Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/2/12
Buffalo: The Bills come out of their bye week with a chance to pull within a game of the AFC East leading New England Patriots, who are on bye this week. The only problem is that the Bills will have to beat the Houston Texans this week to do it.The Texans sit at 6-1, and own the No. 3 defense in the entire league in yardage allowed per game. Unfortunately for Ryan Fitzpatrick and his teammates, the Bills rank just 19th in total offense, including just 29th in passing. Ouch.If you’re missing Tom Brady due to the bye week, now’s not the time to pick up and play Fitzpatrick, as this game has turnovers and sacks galore written all over it.Not like you’ll get a whole lot of production in the running game either, as the Texans rank 3rd against the rush and have not allowed a rushing TD all season long. With the paltry production they’ll allow being split between C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, neither are recommended starts.In the passing game, pretty much the only one you can get away with is Stevie Johnson, because of the sheer volume of targets he should see with the Bills likely falling behind early in this one.Good Start: NoneMiddle of the Road: WR Stevie JohnsonBad Start: Every other Bills player Houston:  Good gravy, talk about your juicy matchups. We have fantasy’s No. 1 RB in Arian Foster going up against the No. 32 ranked run defense of the Buffalo Bills. Things cannot get any better aligned than that; a perfect storm. This should be Foster’s magnum opus for the 2012 fantasy season; if doesn’t roll up at least 150 total yards and a couple of scores, consider expectations not met.And of course, it isn’t like the Bills are any better at defending the pass. Even though they rank 22nd in the category, the only reason they aren’t ranked lower is because teams just plain don’t need to pass on them that much. With the Texans being a run heavy team, don’t expect great numbers from Matt Schaub, as the Texans likely won’t be threatened enough to have to throw the ball more than maybe 20-25 times.  That said, Owen Daniels is still a good start, and Andre Johnson is at least a decent one even if the volume will be lower.Good Start: RB Arian Foster, TE Owen DanielsMiddle of the Road: QB Matt Schaub, WR Andre JohnsonBad Start: WR Kevin Walter 
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