2012 Team Outlook: Houston
PK Shayne Graham, CLE (K - #10) - Solid/Safe Pick
We don't want to say the Texans play in a weak division, but let's face it: they're the cream of the crop in the south and (without injury) the odds on favorite to win the division. Not only should they win the division, but they should score a boatload of points this season. If they do, someone has to knock in all those extra points and short yardage field goals. Graham's been around long enough to show he's a viable option if he beats out fifth-round pick Randy Bullock for the gig.
UPDATE (8-19): Graham booted a 48 and 49-yard field goal against the Niners in the Texans second preseason game. Rookie Randy Bullock missed his only attempt from 51-yards, but made both of his extra point chances. This came after both kickers went 2-for-2 in the opening game with Bullock drilling one from 52 yards out. If the battle remains tight, could be tie goes to the kid. Regardless, the "winner" figures to be a winning pick for fantasy owners as well.
PK Randy Bullock, HOU - Stud (low risk)
The Texans fifth-round pick is battling veteran Shayne Graham for the kicking job. Not only is Houston poised for a division title run, they should score plenty along the way, making either kicker a viable option for fantasy owners. Obviously the risk with Bullock is he's not actually done this on the NFL level, but the former Texas A&M star has legit credentials and should have the leg up unless he falters in camp.
UPDATE (8-19): Bullock missed his only attempt from 51-yards out against the Niners in the Texans' second preseason game, but made both of his extra point chances. Shayne Graham booted a 48 and 49-yard field goal . This came after both kickers went 2-for-2 in the opening game with Bullock drilling one from 52 yards out. If the battle remains tight, could be tie goes to the kid. Regardless, the "winner" figures to be a winning pick for fantasy owners as well.Injury Status: Injured Reserve
Houston Defense (Def - #4) - Solid/Safe Pick
The Texans defense finished the 2011 season allowing just 286 yards per game, second only to the Steelers' 272 yards per game. Not only was the defense one of the stingiest in the league, but they ranked 6th in sacks with 44 and forced 27 turn overs. Even with the loss of Mario Williams, the Texans defense should again be one of the league's best.