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Brandin Cooks Injury Update Clouds Fantasy Outlook for Thursday Night

Jason Schandl
Brandin Cooks' Week 9 fantasy football outlook for Thursday Night Football is clouded by a concerning injury update.
Brandin Cooks' Week 9 fantasy football outlook for Thursday Night Football is clouded by a concerning injury update. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While there were plenty of rumors about Brandin Cooks being traded at the deadline, nothing came to fruition and he will play out the season as a member of the Houston Texans. That may disappoint fantasy football managers who hoped he'd be catching passes from someone like Aaron Rodgers, but he's still been a valuable asset as the only real weapon for Davis Mills.

Unfortunately, his Week 9 fantasy football outlook has been clouded by a concerning injury update ahead of a Thursday Night Football meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cooks' status is "up in the air" while nursing a wrist injury, but ultimately you could just as easily assume that his shaky status has to do with how he's feeling about the Texans right now.

Tom Pelissero reports that Cooks has "not been around for most of this week," and it doesn't take a psychic to know how Cooks is feeling about the Texans' organization right now.

Ultimately the nature of this situation at least makes things easy on fantasy football mangers who want to start Cooks this week.

If he suits up, he's almost surely healthy enough to play without restrictions and you can rely on him as usual. He's not been a world-beater this season, but his averages of 50.6 yards on 4.6 receptions (7.6 targets) per game are still reasonable production. And if he doesn't play, since this is Thursday Night Football, you'll have no shortage of options to replace him in your lineup.

The real concern now is that this frustration leads to issues that linger through the rest of the season, or that Cooks plays but doesn't give it his all and ends up with a few dud performances in your starting lineup.

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