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QB Brock Osweiler - Houston Texans

6-7, 242Born: 11-22-1990College: Arizona StateDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): You won't want Osweiler in this week against Denver, but after that, he gets more matchups like the Week 6 opponent, Indianapolis. Osweiler was off for most of this game, but two late drives made his fantasy evening. He's a deep league streamer who should be helped if Will Fuller is able to get over his hamstring injury.

Week 7: at Denver Broncos

All QB vs DEN

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Brock Osweiler struggled to generate much offense in the first half of the game against Indianapolis, but he came to life in the second half and wound up the game with 25/39 for 269 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -13 yards. Doing without Will Fuller (who was active but didn't play due to a sore hamstring), Osweiler peppered DeAndre Hopkins with 15 targets for 9/71/0 receiving, while C.J. Fiedorowicz led the team in receiving with seven targets for 6/85/1 receiving. Jaelen Strong had one big catch (two for 1/36/0) and Lamar Miller (four for 3/29/1) pulled in the other TD. All's well that ends well, and the Texans won in O.T. 26-24, and lead the AFC South with a 4-2 record. The Broncos gave up one TD to the Chargers' offense (18/29 for 166 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, with two sacks taken for -12 yards), but lost to San Diego 13-21 thanks to four field goals and a safety. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Denver has averaged 15.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-least in the NFL); and 7.6 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (least in the NFL by far); with 8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th-most in the NFL). No wonder - they are first in the NFL averaging 182.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given up vs. five interceptions (tied for 10th in the NFL) and 21 sacks (first in the NFL) generated to date. This is a bad matchup for Osweiler, in front of the howling Mile High faithful who will let him know what they think of his new team.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at NE 71 24 41 196 0 1 1 13 0 0 10.1
4 vs TEN 64 25 37 254 2 2 1 14 0 0 20.1
5 at MIN 64 19 42 184 1 1 0 0 0 0 11.2
6 vs IND 71 25 39 269 2 1 2 -4 0 0 19.05
7 at DEN PROJ-Dodds * 20 35 * * * 2 * * * *
7 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 23 39 * * * 2 * * * *
7 at DEN PROJ-Bloom * 22 39 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs IND (25 / 39 / 269 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -4 / 0 rush)

This was a tale of 57 minutes of Brock Osweiler and the final three minutes and overtime version of the Texans quarterback. Osweiler continued to look uneasy in the pocket to start the game and he could not get comfortable in the pocket and sailed passes early in the game intended for DeAndre Hopkins. Later in the game he left the ball behind Hopkins on crossing route and threw it right into Vontae Davis hands for another interception. In the first three quarters Osweiler went 11 of 22 for 89 yards with the interception. Then when it became time for the Texans to make plays, Osweiler's light switched on. Osweiler starting getting into ta groove by working underneath to Ryan Griffin for 12 yard gains. His first touchdown came on a check down to Lamar Miller for a 16 yard touchdown that saw him beat seven defenders with some help for the touchdown. Then went to his favorite target over the past few weeks in C.J. Fiedorowicz and capped off their comeback with a 26 yard strike up the seam for a touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball. Osweiler also finally started picking away at the Colts defense by working to DeAndre Hopkins with 8-10 yard chunks. His best ball came to Jaelen Strong on a 9 route for 36 yards in overtime to set up the game winning field goal in overtime.

2016 Week 5 vs MIN (19 / 42 / 184 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

He continues to be a mystery as a player and his play against the Vikings was a mess. Once again Osweiler had an interception where he threw it intended for Jaelen Strong where he was not even looking for the football. Osweiler was under pressure more than normal and it comes from a running game that was nonexistent against the Vikings. Osweiler threw the ball 42 times and only completed 19 of his passes with his longest throws going to DeAndre Hopkins on an out route that Hopkins broke a few tackles for a 25 yard gain. He hit C.J. Fiedorowicz for a 22 yard gain and it could have easily been a touchdown if Osweiler would have led him. Fiedorowicz had the linebacker beat and had to make a leaping catch to haul in the high pass. Osweiler had his only touchdown of the game on the Texans final drive of the game hitting Hopkins for a 1-yard touchdown on a quick slant. The game was well out of hand when Osweiler threw his touchdown but Osweiler's inaccurate passing is a growing concern.

