Houston enters Week 5 with a spotless record in 2012. At 4-0 the Texans have only finished one game without a double-digit victory. The Jets, on the other hand, are going down a completely different path at this point.
New York failed to score a single point last week against San Francisco. To add to the Jets woes, they just lost one of their only playmakers on offense for the season, and are currently dealing with several other injuries.
This one could easily get out of hand if Mark Sanchez can't get his offense on the right track. Matt Schaub and Arian Foster continue to pave the way to big wins for the Texans. Let's take a look at who the fantasy studs will be on Monday night, and which players you need to keep on your bench.
Matt Schaub, quarterback - The Jets haven't allowed a passing touchdown in the past two weeks. Even though star cornerback Darrelle Revis is out with an ACL tear, Schaub might not be putting up huge numbers. That's not a shot at him, it's just predicting how the game will play out. The Texans love to run the ball, and if they get out in front with a comfortable lead, Schaub isn't going to be launching the ball up constantly. He's fully capable of having a decent fantasy night. It's just hard to expect that out of him considering the state of these two teams.
Arian Foster, running back - Last time Foster took on the Jets he rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He's only averaging 3.7 yards per carry in 2012, but the Jets can probably help Foster boost that stat. They're giving up an unbelievable average of 172.8 yards per game through four weeks. You wouldn't ever consider sitting Foster. Just know he's in for a big performance in Week 5.
Andre Johnson, wide receiver - Johnson is just 76 yards away from reaching 10,000 all-time receiving yards. He might need two games to reach that plateau. Rex Ryan's squad ranks sixth overall in pass defense, and they haven't allowed a touchdown to a wide receiver since Week 2. The loss of Revis, as mentioned above, will certainly hurt their chances in the secondary. However, Johnson been boom or bust this season. Foster will likely receive a huge workload against this porous run defense, allowing fewer chances for points from Johnson. He hasn't caught more than three passes since Week 1. Temper your expectations.
Owen Daniels, tight end - With Joel Dreesen out of the picture, Daniels is now has a larger role in the Texans offense. He enters Monday night's matchup with two consecutive weeks of finding the end zone. Again, Houston was presumably let the ground game do most of the work, but Daniels will see his share of looks in the red zone. The Jets haven't allowed big numbers to opposing tight ends, though. Daniels is a decent play this week.
Texans defense/special teams - Houston's defense is one of the best league, that shouldn't be a secret to anyone. The Texans are allowing just 14 points per game. The Jets didn't score a single point last week. This is a no-brainer.
Mark Sanchez, quarterback - His only decent fantasy performance of the season came against the train wreck that is the Bills defense. Sanchez looked awful in Week 4, and he won't be turning things around against one of the top-ranked defenses in the league on Monday night. If relying on Sanchez to win your matchup this week, we should all have pity on you.
Shonn Green and Bilal Powell, running back - The Texans are allowing 90.3 yards per game on the ground to opposing rushers. Last week Powell saw the bulk of the offensive snaps as the Jets were constantly throwing the ball in an effort to make a comeback. It wouldn't surprise anyone if that's how things went in Week 5 as well. Greene is supposedly the No. 1 back still, but neither hold much value against the Texans defense.
Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens, wide receiver - Well, the Jets are pretty depleted at wide receiver. Stephen Hill is doubtful for Monday night, and with Santonio Holmes out for the year, Kerley and Schilens take over as starters. Kerley is the receiver to start if you have to pick one. He's hooked up with Sanchez for two touchdowns in four weeks. Until the Jets offense shows any sign of life, though, neither will make much of an impact in your lineup.
Jeff Cumberland, tight end - Dustin Keller hasn't participated in practice this week, so Cumberland takes over the No. 1 duties at tight end. He caught four passes for a whopping 17 yards last week against San Francisco. Houston gave up a touchdown to opposing tight ends in each of the last two weeks, but Cumberland is far from a red zone threat. Don't both with him on your roster.
Jets defense/special teams - New York is yielding 27.3 points per game in 2012. Houston is scoring the second-most points per game in the NFL. Do you feel good about this matchup yet? Given the fact the Jets can't stop anyone on the ground, they'll likely have an even tougher time containing one of the league's best rushing attacks. New York's D/ST isn't a good play in Week 5.