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Texans WR Kenny Stills (hamstring) put in a full practice on Wednesday, so he's seemingly on track to return for this weekend's game against the Colts. That'd take WR Keke Coutee out of fantasy lineup consideration.

Texans CB Johnathan Joseph missed Sunday's win over the Chiefs with a hamstring strain he suffered in practice. But the Houston Chronicle reports that he's optimistic about being ready for the Week 7 visit to Indianapolis. "That's the plan; that's the goal," Joseph said. We'll see about his practice participation this week.

Texans CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Chiefs. His absence shouldn't alter the offensive outlook for Kansas City. Joseph has been the league's most targeted corner this season and has been allowing lots of yardage. Joseph didn't appear on the injury report until Friday, so it looks like a late-week hamstring injury.

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Texans WR Kenny Stills (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Chiefs. That again leaves Keke Coutee as Houston’s clear #3 WR — although it’s worth noting that he played only 44% of the offensive snaps with Stills out last week.

Texans WR Kenny Stills (hamstring) is not expected to play today against the Chiefs, according to ESPN's Diana Russini. Stills is officially questionable after putting in limited practices for the 2nd straight week. Stills' absence would seem to help WR Keke Coutee, but the slot man actually played less (44%) with Stills out last Sunday than he did the week before (57%), when Stills left early. Coutee's a low-end fantasy option at best.

Texans WR Kenny Stills (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Chiefs, according to HC Bill O'Brien. Stills was in the same boat last week before ending up inactive. We'll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday, but Stills shouldn't be in your Week 6 fantasy plans. His absence would make WR Keke Coutee a viable flier -- just note that he played only 44% of Houston's offensive snaps last week.

Texans WR Kenny Stills (hamstring, ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. That makes WR Keke Coutee an intriguing fantasy flier.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Texans WR "is viewed as unlikely to play" today against the Falcons. Stills put in limited practices all week on a bad ankle and hamstring. His absence would deliver some sleeper upside to WR Keke Coutee, especially as a cheap DFS option.

Texans WR Kenny Stills (hamstring, ankle) is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He was limited in practice all week. We'll get Stills' official status by noon ET on Sunday, but we'd avoid him in fantasy lineups at less than 100%. Stills' absence would turn WR Keke Coutee into an intriguing fantasy flier.

Texans WR Kenny Stills (hamstring, ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. We're frankly surprised he did anything at all after pulling up lame with a hamstring injury last week. Stills at least has a shot to play against the Falcons on Sunday. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Texans WR Kenny Stills suffered a hamstring injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Panthers and is officially questionable to return. Stills' absence leaves Keke Coutee as Houston's #3 WR.

Texans WR Keke Coutee (ankle) isn’t listed on the final injury report after putting in a full week of practice. He’s ready to make his 2019 debut against the Jaguars on Sunday. It’ll be interesting to see how Coutee fits in alongside DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Kenny Stills. We’d try not to use Coutee in Week 2 fantasy lineups.

Texans WR Keke Coutee (ankle) put in a full practice on Wednesday. Barring a setback, he should be ready to make his 2019 debut against the Jaguars on Sunday. We'll have to see how Coutee fits alongside WRs DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Kenny Stills -- so we'd try not to use Coutee in Week 2 fantasy lineups.

Texans WR Keke Coutee is inactive for tonight's game against the Saints. Coutee's working back from his preseason ankle sprain and managed limited practices all week. He seems likely to be ready for Week 2. We'll keep an eye on his status.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Friday that there's a "possibility" WR Keke Coutee (ankle) plays against the Saints on Monday night. "Touch and go, practiced yesterday. He did some decent things," O'Brien said. "We'll have to see how it goes. It's a long season. It was a pretty significant injury to his ankle." Coutee is shaping up as a game-time decision, but he'll be a risky fantasy play if he ends up active.

Texans WR Keke Coutee (ankle) put in a limited practice on Thursday. HC Bill O'Brien has gone back and forth over the past week on Coutee's Week 1 status. Unless he's able to put in a full practice on Friday or Saturday, we'd avoid him in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

The Texans made a series of moves at TE on Monday. They placed Jordan Thomas and rookie Kahale Warring on IR. Thomas suffered a rib injury in the 2nd half of Thursday's preseason finale. Warring dealt with a concussion and hamstring injury and missed most of the summer. Houston signed veteran Logan Paulsen, whom Atlanta cut over the weekend. He joins Jordan Akins and Darren Fells. You would be best off avoiding all Houston TEs in fantasy for now. Thomas and Warring will be eligible for the designation to return this season.

The Dolphins are trading WR Kenny Stills and LT Laremy Tunsil to the Texans for a "huge package of picks including a first-rounder," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tunsil's arrival obviously helps Texans QB Deshaun Watson, though we liked the Houston passer even with a weak O-line. Stills' arrival is interesting. He obviously joins a much better offense. But does his acquisition point to the team being worried about Keke Coutee's sprained ankle? Or is Stills just a strong 4th wideout? We'll see about that. Back in Miami, meanwhile, the path just got a little clearer for standout rookie WR Preston Williams. He's interesting as an end-of-draft stash and should clearly be owned in all dynasty leagues.

Update: NFL Network reports that Miami is getting a pair of 1st-round picks and a 2nd-rounder.

The Chiefs have traded RB Carlos Hyde to the Texans in exchange for OT Martinas Rankins, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hyde fell behind Darwin Thompson and Darrell Williams on Kansas City's depth chart and would have been cut if Houston didn't make this deal. Hyde has looked like a replacement-level RB for a few years now, averaging 3.7 yards per carry across 2017 and 2018 and 3.4 this preseason. He joins Duke Johnson in the Texans backfield and could handle some early-down work. But we fully expect Johnson to easily lead the way in touches.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that he's "not hopeful" about WR Keke Coutee's chances of being ready for Week 1. That's a bit surprising after Coutee practiced on Monday and O'Brien said he was "headed in the right direction." But Coutee's injury always looked like one that might cost him the start of the season. We'd expect him back at some point in September but will continue to monitor his progress.

 
 
 

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