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|When presented with the opportunity to leave Cleveland as a free agent and sign with a quarterback-needy team, Brian Hoyer was more than a little interested. Hoyer also has some familiarity within the offense after cutting his teeth as a pro in New England, where current Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien was the offensive coordinator at the time. He signed a modest deal but is clearly making more than his primary competition, Ryan Mallett. For these reasons, Hoyer should be considered the front runner for the starting job, but he’ll need to have a strong preseason to shut the door. The Texans know Hoyer has flaws but are hoping he will be successful using a “try not to do too much” approach behind a strong ground game and solid defense. His receivers are solid but not spectacular, and the team’s offensive focus remains in the backfield.
| Ryan Mallett to start at QB for Texans|
Texans bench starting QB after one game
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 16, 12:55 pm
|Sources: Texans are poised to make a quarterback change. They are preparing to play with QB Ryan Mallett as their starter vs. the Panthers (Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: Brian Hoyer looked shaky against the Chiefs in Week 1 throwing a bad interception and completing just 53 percent of his passes. Mallett has yet to prove he's a substantial upgrade over Hoyer but he'll get an opportunity to prove just that against the Panthers. Mallett is a QB2 against Carolina.
| Texans name Brian Hoyer starting QB|
Wins camp battle with Ryan Mallett
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Aug 24, 8:30 am
|The Texans have named Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback following a training camp competition with Ryan Mallett, according to sources with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: This move has little consequence for fantasy owners as both Hoyer and Mallett have gone largely undrafted in 12-team leagues. Both quarterbacks have been average this pre-season and it won't be a surprise if Mallett makes some starts during the course of the season.
| Still no starter named between Hoyer and Mallett|
Houston QB competition in 'dead heat'
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sun Aug 23, 10:08 am
|Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer each had a chance Saturday night to show he should be the Texans' starting quarterback. But after a less-than-thrilling exhibition against the Broncos, the competition to earn the job remains even. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: There's only three weeks left before the start of the regular season, and the tie atop the quarterback depth chart is a major concern. Both QBs are flawed, and these competitions rarely end well. Neither may be a viable fantasy option except for the deepest of two-QB leagues, but the fantasy value of DeAndre Hopkins also hinges on the confidence and ability of the starter.