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41 Zach Cunningham ILB

Houston Texans

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
62%53%
Key Stats
GPTot TcklSacksIntTDsFF
161422.0000

Player Updates

January 13, 2020 07:28 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Leads team in tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham had a team-high seven tackles, one for a loss, along with a quarterback hit and a pass defensed in Sunday's 51-31 playoff loss to Kansas City.

Cunningham played every game in 2019 and led the Texans with 142 tackles during the regular season, while adding another 16 stops in the playoffs. It was the second consecutive season he ruled the defense in that category. He also had two sacks, an area of the game where the Vanderbilt product has yet to make a fantasy splash. Cunningham will return for 2020 before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

December 22, 2019 04:44 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Breaks up pass in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded six solo tackles and broke up a pass in Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay.

The effort might be considered a disappointment for Cunningham after he had logged four double-digit tackle games in his last five entering the week. He'll have a chance to bounce back Week 17 against the Titans.

December 16, 2019 11:32 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Another monster performance Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded 14 tackles (10 solo) and 0.5 sacks across 67 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Cunningham led the Texans in tackles once again and he now has 65 tackles (45 solo) in five games since the team's bye week. He'll look to continue the hot streak next Saturday against the Buccaneers.

December 10, 2019 06:20 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Sets career high in tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham had 17 tackles (12 solo) during Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Broncos.

Cunningham set a career high with 16 tackles in Week 12, but he managed to eclipse that mark only two weeks later. The 24-year-old now ranks fifth in the league with 119 tackles (83 solo) and also has 1.5 sacks.

November 22, 2019 12:16 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Incredible tackling effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham racked up 16 tackles (13 solo) in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Colts.

Cunningham set a new career high in stops, as he marked double-digit tackles for the second straight game and fourth time this season. The 2017 second-round pick is five tackles away from notching a second straight campaign over 100 stops. The 24-year-old will look to reach that mark in Week 13 against the Patriots.

November 18, 2019 07:32 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Double-digit tackles in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham was credited with 11 tackles in Sunday's 41-7 loss to Baltimore.

This was the first time since Week 4 that Cunningham registered double-digit tackles. The third-year linebacker leads Houston with 79 tackles, averaging nearly eight per game.

November 5, 2019 08:08 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Secures eight tackles Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham notched eight tackles (all solo) and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 26-3 win over the Jaguars.

Cunningham is now averaging just over 7.5 tackles per game through the Texans' first nine contests this season. A tough road matchup in Baltimore awaits following Houston's Week 10 bye.

October 29, 2019 11:52 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Leads defense in tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham had eight tackles (five solo) and one pass defensed in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

Cunningham reached double-digit tackles in two of the first four games this season but hasn't since Week 4, though he did lead the team Sunday. The 24-year-old has 61 tackles (41 solo), one sack and one fumble recovery through eight games.

October 1, 2019 12:28 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Leads team in tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham had a team-high 14 tackles, including one for a loss, in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Panthers in Week 4.

Cunningham topped the Texans in tackles for the second time in three weeks while recording his second double-digit tackle effort of the season. He leads Houston with 35 stops overall.

September 17, 2019 07:40 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Tackling machine
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded 10 solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.

Cunningham led the team with 107 tackles last year, so an explosive outing like this is no surprise. However, he isn't known for his pass rushing skills, so a sack was a nice bonus for fantasy owners. He should continue to be deployed in IDP settings in Week 3 versus the Chargers.

January 17, 2019 07:44 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Leads team in tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham had a team-high 107 tackles (73 solo) to go along with five passes defended -- including one interception that went for a touchdown -- and two forced fumbles while playing in 14 games in 2018.

Cunningham built on a strong rookie season in 2017, upping his tackle total despite playing slightly fewer snaps on the year, and reaching double-digit tackles in five separate outings. He'll be entering his age-24 season in 2019 and could garner consideration in IDP formats.

December 25, 2018 10:00 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Tallies 12 tackles Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded 12 tackles (seven solo) and a forced fumble in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

Cunningham posted double-digit tackles for the fifth time this season. On the year, he has 101 tackles (68 solo) in 13 games. He'll look to finish the regular season strong when the Texans take on the Jaguars in Week 17.

