| Quarterback, Houston Texans
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|Draft: 2012 Round 1 (22)
College: Oklahoma State
Ht: 6’3” Wt: 221 DOB: 1983-10-14 Age: 32
|The Colt McCoy era, if you can call it that, has seemingly come to a quick end in Cleveland with Weeden, the 22nd player taken in the draft, expected to take over in the starting lineup in 2012. Thatís nice but the bottom line is that Weeden wonít enjoy much more success than McCoy unless the team receives improved performances from its running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and offensive linemen. McCoy suffered at least partly because he lacked a true number one wide receiver, a role the Browns hope that second-year player Greg Little can grow into. Running back Trent Richardson, the highest rated player at his position in this yearís draft, should help the ground game. While Weeden is a solid dynasty league prospect given his age, maturity and strong arm, he is not worth owning in re-draft leagues.
| Hoyer to start Week 17 if cleared -- Mon Dec 28 7:15 pm --|
In final stage of concussion protocol
|Brian Hoyer, in the final stage of the concussion protocol, will be the team's starter Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars if he passes in time, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday.
"(Brandon Weeden has) done a really good job," O'Brien said. "He did a good job in the Indy game, did a good job yesterday. But if Brian's healthy and cleared, he's our starter." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Hoyer has some darkhorse fantasy QB1 appeal if he gets the green light against the Jaguars, who have struggled against the pass all year. O'Brien indicated he has no plans to rest his players in Week 17 even if Cincinnati defeats Denver on Monday Night Football, which would give the Texans the AFC South title based on the strength-of-schedule tiebreaker. O'Brien's desire to win means owners should be able to count on another full game from DeAndre Hopkins as well.
| Brian Hoyer expected to miss Week 16 -- Sat Dec 26 9:00 am --|
Brandon Weeden expected to start
|Brian Hoyer (concussion) making good progress but Texans not expected to play him this week. On track for Week 17 return. (Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Hoyer out, that means Brandon Weeden will get the start against Tennessee. Weeden posted a 105-1-0 line in relief of T.J. Yates last week against the Colts. This doesn't affect the fantasy value of WR DeAndre Hopkins as Yates to Weeden is a lateral move. Tennessee is giving up the 8th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
| Hoyer practices for second straight day -- Thu Dec 24 5:25 pm --|
Recovering from multiple concussions
|Texans QB Brian Hoyer was practicing again (Thursday). WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and S Rahim Moore (illness) still are not practicing. (Tania Ganguli on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Shorts and Moore have both been ruled out for Week 16 while Hoyer is trending in the right direction after suffering two concussions in less than a month. Shorts' absence should give Nate Washington and rookie Jaelen Strong a bump in targets while a return by Hoyer would be good for the entire Texans' passing attack. If Hoyer cannot go, Houston will be forced to go with Brandon Weeden versus the Tennessee Titans.
| Romo on track to return in Week 11 -- Mon Nov 16 5:15 pm --|
Out since Week 2 with fractured collarbone
|Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's fractured collarbone appears to have healed based on recent test results, a league source told ESPN's Ed Werder. After missing two months of action, Romo should be cleared from injured reserve/designated to return Wednesday and play as expected Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the source said.
"Tony's had a good couple of weeks of practice with us," coach Jason Garrett said. "We anticipate him being able to practice this week." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Cowboys won each of their first two games with Romo under center but have gone 0-7 during his absence with Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel - the franchise's longest losing streak since 1989. His return is a major boost for all Dallas skill-position players, particularly Dez Bryant. Expect Darren McFadden to benefit as well since defenses will need to respect the passing game again. This week's opponent, the Miami Dolphins, present a plus-matchup for Romo.
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