Is it time to sit Matt Schaub? 

November, 18, 2010
The fantasy football world buzzed a little Wednesday night when the news broke that Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub had been hospitalized with a bursa sac in his right knee. Schaub hasn't exactly remained friends with the fantasy community this season after leading the NFL in passing yards and finishing as the No. 5 quarterback in standard scoring formats just a year ago. That, of course, led to him being selected in the third round of ESPN average live drafts, which, uh, hasn't worked out so great for his owners. He's currently 15th in quarterback scoring, barely ahead of David Garrard and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Schaub didn't spend much time in the hospital. In fact, by the time you read this, he'll already have appeared back at the team facility, though he's unlikely to practice. Regardless, the Texans remain confident that Schaub will suit up and handle the quarterback duties Sunday, meaning backup Dan Orlovsky, who took snaps with the first team Wednesday, likely will remain on the sideline. By the way, the team's third-stringer is Matt Leinart (in case you were wondering where he ended up). He'll be holding that clipboard again Sunday, unless there's a Tyler Thigpen-type situation and the team's quarterback depth chart gets used up. So the Texans expect the hierarchy to remain Schaub, then Orlovsky. Then again, the Texans face the New York Jets this week. Were Schaub owners excited to use him in the first place?

I'll say this about the Jets' defense: I'm far more concerned about it from a fantasy aspect in terms of playing my running backs, not quarterbacks or wide receivers. The Jets are allowing the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and 11th against wide receivers. In theory, the Jets can be thrown on, and that's including the games awesome cornerback Darrelle Revis has played in. Two weeks ago, the Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford picked the Jets apart for a 94.7 passer rating, with 240 yards, two touchdowns and nary a turnover. Fantasy's top player this season is Texans running back Arian Foster, and I bumped him down to No. 6 this week due to the matchup, since the Jets are the best team in the league (in terms of fantasy points) at shutting down opposing running backs. I didn't have similar concerns with Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson.