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Brandin Cooks listed as questionable for Week 16 vs. Titans

Cooks is dealing with a calf issue. We break down the fantasy football impact.

Washington Commanders v Houston Texans
Brandin Cooks of the Houston Texans lines up at the line of scrimmage against the Washington Commanders at NRG Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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The Houston Texans have come close to shocking some teams in the last two games and they’ll hope the third time is a charm when they face AFC South division rivals in Week 16. The Texans will battle the Tennessee Titans, and they’ll be hoping to have Brandin Cooks in the mix for the encounter.

Brandin Cooks injury updates

Friday update — Cooks is being listed as questionable to play in Week 16 vs. the Titans.

Wednesday PM update — Cooks was able to get in a full practice on Wednesday. This is a good sign that he will be able to return this week.

Wednesday update — Cooks was once again practicing on Wednesday, per Aaron Wilson.

Tuesday update — Cooks was limited at Tuesday’s practice with a calf injury. The Texans have been weird about their designations all year and Cooks might not even have to practice to have a chance at playing. He’s a good receiver and this Titans secondary is soft, which makes him an appealing fantasy play if he does suit up. He’ll have a few more practices to get right.

Fantasy football advice

It’s looking like the Texans will get Cooks back despite him being listed as questionable to play Saturday vs. the Titans. Chris Moore is also being listed as questionable while Nico Collins has been ruled out already. If Moore is also out, Cooks should get plenty of snaps/targets in the passing game. This game doesn’t feel great for fantasy football, however. Malik Willis is starting for the Titans, so expect a lot of runs for Derrick Henry, which should milk the clock.