SMITTY: He was inactive last week but appears set to return against the Ravens. With Case Keenum/Thad Lewis as the top passers in Houston right now, it’s tough to know what you’re going to get out of anyone but Arian Foster in Week 16. AJ is a WR3 in most formats, though, and Hopkins can flirt with WR2-type numbers based on his talent alone, but again, with passers like Houston has, a dud week is just as likely as any sort of solid week. Horrible timing for Week 16. If Julio Jones sits (and he will be a Sunday morning call), make sure Harry Douglas (monitor his health) isn’t sitting on waivers, as he is a fine Week 16 plug-and-play if Jones sits. If Jones doesn’t sit, Douglas still has WR3 upside. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: He failed to get medical clearance on Friday, so he remains iffy this week. He if AJ plays, he won’t be 100 percent, so we might see the DeAndre Hopkins show no matter what. Also, Arian Foster (groin) is now probable, so both Foster and Hopkins going to see a grip of action in Week 15. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Looks like we will see more of the DeAndre Hopkins Show in Week 14. Looking for Week 14 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: You have to think the team will lean on Arian Foster more than ever coming out of the bye. But, can Foster hold up? We love Foster, he was on the Upside Board this year among the 12 names listed on the list… however, now is a time to sell-high, as he commands a ton! Don’t sell-low, and don’t even consider selling at fair market value… sell-high or not at all. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: What a fantasy contest this one was. Andrew Luck threw for 370 yards, 3TDs, and 1INT against the Texans in this Week 6 Thursday night battle, and TY Hilton pulled in 9 balls for 223 yards and a score. On the Texans’ side of the football, Andre Johnson pulled in 7 balls for 99 yards and a TD, while Arian Foster totled 109 rushing yards and 2TDs on 20 rushes (and pulled in 3 passes for 32 yards. While I love Hilton, and think he could continue to play at a high level, he isn’t a bad sell-high candidate coming off this one… same goes for Andre Johnson, whom I also like, but he could still be inconsistent this season, so test those trade waters using our Trade Analyzer. Also, looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?
We have so many probable, questionable and out players to report on today, I tossed a majority of them into this one post. It looks like Reggie Bush is going to get a ton of work in Week 5, he is an excellent start this week. Good luck with all your decisions, folks, and be sure to get on our forums and get some last-minute line-up advice!
Probable Players for Week 5
A.J. Green (toe) was limited in practice on Friday, but is probable for Week 5.
Julio Jones (ankle) is probable for Week 5.
Dez Bryant (shoulder) is probable for Week 5.
Jamaal Charles (ankle) is probable for Week 5.
Andre Ellington (foot) is probable for Week 5.
Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is probable for Week 5.
Arian Foster (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Tony Romo (back) is probable for Week 5.
Golden Tate (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Ladarius Green (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Sammy Watkins (ribs) is probable for Week 5.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 5.
Ben Tate is probable for Week 5.
Questionable Players for Week 5
Andre Johnson (ankle) was held out of Friday’s practice and is questionable for Week 5.
Vernon Davis (back) is questionable for Week 5.
Out Players for Week 5
Joique Bell is out for Week 5.
According to chron.com, both Arian Foster and Andre Johnson increased their activity on Tuesday.
SMITTY: Arian Foster reportedly ran well with the first-team, showing good acceleration, and Andre Johnson also saw action with the first-team. All good signs and both have top 5-10 upside at their positions heading into 2014. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings on these guys?
According to Dave Zangaro on Twitter, both Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) and RB Arian Foster (hamstring) are back at practice.
SMITTY: This is great news for both players. If healthy, both have top five upside at their position. Looking for Arian Foster and Andre Johnson Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to houstontexans.com, Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins “has caught nearly everything” in camp and “since Andre’s been out of practice, he’s starred… can’t wait to see him battle with Patrick Peterson on Sunday night…ready for next step.”
SMITTY: We were higher on DeAndre Hopkins than just about any site on the planet heading into the 2013 NFL Draft — I still love his upside. It could take him one more year before he becomes a top 10-15 fantasy WR, but he could certainly show signs of those talent levels here and there in 2014. He is an excellent sleeper fantasy WR3 heading into August. For one more season, Andre Johnson holds fantasy WR1-type value. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to numerous reports, Texans WR Andre Johnson reported to Texans camp on Friday.
SMITTY: This is great news for Andre Johnson owners. As we’ve said several times this off-season, even though we expect to see flashes of brilliance out of DeAndre Hopkins (as Johnson slowly transitions the WR1 targets to the receiver), AJ still likely has one more top 10 fantasy wide receiver season left in him, yes even at 33.