LB - FA
The Houston Texans have released linebacker Zach Cunningham.
Cunningham had been starting with Christian Kirksey sidelined but was suspended by the team for Week 13 due to habitual tardiness to team activities. Cunningham, drafted as an LB1 this offseason in IDP leagues, lost his job to Kamu Grugier-Hill earlier this season and would have played sparingly even if he remained on the team. With the new regime attempting to establish a new culture, Cunningham has been made an example of. If claimed, he could make an immediate IDP impact and should be given a look by at least one team if he clears waivers. He is worth a speculative add for those who have roster space.
The Houston Texans came to terms with LB Zach Cunningham on a four-year, $58 million extension.
The three-year standout has tallied 339 tackles, one interception and 13 passes defended in 46 games for Houston since they selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Though Cunningham's being paid as a top tier LB, his fantasy value is more like that of a high-end tier-three IDP. Maybe this season he'll find 14.5 million reasons to crack his way into the top tier finally.
Zach Cunningham recorded six solo tackles and one pass defended on Saturday in a 23-20 win over Tampa Bay.
Though Cunningham didn't have a poor game by any means, he did fail to match his outstanding production from the previous four weeks. Make sure to check in on him if you have a championship round in Week 17; the Texans can still move up in the standings if they beat the Titans and the Chiefs lose.
Zach Cunningham dropped 10 solo tackles, four solo tackles, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sack, and one QB hit in a crucial 24-21 division win over the Titans this past Sunday.
Cunningham's tackling ability has solidified his status as one of the elite IDPs in all of fantasy. His last five games have especially impressive for the third-year linebacker, as he has averaged 13 tackles in that span. Consider him to be an absolute must for your lineups in Week 16 when the Texans play the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.
Zach Cunningham was a tackle-machine against the Broncos, totaling 12 solo tackles, five assisted tackles, and two TFL, though the Texans got crushed by the Broncos, 38-24.
Cunningham doesn't do a whole lot else other than tackle, but he sure does have a nose for the ball carrier. His skill provides a nice fantasy floor, and he's a solid play against the Titans next week.