The Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars are both 1-6 this season and will face off in Week 9 matchup at TIAA Bank Stadium. The two worst teams in the AFC South will duke it out and the road team has an advantage because of their healthy quarterback. Deshaun Watson is set to lead Houston in the battle while Gardner Minshew II will sit out for Jacksonville because of a thumb injury.
Watson has lost two straight but has put up solid stat lines thanks to the efforts of Will Fuller V and Brandin Cooks out wide. David Johnson has also shown signs of life and the running back has scored a touchdown in two straight games. Houston has plenty of firepower but will have to hold off Jacksonville’s capable rookie running back on the ground.
Jake Luton is set to start in place of Minshew. The 2020 sixth-round pick out of Oregon State didn’t get to benefit from getting preseason games under his belt and could struggle in his NFL debut. James Robinson is coming off a career game against the Los Angeles Chargers and his performance will likely be a key part of Jacksonville’s success.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 8
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Texans: -7, -305
Jaguars: +7, +255
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Deshaun Watson, QB, $7,100
Watson has thrown for at least two touchdowns and 300 yards in four straight games. Houston has scored at least 30 points in two of its last three games and will be up against a Jaguars defense that’s given up the second-most points per game (31.4) this season. Jacksonville has a bottom five pass defense that Watson could pick apart with his abundance of speedsters out wide.
David Johnson, RB, $5,600
It’s hard not to consider playing a running back after seeing what Dalvin Cook did to the Packers in Week 8. Johnson is an all-purpose back who’s flown under the radar in recent weeks and has tallied at least 18 touches in four straight games. The Packers’ defense ranks 27th against running backs on DraftKings so we could get a ceiling game from Johnson.
James Robinson, RB, $7,000
Robinson bounced back in Week 8 after putting together several underwhelming outings. He flopped against Houston last time but the Texans give up the second-most rushing yards per game. The Jaguars could lean on Robinson’s versatility more with Minshew out of commission. I think the rookie should get at least 20 carries to go with a few receptions.
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, $4,200
Shenault is as big a value as he’s been all year. It’ll be difficult to project wide receiver production in this one because of the quarterback situation, but Shenault can get touches as a ball carrier. Jacksonville is bound to get creative in this one and Shenault can be used in a lot of ways on offense.