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Key Fantasy Matchups for Sunday’s Dolphins-Texans Matchup


Texans QB Matt Schaub vs. Dolphins pass defense

The Dolphins have been solid in getting at opposing quarterbacks, recording 12 sacks in their first four games. Schaub wasn’t sacked once in his last start. Part of that had to do with improvement along the offensive line, especially with left tackle Duane Brown. Part of it had to do with Schaub making quicker decisions and getting rid of the ball quickly. The Texans will rely on both of those aspects again.

Texans RB Steve Slaton vs. Dolphins run defense

Slaton has been strong in his first three starts, but he faces a big task this week against the Dolphins. He may be as big a key in the receiving game as the running game. He must continue to slip past tacklers in the middle and bounce outside, into open space when he can. Slaton will continue to share carries with Ahman Green, but Slaton will get the most touches, most likely around 20.

Texans WR Andre Johnson vs. Dolphins CB Andre’ Goodman

Johnson has quietly spent the past six seasons establishing himself as one of the NFL’s elite receivers. This season the former Miami Hurricanes standout has turned 24 receptions into 310 yards and one touchdown. He’s averaging 12.9 yards per catch and demands a double team. Goodman has been targeted by all four of the Dolphins’ opponents. As a result, the seven-year veteran, who has produced seven interceptions in his career, has given up numerous big plays, including touchdowns, and drawn the most penalties of any Dolphins defender. If the Texans toss Johnson a bomb on Goodman, there’s a good chance he’ll either come down with the catch or a pass interference call.

Texans OT Duane Brown vs. Dolphins LB Joey Porter

There’s nothing more appetizing to a pass-rushing specialist than a rookie left tackle. Brown, Houston’s late first-round pick, has had difficulty with speed rushers. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison, Brown gave up three sacks. If this converted college tight end continues to experience hand placement issues, Porter could be looking at another multiple-sack performance. In four games this season the former Pro Bowler has already matched his sack total (5.5) from last season, proving the move back to the weak side was beneficial. The Dolphins are ranked fourth in sacks per passing play, which means Schaub could be under pressure all game long.

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