Andre Johnson was supposed to play in Week 8. But things don't always play out the way they're supposed to for fantasy football owners.
After practicing on Wednesday and Thursday and looking like he was on pace to start this Sunday for the first time since week 4, Johnson suffered what seems to be a significant setback on Friday. Johnson was held out of practice and the general talk around the Texans' locker room was that his surgically-repaired hamstring is holding him back from getting onto the field.
Texans' coach Gary Kubiak tried to stay positive saying that Andre was "real close" to getting back to playing, but Johnson himself only deemed his hamstring at 70-75%.
What makes this news even worse is that the Texans have a bye in week 10. The smart move, no matter how great Johnson is feeling next week, would be to hold him out not only in week 8, but in week 9 as well, giving him a full three weeks to get back to 100%.
The Texans play the lowly Jaguars in week 8 and the even lowlier (that's a word, right?) Cleveland Browns in Week 9. After destroying the Titans last week, it seems like the Texans could take care of the Jags and Browns without Johnson, giving him plenty of rest to come back fully refreshed.
While this is the smart move in real football terms, it's also a killer move for Johnson's fantasy owners. Those who spent a first round draft pick on Andrew will be without him for 6 weeks, basically half of a fantasy season.
If Johnson owners have been able to keep their heads above water and stay in the playoff hunt, they will also be the team no one wants to play as they get one of fantasy football's leading scorers back right in time for the playoffs.