by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/3/13) Over their last five games, the Texans have hit double digits in Fantasy points just once -- against the Jaguars, in Week 12.
As luck would have it, the teams match up again this Thursday, for the second time in 11 days. Over the last five games, the Texans have just two interceptions, one defensive touchdown, and 12 sacks. And while the teams remain essentially the same, the Texans may not be able to hold the Jags to 13 points again (Cecil Shorts has been more involved and Maurice Jones-Drew has been on a bit of a roll), so relying on the DST to hit double digits again is a risky proposition.
The Texans can be left on the waiver wire in most formats.
Johnathan Joseph nets second interception
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/2/13) Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph picked off a Tom Brady pass during a 34-31 loss Week 13 vs. New England. It was his second interception this season and first since Week 4.
Joseph added three solo tackles Sunday and is up to 37 tackles (34 solo) in 12 games. He also has 14 pass defenses.
Texans defense has second-half collapse Week 13
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) The Texans defense played extremely well for one half Sunday vs. New England, but it couldn't stop Tom Brady in the second half from rallying the Patriots to a 34-31 win Week 13. New England finished with 453 yards, including 365 passing.
The Texans held New England to one first-half touchdown, while building a 17-7 halftime lead. Unfortunately, the Patriots made the right halftime adjustments and put up 27 second-half points to rally for the win. Brady finished with 371 passing yards, while Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman each surpassed 100 receiving yards.
Houston had one interception and one sack. The Texans will be back in action Thursday at Jacksonville (Week 14).
The Texans DST has become one of the top options in Fantasy, but they're not at the top like they were last season. True, the unit had 48 sacks with 16 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles (14 recovered) and five touchdowns, but they lost a couple of key starters in free agency (Glover Quin, Connor Barwin) and might have a hard time replacing them. Then again, they'll get Brian Cushing back from injury and if he's working alongside Brooks Reed, J.J. Watt and second-year man Whitney Mercilus then they'll have one of the most dangerous front sevens in the league. The Texans are still worth a late-round pick as a quality Fantasy option. (Updated 4/26/13)