Travis Kelce TE KC (5) 8 hours ago
Kelce caught two of three targets for 24 yards in Sunday's win over the Saints.
Kelce snagged at least five passes in each of the four games prior to Kansas City's bye, but has caught just five passes total in the two games since. What gives? It isn't as though he's fallen out of favor with quarterback Alex Smith - rather the Chiefs as a team are throwing the ball a lot less - opting to ride the hot hand in Spencer Ware - who leads a deep stable. Alex Smith has attempted 82 percent fewer passes per game since the bye, 42 to 23. Kelce is still a quality start because he remains a top red-zone threat, but don't be surprised if delivers a few duds as the ball simply aren't flying in Kansas City.
Brandin Cooks WR NO (5) 8 hours ago
Cooks snatched seven of nine targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
There was a point between Cooks' two-touchdown Week 1 and the Week 5 bye where the young speedster cooled off while rookie Michael Thomas and others found their stride. Order seems to have been restored for Cooks, who - drop in yardage total aside - caught seven passes and a touchdown for the second consecutive game. Big-play receivers like Cooks can be streaky and the likes of Thomas and Willie Snead, too, have the ability to take over a game - but Cooks showed on Sunday that he can still deliver a quality outing even when forced to do his damage closer to the line of scrimmage.
Sterling Shepard WR NYG (8) 8 hours ago
Shepard caught five of seven targets for 32 yards in Sunday's win over Los Angeles.
Shepard looked like a revelation and potential steal in the first three weeks of the season, averaging over five catches per game with a pair of touchdowns. He still might be, but his production has certainly come back down to earth. He has failed to reach his Week 2 total of 117 yards in the past four games combined. Part of that is attributable to his failure to make big plays. Shepard caught four passes of 20 or more yards during his first three games, but not since. His yards per catch have, not surprisingly, been cut in half -- from 14.6 in the season's first three games to 6.7 since.
A.J. Bouye DB HOU (9) 9 hours ago
Bouye filled in for the injured Kevin Johnson (foot) and led the Texans with 11 tackles and two passes defensed in Houston's 27-9 loss to the Broncos in Week 7.
Looking for positives to take away from Monday's debacle, the Texans were quite pleased with the play of Bouye, who got physical against Denver's wideouts. While Kareem Jackson and Jonathan Joseph work their way back from injuries, Bouye will get more playing time and should be the third defensive back when the starters are full strength.
DPerrish Cox DB TEN (13) 10 hours ago
Cox (concussion) did not practice Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
According to ESPN's Paul Kuharsky, Cox will not play in Thursday night's game. If he does indeed sit out, look for Brice McCain to see additional snaps at cornerback.
OUTShiloh Keo DB DEN (11) 10 hours ago
Keo has been released by the Broncos, Troy Renck of Denver7 ABC reports.
Keo was a healthy scratch on Monday with Justin Simmons now fully healthy. With a roster spot needing to be made for newly-signed tight end A.J. Derby, Keo had to be cut.
OUTA.J. Hawk LB ATL (11) 10 hours ago
Hawk was released by the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hawk was signed in Week 5 to provide depth at linebacker, but with the Falcons currently needing help at running back, space needed to be cleared for running backs Terron Ward and Stevan Ridley. Unfortunately for Hawk, he was one of the odd men out, as well as offensive lineman Mike Person. At 32 years old, Hawk's career is clearly on its last leg, but he could still potentially provide help somewhere if injuries arise.
C.J. Fiedorowicz TE HOU (9) 10 hours ago
Fiedorowicz gathered five catches (on seven targets) for 35 yards in Monday's 27-9 loss to the Broncos.
No Houston pass-catcher recorded more than 36 yards receiving on Monday, which can be attributed to both Denver's unyielding defense and Brock Osweiler's detestable performance. On the bright side, Fiedorowicz has now accumulated 20 targets over his last three games, a sign that he is becoming a favorite target of Osweiler's. He is an enticing streaming option against a Lions' defense that has given up seven touchdowns to tight ends this season.
Will Fuller WR HOU (9) 11 hours ago
Fuller brought in four-of-seven targets for 22 yards in Monday's loss to the Broncos.
Fuller's seven targets were tied for second on the team, but quarterback Brock Osweiler struggled mightily against the Broncos' staunch secondary, throwing for only 131 yards on 41 pass attempts. The rookie carries a high amount of upside, but will continue to be limited in his production as long as Osweiler is playing like he is currently. He should qualify as a WR3 or flex option in a plus matchup against the Lions in Week 8.
OUTJosh Bynes LB FA 11 hours ago
Bynes (knee) re-signed with the Lions on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Bynes rejoins the Lions after being released by the team back in September. He was initially placed on injured reserve due to a knee aliment, but his re-signing could mean he is nearing a return. Look for more information to be released this week, as the linebacker is expected to backup Thurston Armbrister.