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TE Ryan Griffin - Houston Texans

6-6, 261Born: 1-11-1990College: ConnecticutDrafted: Round 6

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Griffin left the Week 1 game with a concussion.

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

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
8 at SEA 65 1 10 0 0 1
9 vs IND 22 0 0 0 0 0
12 at BAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs CLE (8 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)

Watson made Griffin his favorite target on Sunday but only completed 3 of those passes. Those three did go for 21, 18 and 13 to move the chains in key situations. What should be noted is that Watson is looking

2017 Week 3 vs NE (6 / 5 / 61 / 1 rec)

Now the main target in the tight end group, Griffin is getting a chance to show how strong of a pass catcher he is. HE showed a nice catch and run on broken play for 35 yards and he was able to notch a touchdown reception on back shoulder throw in the back of the end zone for 12 yards. Griffin has always been a plus pass catcher and now with CJ Fiedorowicz on the shelf for at least 8 weeks, Griffin is getting his opportunity in a new look offense.

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Latest News

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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Schedule

12@ Baltimore Ravens
13@ Tennessee Titans
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15@ Jacksonville Jaguars
16vs Pittsburgh Steelers
17@ Indianapolis Colts