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QB Ryan Mallett - Houston Texans

6-6, 253Born: 6-5-1988College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 3

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Mallett can get reckless under pressure, but his intermediate and deep accuracy is top-notch. Paired with receivers that can win the ball in the air like DeAndre Hopkins and Jaelen Strong and Mallett has far more big-play fantasy upside than the more atheltically limited, but conceptually savvier Brian Hoyer.

Summary

The Houston Texans are entering their second year in a row with questions at the quarterback position. They have a talented, young, eager quarterback in Ryan Mallett, but he lacks polish, experience and consistency to be a proven commodity. Mallett is coming off a pectoral injury that ended his 2014 season two games after getting his first start as a professional. The Texans have weapons in the receiving game, most notably former first round pick DeAndre Hopkins. The departure of Andre Johnson to Indianapolis opens the door for Hopkins to rise to the occasion as the team's primary target in the passing game. Mallett has the early edge to be the team's starting quarterback over offseason acquisition Brian Hoyer. He needs to inch his way towards his potential and be a positive force for the Texans offense. The weapons are there to support him. It's now or never for the strong-armed veteran of few games, looking to find his niche in the league. (May 15)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 33, 26, 29, 31, 31, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 33, 33, 34, 34, 35
QB Dynasty - 36, 28, 32, 36, 42

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2012 NE 4 1 4 17 0 1 8 -9 0
2014 HOU 3 41 75 400 2 2 6 -2 0
2015 PROJ-Dodds 10 129 225 * * * 13 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 130 230 * * * 17 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 10 165 270 * * * 10 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 5 89 148 * * * 20 * * *

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