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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.

The Buccaneers are releasing RB Dare Ogunbowale. We know a cut or 2 was coming at this position after the Bucs signed LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette during training camp. Ogunbowale's departure leaves some 3rd-down work available and could leave Ke'Shawn Vaughn room on special teams. McCoy has been talked about as a 3rd-down option since arriving, but we'd bet on targets being spread among the top 3 backs.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead has agreed to a restructured deal. He gets a $550,000 signing bonus but drops his base salary from $2.5 million to $1.05 million, according to ESPN's Field Yates. The forgotten man in New England's backfield, Burkhead ranked 47th among RBs in total PPR points last year and finished as a top-24 RB in 4 of his 13 games. He's worth considering at the tail end of best-ball drafts.

The Texans chose DT Ross Blacklock with the 40th pick of the NFL Draft. Blacklock posted limited stats across 2 seasons at TCU, finishing with 9 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2019. He missed 2018 with a torn Achilles' tendon. ESPN's Louis Riddick and Anthony McFarland believe that Blacklock brings pass-rushing upside beyond what he showed in college. He joins a D-line that just lost D.J. Reader in free agency.

The Texans have traded the 57th pick in the NFL Draft to the Rams for WR Brandin Cooks and a 4th-round pick in 2022. Cooks joins the trio of Will Fuller, Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb atop Houston's WR depth chart and should be the best bet to lead the group in targets. His departure from the Rams leaves room for WR Josh Reynolds to capture more playing time -- barring a significant WR addition in the upcoming draft. The Rams also cut Cooks' playing time in the 2nd half of last season, preferring to get more TEs on the field.

The Seahawks have signed WR Phillip Dorsett to a 1-year deal. A 1st-round pick back 2015, Dorsett has yet to top 33 catches or 528 yards in a season. He's coming off a 29-396-5 line with the Patriots last year. Dorsett will battle for #3 WR duties in Seattle and is unlikely to emerge as a 2020 fantasy asset barring injury to Tyler Lockett or D.K. Metcalf.

ESPN's Marcel Louis-Jacques reports that the Bills have agreed to a 3-year deal with DE Mario Addison. The former Panther will turn 33 at the start of the coming season, but he delivered 9+ sacks each of the past 4 years. He joins a D-line that let Shaq Lawson walk for Miami without much edge-rushing firepower remaining. Carolina, meanwhile, has 2019 rookie Brian Burns ready to seek a larger role in Year 2. Burns' playing time tapered off as his debut season wore on.

The Packers have reached a 2-year, $16 million deal with LB Christian Kirksey. That's clearly starter money for the former Cleveland Brown. It also makes you wonder whether Green Bay has decided to let veteran ILB Blake Martinez walk in free agency. Martinez figures to command at least as much on the open market -- and likely more. Kirksey should go back to being a solid-to-good IDP LB with the Packers, if he can stay healthy. Injuries limited him to just 9 of a possible 32 games over the past 2 years. We'll see about Martinez.

Panthers EDGE Mario Addison (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned for to limited participation Friday. We'll check Addison's status Sunday morning.

Panthers EDGE Mario Addison missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a chest injury. We'll see about his Friday participation and game status. Brian Burns would likely see starter-level playing time if Addison can't play in the upside matchup with the Seahawks.

Texans CBs Gareon Conley (hip) and Bradley Roby (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Broncos. So is OLB Brennan Scarlett (shoulder), who missed last Sunday's win over the Patriots. It's an upside matchup for Scarlett, who produced well in the 3 games before he sat out.

Panthers EDGE Mario Addison (groin) is active for today's game against the Falcons. Play him for a high-ceiling sack matchup in your IDP lineups.

Panthers DE Mario Addison popped up on the injury report Friday as a limited practice participant with a groin injury. He's questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. We haven't seen anything else on the injury yet, so we'll look for more on Addison's outlook through the weekend.

Colts RB Marlon Mack (hand) isn’t listed on the final injury report and will return for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. HC Frank Reich said Friday that he doesn’t expect to have Mack on a pitch count — but added that there will be “rotational usage” in the backfield. Mack comes with elevated risk in Week 14 fantasy lineups, especially vs. a tough Bucs run defense.

Colts RB Marlon Mack (hand) graduated to a full practice on Thursday after Wednesday's limited workout. He's trending toward returning for this weekend's game against the Bucs. We wonder if Mack's pass-catching ability will be impacted by the hand injury. And it's a tough matchup on the ground. Consider Mack a borderline RB2 for Week 14.

Colts RB Marlon Mack (hand) is expected back at practice on Wednesday, HC Frank Reich said. We'll monitor Mack's progress over the next few days, but it looks like he has a shot to return for Sunday's game against the Bucs. Mack would be a RB2 in that tough matchup.

Patriots WRs Phillip Dorsett (concussion) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) are expected to play against the Texans tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Dorsett news was expected after he cleared the protocol Wednesday, but Sanu is surprising after we heard last week that he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Consider both guys risk/reward WR3s in tonight's plus matchup. Rookie WRs N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers are no longer fantasy options.

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