Lestar Jean: Updated Fantasy Outlook and Analysis for Texans WR

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

Aug 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Lestar Jean (18) catches a touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Houston Texans wide receiver Lestar Jean had a breakout game this week in his team's Week 13 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, but what are the fantasy implications of his performance?

Jean, an undrafted free agent that out of Florida Atlantic, was signed by the Texans after the 2011 NFL draft. 

Standing at 6'3" and 212 pounds, he has always possessed the physical intangibles to succeed at the NFL level; it was simply a matter of working his way up the Texans' depth chart. 

It appears Jean has done just that. 

With Jean seemingly playing his way into more opportunities, it's time we take a step back and examine his fantasy value and outlook moving forward. 



Against the Titans, Jean caught one pass for 54 yards and touchdown. He broke free of defenders and was able to utilize his great speed and size to force his way into the end zone. 

The play shouldn't come as a surprise if you have at all followed Jean's collegiate or NFL preseason career. In college, he was routinely double-teamed, and the past two preseasons, he has been star for the Texans. 

This past preseason Jean caught eight passes in four appearances, which earned him 138 yards and a touchdown, along with a roster spot. 

Jean has quietly been great when actually given a chance, but the best appears to be in front of him. 



Things look good for Jean from here on out, which means he may have some value to fantasy owners in some leagues. 

He has more than proven that he is a legitimate backup to to star receiver Andre Johnson. And he's made the most of his opportunities, which bodes well for his playing time in the future. 

With that being said, Jean should only be added in extremely deep fantasy leagues. He's had no consistent fantasy value to speak of yet and cannot be trusted as an option, because it is unknown how much playing time the coaching staff will give him. 

Unless Jean can have a few more quality starts to show that the coaching staff believes in him and will actually play him, the most fantasy owners should do is stash him on the bench as an insurance option.