WR Andre Johnson - Houston Texans
|6-2, 221||Born: 7-11-1981||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Oct 30): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Oct 29): did not practice on Wednesday.
Week 9: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick has brought the Texans through the first half of the season at 4-4 and in second place in the AFC South behind the 5-3 Colts. Over the last two games he's thrown 40/67 for 489 yards, three TDs and one interception while going 1-1 (beating divisional foe Tennessee but losing to the Steelers). Three players have seen double digit TDs during that time frame, with 21 targets for 12/132/0 receiving flowing to Andre Johnson; 20 for 11/203/0 going to DeAndre Hopkins; and 12 for 8/35/2 landing in Arian Foster's arms. Alfred Blue caught the other TD over the last two weeks (2/33/1 receiving over the past two contests). It isn't fancy, but Fitzpatrick has mostly kept the Texans' offense rumbling along in orderly fashion. The Eagles' pass D is currently 26th in the NFL allowing 266.9 net passing yards per game, with a whopping 15 pass TDs given up vs. three interceptions (tied-26th in the NFL) and 19 sacks generated (14th). Carson Palmer wasn't sacked or intercepted last week (20/42 for 329 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions), while Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib were sacked eight times for -43 yards during their nightmare in Lincoln Field two games back (17/28 for 168 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions). Houston is in the middle of the NFL ranks with 16 sacks allowed (14th in the NFL). This looks like a good matchup for the home team.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 6 vs IND (12 / 7 / 99 / 1 rec)
Johnson had a great fantasy night, but a frustrating end in real terms. Johnson converted 7 of his afore mentioned 12 targets into receptions and averaged just over 14 yards per catch. Johnson did suffer one fumble which came at a critical time when the Texans were driving on their second to last drive in the fourth quarter. Johnson fumbled without being touched by a defended well into Colts territory on what would have been a first down catch. Johnson was visibly upset and blamed himself for the loss after the game. Still, this game was incredibly encouraging for Johnson as he not only had his highest statistical output, but was the first read on numerous pass plays. This focal point was evident by the fact that he received 8 more targets than the next receiver, who was actually running back Arian Foster.
2014 Week 7 vs PIT (9 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)
Johnson was criminally underused considering the future Hall of Fame inductee was covered by Cortez Allen and Brice McCain the whole game. Johnson did take over a drive in the third quarter notching three receptions, but was overthrown in the end zone on what could have been a touchdown to make it a four point game. Johnson had another red zone target but was unable to reel it in because the afore mentioned Allen made a good play and knocked the ball away. Fantasy owners will take 77 receiving yards, but it's easy to think Johnson could have made a much bigger impact with a better quarterback.
2014 Week 8 vs TEN (12 / 7 / 55 / 0 rec)
Johnson had a rough day. Fitzpatrick was not successful getting the ball to Johnson on typical routes, and instead resorted to manufactured touches such as screens and an unusual wheel route. These atypical touches lead to a meager 7.9 yards per reception which is about 4 yards less than Johnson's season and career averages. Fitzpatrick was responsible for many of the passes that Johnson did not catch by throwing with terrible ball placement. Johnson continues to impress considering he is not as fast this late in his career and yet is still putting up respectable numbers with a quarterback of Fitzpatrick's caliber throwing to him. Unfortunately though, Johnson still draws teams better cornerbacks which combined with the afore mentioned quarterback limitations, leads to many lackluster days such as today.
Latest NewsTexans | Andre Johnson has limited practice (Thu Oct 30, 07:03 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 30. Our View: Johnson should be good to go this weekend. Make sure to see if he can practice fully on Friday.
link to story Texans | Andre Johnson not practicing (Wed Oct 29, 07:34 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. Our View: This is probably just veteran rest here. Check back to see if he practices later in the week.
Texans | Andre Johnson returns (Sun Oct 26, 01:31 PM) - Updating a previous report, Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (undisclosed) has returned to the team's Week 8 game after missing time because of an unknown reason. link to story Texans | Andre Johnson leaves game (Sun Oct 26, 01:18 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (undisclosed) went to the locker room after suffering an undisclosed injury in the team's Week 8 game but has return to the sidelines. link to story Texans | Andre Johnson to become more involved? (Sat Oct 25, 09:08 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said he believes he can improve the performance of the team's offense by making sure WR Andre Johnson receives more touches. Our View: The Texans actually are most likely to win when they don't pass very often and rely on their running game and defense, so Johnson's weekly upside is going to remain capped as long as Fitzpatrick is the QB and the team can win games without relying heavily on their passing game.
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