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Texans have many fantasy options


When assembling your roster each week for Home Team Challenge, you might not have to look too far to fill your lineup. Check out your best bets each week from the Texans:

Quarterback: Matt Schaub has been waiting three seasons to become a full-time starter in the NFL. The wait is over and could Schaub have dreamed that his first chance at stardom would come with a Pro Bowl receiver and running back in the huddle with him?

Houston's new signal-caller has looked sharp this preseason and wants to prove to his critics that he is ready to start in the NFL. A player with a chip on his shoulder typically means big things when you're talking fantasy football.

Running back:It's hard to imagine Ahman Green ever having an issue with his knee. Green is in tip-top shape entering 2007 and looks to be back to the form that got him to Hawaii for four Pro Bowls.

Need a player on the cheap? While Green is soaking up carries as well as much of the playing time, Ron Dayne may be hitting paydirt in the end zone in goal line situations. Dayne may be worth a risk when you spend a majority of your points elsewhere.

Wide receiver:Andre Johnson led the NFL in catches last season. Does anything more need to be said? Kevin Walter won't cost much to add to the roster and with one of the NFL's most dangerous weapons playing opposite, Walter may be on the receiving end of some easy scoring plays.

Tight end:Owen Daniels led all rookie tights end in catches, yards and touchdowns. With five scores in 2006, Daniels should have no trouble approaching half a dozen this season.

Defense/special teams:This could turn out to be the strength of the 2007 Texans. Following 2006, the team wanted to get more athletic at linebacker and create a better pass rush from the defensive line. Check and check.

Jacoby Jones can contribute right away as a punt returner and has game-breaking ability for a special teams unit that consistently ranks among the league's best.

Kicker: Mr. Clutch Kris Brown calmly handed Houston its first win in franchise history over Indianapolis last December. The Texans' offense should be in the red zone quite a bit this season and if they can't cross the goal line, look for Brown to break his franchise mark of points in a season.

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