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NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Recap: Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Houston, Texas, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) runs the ball in for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Etienne: 9 carries, 108 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 receptions, 32 receiving yards

JaMycal Hasty: 10 carries, 33 yards, 1 touchdown, 6 receptions, 23 receiving yards

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Don’t worry about Travis Etienne: Etienne finished second on the team in carries, but while he scored only one of the Jaguars’ three rushing touchdowns, there is no reason for concern going forward.

  • He played 24 of a possible 31 snaps in the first half.
  • Three of the snaps he missed were in four-wide receiver sets with one tight end. 
  • JaMycal Hasty took the other four snaps and happened to score a five-yard touchdown.
  • The Jaguars had a 21-0 lead at halftime, and they decided to take Etienne out before their other starters. Most other players lasted until the middle of the third quarter.
  • He could have easily scored three touchdowns in this game had he stayed on the field for Hasty’s touchdown and for one more drive.
  • Etienne should be back to his usual role for next week’s game that decides the division.

The Texans continue to struggle at running back: They continued to try different players as their primary rusher, to no avail.

  • Dare Ogunbowale had the first opportunity to be the team’s primary rusher after Dameon Pierce landed on injured reserve. After his ineffective play, Royce Freeman took over.
  • Houston followed that same pattern today. Ogunbowale started the game and took seven of eight snaps on the first drive.
  • He ran the ball five times in the first quarter and only two more times over the rest of the game. He averaged 3.0 yards per carry.
  • Freeman saw his first carry in the second quarter and ended up with the same number of carries as Ogunbowale. He averaged 2.7 yards per attempt.
  • Rex Burkhead remained the third-down back without seeing any carries.
  • Eleven different players ended up with targets for Houston, with no player having more than 40 receiving yards. None of the running backs finished with more than 20 receiving yards.
  • Pierce will hopefully be healthy to start next season. Houston might find a new player to complement him, too.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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