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.
Solid but unspectacular
WRLos Angeles Rams
December 16, 2018
Cooks caught six passes (seven targets) for 59 yards in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Eagles.
Jared Goff was spreading the ball around Sunday, leading to multiple receivers (including Cooks) turning in decent stat lines. While this certainly wasn't a dud, opposing defenses have been trying to eliminate big plays from the Rams over the past three weeks (5.5 yards per pass attempt), so unsurprisingly, Cooks -- one of the league's best deep-ball threats -- hasn't surpassed the century mark in receiving yards since Week 11. The 25-year-old is still in the fantasy conversation heading into Week 16's matchup with the Cardinals, but he is far from the top-end option we saw through the first 11 weeks of the season.
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How do Brandin Cooks' 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Brandin Cooks' measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 10"
183 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.33 sec
Shuttle Time
3.81 sec
Cone Drill
6.76 sec
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
Broad Jump
120 in
Bench Press
16 reps
Hand Length
9.63 in
Arm Length
30.75 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Quiet in ugly loss
WRLos Angeles Rams
December 9, 2018
Cooks had three catches (seven targets) for 22 yards in Sunday's 15-6 loss to the Bears.
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Modest production in win
WRLos Angeles Rams
December 2, 2018
Cooks brought in four of six targets for 62 yards in the Rams' 30-16 win over the Lions on Sunday.
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Tops 100 yards in win
WRLos Angeles Rams
November 19, 2018
Cooks caught eight of 12 targets for 107 yards in Monday's 54-51 win over the Chiefs.
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Questionable with cramps
WRLos Angeles Rams
November 19, 2018
Cooks is dealing with cramps and is questionable to return to Monday's contest against the Chiefs, Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register reports.
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Over 100 yards once again
WRLos Angeles Rams
November 11, 2018
Cooks hauled in 10 of 12 targets for 100 receiving yards, adding a 9-yard rushing touchdown during Sunday's 36-31 win against the Seahawks.
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