Houston
Texans
Stadium NRG Stadium
1-2-0 Overall | 0-0 AFC SOUTH 2nd
TEAM STATSRUSHINGPASSINGPTS/G
Offense
Defense
Schedule
Preseason
Week 2Thu  8/8
@
Packers
L26-28
Week 3Sat  8/17
vs
Lions
W30-23
Week 4Sat  8/24
@
Cowboys
L0-34
Week 5Thu  8/29
vs
Rams
8:00pm
Regular season
Week 1Mon  9/9
@
Saints
ESPN7:10pm
Week 2Sun  9/15
vs
Jaguars
CBS1:00pm
Week 3Sun  9/22
@
Chargers
CBS4:25pm
Week 4Sun  9/29
vs
Panthers
FOX1:00pm
Week 5Sun  10/6
vs
Falcons
FOX1:00pm
Week 6Sun  10/13
@
Chiefs
CBS1:00pm
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

Their championship odds are 40/1, 2.4% (#16 best). Their 1.7% chance is #14 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. In simulations, they win the AFC 3.8% of the time and are not a good value at 20/1, 4.8%. Our projection is leaning on them to win under 8.5 games. The Texans are averaging 8.4 wins per sim. At +160 the Texans are a good value to make the playoffs with a 47% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 17/4, 19%. They win the division in 37.8% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #7 in the AFC.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

Their 11-5 record last season was way ahead of what was expected of them. Their game-by-game odds gave them a projected record of 9.7-6.3. They went 7-7-2 against the spread (-70 loss). More of their games came in under (9) than went over (7). Based on computer simulations they only have a 37% chance to beat the Saints in their next game. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE STATS WITH LEAGUE RANKINGS

They are an above average scoring team based on points per game, despite a lower offensive TD per play rate. They are an elite scoring defense, despite a relatively low yards per play allowed rank.

TEAM OFFENSE (League Rank):

TEAM DEFENSE:

