UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 30 at 10:15 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Bad news, Tennessee Titans fans and Kenny Britt owners—the team's top receiver won't be playing on Sunday against the Houston Texans.
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Titans WR Kenny Britt is not playing due to an ankle injury.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2012
While you probably shouldn't have been starting Britt today anyway, make sure you alter your fantasy lineup accordingly given this news.
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UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 28 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Pete Schauer
Kenny Britt's status for the Tennessee Titans' Week 4 matchup with the Houston Texans is still up in the air, as Terry McCormick of the National Football Post tweets
#Titans injuries: LB Colin McCarthy no practice out, TE Jared Cook full practice questionable, WR Kenny Britt no practice questionable.— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) September 28, 2012
Keep an eye on this, fantasy owners.
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Fantasy owners are patiently—or more accurately, impatiently—waiting for Kenny Britt to showcase his top-10 WR potential, but this won't be the week that happens.
First of all, Britt might not even see the field on Sunday against the Houston Texans. According to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, the enigmatic wideout missed practice on Thursday:
Not practicing for #Titans on Thursday: Kenny Britt and Colin McCarthy. Jared Cook was limited.— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 27, 2012
Of course, Titans beat writer Terry McCormick also points out that Britt still remains "hopeful":
Kenny Britt hopeful he can play Sunday on injured ankle for #Titans.— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) September 27, 2012
Just the word every fantasy owner wants to hear: hopeful.
In a word, little.
In fantasy football mathematics (it's a thing), missing Thursday's practice + being "hopeful" to play on Sunday = game-time decision, which is equivalent to a situation that you want to run away from as fast as possible. Figuratively of course; don't run away from your computer.
Now, game-time decisions can be conquered, especially if it comes during one of the morning games. It just takes a little bit of work.
All you have to do is equip yourself with a backup option in case Britt can't go, wake up before the games start on Sunday and continually hit F5 until there's a usable update. Once said update is available, make the necessary moves. It's not ideal, but it's necessary when you're dealing with the most serious fake game in the world.
With all that being said, however, you still shouldn't touch Britt with a 10-foot pole on Sunday, whether or not he's active.
Jake Locker has looked tremendous under center for the Titans so far this year, and Britt's home-run ability always makes him an intriguing option, but the Texans, simply put, aren't nice.
Houston's defense is (deep breath) third in the NFL in points allowed per game, second in yards allowed, first in third-down defense, second in touchdowns allowed, first in completion percentage allowed, fourth in passing yards allowed (despite teams throwing 69 percent of the time against it) and seventh in sack percentage.
Now you can run away.
Unless your receiver's quarterback's name is Aaron, Drew, Eli or Tom, you're avoiding games against the Texans at all costs. Especially when said receiver is clearly less than 100 percent.