Case Keenum benched again Thursday
For the second time in four games, the
Keenum was benched after the team's third drive of the season half, a drive which saw him throw two incompletions before picking up just four yards on a third-and-10 play. He ultimately led the Texans on just one scoring drive, capped off by an 8-yard touchdown pass to Keshawn Martin.
Keenum ultimately completed 16 of 29 passes for 159 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. He added a scramble for 13 yards, and left the game down 24-10 in the third quarter.
The last time Keenum was benched, he was able to retain the starting quarterback job, so it is not at all clear what the Texans will do next week. The Texans travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 15.
Matt Schaub comes out in relief again
Schaub entered the game in the third quarter after Keenum led the team on just one scoring drive. He got the offense moving upon entering the game, leading the way on three scoring drives, but effectively ended Houston's comeback hopes with an interception at the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.
Schaub's numbers weren't bad in the game, especially considering he played just part of the second half. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 198 yards with a touchdown, but the interception proved especially costly.
The Texans proved willing to stay with Keenum the last time he was benched midgame, so it is not at all clear whether Schaub's strong play for much of his relief appearance will earn him another chance. However, coach Gary Kubiak did tell the Houston Chronicle after the game he would consider starting Schaub for the remainder of the season, but has a "lot of time" before he needs to make that decision.
The Texans are off an extra few days before their next game, in Week 15 against the Colts.
Chad Henne solid in another win Thursday
Henne didn't rack up a huge yardage total despite throwing the ball 27 times, as he completed just 12 of those passes. He finished the game with 117 yards, but was able to avoid any mistakes, while throwing for two first-half touchdowns.
Henne still has more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (eight) on the season, but he does have a four-to-one ratio over the last two games. He added a season-high 33 rushing yards Thursday, on four carries. The Jaguars next game is set for Week 15 against the Bills.
Maurice Jones-Drew leaves early in first 100-yard game
Jones-Drew rushed the ball just 14 times, but that was all he needed to finish with a season-high of 103 yards on the ground. Unfortunately, he was held out of the end zone for the second week in a row, while adding two receptions for 20 yards on three targets.
The extent of the injury is not yet known, but he told reporters after the game he thinks the injury is not serious. Luckily, the Thursday start to Week 14 gives Jones-Drew extra time before the team's next game. The Jaguard take on the Bills in Week 15.
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Doug Baldwin aiming for another productive game
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Marshawn Lynch has favorable history vs. 49ers
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Emmanuel Sanders unlikely to find pay dirt
Sanders has totaled 12 receptions for just 95 yards during his two-game scoring streak, so much of his recent jump in Fantasy value has been based on his ability to find the end zone. That does not bode well for his prospects this Sunday, against a Dolphins team that has allowed just one wide receiver to score this season.
Sanders has not topped 55 yards in any of his last four games, so if he isn't scoring, it is hard to see where he is contributing for Fantasy owners. Against a team that excels at defending the goal line, he should be considered a very risky start this week.
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Antonio Brown faces tough matchup vs. Dolphins
Brown has put up gaudy stats pretty much all season long, but he's got a tough matchup this Sunday against one of the league's best defensive backfields. The Dolphins allow just 13.3 Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, the second-lowest total in the league.
The Dolphins have allowed just four wide receivers to top 100 yards receiving in a game, and have allowed just one to find the end zone, seven weeks ago.
Fantasy owners probably cannot afford to sit Brown at this point in the season, but he could put up a disappointing line in Week 14.
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Brian Hartline too inconsistent to rely on
Coming off arguably his best game of the season,
The Steelers have been a very middle-of-the-road passing defense this season, holding opposing wide receivers to 21.0 Fantasy points per game, good for 15th in the league. That number is much higher in recent weeks, as the Steelers are surrendering 29.8 Fantasy points over the last five contests.
Despite a matchup that might not be as bad as it looks at first glance, Hartline is unlikely to enjoy an encore performance. He has topped 100 yards just twice this season, in Weeks 1 and 13. He has been reliable, but hardly explosive for much of the season, a trend that should continue in Week 14. Consider Hartline just a low-end starting option.
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Mike Wallace prepared for former team
"I already know how my welcome is going to be -- it's not going to be too pretty," Wallace said after Tuesday's practice. "I'm looking forward to it, though. It's exciting."
Wallace enters the week riding his best two-game stretch of the season. He has 12 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns in the last two weeks, and now gets to face a Steelers secondary that has struggled recently.
Four of the Steelers' last five opponents have racked up at least 24 Fantasy points from the receiving crops, a feat that was matched just once in the first seven games of the season. During this five-game stretch, opposing wideouts are averaging 29.8 Fantasy points per game, a mark that would lead the league for a full season.
Wallace has been a pretty big disappointment in his first season in Miami, but his recent play is encouraging. Consider him a solid starting Fantasy option for Week 14.
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