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Raiders QB Matt Schaub sat out Sunday's practice with a sore elbow.  “He came in yesterday afternoon with a little soreness in his elbow," HC Dennis Allen said. "We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow and kind of take that day by day."  It doesn't sound like Schaub is in danger of missing Week 1, but this is just another reason to stay far, far away from him in fantasy drafts.  Schaub has been brutal this preseason, completing just 51.5% of his passes, averaging 4.6 yards per attempt and failing to throw a TD.  We'll see rookie Derek Carr under center for Oakland before long.  He took 1st-team reps with Schaub sidelined Sunday.

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4 months ago

Per Raiders insider Scott Bair, QB Matt Schaub will start 16 games if “all goes according to plan.” The coaching staff is reportedly confident in a bounce-back season from Schaub. They also want to develop rookie QB Derek Carr slowly, despite an impressive offseason from the Fresno State product. Carr remains a decent bet to start games in 2014, but a lack of weapons make both QBs avoidable in redraft leagues.

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The Raiders are "firmly committed" to QB Matt Schaub, according to Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter.  That makes sense considering they'll be paying him $8 million guaranteed this year.  Oakland added QB Derek Carr in the 2nd round of the draft, but his game needs refinement.  Trotter hears it'd take something "catastrophic" for Carr to start this season.  That might be a bit of an exaggeration.  In fact, we'd bet on Carr seeing the field late this year.  But he's not worth considering in your redraft league.  Schaub is just a low-end QB2.

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8 months ago

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Raiders will trade a late-round pick to the Texans in exchange for QB Matt Schaub.  It's another curious move from Oakland's front office considering the Texans were fully expected to release Schaub.  Now the Raiders will lose a draft pick and pay him $11 million this season.  Making that kind of coin, Schaub is obviously the heavy favorite to be Oakland's Week 1 starter.  The 32-year-old is coming off an ugly 2013 campaign that saw him toss 10 TDs and 14 INTs in 10 appearances.  Schaub racked up 22 scores vs. just 12 INTs the year prior, though, and sports a 130:84 TD-to-INT ratio for his career.  He's also completed at least 61% of his passes in each of his 7 seasons as a starter.  We'll see if Schaub can bounce back in 2014, but he should at least be a significant upgrade over last year's trio of Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and Matt Flynn.  Even so, Schaub won't be more than an unexciting QB2 in fantasy. 

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Texans QB Matt Schaub will attempt to play through torn ligaments in his ankle.  "He may not be 'right' all season," Rapoport adds.  This sounds like an excuse for Houston to stick with QB Case Keenum at least in Week 9.  The former undrafted free agent held up well in his 1st career start, completing 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards.  Most importantly, he didn't turn the ball over against a tough Chiefs defense.  Houston should announce its Week 9 starter by Wednesday.

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Texans HC Gary Kubiak called QB Matt Schaub (ankle) an "end-of-the-week decision" for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.  It sounds like Schaub avoided a significant injury, but it might be still enough for the Texans to roll with either T.J. Yates or Case Keenum.  Kubiak said he'll prepare both guys to start this week.  It's obviously a situation to avoid in fantasy.

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Texans QB Matt Schaub didn't return after injuring his ankle in the 2nd half of Sunday's game.  But he said afterward that he wanted to re-enter.  Insider John McClain spotted him walking in the locker room “without a problem.”  Schaub will undergo additional testing, and we should learn more tomorrow.  He was INT-free against the Rams but threw for just 186 yards without a TD.  QB T.J. Yates tossed a pick-6 on his 5th pass of the afternoon and finished with 2 INTs.  There are calls for QB Case Keenum in Houston.

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Texans QB Matt Schaub left in the 2nd half of Sunday's game with an ankle injury.  QB T.J. Yates entered and tossed a pick-6 on his 5th throw.  We'll update Schaub's status when we learn more.

