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Texans ILB Benardrick McKinney is active for today's game against the Browns after entering the day questionable with a hip injury. He's OK to use as you normally would in IDP lineups.

Texans LB Benardrick McKinney is questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns with a hip injury. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning for a limited workout Friday. HC Bill O'Brien said earlier in the week that he expected McKinney to play. We'll see about his status come Sunday.

Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday night's loss to the Chiefs. He will miss the rest of the season. Ufomba Kamalu sits behind Mercilus on the depth chart. Losing Mercilus and DE J.J. Watt in the same game deals a big blow to the pass rush and Houston's team-D outlook in fantasy.

Texans DE J.J. Watt suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee against the Texans. Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens suffered the same injury in late August in his right knee and returned to action this weekend -- 6 weeks later. We'll await further word on Watt's outlook from the team.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Watt will miss the rest of the season.

Texans DE J.J. Watt left in the 1st quarter of Sunday night's game against the Chiefs with a serious-looking left knee injury. Houston quickly ruled him out for the rest of the game. We'll await further diagnosis. OLB Whitney Mercilus also left in the 1st quarter with a chest injury and was quickly ruled out for the game. That removes 2 key pass rushers from the Texans D.

Texans RB Tyler Ervin tore his patellar tendon in Sunday's win over the Titans. That ends his season and could put his availability for the start of the 2018 campaign in doubt. Ervin caught 8 of 11 targets in 4 games, so his absence gives RB Lamar Miller's receiving projection a slight boost.

Texans WR Will Fuller (collarbone) is not listed on the final Week 4 injury report. He’ll make his 2017 debut against the Titans on Sunday. Fuller can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups this week but is worth rostering in deeper leagues as a potential bye-week option.

Texans WR Will Fuller (collarbone) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He's on track to make his 2017 debut this weekend against the Titans. He's coming off an up-and-down rookie season and shouldn't be in fantasy lineups this week. But he has a shot to emerge as a spot starter when the bye weeks roll in.

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Texans RB Alfred Blue (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Patriots. Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman will continue handling backfield duties for Houston.

Texans TE Ryan Griffin (concussion) put in a full week of practice and will play against the Patriots on Sunday. He’ll operate as Houston’s lead TE with C.J. Fiedorowicz out, giving Griffin some deep sleeper appeal. He posted an 8-85 line in the 1 game Fiedorowicz missed last year.

Texans RB Alfred Blue (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. HC Bill O’Brien labeled him “doubtful” on Friday, though. Look for Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman to handle backfield duties again for Houston.

Texans RB Alfred Blue returned to practice Wednesday for the 1st time since suffering a high ankle sprain in late August. He put in a limited workout, but the Houston Chronicle reports that Blue expects to play Sunday at New England. He's not a fantasy notable himself, but Blue's situation will be worth watching for anyone getting excited about Texans rooke RB D'Onta Foreman after his 12-carry Week 2. Blue, of course, served as Lamar Miller's primary backup last season and is in his 4th year with the team.

Texans WR Will Fuller (collarbone) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He returned to practice this week, seemingly giving him a shot to play Week 4. Fuller is more of a waiver-wire watch-list guy than someone to run out and grab right now.

Texans WR Will Fuller (broken collarbone) returned to practice Monday, the team website reports. That seems to put him on track to get back into game action earlier than the 2-3 month return timeline assigned when he suffered the injury at the beginning of August. An active Fuller won't make for an exciting fantasy option in a shaky Texans offense. But his deep speed can only help QB Deshaun Watson. Houston's release of WR Jaelen Strong on the day Fuller returned also points to the team expecting him back soon.

The Texans have placed TE C.J. Fiedorowicz on IR after he suffered his 3rd concussion in the past 9 months in Sunday's opener. Fiedorowicz could be a candidate to return in 8+ weeks but isn't worth hanging on to in fantasy leagues. TEs Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson are also likely to miss Thursday night's game against the Bengals with concussions. It all just means more targets for WR DeAndre Hopkins.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson will start Thursday night's game against the Bengals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and James Palmer. Watson's rushing ability could eventually make him spot-start option, but we can't recommend him on the road on a short week against a solid Cincinnati defense. Watson does look like good news for WR DeAndre Hopkins, who was targeted on 11 of the rookie's 23 attempts in Week 1.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien did not name a starting QB for Thursday night's game against the Bengals after Tuesday's practice. He told the media that he's "still evaluating a lot of things," according to NFL Network's James Palmer, and that it might be a game-time decision between Deshaun Watson and Tom Savage. We're still expecting it to be Watson, but neither guy is a Week 2 fantasy option.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson sprained his right ankle after the interception he threw in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. Houston listed him as a limited participant on Monday's estimated injury ahead of Thursday night's visit to Cincinnati. Whether Watson starts will reportedly depend on how much the ankle allows him to do.

Texans LB Brian Cushing left Sunday's loss to the Jaguars with a concussion. He'll need to pass through the league protocol before returning, but he shouldn't be on IDP rosters anyway. Missing further time would either push rookie Zach Cunningham or rookie Dylan Cole into the starting lineup.

Texans DE J.J. Watt said after Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars that he “messed up my finger a little bit … just busted the bone through the skin; nothing bad.” That’s gross, but it doesn’t sound like it should affect his availability or performance going forward.


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