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TE C.J. Fiedorowicz - Houston Texans

6-6, 265Born: 10-22-1991College: IowaDrafted: Round 3

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Fiedorowicz suffered a concussion in Week 1. He has been placed on injured reserve.

Week 12: at Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Texans offense, once flying high under rookie passer Deshaun Watson, has predictably stalled with Tom Savage under center. Savage simply doesn't look equipped to quarterback on this level: he lacks real feel for the pocket and pressure, absorbing untimely sacks and throwing with terrible rhythm. He's also a turnover machine, with three interceptions and a seemingly-impossible seven fumbles over just five appearances. Across 3 starts since Watson's injury, Savage has completed just 52.7% of his throws for a Blaine Gabbert-esque 4.61 adjusted net yards per attempt. It's encouraging at least that he knows where his bread buttered: top wideout DeAndre Hopkins is still drawing a relentless target share (34.8% since Watson's injury), so Savage is at least maximizing his ability by putting his faith into the Texans' best player. But since we can't expect any real efficiency or Watson-esque dynamism from a Savage-led offense, Hopkins is essentially the only fantasy-worthy play here - at least until the mega-explosive Will Fuller returns, which could be this week. Even then, though, it's hard to project Savage's awful mechanics and scattershot arm to extend beyond Hopkins. DeAndre Hopkins has been an All-Pro-caliber receiver all year, but he'll have his Week 12 hands full with cornerback Jimmy Smith, who's been fantastic all year, and rookie Marlon Humphrey on the other side. The Ravens' real vulnerability lies inside, where slot man Lardarius Webb and the team's athletically challenged linebackers and safeties struggle mightily in coverage. This subsection has settled down a bit of late, even denying breakout slot stud Adam Thielen a strong day (41 yards on 12 targets) in Week 7, but remains the key to success against the Ravens defense. Quick throws to the slot also help neutralize the Ravens' dynamic pass rush. For Texans quarterback Tom Savage, of course, quick reads and throws are generally foreign; prepare for Savage to try and test the outside guys with Hopkins (and perhaps Will Fuller) on downfield routes. That would make for a truly boom-or-bust outlook in this matchup - and given Savage's awful play thus far, it's fair to side with the Ravens and project modest Houston passing numbers.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at LAR 63 2 10 0 0 1
11 vs ARI 60 2 18 0 0 1.8
12 at BAL PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
12 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
12 at BAL PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs LAR (6 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

It was the return for Fiedorowicz since week one and it was a slow day for him as the starting tight end. Fiedorowicz had 2 receptions for 10 yards and they came on simple out routes from the middle of the field. This is a positive step for Fiedorowicz who has missed majority of the season due to a concussion.


Latest News

Texans | C.J. Fiedorowicz hauls in two balls (Sun Nov 19, 09:35 PM) - Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz posted two receptions for 18 yards on two targets in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Texans | C.J. Fiedorowicz to see a lot of snaps (Fri Nov 10, 07:49 PM) - Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) will receive a lot of playing time against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Our View: Fiedorowicz made it through the week of practice with no setbacks, and he's set to return to the field for the first time since the season opener. Fantasy owners in need of help at the TE position could look to Fiedorowicz as a low-end option.
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Texans | C.J. Fiedorowicz ready to roll (Fri Nov 10, 02:50 PM) - Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Nov. 10. TE Ryan Griffin (concussion) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list due to a concussion in a corresponding move.

Our View: Fiedorowicz is a viable desperation play. He should assume his old role right away. While Tom Savage is not an effective quarterback, he could lean on Fiedorowicz as a short and intermediate target in the middle of the field.
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