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|Last year we told you that it was time to give up hope that Daniels would regain the elite form he displayed over the first half of the 2009 season before suffering a torn ACL. While it seems pretty certain that Daniels, at 30 years of age, won't regain that form, he played surprisingly well in 2012, hauling in 62 receptions for 716 yards and six touchdowns, a career high. With the Texans once again having issues at wide receiver opposite Andre Johnson, Daniels was targeted a career-high 104 times. While the team is high on first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins, the truth is that Houston still does not have a proven threat to play alongside Johnson, and that makes Daniels a lower-tier TE1 in 2013.
Comment: Daniels has led the team in red zone targets each of the last two seasons.
| Owen Daniels unlikely to play -- Tue Dec 3 7:00 am --|
Still not ready to practice
|Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday the team will have to soon make a decision about the status of tight end Owen Daniels.
Daniels could return to action Thursday at Jacksonville. He’s still recovering from a leg injury, though, and has yet to participate in team activities.
Daniels said last week it was unlikely he’d play against the Jaguars. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: It won't be a surprise if Daniels is placed on IR given his status and the team having no shot of making the playoffs. Garrett Graham will continue to serve as the Texans starting tight end with TE2 value.
| Daniels out 4-8 weeks, broken fibula -- Tue Oct 8 11:15 am --|
Texans lose starting tight end
|The injury tight end Owen Daniels suffered in Sunday’s 34-3 loss at San Francisco is a fractured fibula that could keep him out as long as two months. Third-year tight end Garrett Graham will replace Daniels in the starting lineup. Rookie Ryan Griffin will move up a spot into the backup position. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Tony Gonzalez (bye) owners should take a look at Graham who has some plug and play value. The Texans feature the tight end in their offense giving Graham low-end TE1 value while Daniels is out.
| Owen Daniels undergoing MRI -- Mon Oct 7 6:45 pm --|
|Texans HC Gary Kubiak disclosed that TE Owen Daniels, the team’s leading receiver with six catches for 60 yards in the 34-3 loss to San Francisco, was getting an MRI “on his fibula.”
Daniels is second behind Andre Johnson with 24 catches for 252 yards. He’s tied with tight end Garrett Graham for the team lead with three touchdown receptions. The Texans are hoping Daniels’ injury is just a bruise.
“He got hit on his leg late in the game,” Kubiak said. “That’s all I know right now.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Daniels has emerged as a consistent fantasy force this season in large part due to Matt Schaub's ability to keep both teams in the game. It would be surprising if he was seriously hurt, but Garrett Graham would see a huge increase in fantasy value if that ends up being the case and could serve as a low-end TE1 in PPR formats.