Brandin Cooks
Brandin Cooks
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Los Angeles Rams
2018 Fantasy Outlook
By some metrics Cooks had a fantastic season, but from a fantasy perspective it was underwhelming. Cooks managed 9.5 YPT (4th), 16.6 YPC (4th) and seven catches of 40-plus yards (T-2nd). But the robust per-play production was outweighed by the modest volume - his 114 targets were tied for 17th. It's hard to see a major uptick in usage this year after Cooks was traded to the Rams. While Sean McVay's scheme is among the league's best, Cooks will compete with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, both of whom know the system and spent the last year building a rapport with third-year QB Jared Goff. Moreover, the offense runs primarily through all-world back Todd Gurley, who also contributes significantly in the passing game. At 5-10, 189, Cooks is small but extremely quick, and he ran a blistering 4.33 40 at the 2014 combine. As such, he'll serve as Goff's deep threat, a role to which the departed Sammy Watkins never seemed to take. Just don't expect much red-zone work - Cooks saw only 12 targets in that area last year and doesn't have the frame to catch contested passes. He suffered a nasty concussion during the Super Bowl but was healthy for the start of the offseason program. The Rams apparently aren't too concerned, as they signed Cooks to a five-year, $80 million extension in July. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $81 million contract with the Rams in July of 2018.
Held in check against Broncos
WRLos Angeles Rams
October 14, 2018
Cooks caught two of six targets for 53 yards during Sunday's 23-20 victory over Denver.
ANALYSIS
The six targets are the fewest Cooks has seen in any full game he's played this season, though his mere availability for Sunday's contest was a blessing considering the receiver exited Week 6 with a concussion. Furthermore, the entire Rams passing game was out of sync on a cold and snowy day in Denver, which likely played a role in Cooks' low production. Weather conditions should be much different when the Rams stay in state to take on the 49ers in Week 7, when Cooks will look to bounce back against a San Francisco defense that has surrendered 12 passing touchdowns through its first five games in 2018.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    355
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
880
4
2017
1058
2
2018
355
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other WRs)

Height:   5' 10"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   183 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.33 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   3.81 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   6.76 sec
GOOD
Arm Length:   30.75 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.63 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   36 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   120 in
AVERAGE
Bench Press:   16 reps
GOOD
Los Angeles Rams Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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2014
It's not often a 23-year-old rising star receiver is shipped out of town, but then again the Saints benched their best running back in favor of Tim Hightower's carcass for a couple games last year. In any event, the Patriots were happy to oblige, offering a first round pick and change for Cooks. While the New England passing game has a lot of mouths to feed -- all-world TE Rob Gronkowski is due back, plus Chris Hogan, James White, Dion Lewis and Malcolm Mitchell should all be involved -- Cook's elite quickness and game-breaking speed (4.33 40) are great fits for Tom Brady's quick-throw, short-passing game. An ACL injury that PPR-maven Julian Edelman suffered in late August could lead to an uptick in Cooks' volume. Think peak Wes Welker, but much faster. At 5-10, 189, Cooks is small, but the Patriots have gotten touchdowns for players like Welker and Edelman in the past by running quick slants in front of defenders near the goal line rather than fades over top. Cooks also provides the Patriots with a field stretcher, something the team had lacked in recent seasons. Last year with Drew Brees, Cooks had his most efficient season (15.0 YPC, 6th, 10.0 YPT, 3rd), and while his target depth could change in New England, he's hardly downgrading by switching to Brady. Volume is the only question, but if Cooks is as well suited to the Pats as he seems, we imagine Brady and Bill Belichick will make sure to call his number, incumbents be damned.
After a slow start, Cooks broke out in Year 2, making plays all over the field and scoring nine times. At 5-10, 189, Cooks is small, quick, elusive and blazingly fast (4.33 40). He is dangerous running after the catch on short balls, and he can beat defenses deep — five catches of at least 40 yards (T-14th ) on 129 targets (17th). Cooks was also efficient during his second season — his 8.8 YPT ranked 10th. Cooks heads into the season as the team's undisputed No. 1 receiver, but he will never be an elite fantasy option without seeing significantly more targets, especially in the red zone (only 10 last year, two from inside the 10). He profiles more as T.Y. Hilton than Antonio Brown, though Cooks won't turn 23 until December, so there is still room for growth. The Saints are also thinner than ever at wide receiver — only Willie Snead and possibly second-round pick Michael Thomas loom as competition. But coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees make prolific use of their running backs in the passing game, and the team added Coby Fleener to replace the departed Ben Watson at tight end.
If there's one player who can challenge Jordan Matthews for the title of Most Obvious Breakout Receiver Candidate it's probably Cooks. With Jimmy Graham in Seattle and Kenny Stills in Miami, Cooks is the likely top target in Sean Payton's high-volume passing attack this year. While 32-year-old Marques Colston is still around, his role has diminished for consecutive years, and he rarely saw No. 1 volume even at his peak. At 5-10, 189, Cooks makes up for in speed (4.33 40), burst and elusiveness what he lacks in size. He can catch a short pass and take it the distance, or he can get behind a defense and catch the long ball. Last year, Cooks' season was cut short by a thumb injury, so the sample on him (69 targets, 8.0 YPT) is small. Cooks isn't likely to see much red-zone work — only seven targets there last year — though with Graham gone someone has to absorb those looks, and Payton featured the diminutive Lance Moore in that area a few years ago.
The Saints traded up to No. 20 to take Cooks, and he could have a significant role right away. That’s because both of the team’s quick, short-pass-catching options – Darren Sproles and Lance Moore – have left via free agency, and Cooks appears likely to fill the void. Like Moore and Sproles, Cooks is small (5-10, 189), and he’s also very fast – his 4.33 40 was tops at the NFL Combine for receivers. While he won’t see much red-zone work, and it’s unlikely he’ll absorb the entirety of the 140 targets his predecessors saw last year, Cooks should see a decent portion of them if he can overcome the typically steep rookie learning curve.
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Active Sunday
WRLos Angeles Rams
October 14, 2018
Cooks (concussion) is listed as active for Sunday's game at Denver, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
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Officially cleared for Week 6
WRLos Angeles Rams
October 13, 2018
Cooks officially cleared concussion protocol and is set for Sunday's matchup with the Broncos.
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Expected to clear concussion protocol
WRLos Angeles Rams
October 12, 2018
Cooks is poised to clear the concussion protocol in advance of Sunday's game in Denver, Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register reports.
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In line to play Sunday
WRLos Angeles Rams
Concussion
October 12, 2018
Cooks (concussion) practiced in full Friday and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest at Denver, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.
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Limited at Thursday's practice
WRLos Angeles Rams
Concussion
October 11, 2018
Cooks (concussion) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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