Brandin Cooks
Brandin Cooks
26-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Los Angeles Rams
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Despite playing with three different quarterbacks in three different systems over the last three years, Cooks' numbers have been remarkably consistent. Of course, it helps when those quarterbacks are Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Jared Goff (by way of Sean McVay). From 2016-18, Cooks averaged between 9.5 and 10.3 YPT, 15.0 and 16.6 YPC and ranged between 114 and 117 targets, 65 and 80 catches, 1,082 and 1,204 yards and five and eight touchdowns. He's been the moderate-volume, stretch-the-defense option no matter where he's played. At 5-10, 183, and running a scorching 4.33 40 at the 2014 combine, Cooks is small but extremely quick. He's got good hands (only one drop all year) and runs solid routes, routinely making big plays - 17 catches of 40-plus over the last three years, 22 catches of 20-plus last year (T-5th) on 117 targets (17th). Cooks saw an uptick in red-zone work with the Rams - 17 targets inside the 20 and eight inside the 10 - but converted only four for scores. Cooks' situation this year appears largely the same. Robert Woods is still around to garner the short and intermediate throws, the Rams should have Cooper Kupp for a full season off an ACL tear, and we expect the team will throw to its backs, both Todd Gurley (if healthy) and rookie Darrell Henderson. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $81 million contract with the Rams in July of 2018.
Held to 18 receiving yards
WRLos Angeles Rams
October 13, 2019
Cooks caught all three of his targets for 18 yards and added 14 yards on a pair of carries during Sunday's 20-7 loss to the 49ers.
After clearing the concussion protocol on Friday, Cooks was deemed to be fully healthy for this one, although a putrid showing by the offense limited his output in this one. He brought in each ball thrown his way, but Jared Goff struggled to make any plays downfield as he finished with just 78 passing yards. Cooks has struggled to make an impact over the last two games, totaling four catches (on six targets) for 47 yards and adding 41 yards on three carries. He should have his opportunities to get back on track in what could be a high-scoring road matchup with the Falcons next Sunday.
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How do Brandin Cooks' 2019 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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15.8 Yds
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2019 Brandin Cooks Split Stats
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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
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.
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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Ready for Sunday
WRLos Angeles Rams
October 11, 2019
Cooks (concussion) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
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Limited again Thursday
WRLos Angeles Rams
October 10, 2019
Cooks (concussion) was listed as limited on Thursday's injury report, Lindsey Thiry of reports.
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Limited in practice Wednesday
WRLos Angeles Rams
October 9, 2019
Cooks (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Lindsey Thiry of reports.
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Enters concussion protocol
WRLos Angeles Rams
October 4, 2019
Coach Sean McVay confirmed Friday that Cooks has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol, Lindsey Thiry of reports.
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Being evaluated for concussion
WRLos Angeles Rams
October 3, 2019
Cooks is being evaluated for a concussion during Thursday's game against the Seahawks.
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