by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/16/13) Even with the Colts easing up with a 20-3 lead to begin the second half, the Texans DST offered little for Fantasy owners Week 15 at Indianapolis, giving up 25 points on 331 yards.
The Texans had one sack (Brooks Reed) and one interception (Johnathan Joseph). They've now given up at least 25 points in six of their last seven games, recording just one sack in each of their last three.
Needless to say, you'll probably want to sit the Texans DST for Week 16 against the Broncos.
Brooks Reed getting sacks instead of J.J. Watt
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/16/13) The Texans recorded one sack Week 15 at Indianapolis, but it wasn't defensive lineman J.J. Watt who contributed it. In fact, he's now gone three games without one despite his 9 1/2 on the year. Linebacker Brooks Reed was the one who took down Andrew Luck in the third quarter, giving him a sack in back-to-back games. He has only three all year.
Watt finished with five tackles, one solo. Reed had three, all solo.
Darryl Sharpton has big tackle performance
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/16/13) Texans linebacker Darryl Sharpton, who recorded only two tackles last week at Jacksonville, equaled a season high with 10, including two solo, Week 15 at Indianapolis. He also forced a fumble.
Sharpton is averaging 7.3 tackles in seven games since taking over as a starter.
Joe Mays piles up the tackles
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/16/13) Texans linebacker Joe Mays, whose season high in tackles coming into the game was only seven, recorded a team-high 13, including five solo, Week 15 at Indianapolis. He's now averaging 4.9 in 13 games.
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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)