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Texans HC Gary Kubiak announced QB Matt Schaub as his Week 6 starter.  "Was a tough decision," Kubiak added.  It sounds like Schaub might be playing for the starting job this Sunday.  And he won't be on a long leash.  The good news is that he has a matchup against a Rams defense that has given up 11 passing TDs with just 3 INTs so far this year.  Still, Schaub is too risky to use in fantasy.

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Texans HC Gary Kubiak refused to fully endorse Matt Schaub as his starting QB on Monday.  “He is,” Kubiak said when asked if Schaub was still the starter. “But I’m in the evaluation process. It’s been a rough three weeks, and we’ve got to get the corner turned.”  The coaching staff figures to pore through tape over the next couple days.  We're guessing they'll conclude that Schaub still gives them a better chance to win than T.J. Yates.  Obviously, Schaub shouldn't be in your Week 6 fantasy lineup, despite a plus matchup against the Rams.

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Texans QB Matt Schaub was benched after a late 3rd-quarter INT on Sunday night.  It was his 3rd pick of the game, giving him 9 through 5 games.  That's almost two-thirds of the way to his career high (15 back in 2009).  Schaub looks completely shell-shocked, airmailing balls over open receivers and not seeing defenders in throwing lanes.  QB T.J. Yates will finish out the game for Houston.  We'll see who HC Gary Kubiak goes with for next Sunday's game against the Rams.

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There are calls for QB T.J. Yates in Houston after QB Matt Schaub threw a game-turning pick-6 in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.  HC Gary Kubiak shot down any ideas of a QB controversy on Monday.  "How short of a leash is he on? He's our quarterback," Kubiak said.  Despite tossing pick-6s in 3 straight games, Schaub shouldn't be close to losing the starting job at this point.  But the fact that it's even a topic of debate tells you all you need to know about his fantasy outlook.  Despite some big numbers to open the season, Schaub is only a QB2.

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Texans QB Matt Schaub (Lisfranc) has been medically-cleared for the start of training camp.  Although he was held out of all OTAs and minicamp practices, Schaub's rehab has been ahead of schedule all offseason.  He declared himself 100% back in early-June, and now the doctors concur.  The injury shouldn't be an issue in 2012, but Schaub should still only be considered a fantasy backup with a thin group of pass-catchers on a run-first offense.

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Texans trainer Geoff Kaplan confirmed that QB Matt Schaub (Lisfranc) will be a full-go when training camp opens next month.  Schaub is paying one more visit to Dr. Robert Anderson in 2 weeks and expects to get full medical clearance.  He sat out OTAs and minicamps as a precaution but led workouts with a handful of teammates this past week.  "I think we all expect Matt to be out there the 1st day of training camp without any issues," Kaplan said.  We'll still be keeping a close eye on Schaub because that was a serious injury he suffered last year, but it doesn't sound like it'll be a factor in 2012.

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2 years ago

Texans QB Matt Schaub declared himself back to 100% after late-November Lisfranc surgery.  “I’m ready to go,” Schaub said.  He missed OTAs and will also sit out next week's minicamp, but HC Gary Kubiak confirmed that the team is simply playing it safe with their field general.  Schaub will be a full-go for training camp.  Sitting 9th among QBs before going down last season, he can still get the job done.  But piloting a run-first offense with a mediocre group of pass-catchers, we view Schaub as more of a fantasy backup in 2012.

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Texans HC Gary Kubiak confirmed that QB Matt Schaub (Lisfranc) is being held out of OTAs as a precautionary measure.  “Matt is fine," Kubiak said.  "Matt, to be honest with you, could probably do individuals, could do 7-on-7, but we’re just being smart with him. When you haven’t passed a physical, you’re not going to step on the field."  Schaub is still expected to be ready for training camp in a couple months.

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2 years ago

As expected, Texans QB Matt Schaub (Lisfranc) is being held out of OTAs.  He underwent surgery last November and another follow-up procedure in mid-April.  The team is playing it safe here, and Schaub is still expected to be ready for training camp in a couple months.  We'll see how that foot holds up in preseason action.

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