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Week 6 fantasy football rankings: Don't be afraid to start the Texans defense

The injuries the Texans have suffered on defense shouldn't keep you from starting them against Cleveland. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group

Below are my PPR fantasy rankings for Week 6. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice. The rankings will be updated on Friday and Sunday.

If you have any start-sit questions, feel free to hit me up at @jordanpfx on Twitter, and I will do my best to get to every question. Include your scoring system with your questions. Good luck!

 

QB

1 T. Brady NE

2 D. Brees NO 

3 A. Rodgers GB

4 D. Watson HOU

5 M. Ryan ATL

6 M. Stafford DET

7 K. Cousins WAS 

8 C. Newton CAR

9 P. Rivers LAC

10 C. Palmer ARI

11 A. Smith KC

12 C. Wentz PHI

13 D. Carr OAK

14 B. Roethlisberger PIT

15 J. Winston TB

16 J. Brissett IND

17 T. Siemian DEN

18 M. Mariota TEN * Questionable

19 J. McCown NYJ

20 J. Goff LAR

21 C. Keenum MIN

22 J. Flacco BAL

23 J. Cutler MIA

24 E. Manning NYG

 

RB

1 L. Fournette JAC

2 L. Bell PIT

3 K. Hunt KC

4 T. Gurley LAR

5 D. Freeman ATL

6 M. Gordon LAC

7 C. Anderson DEN

8 M. Ingram NO

9 L. Miller HOU

10 D. Murray TEN 

11 D. Martin TB 

12 A. Jones GB *Lower expectations if Montgomery is active.

13 J. Howard CHI

14 M. Lynch OAK

15 J. Ajayi MIA 

16 A. Kamara NO

17 C. McCaffrey CAR

18 J. Allen BAL

19 C. Thompson WAS

20 A. Abdullah DET

21 T. Coleman ATL

22 D. Johnson CLE

23 M. Gillislee NE

24 L. Blount PHI

25 J. White NE

26 F. Gore IND 

27 J. McKinnon MIN

28 C. Hyde SF

29 S. Perine WAS

30 J. Stewart CAR

31 D. Henry TEN

32 T. Riddick DET

33 A. Ellington ARI

34 I. Crowell CLE

35 T. Montgomery *Questionable

36 S. Vereen NYG

37 A. Peterson ARI

38 L. Murray MIN

39 E. McGuire NYJ

40 W. Gallman  NYG

41 J. Charles DEN

42 D. Foreman HOU

43 M. Breida SF

44 A. Collins BAL

45 M. Forte NYJ

46 O. Darkwa NYG

 

WR

1 A. Brown PIT  

2 D. Hopkins HOU

3 J. Jones ATL  

4 L. Fitzgerald ARI

5 T. Hilton IND

6 J. Nelson GB

7 M. Thomas NO

8 K. Allen LAC  

9 B. Cooks NE  

10 D. Adams GB

11 C. Hogan NE 

12 M. Evans TB

13 S. Diggs MIN *Out

14 T. Hill KC  

15 M. Crabtree OAK

16 J. Landry MIA

17 G. Tate DET

18 T. Pryor WAS

19 D. Funchess CAR

20 D. Amendola NE 

21 A. Jeffery PHI  

22 A. Thielen MIN 

23 P. Garcon SF

24 A. Cooper OAK 

25 D. Jackson TB

26 E. Sanders DEN  

27 K. Benjamin CAR

28 R. Cobb GB  

29 W. Fuller HOU

30 D. Thomas DEN  

31 C. Kupp LAR

32 M. Wallace BAL

33 M. Bryant PIT 

34 J. Crowder WAS  

35 M. Jones DET

36 W. Snead NO  

37 M. Lee JAC

38 T. Williams LAC

39 J. Doctson WAS

40 R. Matthews TEN

41 T. Gabriel ATL

42 K. Wright CHI  

43 J. Kearse NYJ

44 J. Maclin BAL  

45 John Brown ARI 

46 S. Watkins LA

47 Jaron Brown ARI

 

TE

1 R. Gronkowski NE 

2 T. Kelce KC 

3 Z. Ertz PHI 

4 A. Seferian-Jenkins NYJ

5 H. Henry LAC

6 D. Walker TEN

7 K. Rudolph MIN

8 C. Brate TB

9 J. Reed WAS

10 R. Griffin HOU

11 E. Engram NYG

12 M. Bennett GB 

13 A. Hooper ATL

14 B. Watson BAL  

15  E. Dickson CAR

16 J. Cook OAK 

17 G. Kittle SF 

18 C. Fleener NO

19 D. Njoku CLE  

20 J. Doyle IND  *Questionable

21 Z. Miller CHI

 

DEF

1 Broncos

2 Jaguars

3 Texans *All bets are off if Clowney and Joseph don't play.

4 Ravens

5 Falcons

6 Patriots

7 Redskins

8 Panthers

9 Chiefs

10 Packers

11 Eagles 

12 Bears

13 Cardinals

14 Buccaneers

15 Chargers

 

Kicker

1 S. Gostkowski NE

2 M. Bryant ATL *Questionable

3 J. Tucker BAL

4 M. Crosby GB

5 A. Vinatieri IND 

6 H. Butker KC

7 J. Myers JAX 

8 J. Elliott PHI  

9 K. Fairbairn HOU

10 W. Lutz NO 

11 M. Prater DET 

12 N. Novak LAC  

13 G. Gano CAR 

14 D. Hopkins WAS 

15 B. McManus DEN

 

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Rootes began writing The Winning Game Plan last March. Photo via: NRG Park/Facebook

Football players, coaches and general managers have come and gone, but only one person has been running the business side of the Texans, well, even before they were the Texans. Jamey Rootes has been President of the Houston Texans since 1999, when an NFL team in Houston was still just a gleam in owner Bob McNair's eyes. That's before the team adopted the name "Texans" in 2000, before there was NRG Stadium, which opened as Reliant Stadium in 2000, and before they became serial champs of the AFC South, six titles between 2011-2019.

