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QB Brian Hoyer - Houston Texans

6-2, 215Born: 10-13-1985College: Michigan StateDrafted: ---

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Houston QB Brian Hoyer suffered a concussion in Week 10.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 23): Hoyer missed the game on Sunday due to his concussion/post-concussion issues - he was listed as out on Friday after not practicing last week. After the game on Sunday head coach Bill O'Brien stated that Hoyer will be the starter again as soon as he is healthy.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Hoyer is back just in time to get the juicy Saints matchup. He's a streamer's delight this week.

General News (Fri Nov 27): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 25): practiced fully on Wednesday.

General News (Tue Nov 24): will start in Week 12 after passing his final concussion test, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Week 12: vs New Orleans Saints

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Brian Hoyer (141/237 for 1,704 yards passing, 13 TDs vs. just four interceptions thrown during seven appearances) has played pretty well when starting for the Texans this season - and he's very simpatico with DeAndre Hopkins, a must-have for any Texans' quarterback as Hopkins is THE key playmaker on the offense now (135 targets for 76/1,045/9 receiving to date). Last week, with Hoyer sidelined, Hopkins commanded 12 targets for 5/118/2 receiving; Cecil Shorts was second on the team with five passes for 2/51/0 receiving, while Alfred Blue actually caught a TD pass (three targets for 3/34/1). The Texans aren't stacked with talent this year, but Hoyer is making a silk purse out of what there is to be had down there in steamy Houston. The Saints' pass D is historically bad this year, averaging 293.1 net passing yards allowed per game (31st in the NFL) with a gigantic 28 passing scores given up vs. just four interceptions generated (yup that's tied for league worst). They are at the tip-top of the list (ie. most generous defense) in all areas of fantasy points allowed per game in this phase over the past four weeks - first in points allowed to QBs (36.3); fourth in points allowed to WRs (31.0 per game); and first in points allowed to tight ends (17.5). Good luck to new defensive coordinator Dennis Allen cause he's gonna need it! This is an outstanding matchup for Hoyer/Hopkins.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs TEN 64 23 35 235 2 0 1 -1 0 0 19.65
10 at CIN 42 12 22 123 0 1 1 15 0 0 6.65
12 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 24 40 * * * 2 * * * *
12 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 24 40 * * * 2 * * * *
12 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 21 31 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 10 vs CIN (12 / 22 / 123 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)

It was a slow day at the office for Brian Hoyer who had his evening finished in the concussion protocol. Hoyer could never really get going through the air and three drops during the game did not help Hoyer's numbers. He did have two big gains on the evening, a 19 yard gain to Nate Washington on a nice play action off a screen pass and a bootleg when he hit tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz for a 25 yard catch and run. He had trouble linking up with DeAndre Hopkins and their longest reception was only 13 yards. Hoyer's only interception on the evening came on a hail mary pass to end the first half. It was an uneventful game for Hoyer and it was his lowest output of the season through the air.

2015 Week 8 vs TEN (23 / 35 / 235 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

It was a conservative but another productive day for Brian Hoyer at quarterback. Hoyer dink and dunked all after noon and hit his running backs all afternoon for short gains. He looked for Alfre Blue and Chris Polk out of the back field for consistent chunks of 5 to 6 yards. When Hoyer pushed the ball downfield he had success. He took advantage of the space DeAndre Hopkins and Nate Washington had against the Titans secondary. He hit Hopkins for gains of 12, 13 and a 21 yard one on one ball in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. As for Washington, he hit him with gains of 11, 15 and and the game clinching 42 yard touchdown. On the touchdown, Hoyer threw to the end zone and let Washington run under neath it in stride to beat the defender. Hoyer was methodical but took calculated chances that paid off for the offense.

2015 Week 7 vs MIA (23 / 49 / 273 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The offensive line did Brian Hoyer no favors for the entire first half and there was one series where he was sacked on three consecutive plays. The Texans started the game with SEVEN consecutive drives with a three and out and one of Hoyer's passes was dropped and picked off for a touchdown. Add in six dropped passes, Hoyer was struggling because of the lack of help form his teammates. Hoyer ending up getting things rolling in garbage time and started to link up with Nate Washington. Hoyer hit Washington for three big plays of 27, 23 and 22 yards with one resulting in a touchdown. Hoyer when given time can pick the under neath routes and move the football but it was a mop up success for Hoyer who tried to make the game respectable for his late touchdown passes to Foster and Washington. Hoyer will remain the starter for the remainder of the season.

