2018’s Best Fantasy Football Player: DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver
2018’s Biggest Fantasy Football Disappointment: Any Myriad of WRs Hyped at Some Point Throughout the Season
2019 Fantasy Football Draft Wishlist: Offensive Line, Running Back
The Houston Texans had a very specific game plan on offense in 2018. His name was DeAndre Hopkins. Going into 2019, their game plan needs to include more than Hopkins with a dash of Lamar Miller thrown in for good measure. Luckily, Will Fuller should do well in his four or five games this season, and Keke Coutee should be a quality WR2 this season. Lamar Miller has been wonderful for fantasy football in his Houston tenure, but the Texans should snag his replacement. Also, Deshaun Watson is one of the best young quarterbacks in the game, but he needs more protection.
Houston Texans Fantasy Football Draft Wishlist, Item 1: Offensive Line
Poor Deshaun Watson had to test his rebuilt knee way too often in 2018. He was sacked the most in the NFL, and by a wide margin. In fact, he was sacked on average more times in a single game (3.9 sacks per game) than Andrew Luck was from weeks five through twelve (two total sacks). If the Texans don’t use multiple picks to shore up the offensive line so bad that PFF’s analysis called a Below Average Guard was a bright spot. No team allowed more sacks, no team allowed more quarterback hits, and no offensive line is in more dire need of a desperate overhaul to better protect the QB.
Houston Texans Fantasy Football Draft Wishlist, Item 2: Running Back
Lamar Miller is a poor man’s Frank Gore. Not in that Lamar Miller is that caliber of back, or has shown that kind of longevity. He’s a poor man’s Frank Gore because, in the last few years of his prime, Frank Gore was always criminally underdrafted in fantasy football circles. He’d churn out season after season of RB24 or better production. Week after week. But prognosticators didn’t want to be left holding the bag, so they foretold his doom, depressing his value. The same has happened to Lamar Miller in his time with Houston. He never became the massive star fantasy football twitter thought he would, but he hasn’t finished a season outside the RB2 ranks on a per game basis (so not accounting for attrition), and has only missed a couple of games per season, so he has been somewhat durable.
D’Onta Foreman could come back and take over for Lamar Miller, but he would literally be the first RB to produce after tearing his Achilles tendon. Fantasy football owners need fresh blood in Houston, and someone like an Elijah Holyfield could be the answer, or they could complement Miller with someone like Benny Snell to help preserve Miller.
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