Week 10 Recap:
Texans @ Jaguars
Dolphins @ Chargers
Written By: Adam Drewery
So I wanted to shake things up a bit this week. Primarily because, like a lot of you, I have a “real job” that actually pays the bills. This only leaves me so much time to spend on film study and/or writing these articles. It takes me about 1 – 1.5 hours to review each game, but gathering statistics on so many players can take quite a bit of time. We’re going to try a new format to hopefully touch on more fantasy pertinent topics, and it will hopefully be more of a focus on what I saw on tape. There will still be statistics included, but there won’t be quite as many. With that, let’s get to it.
– Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars –
Well, this was a very Chiefs-like game for the Texans. They got up 14 – 7 early and then held the Jags to a field goal through the 2nd and 3rd quarter. They seemed content to slowly move down the field with shorter passes and running the ball. At the end of the day, they got the W so you can’t criticize them too much, but man this was an ugly game. The Texans offensive line is playing a little better than they were in the beginning of the season, but they are still not a great unit yet.
Brock has played well at times throughout the year, but he has struggled to get into a rhythm with Hopkins. It looked like they were finally starting to click early in the game, but then Brock went to over and under throwing Hopkins. There were a few plays where it looked like there was some miscommunication between the two, but I couldn’t tell you which one zigged when they should have zagged. Hopkins did snag a 10-yard catch that wound up sealing the game, and he was targeted 11 times. So they’re trying to get him involved. I just think they’re going to play it close to the vest unless they are forced to open up the offense. As a result, I have a hard time trusting Hopkins as more than a WR3. He’s got upside, certainly, but it requires help from things he can’t necessarily control.
Lamar Miller wound up getting injured with around three minutes to go in the first half, but he came back in the second half. Miller’s workload was already being reduced over the last few weeks, but he is still the best running back on the Texans. He broke a 45 yard run which would have been a TD if not for Myles Jack chasing him down from behind. Alfred Blue also got banged up against the Jags, which gave Akeem Hunt some run. He certainly flashed, but I’m not quite ready to buy it just yet. I will certainly be watching Hunt’s role in the offense. The coaching staff reportedly is saying he has earned more playing time; he certainly has a lot of speed and seemed to provide a bit of a spark for the offense. However, Miller was in on the final drive of the game to salt the game away. I still value Miller as an RB2, but I didn’t see anything on film that led me to believe that, if he can stay healthy, he will still get the majority of the work in the backfield.
Houston Texans running backs against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
I’m still buying into Fiedorowicz. Sure, Griffin and Anderson both caught a touchdown, but they were both wide open in the end zone. On Griffin’s touchdown, it looked like Fiedorowicz was the second read and could have easily been his touchdown. Anderson got his touchdown on his only target in the game. Fiedorowicz made several really tough catches in traffic that I don’t know that Griffin would have made. Griffin will probably have games where he catches touchdowns, but nothing he put down on film this week made me think this trend would continue.
Allen Robinson was the benefactor of some garbage time love. He caught his touchdown and a 2-point conversion on the Jags final drive of the game. I’ve been saying it all year, Robinson has been fine. Bortles had just been throwing him nearly impossible balls to catch. I can’t trust Robinson as more than a WR2, even though the usage has been there lately – he has seen double digit targets each of the last three games. It’s more a matter of whether or not Bortles can keep throwing the ball anywhere within Robinson’s huge catch radius. Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee are both WR3/flex plays both because of limited workload and, again, Bortles. Julius Thomas is very unimpressive on film as well. He actually gets decently thrown passes, but he dropped several easy catches that could have helped extend drives. He got one for the touchdown, and a lot of times with tight ends that’s all you can hope for.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers against the Houston Texans.
With Nathaniel Hackett calling the plays there was supposed to be an increased reliance on the run. I’m still not sure that has happened yet. Regardless, the running backs can’t get much going when they’re consistently met in the back field. Yeldon is an elusive runner; he has a lot of wiggle ability. He also displayed some good power in this game. I remember Clowney being taken for a bit of a ride when he met Yeldon at the line on one play. I think Yeldon looks better on tape. Ivory is a very angry runner, but he’s not going to get good yardage if he can’t run downhill. Until the Jags can get a consistent run game going, I don’t think you can value either back as anything more than a flex play.