Although the Houston Texans have been mathematically eliminated from the NFL Playoffs, they still have a chance to influence the AFC Playoff picture. With games against the Indianapolis Colts this week and the Tennessee Titans in Week 17, there’s still much to be decided in the AFC South.
The Texans’ Friday Injury Report provided some clarity on what we might expect from the defending AFC South Champions.
After missing last week and being limited on Wednesday and Thursday, Brandin Cooks was a full participant in Friday’s practice. The wideout has been held out of the end-zone over the last four games but has been a primary option for Deshaun Watson, hauling in 20 of 26 targets for 274 yards.
As far as primary receivers go, you can find Cooks in the bargain bin at FanDuel. He’s currently priced at $6,600, which is more a reflection of the stingy Colts defense that he’s up against than the potential upside he has.
The Texans’ defense will also be hoping that Lonnie Johnson Jr will be good to go come Sunday. Johnson Jr., currently listed as questionable, has slowly asserted himself as a mainstay of the Texans secondary, playing 68.6% of snaps over the last four weeks and registering 25 tackles. It’s also worth noting that he has yet to allow a touchdown reception while in coverage.
More good news as David Johnson was a full participant again on Friday, meaning his participation in Sunday’s game is not in doubt. Johnson, who has eclipsed the 63 rushing yards just once since Week 1, is listed at $5,900 at FanDuel.
Houston finds themselves as 7.5 point underdogs when they visit Indianapolis on Sunday.
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