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Brandin Cooks injury: What status means for Week 8 fantasy football

Brandin Cooks is dealing with a wrist injury for Week 8. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks #13 of the Houston Texans warms up before a game against the Las Vegas Raiders Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Game day Update: Cooks is officially active and expected to play in Week 8 vs. the Titans. While he is healthy enough to be active and play, Cooks has been in trade rumors and could see limited action as to not risk injury before the deadline.


Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks finds himself in a bit of an unusual situation this week. After sitting out Wednesday’s practice as a designated rest day, he was back on the field as a full participant a day later. On Friday, he was practicing again, but turned up on the injury report with a wrist issue. Cooks is officially listed as questionable ahead of Sunday’s home game against the Tennessee Titans.

Fantasy football implications

There’s been speculation that Cooks could get moved ahead of the NFL trade deadline, which is Tuesday. With the Texans rebuilding and other teams potentially interested in Cooks, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for him to sit out Sunday’s game.

If you’re going to plan to use Cooks in your fantasy football lineup this week, you’ll want to double check on his status Sunday morning. The Texans kickoff at 4:05 p.m. ET, so it’ll be important to have a backup plan ready to go.

Nico Collins would normally see an uptick in his workload if Cooks sits, but Collins is not expected to play this week. That would leave Chris Moore as the most likely to see an increase in targets if both Collins and Cooks aren’t playing.