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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: TEXANS/RAVENS

Week 12 is now in the books as the NFL and fantasy football season moves closer to the playoffs. Let's check out the latest fantasy football-related happenings from Monday night's game between the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens.

-It was another brutal reminder for Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien Monday night that QB Tom Savage simply can't play.  Savage was abysmal against the stout Ravens D in completing 22-of-37 throws for 252 yards with zero TD's and 2 picks.  With the Texans lacking any semblance of help here since DeShaun Watson tore his ACL, the offensive weaponry on the team will continue to suffer.

On the other side, it was a whole bunch of nothing from Ravens QB Joe Flacco who failed to throw a TD pass and only passed for 141 yards despite completing 20-of-32 throws.  We have known forever that Flacco doesn't supply much "juice" in terms of fantasy football-worthy numbers and it seems this won't ever change.

-Lamar Miller was lucky he scored in the first quarter because the rest of his day was very pedestrian as he rushed for just 51 yards on 17 carries, while adding a single catch for 7 more yards.  Miller continues to see 8 men in the box on almost every snap and that should continue with Savage under center.  Now onto a second straight season of underwhelming numbers, it is time we accept the fact Miller is nothing special in terms of fantasy football. 

As far as the Ravens runners, the electric Alex Collins did all right in picking up 60 yards on 16 carries but the key is that he scored a touchdown to save his day.  It is always imperative Collins scores since he doesn't do much in the passing game (2 catches for -3 yards).  That is because Danny Woodhead has that part of the offensive attack secured as he caught four balls for 23 yards and also added 22 yards rushing on 4 carries.  Woodhead looks all the way back from his previous injuries and in PPR formats he can be a low-end RB 2 the rest of the season.

-DeAndre Hopkins somehow continues to carve out terrific games on a weekly basis despite all the QB chaos in Houston and he had a workmanlike 7 catches for 125 yards Monday night.  We always say that Hopkins could set some serious records if he had even a semi-competent QB throwing him the football but for now Savage will have to do. 

Meanwhile Mike Wallace led the Ravens with 4 catches for 48 yards but is nothing but a boom-or-bust weekly candidate.  

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