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Houston Texans
Ralph Wilson Stadium | Sunday, November 01 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Texans 24, Bills 16
Buffalo Bills
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Schaub
250 pass yards, 3 pass TD, 1 INT
Ladies and gentlemen, your NFL yardage and TD leader, Matt Schaub. Schaub had another 2 TDs to 0 INT in the Texans 24-20 win over the Niners Week 7. He has 16 TD now. This is a tough matchup against the Bills 10th ranked pass defense especially because NFL WR yardage leader Andre Johnson left the game with a chest injury. While certainly monitoring Johnson's status, Schaub is a good start, a true No. 1 fantasy QB.
RBSteve Slaton
3 rec, 40 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 55 rush yards
Slaton had 2 TDs against the Niners (19 carries for 43 yards, 1 TD, 4 rec for 22 rec yards, 1 rec TD), and has very quietly been putting up quality fantasy numbers, despite not having a 100-yard rushing game on the year. That said, the lack of yardage is troubling, as is his habit of putting the ball on the ground this year (4 fumbles lost). Nevertheless, he's a quality No. 2 fantasy RB option against the Bills.
WRAndre Johnson
6 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD
Johnson hurt his chest in the 4th quarter against the Niners and had to leave the game. He has 38 catches and an NFL leading 634 yards on the year and is one of the best WRs in the league. Obviously, if he's healthy he's a must start. Monitor his injury situation.
WRKevin Walter
3 rec, 30 yards
Walter only caught 3 passes for 29 yards against the Niners, his second consecutive 3 catch 29 yard game. He is no more than a low end No. 3 option, and that's only because of the offense's vast potential, but mightn't be a terrible bye week replacement if Johnson is hurt.
TEOwen Daniels
5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
Had 7 catches for 123 yards against the Niners with 1 TD. He's got 5 TD on the year now. Daniels has become a top tier starting option. Get him in there like swim wear.
KKris Brown
3 PATs, 1 FG
Brown was good from 50 yards against the Niners. He's only 6 for 9 on the year, which is neither a good percentage, nor a decent number of attempts. He's not a great fantasy option, mostly because of Schaub's red zone efficiency.
Defense
21st in YPG and 20th in PPG, Houston is a mediocre unit at best. They squandered an early shutout attempt against San Fran by allowing backup Alex Smith to come in and torch them. They're a decent bye week replacement, however, against a Buffalo offense that ranks 24th in the league in PPG.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBRyan Fitzpatrick
110 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
The Harvard kid should get another start after leading the Bills to a second straight win. He's not trying to do too much, going just 11/22 for 123 yards with 1 TD in the Bills win against the Panthers. His numbers don't merit a start, unless as a last ditch flex or bye week option.
RBFred Jackson
20 rush yards
Split carries with Marshawn Lynch against the Jets two weeks ago, but had his workload drastically reduced against the Panthers last week. Only carried 5 times for 2 yards and was stopped in the end zone for a safety. He is only worth owning now as a handcuff to Lynch.
RBMarshawn Lynch
55 rush yards
Lynch had 17 carries for 49 yards and his first TD of the year against the Panthers. That's not very much yardage against the 28th ranked run defense in Carolina. He hasn't had more than 19 carries or 69 yards on the year. Consider him a low end No. 2, and a good No. 3 RB against the Texans 21st ranked run defense
WRTerrell Owens
2 rec, 45 yards
T.O. had 3 catches for 27 yards against the Panthers. He only has 18 catches for 242 yards with 1 TD on the season. In some circles, that's knows as
WRLee Evans
5 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD
Evans had 5 rec for 75 rec yards and a TD against the Panthers. He's had two good games in a row and seems to be a favorite target of Fitzpatrick. He had a good game against a Carolina D that's 2nd in the league against the pass and is a decent No. 3 WR option against the Texans.
KRian Lindell
1 PAT, 3 FGs
He went 2 for 2 against the Panthers to bring him to 12 for 14 on the year. Lindell is a good kicker and an advisable fantasy start, as he is a key scoring option on a low scoring team.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
12th in the league in PPG and 24th in YPG, the Bills had another good game against the Panthers last week, picking off Jake Delhomme 3 times. They're not an advisable start though, against Schaub and the high-octane Texans offense, 10th in the league in YPG.
 
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