Week 16 Impact Players to Watch: Texans vs Buccaneers
Hey! Hey! Tampa Bay fans! It’s another week of Buccaneers football after having another stand-out performance in another huge win. The Buccaneers (7-7) are on a four-game winning streak and are now back home to face the AFC South leading Houston Texans (9-5). This game is going to be important due to the Buccaneers looking to finish the season strong under Coach Arians and staff. For the Texans, they hold a one game lead in the division and the Bucs could play spoiler today. For this week’s matchup, I have Buccaneers TE OJ Howard and Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins.
OJ Howard Tight End:
Buccaneers TE OJ Howard has shown ups and downs during his young NFL career. The first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Alabama, Howard was drafted to be a weapon in the Buccaneers high power Offense. I think under Coach Arians he has found a niche as being a solid blocker and working his way into becoming a nice target along with fellow TE Cam Brate.
Now with their Pro Bowl WR Mike Evans & Chris Godwin out, possibly Howard will become a threat in the passing game due to his ability to make plays on the field. In December, he is averaging about 25.9 receiving yards per game. Howard recently commented saying, “It’s an opportunity,” and “We’ve got a lot of guys down. Jameis and our offense are going to need guys to step up, so we’re going to be called on to make plays.”
DeAndre Hopkins Wide Receiver:
Texans All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins has been as good as advertised since being drafted out of Clemson in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is an all-purpose weapon for the Texans and their franchise QB Deshaun Watson, who is working on being a young star in this league. Hopkins is the X factor for the Texans Offense with his game breaking and catch making ability. This makes him a tough matchup in today’s game. It would be up to the Bucs young secondary to make sure they have extra safety help in defending him. In his last two outings, he has topped over 100 yards receiving and will try to help fellow fantasy football owners this week.
It’s Texans vs Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium today in a special Saturday triple-header of NFL games. Go Bucs!