Houston Texans Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Houston Texans Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (toe) is inactive for today’s game against the Bucs. He’s tentatively expected back for Thursday night’s game against the Jets. RB Melvin Gordon will dominate touches again today.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (toe) is doubtful for this weekend’s game against the Bucs. He returned to practice on Friday and is tentatively expected to play vs. the Jets this coming Thursday night. But RB Melvin Gordon will dominate touches again on Sunday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is dealing with a punctured lung. Per Schefter, the Chargers’ team doctor accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung while giving a pain-killing injection. Unbelievable. Taylor still belongs on rosters in deep superflex formats, but rookie Justin Herbert will make his second start Sunday against Carolina.

Update: Schefter adds that doctors are advising Taylor to remain out "indefinitely." We'll watch for updates to that timeline, but it sounds like time to drop him for Herbert.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest) is not likely to be ready for Sunday's game against the Panthers. That means QB Justin Herbert gets another start. HC Anthony Lynn says a healthy Taylor is still his starter -- but another strong outing from the rookie might alter that thinking. Herbert is worth grabbing in all 2-QB and superflex leagues, and deeper 1-QB setups.

The Chargers consider QB Tyrod Taylor "week to week" with the chest injury that kept him out of Sunday's OT loss to the Chiefs, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That leaves the team unsure of who will start against Carolina in Week 3 as of now. Unless Taylor returns to 100% by the weekend -- which isn't usually the case for an injury a team dubs "week to week" -- this should be incentive for L.A. to give rookie Justin Herbert another start. If he delivers another strong performance, it'd be tough to turn back. And if he falters, the Chargers could just say they're going back to their healthy "starter." If Herbert does play Week 3, he'll carry big fantasy upside against what has been a generous Panthers defense through 2 games.

The Chargers released a statement Sunday night, saying QB Tyrod Taylor had difficulty breathing just before kickoff and was then taken to the hospital. Taylor was later discharged, but the team has given no details on his ailment other than that it's a chest issue. "His status for next Sunday's game will be determined later in the week," the statement said. We'll see where this goes and how that affects Justin Herbert.

Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert seemed to play well in Sunday's OT loss to the Chiefs, completing 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards, 1 TD and an INT, and adding 18 yards and a TD on the ground. But HC Anthony Lynn said after the game it's still Tyrod Taylor's job. "If he's 100% ready to go, he's our starter," Lynn said, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We'll see how soon Taylor -- who missed Sunday's game with a chest injury -- is ready to return. We'd bet, though, that it won't be long before they go to Herbert for good.

3:09pm EDT 9/20/20

Texans WR Brandin Cooks (quad) is active for today’s game against the Ravens. He played just 53% of the offensive snaps last week and remained limited in practice this week, so Cooks isn’t a recommended fantasy starter.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after getting a 2nd opinion on his sprained toe, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So Lindsay will miss Weeks 2 and 3. We'll see about his status beyond that. Royce Freeman will step in as Denver's #2 RB for however long Lindsay is out, but Melvin Gordon figures to pick up extra touches.

The Texans expect WR Brandin Cooks (quad) to play today against the Ravens, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He's listed as questionable but appears to be about the same as last week -- when he played through a questionable tag. Cooks only caught 2 balls in that game and gets probably an even tougher matchup with Baltimore. We'd try to go in another direction if you can.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (toe) missed practice all week and is out for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. He might be looking at a multi-game absence. Royce Freeman will step in as Denver’s #2 RB, but Melvin Gordon figures to pick up some extra touches with Lindsay out.

Texans WR Brandin Cooks (quad) was limited in practice this week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens. He shouldn't be in fantasy lineups until we see that he's at least close to 100%.

Hoping to gain some insight on which Ravens RB makes for the stronger fantasy starter? Bad news. "There's no exact science there," OC Greg Roman told ESPN's Jamison Hensley. "It'll be different every week. We like to keep people guessing." That makes sense for Baltimore's offense. But it's not so good for those of us trying to decide whether to play J.K. Dobbins or Mark Ingram in our fantasy football lineups. Dobbins edged Ingram by 2 snaps in the opener and ran 8 more pass routes (15-7). Ingram edged Dobbins in carries, though, 10-7. And each got opportunities inside the 10-yard line. (Dobbins scored on both of his; Ingram didn't on his lone carry in that range.) Neither garnered a target. We'll see how this situation develops, but Ingram-Dobbins looks like a coin-flip for Week 2 fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay is still in the process of getting a 2nd opinion on his turf toe as of Wednesday morning. "But don't be surprised to see him miss the next few weeks," Rapoport adds. He didn't cite any source for this, but we doubt Lindsay would be pursuing the 2nd opinion if Doctor #1 told him he could run back out and play in Week 2. Rapoport also adds that "it's not considered long term." We'll see about the official diagnosis. In the meantime, keep Lindsay out of your Week 2 plans and upgrade Melvin Gordon a bit for his touch outlook -- albeit in a negative matchup at Pittsburgh.

Broncos HC Vic Fangio announced that RB Phillip Lindsay has a "turf toe type of thing" coming out of Monday's loss to the Titans. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the team hopes it's a "mild" case, but Lindsay will get further evaluation today. If he can't go for the Week 2 trip to Pittsburgh, then Royce Freeman would operate as the #2 RB.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay did not return to Monday night's game against the Titans after halftime because of a foot injury. Denver initially deemed him questionable to return but then ruled him out early in the 4th quarter. We'll watch for further updates on his status. Royce Freeman got some 4th-quarter run with Lindsay out.

7:09pm EDT 9/10/20

Texans WR Brandin Cooks (quad) is active for tonight's game against the Chiefs. There's a good chance he's limited after missing time in training camp and this week with the quad injury, so try not to use Cooks in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Texans WR Brandin Cooks "is a true game-day decision" with his quad injury. "But he has improved the past 24 hours, and there's optimism he'll play" in the Thursday night opener, Pelissero adds. In most cases you should still skip over Cooks for your fantasy lineup. Even if he plays, Cooks would likely be at an elevated risk for re-injury, and there have already been murmurs about the Texans limiting his Week 1 role. If Cooks doesn't play, Kenny Stills would likely start in his place. Treat Stills as merely a DFS option, though, outside of deep leagues.

Texans WR Brandin Cooks (quad) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's opener against the Chiefs. He returned to a limited practice on Wednesday after missing Tuesday's workout. We'll get Cooks' game status by 7 pm ET tomorrow, but fantasy owners should try to keep him out of Week 1 lineups. Cooks' absence would boost the target projections for WRs Will Fuller, Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills.

Texans WR Brandin Cooks was held out of Tuesday's practice with a quad issue. That follows a limited practice on Monday -- after reportedly being limited throughout training camp. Cooks' availability for Thursday night's opener vs. the Chiefs is now murky. We'll get another update on his status on Wednesday afternoon, but fantasy owners should start making different plans for Week 1 lineups.


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