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by DeAndre Hopkins who is projected to be the #1 WR. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
89 Adams, Jerell TE6-525412/31/19923South Carolina
50 Adams, Tyrell LB6-223004/11/19923West Georgia
37 Addae, Jahleel SS5-1019501/24/19907Central Michigan
88 Akins, Jordan TE6-424304/19/19922UCF
82 Allen, Floyd WR5-1019907/16/19960Ole Miss
9 Anger, Bryan P6-320510/06/19888California
69 Aniebonam, Jesse LB6-326001/05/19960Maryland
23 Bademosi, Johnson DB6-021907/23/19908Stanford
30 Baity, Derrick DB6-318812/23/19960Kentucky
48 Bellamy, Davin LB6-525912/27/19941Georgia
59 Bello, B.J. LB6-322910/31/19942Illinois State
97 Blackson, Angelo DE6-431911/14/19925Auburn
29 Boddy-Calhoun, Briean CB5-919301/21/19934Minnesota
25 Burton, Deante DB6-220507/12/19942Kansas State
14 Carter, DeAndre WR5-819004/10/19932Sacramento State
90 Clowney, Jadeveon OLB6-525502/14/19936South Carolina
51 Cole, Dylan LB6-023705/19/19943Missouri State
22 Colvin, Aaron CB6-019110/02/19916Oklahoma
16 Coutee, Keke WR5-1118701/14/19972Texas Tech
28 Crawford, Xavier DB5-1118712/10/19950Central Michigan
36 Crockett, Damarea RB5-1122512/22/19970Missouri
41 Cunningham, Zach ILB6-323812/12/19943Vanderbilt
8 Daniel, Trevor P6-123112/08/19942Tennessee
70 Davenport, Julie'n T6-732501/09/19953Bucknell
49 Davis, Jamal LB6-424007/09/19950Akron
18 Dixon, Johnnie WR5-1119809/16/19940Ohio State
92 Dunn, Brandon NT6-231009/05/19924Louisville
78 Edwards, Javi NT6-332510/27/19960Colorado
47 Exford, Austin DB6-020005/16/19960Appalachian State
7 Fairbairn, Ka'imi K6-018301/29/19944UCLA
87 Fells, Darren TE6-727004/22/19866California-Irvine
40 Ferguson, Josh RB5-1020505/23/19933Illinois
15 Fuller, Will WR6-018404/16/19944Notre Dame
73 Fulton, Zach G6-532109/23/19916Tennessee
44 Gillaspia, Cullen RB6-223505/12/19950Texas A&M
39 Gipson, Tashaun FS6-121208/07/19908Wyoming
16 Hansen, Chad WR6-220201/18/19952California
93 Heath, Joel DE6-630206/18/19934Michigan State
76 Henderson, Seantrel T6-735101/21/19926Miami (FL)
45 Hendy, A.J. DB6-020604/08/19931Maryland
31 Higdon, Karan RB5-1020209/08/19960Michigan
10 Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-121206/06/19927Clemson
71 Howard, Tytus T6-532205/23/19960Alabama State
38 Howell, Buddy RB6-121803/27/19962Florida Atlantic
67 Huggins, Albert DT6-330506/27/19970Clemson
43 Johnson, Chris SAF6-320011/12/19950North Alabama
27 Johnson, Duke RB5-921009/23/19935Miami (FL)
32 Johnson, Lonnie CB6-221311/04/19950Kentucky
63 Johnson, Roderick T6-630611/28/19953Florida State
13 Johnson, Tyron WR6-119301/08/19960Oklahoma State
--- Jones, Derrick CB6-218812/04/19943Ole Miss
34 Jones, Taiwan RB6-019507/26/19889Eastern Washington
24 Joseph, Johnathan CB5-1118604/16/198414South Carolina
58 Kalambayi, Peter LB6-325406/26/19952Stanford
75 Kalil, Matt T6-731507/06/19898USC
64 Kelemete, Senio G6-330105/10/19907Washington
72 Leonard, Rick T6-731111/22/19961Florida State
65 Mancz, Greg G6-430204/23/19925Toledo
66 Martin, Nick C6-429504/29/19934Notre Dame
2 McCarron, AJ QB6-321509/13/19905Alabama
55 McKinney, Benardrick ILB6-425711/19/19925Mississippi State
59 Mercilus, Whitney OLB6-425807/21/19908Illinois
26 Miller, Lamar RB5-1022104/25/19918Miami (FL)
11 Mitchell, Steven WR5-1018605/02/19941USC
33 Moore, A.J. DB5-112020Ole Miss
94 Omenihu, Charles DE6-528008/20/19970Texas
60 Palmore, Walter DT6-432008/09/19960Missouri
42 Ponder, Jermaine DB6-220001/09/19950St. Francis (PA)
68 Pridgeon, Malcolm G6-731001/20/19950Ohio State
77 Rankin, Martinas T6-531110/20/19942Mississippi State
98 Reader, D.J. DE6-334707/01/19944Clemson
20 Reid, Justin SS6-120302/15/19972Stanford
21 Roby, Bradley CB5-1119405/01/19926Ohio State
57 Scarlett, Brennan OLB6-426307/31/19934Stanford
74 Scharping, Max T6-632708/10/19960Northern Illinois
61 Shakir, Maurquice G6-432610/14/19932Middle Tenn.
17 Smith, Vyncint WR6-320206/09/19962Limestone College
62 Sprinkle, Tracy DT6-328504/18/19950Ohio State
79 Steinmetz, David T6-832103/01/19951Purdue
6 Ta'amu-Perifanos, Jordan QB6-321412/10/19970Ole Miss
83 Thomas, Jordan TE6-527708/02/19962Mississippi State
81 Warring, Kahale TE6-525003/23/19970San Diego State
91 Watkins, Carlos DE6-329712/05/19933Clemson
4 Watson, Deshaun QB6-221509/14/19953Clemson
99 Watt, J.J. DE6-528803/22/19899Wisconsin
86 Weah, Jester WR6-320902/07/19951Pittsburgh
5 Webb, Joe QB6-423111/14/198610UAB
46 Weeks, Jon LS5-1024202/17/198610Baylor
56 Woodson-Luster, Xavier LB6-122008/06/19952Arkansas State