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LITO SHEPPARD AND
THE EAGLES' DEFENSE
Texan Hold 'Em
Owners who�are concerned about production from top receivers on bad teams need not worry about the Texans' fourth-year man Andre Johnson, who is bouncing back from a disappointing 2005 (career lows of 688 yards and two touchdowns). Rookie coach Gary Kubiak has made Johnson a top priority in the offense. As one team source says, "I don't want to criticize what we've done in the past, but Gary came in with the attitude that Andre should have 100 catches a year. We've moved him around more than we ever have, and this staff has just found ways to get him the football."
The presence of 11-year veteran Eric Moulds has helped Johnson, who caught 10 balls for 98 yards and a TD against the Jets on Sunday. Moulds (49 catches for 510 yards) may have lost a couple of steps, but he's still dangerous enough to keep defenses from doubling Johnson on every play. Through Sunday, Johnson led the NFL with a career-best 84 receptions and was on pace to eclipse his '04 career highs of 1,142 yards and six TDs. As long as Houston's line can provide adequate protection for quarterback David Carr, Johnson should remain a reliable performer through the fantasy playoffs.