the end zone last week against Minnesota as part of his three reception for 44 yards performance. He's a weak fantasy player, however, as he's caught more than three passes in a game only once in the past seven weeks. The matchup is promising but Williams isn't playing well enough to gamble on this week. Play it safe and find another WR option for Week 13.
Lewis was more active than usual last week against Minnesota, catching four passes for 41 yards. He should have had a better game but he dropped a TD in the end zone. He's caught at least three passes in five of his last six games so he's emerging as a decent starting option in larger leagues. If you need him there, he's worth a look this week.
Scobee had a rough game last week, missing two of three FG attempts in the loss to the Vikings. He's made only three FGs the past three games so his fantasy value has declined. However, this game should feature plenty of scoring so if you need to dig deep Scobee isn't the worst option to use this week.
The Jags' defense has pretty much fallen apart. They give up 21.8 points per game and have struggled to reach the levels they established in seasons past. They did shut down Gus Frerotte and the Vikings' passing game last week but the Texans pose a greater threat with their multitude of weapons. The good news is Sage Rosenfels will turn the ball over so the Jags have an excellent chance to get some takeaways. They're nothing special from a fantasy perspective and just a so-so option at best this week.
Rosenfels passed for 275 yards and a TD last week but he also threw a pair of INTs in the win over Cleveland. That's been the deal with him since he took over for the injured Matt Schaub -- he'll get his yardage with at least a TD but he will throw some picks. The Jags' pass defense has been very generous in terms of allowing touchdown passes (only three teams have allowed more), so this is a fine matchup for Rosenfels at home. As long as you're not being killed by his turnovers, he should be no worse than a solid starter this week.
Slaton was held in check by the Browns for the most part last week as he rushed for 73 yards on 21 carries. He's battling a rib injury but with Ahman Green sidelined again, he'll continue to carry the load. The Jags give up over 110 rushing yards a game so Slaton has a chance to do well on Monday night. He'll be a solid RB2 so start him there as usual.
Johnson was a PPR stud in week 12 as he caught 10 passes for 116 yards in the win over Cleveland. That marked the fourth time in the past seven games he's reached double figures in receptions. The Jags won't be able to stop him so look for Johnson to deliver another strong game with a TD as well this week.
Walter remains one of this year's best value picks. He had another strong game in Week 12, catching seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. He's had at least four receptions in five of the past seven games with four touchdowns in that span. He's a rock solid WR3 who will flourish again on Monday Night. Start him as usual.
After being one of this season's standout TEs in the first half of the season, Daniels is in a major slump. He caught only three passes last week against the Browns and has only five receptions in his last three games. He's not clicking with Rosenfels so despite the tasty matchup, it's difficult to advocate Daniels with extreme confidence. If you have a better option, sitting Daniels isn't a bad move until he gets more involved in the Houston passing game.
The normally reliable Brown missed a pair of FGs last week although they were from long distance (49 and 56 yards). On the plus side, he's made seven FGs in his past three games and has again become a solid fantasy starter. The Texans will give him 2-3 FG chances again this week so he's looking good if you need him.
The Texans continue to have one of the league's worst defenses. They give up 26.6 points per game and and struggle badly against the run, giving up more than 125 yards a game. They stepped up last week on the road, forcing three turnovers and holding the Browns to just a pair of FGs. Playing at home will help but this defense is not reliable enough to trust in this critical week. Look elsewhere for fantasy help at this position.