2016 Week 4 vs TEN (25 / 37 / 254 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)

His day will clouded with his two poor interceptions both intended for DeAndre Hopkins. One was forced into coverage when he was forced up in the pocket and he panicked and threw it blind to Hopkins. His other interception was the right read but he threw it off his back foot with pressure coming and left it short with Hopkins clearly past the the defender. Osweiler can not stay away from the interceptions and it ruined what was his best day passing of the season. Osweiler was efficient and did majority of his work underneath and let his receivers work. He threw good passes that allowed his receivers to catch and eat up yards. He hit Ryan Griffin on a crossing route for 45 yards to set up a score early in the first quarter. He had two touchdown throws one to C.J. Fiedorowicz where he looked off the safety to hit him up the seam for a 14 yard touchdown for a leaping reception. Osweiler continues to look Will Fuller's way and too advantage of his speed on a smoke screen that went for 28 yards and he hit him for a 5 yard touchdown play after a good play fake that Fuller sold as a run. Osweiler spread the ball around and hit 8 different receivers and finally started looking to the middle of the field where the tight ends and Jaelen Strong caught five passes to keep the chains moving. It was a solid production day for Osweiler but he has to find how to cut down on his interception problem.

2016 Week 3 vs NE (24 / 41 / 196 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)

By the time Brock Osweiler and the Texans figured out the Patriots defense, it was all but too late. Osweiler received his first real taste of being forced to being patient. His big plays were non-existant that he showed the first two weeks. It fell on Osweiler to work short and intermediate routes and he had some success to DeAndre Hopkins hitting him five times for 56 yards all on routes to the right side of the field. The one interception Osweiler did throw was in a tight window intended for Hopkins in the middle of the field, that Jaime Collins stepped in front of. He also had a 20 plus yard gain wiped out due to another Will Fuller drop which would have helped the cause. The Texans offense was shrunk down to check downs and crossers less than 10 yards and tight end Ryan Griffin ended up being his favorite target late in the game catching 8 passes late in the game. Osweiler was impatient all night and throwing the ball 41 times, there were plenty of yards left on the field for the offense and Osweiler.

2016 Week 2 vs KC (19 / 33 / 268 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)

It was a mixed bag for Osweiler and it came due to inaccurate throws with no real pressure. His two interceptions were poorly thrown footballs, both were behind their intended targets. One was behind Braxton Miller in the end zone and the other was behind DeAndre Hopkins on a stop route thrown behind him that Hopkins got one of his hands up but popped right into the hands of Marcus Peters. He is a true gunslinger and has a short term memory and continued to throw the football. After the interception in the end zone, he came back the next offensive series and hit Hopkins for a 27 yard touchdown pass in-between two Chiefs defenders. He was more effective in the middle of the field hitting Fuller for gains of 14 and 19 yard gains and Hopkins for 25, 16 and 14 yard gains. Last week Osweiler did not attack the intermediate portions of the field but he did this time and it paid off. Osweiler is a heady player and will take advantage of mishaps from the defense and he hit Jonathan Grimes on a key 13 yard gain late in the game with a kick swing pass outside the numbers when the Chiefs defense could not get lined up correctly. Osweiler's completion percentage will remain low due to the fact he just can't say no to throwing the ball deep. He trusts Will Fuller completely to change the dynamic of the game and he is going try for knockout punches with deep balls. The big play ability is there for Osweiler but he is still learning the offense and until the running game picks up, it will all be on Osweiler to provide most of the offense with his arm.

2016 Week 1 vs CHI (22 / 35 / 231 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)

It was a productive day for Osweiler on the day and it started with some big throws down field to DeAndre Hopkins. He was focused on Hopkins early in the game and threw a good ball in traffic that Hopkins got his hands on but was ripped away by a Bears cornerback. It is a ball that Hopkins usually comes up with but this one goes against Osweiler but it was not entirely his fault. Looking to Hopkins, he ended up hitting him for a 23 yard touchdown strike in the end zone on a 9 route. Hopkins ran a nice route and Osweiler put some air under it to let him go to work. Osweiler would have had an 80+ yard touchdown pass if Will Fuller was able to haul it in when he split two defenders getting verbal. Oswieler showed some faith in the youngster and went to him in the second half hitting him from times for 100 yards. He checked into a player to hit Fuller on a smoke screen for 18 yards and touchdown where he went untouched to the end zone with some good blocking. There was a crucial drop on a well place ball in the end zone to Hopkins from Osweiler that should have been a touchdown. He worked underneath to Braxton Miller, Lamar Miller and the tight end group but he did most of his work with Hopkins and Fuller. He tried to push the ball down field late to Fuller to deliver the knock out blow but could complete three attempts of 20 yards or more. Osweiler showed he is not afraid to push the ball down field and let his receivers work.


Latest News

Texans | Brock Osweiler off target in loss (Sun Oct 9, 07:43 PM) - Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler completed just 19 of his 42 pass attempts for 184 yards, a touchdown and one interception in the Week 5 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Our View: Osweiler wilts against good defenses, and the Vikings are certainly one. He was able to salvage something in garbage time, but Osweiler is making his whole offense an avoid against strong opponents. The Colts next week are not one, but the Broncos are up in Week 7.
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