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WR Andre Johnson - Houston Texans

6-2, 221Born: 7-11-1981College: MiamiDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Back to popgun arm Ryan Fitzpatrick for Johnson and the Texans passcatchers, and that's not a good thing.

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

General News (Wed Nov 26): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 13: vs Tennessee Titans

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Back in Week 8, Ryan Fitzpatrick was still starting at quarterback for the Texans. Since then Ryan Mallett had become the Texans' starter, but a pectoral injury has knocked Mallett onto the IR and now Fitzpatrick (19/35 for 227 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown at Tennessee) is the on-again starting quarterback for Houston. DeAndre Hopkins (81 targets for 51/803/4 receiving this season) and Andre Johnson (103 for 58/667/1 receiving to date) were both seeing a high volume of passes with Mallett under center. However, the team tends to emphasize the rushing game when Fitzpatrick is in, so their targets may droop with him back under center. We'll see if Fitzpatrick can pick up his game in his second crack at starting for the Texans. The Titans' rush D is awful, while their pass D is 11th in the NFL averaging 233.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 16 pass TDs given out balanced by 11 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) and 31 sacks (tied for fourth) generated so far this year. Mark Sanchez managed 30/43 for 298 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -9 yards) at Tennessee last week; Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times for -27 yards on the way to 21/32 for 180 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown two weeks ago. The Titans are vulnerable in the other phase of the game, and the Texans like to limit the number of passes that Fitzpatrick puts up - this looks like a tough matchup for the Texans' passing attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs PHI 0 0 0 7 2 12 0 0
11 at CLE 0 0 0 9 7 68 0 0
12 vs CIN 0 0 0 12 3 36 0 0
13 vs TEN PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
13 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
13 vs TEN PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 11 vs CLE (9 / 7 / 68 / 0 rec)

During the bye week it was reported that Johnson was very happy that Mallett replaced Fitzpatrick, and Sunday it became apparent why. Mallett targeted Johnson a team high 10 times. Johnson did suffer a couple drops, although he made several clutch catches when it counted such as an amazing conversion on a 4th and 4 in the fourth quarter. Mallett is obviously a huge fan of Johnson, although he did not lock onto Andre exclusively which is actually a good thing for the receiver's fantasy value. Mallett's preference of throwing to Johnson mixed with his ability to spread the ball around to multiple receivers makes Johnson a viable WR2 because of the upgrade of the offense at large.

2014 Week 12 vs CIN (12 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Johnson kept marching up the list of all time great receivers on Sunday, passing Randy Moss for tenth on the list for catches. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he made that history with only 3 grabs. Johnson was having issues keeping his footing on Sunday, tripping once which cost him an opportunity to catch a ball over the middle. On another route Johnson again fell to the ground but this was called pass interference which nullified a Terrance Newman interception. Besides these 2 plays and Johnson's 3 catches, the other 7 targets he did not catch were a testament to Mallett's struggling accuracy on the day. Johnson's fantasy value again has plummeted down with the prospect of weak armed Fitzpatrick or rookie Savage throwing him the ball.


Latest News

Texans | Andre Johnson a full participant (Fri Nov 28, 04:22 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (non-injury related) is probable for Week 13 after fully participating in practice Friday, Nov. 28.

Our View: Johnson had seven catches for 55 yards the first time around against the Titans with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB. Despite a potential hall of fame resume, Johnson's time as a sure thing in fantasy is behind him.
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Texans | Andre Johnson takes part in practice (Thu Nov 27, 07:03 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.

Our View: Johnson is going to be catching passes again from Ryan Fitzpatrick this week. Even against a Titans defense that can be taken advantage of through the air, we can only recommend Johnson as a WR4 in Week 13.
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Texans | Andre Johnson misses practices (Wed Nov 26, 07:11 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Johnson is getting some veteran rest here.
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Texans | Andre Johnson probable (Fri Nov 21, 05:28 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (non-injury) did not practice Friday, Nov. 21, but he is probable for Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

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Footballguys Articles

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  David Dodds - August 18
Preseason Roundtable #1
  FBG Staff - June 4
AFC Roster Check Pre-Free Agency
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How Andre Johnson Changing Teams Could Shake Up Fantasy Rankings
  Sigmund Bloom - July 10
From The Gut
  Sigmund Bloom - June 6
Pre-Camp PPR WR Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - July 31
Projecting Pass Ratios: Part 2
  Steve Buzzard - August 6
Dynasty News You Can Use: Preseason
  Jeff Tefertiller - August 12
Dynasty State of the Union: AFC South
  Jeff Tefertiller - August 11
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  Patrick Thorman - June 22
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