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AFC South
NRG Stadium
Head Coach
Bill O'Brien
Offensive Coordinator
Tim Kelly
Defensive Coordinator
Romeo Crennel
Special Teams Coach
Brad Seely
Defensive Scheme
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Taiwan Jones Starts Against Lions

Houston Texans running back Taiwan Jones started Saturday's preseason win over the Detroit Lions. He rushed once for five yards. While Jones wasn't very involved offensively, head coach Bill O'Brien's decision to go with him as the starter with Lamar Miller and Duke Johnson out suggests that Jones may be in the lead for the third running back role in Houston. His ability to make an impact on special teams -- something O'Brien wants from the third and fourth back -- will be what gets him a spot if he earns one. Don't expect Jones to see much usage if Miller and Johnson are healthy.

Karan Higdon Sees Early Work

Houston Texans running back Karan Higdon saw work early in Houston's preseason win over the Detroit Lions on Saturday, but he wasn't able to do much with those touches. Higdon had seven carries for 13 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game. Higdon getting playing time with the starting offense is a good sign for his chances of making the team, but there are still two weeks to go and performances like Saturday's aren't going to help him lock down a spot. Higdon has to take advantage of these opportunities. He's still worth a dynasty stash, but that's about it at this point.

Vyncint Smith Catches Touchdown

Houston Texans wide receiver Vyncint Smith caught a 31-yard touchdown in Saturday's preseason win over the Detroit Lions. It was Smith's only catch on his four targets. Smith is embroiled in a tough battle to be Houston's fifth receiver, and Saturday night was a reminder that he has the big-play ability to perform in that role. There's still a chance someone like Steven Mitchell winds up beating him out, and even if Smith makes the team, he'd be too inconsistently used to be worth a fantasy roster spot unless injuries occur.

DeAndre Carter Leads Texans In Receiving Against Lions

Houston Texans wide receiver Deandre Carter had three catches for 40 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Detroit Lions. He was the team leader in receiving yards and tied for the lead in receptions. Carter is currently leading the battle to be Keke Coutee's backup in the slot, and while his ceiling isn't very high, he could have some DFS appeal in the event that Coutee (ankle) misses any regular season action.

Ka'imi Fairbairn Perfect Against Lions

Houston Texans kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts and 3-for-3 on extra point attempts in Saturday's preseason win over the Detroit Lions. His longest field goal was a 50-yarder. Fairbairn's one of the most promising young kickers in the NFL and has a chance to break into the top tier of fantasy kickers this season based on his accuracy and the opportunities he'll have in Houston's offense. If you're someone who doesn't want to stream kickers, Fairbairn is worth a look.