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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL FREE AGENCY FALLOUT: TEXANS GOING FOR IT IN ADDING LAMAR MILLER, BROCK OSWEILER

The biggest news makers in the NFL at least on the offensive side during the first day free agents could sign on the dotted line was no doubt the Houston Texans who made a huge splash by signing not only QB Brock Osweiler but also netting RB Lamar Miller.  In the process, the Texans found a possible QB of the present and future, while also bringing in a replacement at running back for Arian Foster.  As always let's take a closer look at the deals from a fantasy perspective.

Brock Osweiler:  All along it seemed only a matter of time before the strong-armed Osweiler would re-sign with the Denver Broncos after he generally played very well for them during his mid-season 2015 stint under center for the team in place of a benched Peyton Manning.  Alas, the money was never in the same ballpark between the two sides as the Texans swopped in to get their man.  An clear upgrade over Brian Hoyer, Osweiler will get the chance to be a starting QB for the first time in his career in terms of being the guy from Week 1 and his supporting cast looks very promising with DeAndre Hopkins at receiver and Miller at running back.  Like we noted, Osweiler played decently for the Broncos last season but he also has to speed up his reads a bit after taking way too many sacks.  That should come with experience and right now Osweiler can graded as a QB 2 in two-passer formats and a backup with upside in single passer leagues. 

Lamar Miller:  Mostly an enigma and semi-decent player during his tenure with the Miami Dolphins, Lamar Miller gets another prime shot with the Texans after signing his deal with the team.  On the plus side, Miller has averaged a very impressive 4.6 yards per carry in his four-year career but only once has he gone for over 1,000 yards.  Still Miller has scored 8 touchdowns on the ground in each of the last two years and he also has very good hands that could make him a good PPR play.  He will surely be the lead guy in the Houston backfield and that alone makes him a decent upside target in fantasy football drafts this summer. 

 

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