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Jaguars K Josh Lambo is likely to miss the rest of the season after aggravating his "gluteus medius" injury on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We'll see what Jacksonville's plan is to replace him, but Lambo owners will need to be in the market for a new K this week.

Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said Monday that TE Austin Hooper (appendectomy) will "definitely" be back for Week 10's game against the Texans, after the Week 9 bye. Hooper was heating up prior to missing the last 2 games, with 3 straight games of 5 catches. He'll return as a top-12 fantasy option.

Browns TE Austin Hooper (appendectomy) is out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. We’re expecting him back after Cleveland’s Week 9 bye. Hooper’s absence this weekend again leaves Harrison Bryant and David Njoku as the Browns’ TEs. Last week, Bryant ran 18 routes and saw 5 targets, while Njoku ran 13 routes and garnered 3 targets.

Browns TE Austin Hooper didn't practice on Wednesday. He seems unlikely to play against the Raiders this weekend after undergoing an appendectomy last Friday. With Hooper out last week, TE Harrison Bryant saw 5 targets and TE David Njoku 3.

Rams WR Robert Woods was added to the injury report and sidelined on Friday with a groin issue. He returned to a limited practice on Saturday and isn't listed on the final injury report. That means the Rams fully expect him to play against the Bears on Monday night. Woods can stay in fantasy lineups for now, but this is something to keep an eye on.

Browns TE Austin Hooper missed practice on Friday with an illness and has been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Bengals. Hooper doesn't have COVID, but teams aren't taking any chances with sick guys this season. Hooper's absence leaves Cleveland with TEs David Njoku and rookie Harrison Bryant. In their 3 games together this year, Njoku has 7 targets to Bryant's 5 but Bryant has run 34 pass routes to Njoku's 28. Expect these guys to share pass-catching duties this weekend, leaving them both as TE2 fliers.

Update: HC Kevin Stefanski announced that Hooper has appendicitis and is having surgery today. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 8.

Jaguars K Josh Lambo (hip) was activated from IR and is expected back for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He's not a recommended fantasy starter with Jacksonville sporting a 20.75-point implied total.

The Titans have shut down their facility again after a coach tested positive for COVID on Sunday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The team had gone a couple days without a positive and seemed on track to play the Bills on Tuesday night. But that's now in serious doubt. We'll continue tracking the situation, but Bills and Titans players should probably be on fantasy benches for now.

The Titans and Patriots' latest COVID tests came back with no positives on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. So Tennessee's game vs. the Bills on Tuesday and New England's vs. the Broncos on Monday are still on track to be played. That could still change with positive tests over the next couple of days. Stay tuned.

The Titans this week placed DT Jeffery Simmons on COVID reserve. He'll almost certainly miss at least 1 game. We'll see beyond that. At this point, it's getting hard to believe the Tennessee-Buffalo game will happen this Sunday. The Titans have not been allowed back to team headquarters since the rash of positive COVID tests following Week 3, and they're now reportedly in trouble for gathering to practice anyway away from team facilities.

The Titans had 2 more players test positive for COVID on Wednesday morning, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports. The team was expected to return to its facility today, but that can't happen now. Sunday's Titans-Bills game is now in serious jeopardy. Fantasy owners need to be prepared to be without players from those teams in Week 5.

The NFL announced on Thursday morning that the Steelers-Titans game will not be played this week after a 5th Titans player tested positive for COVID. We're still waiting to hear when the game will be played, but Week 4 now acts as a bye week for Steelers and Titans players. Get them out of your starting lineups.

The NFL is postponing this week's Steelers-Titans game after multiple Tennessee players tested positive for COVID earlier this week, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, meanwhile, hears that the game will be rescheduled for either Monday or Tuesday. That'd keep all Pittsburgh and Tennessee players available to use in Week 4 fantasy lineups. We're keeping those guys in the Week 4 Rankings for now -- but it'd still be wise to line up alternatives in case the situation changes.

The Titans had 3 players and 5 personnel test positive for COVID, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. The Titans and the Vikings, who played Tennessee this past week, are suspending in-person activities starting today. We'll see where this goes.

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The Jaguars placed K Josh Lambo (hip) on IR. He'll miss at least the next 3 games and can be dropped from fantasy rosters. Brandon Wright will kick for Jacksonville against Miami on Thursday night but isn't a recommended fantasy play.

The Titans and RB Derrick Henry agreed to a 4-year, $50 million contract just before Wednesday's deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term deals. Henry will get $25.5 million in guaranteed money -- the 6th most on any current RB contract. His $12.5 million average annual salary ranks 5th. It's a strong contract for Henry in today's RB market and ensures that he'll be a focal point of Tennessee's offense for the next few years. The big question for Henry's fantasy stock is whether he'll garner a bigger role in the passing game. He's averaging just 18.5 targets per season.

The Steelers are using the franchise tag to keep OLB Bud Dupree off the open market. The former 1st-round pick jumped to 11.5 sacks in his 5th season after topping out at 6 sacks among his previous 4 campaigns. Dupree's 17 QB hits in 2019 mark a steadier climb, compared with 6, 7, 7 and 13 over the previous 4 years.

TE Austin Hooper is set to sign with the Browns, according to The NFL Network. Terms haven't been disclosed and the deal won't be official until Wednesday, but Ian Rapoport hears that Hooper will be the league's highest-paid TE. The 25-year-old has posted 71-660-4 and 75-787-6 lines over the past 2 seasons, ranking 6th among TEs in PPR points both years. After finishing 17th among 28 TEs with 40+ targets in Pro Football Focus' 2018 receiving grades, Hooper climbed to 6th among 35 last year. He improved from 15th to 12th in yards per route run. Hooper certainly benefitted from playing on Falcons teams that ranked top 5 in pass attempts and pass rate in both of the last 2 years. New Browns HC Kevin Stefanski's 2019 Vikings ranked 30th in both pass attempts and pass rate. Now factor in the presence of WRs Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, and it's tough to bank on Hooper getting the 6.4 targets per game he averaged in Atlanta over the last 2 seasons. Our snap call is to expect a decline in Hooper's fantasy production in 2020 -- although he shouldn't have trouble sticking in TE1 territory.

Update: Hooper's deal is for 4 years and $44 million with $23 million guaranteed. That $11 million average annual salary does indeed make him the league's highest-paid TE.

The Titans have applied the franchise tag to RB Derrick Henry. The move was expected, as Tennessee reportedly wants to work out a longer-term deal with its lead back. We have all seen, of course, big-money RB deals quickly look bad in other situations. But Henry should be well set up for workhorse usage and good fantasy value for 2020 (and perhaps beyond).

The Titans and QB Ryan Tannehill have agreed to a 4-year, $118 million deal with $91 million in total guarantees, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That $29.5 million average annual salary makes Tannehill the league's 7th highest paid QB. After a mostly disappointing 6 seasons in Miami, Tannehill was awesome for Tennessee last year. Including the playoffs, he completed 68.5% of his passes, averaged 9.0 yards per attempt and tossed 27 TDs vs. 7 INTs across 14 appearances. He was fantasy's #3 QB after taking over as the Titans' starter in Week 7. Note, though, that Tannehill averaged just 25.4 pass attempts in his 13 starts. He'll need to reproduce last year's otherworldly efficiency in order to score as a top 10 QB on that type of volume. Consider Tannehill more of a high-end QB2 in early best-ball drafts.

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