2015 Week 6 vs JAX (24 / 36 / 293 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 5 / 0 rush)

Once again the Texans offense looks like it has an identity with Brian Hoyer running the offense. It might be hard to believe, Brian Hoyer is setting career highs in completion percentage and well on his way in the touchdown category. Completing 67% of his passed, Hoyer's biggest difference happen on third down going 8 of 11 for 95 yards and 3 TDS. Hoyer's two favorite targets continue to be Arian Foster and DeAndre Hopkins. Hoyer is able to throw catchable footballs to his receivers and his best ball continues to be the 50/50 passes to Hopkins. He threw some good back shoulder throws to Hopkins but he continues to be underrated on his deep ball placement like he did on Hopkins 26-yard touchdown reception. Hoyer is also doing a much better job of getting the ball into his receivers hands early in order to eat up yards and he put that on display with Cecil Shorts early 31-yard reception and Arian Foster's 1-yard touchdown reception. He was kept clean majority of the game and even showed some ability to create when the play breaks down. Hopkins and Hoyer continue to be on the same page and almost half of his passes were headed Hopkins way on Sunday.

2015 Week 5 vs IND (24 / 31 / 312 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)

It was an impressive day for Brian Hoyer, he looked sharp throwing the football. If there is one thing for sure, DeAndre Hopkins is his go to wide receiver. Hoyer only had seven incompletions all evening and and his day was ruined with his last pass of the game when he panicked in the pocket and just threw up the ball up in the middle of the field for an easy interception. It was a terrible decision that overshadowed how good his day really was. Hoyer got the offense moving in the right direction and it was the best the team looked all season. Hoyer was working the Colts inside the numbers and Hopkins started getting rolling with his crossing routes that ended up easy throws for Hoyer. Hoyer's two touchdown throws went to Jaelen Strong. The first one came on the final play for the 1st half with one second left on the clock throwing it up into the end zone. Strong boxed out the defenders and hauled in the last gasp play heading into half for a 42-yard touchdown. His other touchdown throw to Strong came on a blown coverage by the Colts that left Strong wide open on a corner route that ended up a 11-yard touchdown. Hoyer continues to spread the ball around the field when he is on the field looking for nine different receivers on the day and that helps him keep the defense focusing on one specific player.

2015 Week 4 vs ATL (17 / 30 / 232 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The game was out of hand and Brian Hoyer came in a played mop up duties for the Texans. With touchdown passes to Cecil Shorts and C.J. Fiedorowicz late in the game, it made the score not look at bad as it could have been. The Falcons brought in their reserves late in the third quarter when Hoyer took over but it is hard to get a real feel if it makes a difference for the offense. Hoyer threw a much more catchable football but with the Falcons playing some coverage, the passes were easy pitch and catches.

2015 Week 1 vs KC (18 / 34 / 236 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

There was only one drive where Brian Hoyer looked effiicent but his day started off on a terrible read. Hoyer was intercepted when he was throwing a quick slant to Deandre Hopkins who was streaking downfield. He did respond in the third drive hitting four different receivers in Keith Mumphery, Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts (twice) and Hopkins for a four yard touchdown. That was the highlight of his day going five of five that drive for 59 yards. That put the Texans in an offensive hole all day and put the offense on it heels all day. Hoyer was erratic with his throws through out the day. Miss high to crossing receivers and missing the back shoulder throw to Hopkins by throwing it the dirt. Hoyer was not helped by his offensive line who played sub par especially in pass protection. Hoyer was harassed all day and had issues stepping up into the pocket to complete passes. Hoyer's rough day ended up getting him benched later in the game but this was more likely due to him botching pre-snap reads in key spots during the game.


Latest News

Texans | Three Houston players probable (Fri Nov 27, 03:46 PM) - Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion), RB Chris Polk (knee, hamstring) and WR Nate Washington (hip) are listed as probable for Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints.

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Texans | Three Texans fully practice Thursday (Thu Nov 26, 07:22 PM) - Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion), RB Chris Polk (knee, hamstring) and WR Nate Washington (hip) participated fully in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Hoyer is the guy to watch, as he should be a solid QB2 with upside. He could be a steal in daily fantasy as well, as his price is low and the Saints are prone to allowing lots of points and shootouts these days.

Texans | Brian Hoyer is nice FS sleeper (Thu Nov 26, 12:55 AM) - Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) is set to return in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints, and he will face the NFL's 31st-ranked pass defense. The Saints allowed 293.1 yards per game, and an NFL-high 28 passing touchdown. The Saints are also worst in the league allowed 44 pass plays of 20 or more yards, and 13 pass plays of 40 or more yards.

Our View: The Saints are prone to getting into shootouts that pump up the stats of whole offenses. Hoyer has QB2 production written all over him and if you can pair him with DeAndre Hopkins (WR1) in a daily fantasy format you will probably be very happy.
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Texans | Two Texans have full practice (Wed Nov 25, 05:33 PM) - Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) and WR Nate Washington (hip) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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Texans | Brian Hoyer will start (Mon Nov 23, 03:34 PM) - Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) will start in Week 12 after passing his final concussion test, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Our View: T.J. Yates goes back to the bench. Hoyer isn't a great starter in standard leagues, but he passes the ball at an incredible rate (and has DeAndre Hopkins) so that makes him a startable option in 2QB/QB-flex leagues.
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