Per RotoGrinders NFL player projections, Brandin Cooks is expected to be the fantasy WR34. He’s being drafted as WR45 at pick 90 (Underdog) on average, compared to his RotoGrinders ranking of 66 as of mid July. We currently expect a 22% target share which amounts to a projection of 126 targets (Rank 28) and 930 receiving yards (Rank 30) during the 17 week fantasy season.
The Texans are a dumpster fire without Deshaun Watson, and that directly impacts our opinion of Cooks. They are likely to be without their embattled superstar QB, and thus Cooks is expected to perform significantly worse than a season ago. Most drafters are even lower on Cooks than the RotoGrinders projections, with his ADP lagging behind our ranking by ay least 10 receivers. He’s a player with a 1,000 yard season on his resume with 4 different primary QBs, and our projections would have him within range of a 5th. If you wanted to bet purely on talent, Cooks could be a modest value in the middle rounds of drafts.
Ricky Seals-Jones is inactive today, leaving Nick Keizer and Deon Yelder as the backup TEs behind Travis Kelce. There is typically not much work in the passing game for the Chiefs’ backup TEs.
Sammy Watkins is active today and will play for the first time since Week 16. Watkins brings yet another weapon to the loaded Chiefs’ offense. He has had a consistent but somewhat limited role in the offense when active this season, averaging 42 yards per game with 2 TDs over 10 games.
Antonio Brown and Cameron Brate are both officially active today, as expected from earlier reports. LeSean McCoy is also active, and should work as the third RB.
Brown, Brate and Watkins, all listed as questionable, are reportedly expected to play in the Super Bowl. It appears that both teams will be healthy Sunday, not surprising given the extra week of rest. It will still be worth monitoring inactives tomorrow, which will be released 90 minutes before kickoff.
Sammy Watkins and Le’Veon Bell are both inactive, as expected from earlier reports. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is active tonight, and will likely work as the top RB ahead of Darrel Williams.
Gabriel Davis is active tonight, and Kenny Stills is inactive. Earlier reports indicated Davis was unlikely to play, but his warmups clearly went well. Stills is yet to appear in a game for the Bills this season.
Gabriel Davis will try warming up pregame, but there is a good chance he is out today. Kenny Stills was called up from the practice squad yesterday, and has reportedly gotten a lot of Davis’ work this week in practice. If Davis is ruled out, expect Stills to get some work, his first work with the Bills this season.
Sammy Watkins is still a game-time decision, but the Chiefs are reportedly not optimistic he will play. Both Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter have now mentioned the lack of optimism, so it sounds like Watkins is closer to doubtful than questionable for today. That would be a boost to the WRs behind Tyreek Hill, specifically Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire reportedly will play today, while Le’Veon Bell is expected to be out. That should mean Darrel Williams, who worked effectively last week as the top back, should get some of the RB work along with the returning Edwards-Helaire. Sammy Watkins is a game-time decision, although Adam Schefter also reported that the Chiefs aren’t optimistic he will play. Ian Rapoport did not report that, and for now, he should still be considered a GTD, but his status must be confirmed when inactives are released.
Kenny Stills has been elevated by the Bills to their active roster from the practice squad. While Stills could still end up inactive tomorrow, this elevation acts as insurance for the Bills in case Gabriel Davis is not able to play.
Taysom Hill and Latavius Murray are both inactive, confirming earlier reports. Expect Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees to both benefit from Hill being out, while Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery will handle the limited work available at RB behind Kamara.
Ronald Jones is active today, although Leonard Fournette has already been announced as the starter. Ke’Shawn Vaughn is inactive today, meaning LeSean McCoy will be active, likely working as the third RB.
David Njoku is active today, along with TE Stephen Carlson, giving the Browns four active TEs. Austin Hooper will be the top option of the group, Njoku and Harrison Bryant will also get some passing game work, while Carlson should be expected to mainly be a special teams player.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is officially inactive today, as expected based on earlier reports. Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams are likely to split the work, with Darwin Thompson the third RB. Williams got more work Week 16, the last game the Chiefs’ starters played, while Bell got more work back in Week 13, the other game that Clyde Edwards-Helaire missed.