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Texans lose first round pick tackle Tytus Howard to knee injury

The Texans struggling offensive line took a big hit in Week 6. We break down the fantasy football implications of Tytus Howard’s knee injury.

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller celebrates with offensive tackle Tytus Howard  after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans suffered a tough loss in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Rookie tackle Tytus Howard went down with a leg injury in third quarter and was carted off the field. A later report had the trainers looking at his left knee, according to team reporter Aaron Wilson.

Fantasy football implications, Texans offense

It’s easy to forget about offensive lines when it comes to fantasy football, but this is a notable injury. The Texans offensive line ranks 13th in adjusted line yards and 28th in adjusted sack rate. DeShaun Watson will continue making plays, but his life gets a little bit more difficult if Howard has to miss any time.

Things get that much more difficult for running backs Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson as well. For them and the rest of the offense, the team not only has to slot in a replacement at right tackle, but they also have to replace their swing tackle due to the lost player. It creates all sorts of potential complications, and will be something to track if you are using Texans players in your fantasy and DFS lineups.