Fantasy Player Projections
Reliant Stadium | Sunday, October 04 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Texans 24, Raiders 10
Pos. Player Projection
QB JaMarcus Russell
110 pass yards, 2 INTThe former No. 1 pick has tossed for 378 yards with just one touchdown and four picks in 2009. He's a sleeper of Rip Van Winkle proportions.
RB Darren McFadden
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 65 rush yards, 1 rush TDMany fantasy owners reached for McFadden in drafts based on the running back's tantalizing promise. So far, it's gone unfulfilled. He's just too talented to keep on your bench, but you can only carry the guy for so long.
RB Michael Bush
4 rec, 25 rec yards, 35 rush yardsThe popular handcuff for McFadden is also struggling to make a fantasy impact on such an anemic offense.
WR Louis Murphy
3 rec, 35 yardsOwners formed an orderly queue at the waiver wire for Murphy's services after the rookie caught four balls for 87 yards in the season opener, but he's come up empty since.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
2 rec, 15 yardsOne catch in three games. Stay away.
TE Zach Miller
2 rec, 25 yardsAre we sensing a theme? Few if any Raiders are worth a start in any fantasy format.
K Sebastian Janikowski
1 PAT, 1 FGA middle-of-the-road option whose value is undercut by Oakland's anemic offense.
1 sack, 1 INTThey haven't coughed up a ton of points, but they're not exactly ball hawks either. If you took a punt on these guys, hit the waiver wire and see what you can come up with.
Pos. Player Projection
QB Matt Schaub
220 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INTSchaub overcame a lackluster Week 1 performance to post back-to-back outings with 300 yards passing. That impressive form should carry through another week once the woeful Raiders come to town.
RB Steve Slaton
3 rec, 35 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 45 rush yards, 1 rush TDIf Slaton can hold on to the ball, this could be the year he graduates to elite fantasy status. The second-year running back fumbled three times in Houston's first two games but didn't cough it up once in Week 3.
RB Chris Brown
25 rush yardsDo not start. Stash Brown only as a handcuff for Slaton.
WR Andre Johnson
7 rec, 110 yards, 1 TDThe dynamic and prolific Johnson remains a must-start in all formats.
WR Kevin Walter
4 rec, 35 yardsWalter, who missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury, finished with 96 yards through the air and 11 more on the ground. Look for more of the same against the Raiders.
TE Owen Daniels
4 rec, 40 yardsDaniels, who's averaging five catches per game, ranks among the premier fantasy tight ends in the game today.
K Kris Brown
3 PATs, 1 FGHouston's efficient touchdown percentage in the red zone has denied Brown field-goal attempts, but his chances will come. Keep him on your squad.
2 sacks, 2 INTThey've given up more points than any team in the league besides Cleveland or Detroit and they've had trouble forcing turnovers. Time to look elsewhere.