The Texans expect ILB Zach Cunningham to miss "at least a few weeks" with the knee injury that knocked him out of their Week 8 win over the Dolphins, according to the Houston Chronicle. Replacing Cunningham will reportedly include moving Brennan Scarlett and Peter Kalambayi in from OLB, along with using reserve ILBs Josh Keyes and Brian Peters. That glut of names means IDP folks shouldn't expect any 1 player to come anywhere close to Cunningham's fantasy production. Fellow ILB starter Benardrick McKinney could see an uptick in tackles while Cunningham's out. He sits comfortably in LB1 territory in our Week 9 IDP rankings.
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.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Texans ILB Brian Cushing is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering an MCL sprain in Sunday's win over the Bears. Max Bullough stepped in for Cushing on Sunday and collected 5 solo tackles. He figures to continue in Cushing's place. But even Cushing hasn't posted big fantasy numbers when healthy recently. It's tough to care about Bullough in IDP leagues. Perhaps Benardrick McKinney -- who tied for the team lead by playing 98% of defensive snaps Sunday -- will tally a few more tackles with Cushing out. But we haven't been impressed with him as a player. The ILBs in Houston look like a group to just avoid in your IDP league.
The Texans traded up in Round 2 to draft LB Benardrick McKinney, who brings terrific size and tested great at the Scouting Combine. The problem -- at least as far as we're concerned -- is that McKinney doesn't look like that guy on tape. He's slow to the ball and doesn't appear very instinctive. Perhaps the Texas A&M scheme limited, but we're not excited about McKinney's IDP prospects. Initially, he also might need to fight Brian Cushing for 3-down duties. Don't expect McKinney to land very high in our dynasty rookie rankings.