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Damarea Crockett Fantasy Sleeper Talk Heating Up Following Lamar Miller Injury News

Jason Schandl
Houston Texans v Green Bay Packers
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It may have been overshadowed by the whirlwind of reactions to news of Andrew Luck retiring, but Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller suffered a torn ACL on Saturday, an injury that should sideline him for the entire 2019 NFL season.

Duke Johnson, now set to be Houston's lead back, gets the biggest upgrade in the Texans' offense, but this could also open up some fantasy football value further down the team's depth chart.

Undrafted rookie Damarea Crockett has made some noise in training camp and the preseason, and he could be the front runner for the No. 2 spot. There's still a good chance the Texans add another running back in free agency or via trade, but until they do, that spot behind Johnson could be a valuable one.

Crockett showed some solid rushing chops in three seasons at Missouri, tallying 2,252 yards and 19 touchdowns on 380 carries (5.9 yards per attempt). He didn't contribute in the passing game, with only 21 receptions, but that's not a concern with Johnson on the Texans' roster since his receiving volume is always near the top of the RB leaderboards.

The Texans' outlook for the season has seemingly improved with the retirement of Andrew Luck softening the competition in the AFC South, and the potential for big rushing volume in the Houston offense gives Crockett serious sleeper upside, if he does get some extended run.

Crockett's floor is still very low, and he may not see any work if the Texans add another running back, but he's essentially free in 2019 fantasy football drafts, making him a risk you can likely afford to take.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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