20 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Oregon State. It gave him an abysmal WR62 overall finish, making him one of the biggest busts of the draft last season when compared to his average draft position. He was no longer being treated as the LA Rams WR1 and suffered another concussion. Fuller and Stills will share time as the opposite speed receiver of Cooks, while Cobb mans that slot. The 96.5 total points he scored were the lowest of his entire career. This article will discuss Cooks's statistical history, how he could be successful with the Texans, and what you can expect from a fantasy perspective. He was hyper-targeting WR Cooper Kupp to start the season and, due to this, he never really went back to targeting Cooks like the lead WR on the offense. Cooks is currently being drafted as the WR29 in drafts. With the team trading away star WR, DeAndre Hopkins, Housten went out and traded for Cooks to help replace the 150 targets that he left behind. He will mostly compete with fellow WRs Will Fuller, Kenny Stills, and Cobb. Never in his four-year run of fun did he manage more than eight games of 15-plus PPR (or nine-plus non-PPR) Fantasy points in a season. Cooks's desire for affirmation and money are two reasons why he keeps bouncing around the league. Fantasy Football For The People © 2020. Cooks is one of my favorite WRs to take a shot on in 2020. He has a lifelong passion for the game and even played at the collegiate level as an offensive lineman. Below is the stat line for Cooks in 2019. When Eric provides advice, he uses analytics, statistics, and game film to help you understand his perspective. The Rams offered Cooks an $80 million dollar extension that had many scratching their heads. 167, total targets, are now up for grabs since last season. Can Brandin Cooks come in and replace DeAndre Hopkins as the WR1 for the Texans and a WR1 for fantasy owners? Now in Houston, Cooks will look to try and take over the now-vacated WR1 role for the Texans. The Texans' acquisition of Cooks has been widely panned by NFL fans (and rightfully so), but it's unlikely that Houston intended for him to inherit all of those targets. That is a realistic expectation for him in 2020 with Watson as his QB. He finished below 1,000 yards for the first time since his rookie season and by a large margin. Check them out as well. Hope is not a winning fantasy football strategy. Below are the fantasy finishes for Cooks in 2019. He has averaged nearly 80 receptions per year, as well, so the drop off too just 42 last season explains exactly why he was an inconsistent mess. The Texans are banking on him finding that form again, but inconsistency has always been Cook's most consistent trait. Cooks may have been eased back into the offense after returning from his head injury, but it was this and many other factors that lead to his fantasy demise. The team was using more 2 TE sets, which effectively hurt Cooks’s target share even further. He never finished as a Top 12 WR and had just 4 games total as a WR3 or higher. How Brandin Cooks Fits with the Texans The fact that O'Brien said goodbye to one of Houston's two second-round picks is an indicator to Cooks will see his fair share of targets in what many perceive as a draft class with a high number of quality wide receivers. His highest placement in any category was 39th in yards per reception, a category that is largely irrelevant to fantasy success. Brandin Cooks is going to be a prime example of a boom-or-bust fantasy option in 2020. This means there are, essentially, over 210 total targets up for grabs in 2020. Fuller and Still are field stretchers with limited route trees. These targets will likely be up for grabs as well, as Cobb will take over for Coutee in the slot. He was drafted by the Saints No. Cooks’ change in scenery may be exactly what his fantasy relevance needed. After Cooks went down with the concussion, the offensive mindset in LA had changed by the time he came back. Projections for the season ahead. Will this trend continue in Houston? However, last season was a massive disappointment for the young receiver. Let's walk through Cooks' fantasy outlook with the Texans this season. Subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of the page it’s super simple! All of these targets are not guaranteed to head his way, however. Cobb is the WR70. These numbers are not indicative of how talented Cooks is as a receiver. Both of these running backs are accomplished route-runners and pass-catchers. It is the perfect combination of needed talent and open opportunity. Let me know what you thought about the article and if you liked it, share with anyone you know. Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter; WR - #27: 103.13: HOU: Active: 6 years: 26: 5'10: 189: @brandincooks: Profile; News; Outlook; Stats; Schedule; Teammates; Opp. O'Brien could have saved the Texans plenty of salary space by adding a receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft, but he has a well-documented history of not always acting rationally. Cobb will fill a role the team has sorely lacked the past few seasons. With the team trading away star WR, DeAndre Hopkins, Housten went out and traded for Cooks to help replace the 150 targets that he left behind. Fantasy Football Analysis. Kareem Hunt: The Most Valuable Handcuff Running Back. It was a disappointing season for a multitude of reasons. Brandin Cooks Weekly Fantasy Finishes 2019. He has averaged nearly 8 receptions per game for the past 4 years, but his drop off was more than considerable in 2019. The addition of the soon to be 27-year-old receiver is not an adequate replacement for DeAndre Hopkins in the minds of the Houston fan base. Goff’s inconsistent play last season coupled with the offensive tone shift were 2 major factors. The Texans' situation alludes to an even distribution of targets. Eric is a member of the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association). Knowing what we do about how things shook out last season, we don’t have to stick here very long. The upgrade at QB is one that can not be overstated. Cooks was then traded to the Patriots and then went to the Rams. Brandin Cooks Fantasy Football Outlook (2020) By Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros), Thursday, Apr 30th. This means that Cooks will be free to run all types of routes as the true WR1 for the Texans. Below are the per-game averages for Cooks in 2019. Tack on the concussion issue and there's more risk in drafting Cooks than ever. Still, he has undoubtedly shown the upside to be a borderline WR1 in fantasy football. His writing has been featured at the Athletic, FantasyData, Dynasty League Football, RotoViz, FantasyPros, and Gridiron Experts. Watson’s completion percentage (42%) on these passes was the highest among these quarterbacks. Copyright © Intense Industries, LLC. This line truly shows how little Cooks was used last season. Houston also added veteran slot WR, Randall Cobb, this offseason. The best approach to take if you choose to invest in one of the Texans receivers is to be patient and draft the last one standing between Cooks and Fuller as your WR3 or WR4. He lost over 40 targets and caught 38 fewer passes. This is, quite possibly, the worst stat line you may ever see from Cooks. section: | slug: 2020-outlook-brandin-cooks | sport: football | route: article_single_fantasy | He also had the lowest Touchdown total of his career, finishing with only 2 scores. L.A. clearly wasn't comfortable with Cooks following twin concussions in a four-week span and a five-year low in yards per game (41.6). The Rams offense struggled to move the ball through the air at times last season. I appreciate it a ton! That's his absolute ceiling in a Texans offense that hasn't historically been as pass-friendly as the offenses Cooks played in with the Saints, Patriots and Rams. One bad year has sunk Brandin Cooks' Fantasy value to unfamiliar territory, but one big trade has salvaged his future. Five of those games were ones in which he could not surpass 5 total points. I am Fantasy Football for the People on Facebook, @TripleFTP on Twitter, tripleftp12 on Instagram, and I am TripleFTP on the Fantasy Life App. He gets to pair with QB Deshaun Watson, an upgrade over Goff. Hopkins's target share in 110 active games for the Texans was 28%.

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