The precise date was Oct. 6, 1999 when NFL owners voted 29-0 to award the NFL's 32nd and newest franchise to Houston. Not only that, Houston was awarded the 2004 Super Bowl. Rootes, 34 years old with no NFL experience, had his work cut out for him. Before taking the job in Houston, Rootes was team president, general manager and CEO of selling peanuts and popcorn for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.

Major League Soccer, with all due respect, is not nearly a national obsession like the National Football League.

"I wasn't intimidated," Rootes said. "There's a quote that I love, 'Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.' I've always been a purpose-driven person. As for the step up to the NFL, I went from knowing nothing at the start of my time in Columbus to five years later thinking, OK, I've got this sports thing down. Actually, I had a very significant reduction in my responsibilities in Houston. When I was in Columbus, I ran the stadium, I ran the team's business, I was the general manager so I did the talent side of it, too. When I came to Houston, all I had to do was the business, so that was great."

Rootes has captured his remarkable journey from the soccer team at Clemson to grad school at Indiana University to the business world at IBM and Proctor & Gamble to the Clemson Crew, to ultimately being named President of the Houston Texans in his new book, The Winning Game Plan: A Proven Leadership Playbook for Continuous Business Success, available next week.

I've known Rootes from his day one with the Texans, but I still had to ask: everybody knows what the general manager does, and what the head coach does. What exactly does the President of an NFL team worth $3.3 billion do?

"I like to use the parallel of a pharmaceutical company to describe my job. There are two sides to that company. First you put scientists in one building and you leave them alone. They create products, which is what our football team is. The football side has a coach and general manager and all the people who prepare the team to play on Sunday. But getting that product to market is done by the business side, traditional business disciplines. Those are the things that fall to me. Basically, everything between the white lines is run by the football side. Everything outside of those lines, I do," Rootes said.

Between 1999 and 2002, when the Texans played their first game (let the record show the Texans defeated the Dallas Cowboy, 19-10), the team was essentially a massive start-up project. First orders of business for Rootes involved building a new stadium, developing relationships with suppliers, contractors and government officials, preparing for a Super Bowl and, most important, developing a relationship with fans.

Rootes began writing The Winning Game Plan last March, but it's really an accumulation of lessons learned and behind-the-scenes stories about building the Texans from scratch into one of the most admired and valuable franchises in all of sports.

"I've always been a meticulous note-taker. I've kept every presentation I've ever done. I took all of my notes and concepts and put those down on paper," Rootes said. "To be a good leader, you need a wild imagination. You can show me a blank piece of paper, but I don't see it as blank. To me, it's a finished product that hasn't been created yet," Rootes said.

Rootes lays out his leadership strategy in seven chapters: Are You a Manager or a Leader, Get the Right People on Your Team, Build a Winning Culture, Create Raving Fans, a Winning Playbook for Adversity and Success, Your Leadership Playbook and Play to Win.

He learned lesson No. 1 the hard way. A friend once counseled Rootes, "your staff doesn't like the way you're all up in their business, you need to back off." Rootes took that advice to heart.

"It was an epiphany. I wasn't a leader. That's when I truly began thinking about leadership. I say this all the time, I don't do anything. All I do is create an environment where exceptional people can be their very best self. I know what's going on. I'm fully informed. I leave every game day exhausted. I get there early. I do the things I need to do. I kiss babies. I shake hands. I present checks. I entertain clients. I'm dialed in. It absolutely wears me out because I love this organization so much. I am so proud of what we've been able to do for this great city of Houston."

I asked Rootes, as someone who lives for Game Day and a packed NRG Stadium, are you devastated by 2020, the year of COVID-19 and small crowds limited by Centers for Disease Control guidelines?

"I don't look at it that way. I think there's a song by 10,000 Maniacs that said, these are the days that you'll remember. I told my staff, I know you're all going through hell right now, but later on in life, you'll talk about this year. Things that are important are memorable, for the positive and those things that leave a scar. You learn from adversity and you're a better person for enduring it. Victor Frankl said 'We can discover meaning in life in three different ways, by creating a work or doing a deed, experiencing something or encountering someone, and by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.' Suffering is part of life. He should know, he survived a Nazi concentration camp," Rootes said.

H-E-B President Scott McClelland wrote the forward to The Winning Game Plan. Rootes dedicates the book to late Texans owner Bob McNair. Rootes' book is a fun read. All I kept thinking was, where was this book when I needed it? And before you buy too much into Rootes as a leader, consider that Rootes admits that he had to ask for wife Melissa's permission before he could accept the Texans job.

Personal note: I believe that a big part of leadership is the ability to keep a promise. Several years ago, I was riding my bicycle with my dog Lilly on a leash. It was the only way I could keep up with her. Well, one time Lilly saw a squirrel and pulled me off my bicycle. I tumbled a few times and rolled next to the curb. When I looked up, there was Jamey Rootes. I told him, "There's no need for you to tell anybody about this." He never said a word.

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