December 11, 2018 07:32 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Totals 10 tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) during Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Colts.

It's been a bit of a slow go since Cunningham returned from an MCL sprain, but he seemed to be back to his old self Sunday. He finished second on the Texans in stops and recorded his fourth double-digit tackle performance of the season. He'll look to build on this strong showing Saturday against the Jets.

December 3, 2018 11:24 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Finds paydirt against Browns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham had two tackles (one solo), broke up two passes, and returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's 29-13 win over the Browns.

The Texans drafted Cunningham in 2017 for his ability to drop back in coverage, and it paid off Sunday, when he stepped in front of a Baker Mayfield strike intended for Antonio Callaway and gave Houston a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. Since his arrival, Cunningham has made himself into a three-down linebacker and is tied for second on the team in tackles with 72.

November 24, 2018 05:40 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Clear for Week 12 return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (knee) won't carry an injury designation into Monday's game against Tennessee.

Cunningham missed the last two games with the knee injury and started off this week as a limited practice participant, but faced no limitations Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 23-year-old should resume starting duties at inside linebacker, having posted 63 tackles (47 solo) through eight games.

November 22, 2018 04:08 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Limited to begin Week 12
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (knee) is listed as a limited participant on Thursday's injury report.

Cunningham continues to manage his recovery from an MCL sprain sustained during a Week 8 win over the Dolphins. The 23-year-old has missed three consecutive games due to the injury, and his status for Monday's tilt against the Titans appears to be in question. If Cunningham is unable to suit up Week 12, expect Brennan Scarlett to receive a larger workload.

November 18, 2018 10:36 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Downgraded to out
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (knee) will not play Sunday against the Redskins.

Cunningham was originally considered questionable for the Week 11 contest, but now has been downgraded to out while he continues to battle an MCL sprain. The Vanderbilt product won't travel with the team and will aim to play next week against the AFC South rival Titans.

November 16, 2018 04:43 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Questionable for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Cunningham has been sidelined since late October with the knee injury but seems to be nearing a return coming off the Texans' bye week. However, since the 23-year-old was unable to advance beyond limited practice participation this week, it seems likely that he'll miss a third straight game, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

November 15, 2018 08:21 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Practices on a limited basis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's Practice, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Cunningham appears to have made notable progress in his recovery from a sprained MCL during Houston's bye. The second-year linebacker initially suffered his injury during a Week 8 win over the Dolphins and appears to have a real shot at suiting up for Sunday's tilt against the Redskins. The extent of Cunningham's participation in practice throughout the week will likely shed some light on his chances of returning to the field Week 11.

November 12, 2018 07:20 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Could play Week 11
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Bill O'Brien said that Cunningham (knee) is "trending toward" playing during Sunday's game against the Redskins, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Cunningham appears to be progressing well in his recovery from a sprained MCL suffered during a Week 8 win over the Dolphins. The starting linebacker appears to have a legitimate shot of suiting up against the Redskins on Sunday, and if he remains sidelined would "definitively" be ready to go Week 12.

Schedule
WeekDateOpp.TDSacksIntFF
19/9/19NO0000
29/15/19JAC01.000
39/22/19LAC0000
49/29/19CAR0000
510/6/19ATL0000
610/13/19KC0000
710/20/19IND0000
810/27/19OAK0000
911/3/19JAC0000
1111/17/19BAL0000
1211/21/19IND0000
1312/1/19NE00.500
1412/8/19DEN0000
1512/15/19TEN00.500
1612/21/19TB0000
1712/29/19TEN0000
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2017Houston Texans169048.0421.5000.0006
2018Houston Texans1410773.034013838.03815
2019Houston Texans1614299.0432000.0002
TOTAL46339220.01193.513838.038113
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2017Houston Texans1600100000
2018Houston Texans1400201010
2019Houston Texans16000022420
TOTAL46003032430
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/238
Birthdate:
12/12/1994
Age:
25
Hometown:
Pinson, AL, USA
School:
Vanderbilt
NFL Experience:
3
Awards: