It was the Devonta Freeman show (again) with 68 yards rushing and three touchdowns plus five catches for 81 yards. He’s playing with RB1 numbers at the moment but we’d still hold off on that assessment in dynasty rankings.
In the passing game, it was Leonard Hankerson who had the big day with six catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Hankerson has officially passed Roddy White on the depth chart and is a solid WR4 in dynasty circles.
The only real performance to speak of was DeAndre Hopkins with nine catches for 157 yards on an incredible 22 targets. He’s literally the only positive on the Texans offense this year and a legit low-end WR1 in dynasty formats.
On defense, J.J. Watt was still effective with four tackles, a sack and two passes defended. He’s the top IDP player in any dynasty format.
Cam Newton shouldered the load again with 195 yards and two touchdowns through the air and 76 more and a touchdown on the ground. Proving once again, Cam Newton does not need receivers to be successful.
Running back Jonathan Stewart had another average day with just 62 yards on 17 carries. It’s hard to tell if Stewart’s lack of production is due to the extra attention in the box thanks to zero outside or deep threats. Either way, Stewart can’t be trusted for more than RB3 value right now.
Meanwhile, tight end Greg Olsen did get back on track with six catches for 70 yards. He also paced the rest of the team with 14 targets. Olsen’s production should continue to have a decent floor.
It wasn’t the debut Ryan Mallet was hoping for with just 244 yards on 58 pass attempts plus one touchdown. With little prospects of a major infusion of talent, there’s no reason to keep Mallet on a dynasty roster.
The only bright spot was defensive end J.J. Watt’s continued dominance with five tackles, a sack and two passes defended.
At long last, tight end Travis Kelce was cut loose, piling up 106 yards on six catches and two touchdowns. It’s reasonable to firmly place Kelce as the second best dynasty tight end behind Gronk.
The man getting him the ball also had a good day with quarterback Alex Smith going 22 of 33 for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Smith will never sniff QB1 territory but could be a serviceable QB2.
Running back Jamaal Charles had a decent day by his standards with 57 yards on the ground but five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in the air. He’s still a solid RB1 in dynasty rankings, especially PPR.
Linebacker Derrick Johnson had a big day with eight tackles, a pass defended and a sack. The middle linebacker is a safe LB1 in IDP dynasty leagues.
Thanks to being behind big, the receiving game was the big fantasy beneficiary with DeAndre Hopkins going off for nine catches and 98 yards plus two touchdowns. This could be the norm for Hopkins but makes have a low-end dynasty WR1.
The other stud for the Texans did it again with defensive end J.J. Watt racking up nine tackles and two sacks. He’s IDP’s #1 player no matter the format.
Texans running back Alfred Blue performed admirably in place of Arian Foster with 156 yards on the ground. He won’t overtake Foster as long as they’re on the same team but should be owned in all dynasty leagues.
Browns running back Isaiah Crowell got the majority of carries and ended up with 61 yards on the ground plus two catches for 30 yards. He undoubtedly has the most upside of any of the Browns running backs and, hopefully, will continue to start.
Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins led the team again with 80 yards receiving, continues a season that’s been better than Andre Johnson. Hopkins appears to have overtaken Johnson in Houston.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had another sack with five tackles and a receiving touchdown. He’s the top DL in dynasty and fantasy league and it’s not even close.
Bills quarterback E.J. Manual continues to look pedestrian with 225 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. If he keeps playing this poorly, he’ll be benched soon. We would abandon him in dynasty formats.
Texans receiver Andre Johnson had a good day with six catches for 71 yards. He continues to be a solid WR2 despite his age and team.
Texans end J.J. Watt had a big day with five tackles, a pass defended, and an interception returned for 80 yards. Another day at the office for the top DL in dynasty.