The Texans are set to trade WR DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Wow. Hopkins is an elite receiver in the prime of his career with 3 years remaining on a manageable contract. It's a mind-boggling move by the Texans, leaving Will Fuller and Kenny Stills atop the depth chart for now. Those 2 are big winners here, while QB Deshaun Watson's fantasy stock takes a significant hit. QB Kyler Murray, meanwhile, gets the legitimate #1 WR that he was missing last year. He looks like a top-5 QB in 2020 fantasy drafts. Hopkins should easily remain a WR1 in a pass-leaning offense piloted by an accurate QB.
Update: Schefter reports that the Cardinals are receiving Hopkins and a late-round pick in exchange for RB David Johnson and a 2nd-rounder. Other picks are involved in the trade. Hopkins is expected to get a new contract from Arizona.
Update: The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports it's Hopkins and a 4th-round pick to Arizona for Johnson, a 2020 2nd-rounder and a 2021 4th-rounder.
Texans WR Kenny Stills (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Titans. Other starters like QB Deshaun Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins aren't expected to play much, if at all, as long as the Chiefs knock off the Chargers.
The Texans "won't take any chances" in their game against the Titans this afternoon, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweets. Houston will have "several starters on the sidelines even if they aren’t inactive," per Rapoport. That might change if the Chiefs lose to the Chargers in the 1 pm ET time slot, giving the Texans a shot to climb into the #3 seed. But if Kansas City wins, don't expect to see much of QB Deshaun Watson or WR DeAndre Hopkins. WR Kenny Stills and RBs Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson could also be limited.
Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Monday that he has no plans to rest his starters in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Titans. Houston can still climb into the #3 seed -- but only if the Chiefs lose to the Chargers. That game will be over by the time the Texans kick off at 4:25 pm ET, so the game might be completely meaningless. That means there's at least some chance O'Brien changes his mind and sits guys like QB Deshaun Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins. Those guys come with elevated risk in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
Texans WR Kenny Stills (hamstring) put in a full week of practice and will return for Sunday’s game against the Colts after missing the previous 2 weeks. It’s a boost to QB Deshaun Watson’s outlook, but Stills would be a desperation Week 7 fantasy play. His return also figures to cut into WR Keke Coutee’s playing time.
The Dolphins are trading WR Kenny Stills and LT Laremy Tunsil to the Texans for a "huge package of picks including a first-rounder," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tunsil's arrival obviously helps Texans QB Deshaun Watson, though we liked the Houston passer even with a weak O-line. Stills' arrival is interesting. He obviously joins a much better offense. But does his acquisition point to the team being worried about Keke Coutee's sprained ankle? Or is Stills just a strong 4th wideout? We'll see about that. Back in Miami, meanwhile, the path just got a little clearer for standout rookie WR Preston Williams. He's interesting as an end-of-draft stash and should clearly be owned in all dynasty leagues.
Update: NFL Network reports that Miami is getting a pair of 1st-round picks and a 2nd-rounder.
The Broncos and Texans are close to finalizing a deal that will send WR Demaryius Thomas to Houston in exchange for a mid-round pick, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Texans need an outside WR to pair with DeAndre Hopkins after losing Will Fuller to a torn ACL. Thomas' best days are clearly behind him, but he's a veteran WR who will at least command some defensive attention. From a fantasy standpoint, he's no better than a WR3 the rest of the way. We wouldn't be surprised if rookie WR Keke Coutee out-targets Thomas going forward. The big winner here is WR Courtland Sutton, who becomes the clear #2 WR in Denver. He's been impressive with limited volume this year, averaging a big 19.1 yards per catch. Consider him a weekly WR3 with upside.
Update: The Texans are sending a 4th-round pick to Denver, and the teams will also swap 7th rounders.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) is active for today’s game against the Bills. He remains locked in as a strong QB1.
The Texans expect QB Deshaun Watson to start today against the Bills, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Watson turned up questionable on the final injury report with a chest issue, but he should be good to go for fantasy football lineups.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills after a limited week of practice. He’s fully expected to play, and we’ll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. The fact that he was out there at all early in the week puts him on track to start Sunday's game against the Bills.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson is dealing with a chest injury, according to insider Aaron Wilson. Watson took some big shots in Sunday night's OT win over the Cowboys. But he never left that one and is considered "day-to-day" now. We'll keep an eye on him this week, but Watson should be fine for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Texans WRs DeAndre Hopkins (foot) and Will Fuller (hamstring) are expected to play against the Titans today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hopkins' status was never in doubt. Fuller missed the opener and remained limited in practice this week, so that hammy is still a concern. He's a risk/reward WR3 for Week 2. Fuller's return is good news for QB Deshaun Watson.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson (knee) avoided the PUP list to open training camp. This was expected after Watson participated in spring workouts and shed his knee brace in June. He's now 9 months removed from tearing his right ACL. Barring a setback, he'll be under center come Week 1. Watson flashed the upside to lead all QBs in fantasy points last year but carries plenty of red flags heading into 2018. He's a risky pick at his 6th- or 7th-round price tag.
Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Monday that QB Deshaun Watson (knee) is "on schedule" to participate in training camp. Reports on Watson's recovery from last November's torn ACL have been glowing all offseason. He'll be about 10 months removed from the injury when the 2018 campaign kicks off. We'll see whether his mobility is compromised, but it's worth noting that Watson has experience returning from this injury after tearing his ACL at Clemson back in 2014.
The Texans added Texas Tech WR Keke Coutee in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Coutee is 1 of the most electric receivers in this year’s class, with 4.4 speed and loads of wiggle. He averaged 15.2 yards per catch over his 3-year college career and enjoyed a breakout 93-1,429-10 2017 campaign. Coutee ranked 10th in yards per route run among all draft-eligible receivers last year, according to Pro Football Focus. The knocks against him? He’s coming from a pass-friendly, non-pro-style offense. And he goes just 5’10, 181 pounds with sub-5th percentile arm length, wingspan and hand size. Coutee’s big-play ability should translate to the pros if he’s deployed properly, though. He has a shot to slide in as the Texans’ #3 WR behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Houston is a building a strong WR corps for QB Deshaun Watson.
Texans HC Bill O'Brien told NFL Network's James Palmer that he's installing an "entirely different offense" that will cater to QB Deshaun Watson's strengths while reducing his risk of injury. Houston averaged a whopping 39 points over a 5-game span prior to Watson's torn ACL last year. But O'Brien is hoping to keep his squad a step ahead of opposing defenses making adjustments to Watson and Co. The new scheme will be complicated by the fact that Watson will be spending most of the offseason rehabbing that knee injury. We'll see how much he's able to do in training camp -- and if he's able to get on the field during the preseason. He won't be among the safer picks in 2018 fantasy drafts, but Watson's ceiling extends to the very top of the QB rankings.
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