I admit to not knowing a ton about Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates, a fifth-round draft pick out of the University of North Carolina and now the team's starter for perhaps the rest of the season. Then again, I feel like I don't need to. In a general sense, fantasy football owners should not be interested in signing/activating Yates, but they're likely concerned about his potential negative effect on running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson, two top-10 picks on fantasy draft day now seeing their value muddled a bit.
The thing about Yates is we just don't know what he'll do as the starter -- neither do the Texans, for that matter -- and presuming he's going to play as poorly as, say, Kansas City Chiefs lefty Tyler Palko, Arizona Cardinals fill-in John Skelton or anyone slingin' it for the Indianapolis Colts seems a bit unfair. What if Yates can play? My argument on a "SportsCenter" segment earlier this week, where I aim to stay positive, was if you're just now worrying about Foster and Johnson, that pretty much insinuates all was going to be well with Matt Leinart in the first place.
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