Player Outlook
The Texans DST averaged the 28th-most Fantasy points per game in 2022, and despite adding Will Anderson in the draft, this unit is not expected to take a major jump. You can do better on draft day.

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  • Texans' Will Anderson: Honored for strong rookie season

    Anderson was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Texans drew plenty of attention for aggressively trading up to the third pick in the 2023 Draft to select Anderson, though he certainly delivered in his first season. Despite missing two games, Anderson still tallied seven sacks and 45 tackles while playing 590 defensive snaps. Anderson's role should continue to grow, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see his production take a step forward in 2024.
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  • Texans' Will Anderson: Added to Pro Bowl roster

    Anderson was named to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports. Anderson, the No. 3 pick in the 2023 NFL draft, had a strong rookie season. He recorded 45 tackles, 67 quarterback pressures, seven sacks, one pass defensed and a blocked field goal over 15 regular games, He and Jonathan Greenard (12.5 sacks) were a disruptive tandem on each end of the defensive front.
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  • Texans' Jalen Pitre: Fewer tackles in second season

    Pitre had 84 tackles, five passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery over 15 regular season games in 2023. Pitre had to adjust to new coaches and a new scheme in 2023 and didn't come near the 147 tackles he recorded as a rookie in 2022. He was even benched during the second half of the Texans' Week 16 game against the Browns. Despite the drop in tackles, Pitre earned better coverage grades during his second season, per Pro Football Focus. The 2022 second-round draft pick has two years remaining on his rookie deal and should return as a starter at safety.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Enters free agency

    Nelson (concussion) recorded 63 tackles, 12 passes defensed and four interceptions over 17 regular season games in 2023. Nelson had a contentious offseason with the front office, held out of OTAs, eventually signed a reworked deal, and was named a team captain. The cornerback then played through several nagging injuries to complete a full 17-game season and had a pick-six in the Texans' postseason win over the Browns. He earned a reputation as a leader and one of the hardest workers on defense. Nelson, who turned 31 in January, enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent and will want to be paid. It's unlikely Houston general manager Nick Caserio will want to pay what Nelson feels he deserves.
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  • Texans' Christian Harris: Finishes strong

    Harris recorded 101 tackles, seven for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble over 16 regular-season games in 2023. After being a part-timer for the first half of the season, Harris earned more playing time over the second half and finished second on the club in tackles. He also had a pick-six in Houston's postseason win over Cleveland. Harris still has two years remaining on his rookie deal and should return as a starter at outside linebacker.
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  • Texans' Jonathan Greenard: Logs 12.5 sacks this past season

    Greenard logged 52 tackles, 15 for loss, 12.5 sacks and a forced fumble over 15 regular-season games in 2023. Greenard, who enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, picked a fine time to have a breakout season. He and Will Anderson (7.0 sacks, 67 QB pressures) were lethal bookends on the defensive line. Greenard has expressed interest in returning, per Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle, but edge rushers are a premier commodity in the NFL, and Greenard will want to be paid accordingly.
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  • Texans' Blake Cashman: Makes good for Houston

    Cashman recorded 106 tackles, nine for a loss, 2.0 sacks and one interception over 14 regular-season games in 2023. Cashman was Houston's most consistent linebacker and led the team in tackles. The outside linebacker also moved to the middle when injuries and suspensions hit the defense. He enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, and it makes sense for the Texans to bring him back, but Cashman gained leverage by posting a career-best season.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Getting checked for concussion

    Nelson is being evaluated for a concussion and is questionable to return to Saturday's divisional-round contest against the Ravens. Nelson sustained the head injury in the third quarter. After being tended to by trainers, he walked to the medical tent before heading to the locker room. Nelson had seven tackles (six solo) before exiting Saturday's game.
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  • Texans' Denzel Perryman: Ready to go for divisional round

    Perryman (ribs) does not carry an injury designation into Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Ravens. Perryman suffered an injury to his ribs in the Texans' wild-card round win over the Browns and he was limited at the team's three practices this week, but he appears to be ready to go for the divisional round. The middle linebacker recorded three solo tackles before exiting Houston's victory over Cleveland, and he'll look to return to form with a full workload in Baltimore.
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  • Texans' Will Anderson: All set for divisional round

    Anderson (ankle) does not carry an injury designation into Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Ravens. Anderson was either limited or unavailable for each of Houston's practice sessions this week, but he'll be ready to go for Saturday's contest with Baltimore. The rookie recorded three tackles, including a sack, in the Texans' wild-card round win over the Browns and he'll look to get to Lamar Jackson in Saturday's contest.
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  • Texans' Jerry Hughes: No go for divisional round

    Hughes (ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Ravens. Hughes will be forced to miss a second game in a row after injuring his ankle in Week 18. In his absence, Derek Barnett and Myjai Sanders are candidates to see an increased workload on Houston's defensive line versus Baltimore.
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  • Texans' Will Anderson: Returns to practice Thursday

    Anderson (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, DJ Bien-Aime of ESPN reports. Anderson was back in action Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. The rookie first-round pick is now trending towards playing in Saturday's divisional-round clash versus Baltimore.
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  • Texans' Will Anderson: Doesn't practice Wednesday

    Anderson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Anderson has been missing a lot of practice time over the last month-plus, but he's played each of the last three games after missing Weeks 15 and 16 with the ankle injury. The rookie played 52 percent of the defensive snaps last week against Cleveland, recording three tackles (two solo) and one sack.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Initiates blowout playoff win

    Nelson had five tackles, three passes defensed and an 82-yard interception return for a touchdown in Saturday's 45-14 wild-card playoff win over Cleveland. After a back-and-forth first half, the Browns were driving to pull closer on their first possession of the third quarter, but Nelson's pick-six extended Houston's lead to three scores. He was aided greatly by defensive end Derek Barnett, who impacted Joe Flacco's throw. The interception was Nelson's fifth since the start of the regular season and the first of his career in the postseason.
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  • Texans' Denzel Perryman: Avoids serious injury

    Perryman's rib injury is not considered to be serious and he's expected to return for the divisional round, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Perryman exited the Texans' wild-card win over the Browns with a ribs injury, but it seems as if this issue won't hinder his availability going forward. The 31-year-old linebacker was able to record three total tackles, including one tackle for loss before exiting Saturday's affair and he'll look to add to those totals next weekend.
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  • Texans' Denzel Perryman: Exits wild-card game with rib issue

    Perryman injured his ribs in Saturday's playoff contest against Cleveland and is questionable to return. Perryman exited in the second half of the contest, though it's unclear how the injury occurred. The linebacker racked up three tackles early in the first quarter but hadn't posted any more between then and his exit. Neville Hewitt could see more snaps if Perryman is unable to return.
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  • Texans' Will Anderson: Ready for playoff action

    Anderson (ankle) is set to play in Saturday's wild-card contest against the Browns. Anderson has been nursing a lingering ankle injury for about a month. He has played through the pain in the Texans' previous two games, and the first-round rookie will now suit up for his first-ever playoff game. Look for him to take on his usual responsibilities at defensive end assuming no setbacks.
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  • Texans' Jonathan Greenard: Cleared Saturday

    Greenard (ankle) is officially active for Saturday's wild-card game versus the Browns. After consecutive days as a non-participant at practice, Greenard closed out the week in limited fashion. That was enough to spring him ahead for Saturday's contest, as he will play through any remaining nagging issues. Barring any setbacks, he should take on his usual role on the defensive line.
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  • Texans' Sheldon Rankins: Gets green light

    Rankins (shoulder) is officially active for Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Browns. Rankins was looking like a true game-time decision after logging limited practice sessions in consecutive days to close out the week. It looks like he is set to take on his usual responsibilities at defensive tackle assuming he avoids any setbacks.
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  • Texans' Maliek Collins: Good to go

    Collins (hip) is active for Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Browns. Collins played through the issue in the Texans' regular-season finale and was able to practice in limited fashion in back-to-back days to close out the week. Barring any setbacks, look for him to take on his usual role on Houston's defense.
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