Houston Texans’ T.J. Yates Is Not a Viable Pickup at QB for Fantasy Owners

After Matt Schaub left the Houston Texans‘ Week 6 game against the St. Louis Rams with a foot injury, backup quarterback T.J. Yates was brought in on relief duty. His performance left much to be desired, as he finished 12-of-17 with 98 passing yards and two interceptions, including one pick-six.

Nonetheless, fantasy football owners—especially those in deeper or two-quarterback leagues—will be wondering if Yates is worth adding on waivers this week if Schaub misses significant time.

The answer is a resounding “NO!”

For one thing, the schedule doesn’t exactly stack in Yates’ favor. In Week 7 the Texans will face the Kansas City Chiefs, who have only allowed opposing quarterbacks to score 15 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues twice this year in six games.

A week later, the Texans are on a bye. Then they get the Indianapolis Colts, a team allowing just 12.2 fantasy points to opponents each week. In other words, you would be adding a quarterback that you’d be sitting for three weeks.

Seems a bit counterintuitive, no?

Not only that, but some Texans insiders, like John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, think the team should start Case Keenum next week, not Yates, if Schaub can’t go or is benched.

I think the Texans should start Case Keenum at KC. Matt Schaub has an injured wheel. TJ Yates lacks the mobility to avoid pass rush.

— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 13, 2013

Ouch.

And it’s not as though Yates has proven in the past to be a stud. He is a backup quarterback, after all. In 2011, he played in six games of relief duty, passing for 949 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Hardly inspiring stuff.

Granted, he was a rookie then and now has two seasons under his belt. And it’s hard to imagine him possibly being worse than Schaub has been. But honestly, what is the upside here?

Not much. The Texans are likely going to turn heavily to the ground game and try to ride Arian Foster and Ben Tate to move the chains. Yates does have weapons in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins out wide, but he’ll be missing a nice security blanket in Owen Daniels (though Garrett Graham is a solid backup at tight end).

And with the possibility that Schaub’s injury won’t be that serious, you could potentially be using your waiver priority on a backup quarterback who has a terrible matchup and ends up playing just one game, if that at all. 

Put it all together, and there isn’t much of a reason for fantasy owners to snag T.J. Yates this week. Chances are, whomever you have at quarterback is better than Yates in fantasy football. 

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