• Brandin Cooks

  • WR
  • , Houston Texans
  • 27
  • 189 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Cooks’ streak of 1,000-yard seasons ended at four last year as he caught just 42 passes for 582 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams traded him to the Texans, his fourth team in five seasons, and there he’ll be asked to replace most of DeAndre Hopkins’ production in the Houston passing game. The good news is that there’s plenty of targets up for grabs with Hopkins’ 150 targets vacated. The bad news is the limited practice time available due to the odd nature of the current NFL offseason, though Cooks has been able to meet up with Deshaun Watson to work on their timing. Receivers who change teams generally do not meet their previous production unless they see a bump in targets or a quarterback upgrade, but it could be argued that Cooks will see both a bigger role and a better quarterback in 2020. He had a run of four straight top 15 finishes from 2015 to 2018, so getting back into WR2 territory is not out of the question if he can play a full season. He has suffered five known concussions in his career, which is a concern. He’ll vie with Will Fuller for the No. 1 role in the Houston passing game.

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Scouting report

by Bob Harris

HOU WR Brandin Cooks - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
As NFL.com reported, the Texans landed Brandin Cooks in a trade with Los Angeles as part of their effort to cover for the loss of DeAndre Hopkins (who left in a trade with Arizona). It's the fourth team for Cooks and it will be the fourth time he's been traded in his career. Cooks was drafted with a first-round pick by the Saints in 2014, traded for a first-round pick to the Patriots in 2017 and traded to the Rams for a first-round pick in 2018. Now, in Houston, Cooks will play in a system similar to the one he played in while with the Patriots. Cooks posted 42 catches for 583 yards and two scores in 2019 -- largely the least productive season of his six-year career. Still, he should be a solid addition to a Texans team that looks to have a well-rounded offense.

Fantasy Downside
Cooks has a history of concussions, something that's worth noting. Also worth reiterating, this is Cooks' fourth team and it seems that he's more popular before arrival than after.

2020 Bottom Line
Trading away Hopkins -- one of the game's elite -- will likely always be a head-scratcher, but now Deshaun Watson has wideouts Cooks, Will Fuller, Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills along with TE Darren Fells and RBs David Johnson and Duke Johnson. Beyond the uncertainty that comes with another change of offenses, However, don't be surprised if the draft price falls low enough to be of interest to bargain-hunting fantasy managers looking for value with upside.

2020 Strength of Schedule - HOU

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
5
@KC
10
BAL
7
@PIT
26
MIN
11
JAX
15
@TEN
16
GB
BYE11
@JAX
12
@CLE
1
NE
32
@DET
18
IND
3
@CHI
18
@IND
25
CIN
15
TEN

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1@CAR2390619.5000000.003.95.971/7792.2%
2NO3741424.6712002.0013.616.668/7097.1%
3@CLE811201214.0018008.0012.020.059/6689.4%
4TB6710911.8300000.007.113.188/9889.8%
5@SEA1290329.001270027.005.66.646/7263.9%
6SF318036.00214007.003.26.252/5398.1%
7@ATL4590714.7500000.005.99.959/7677.6%
8CIN00010.0000000.000.00.03/624.8%
9BYE--------------
10@PIT--------------
11CHI--------------
12BAL2320416.0011001.003.35.342/5477.8%
13@ARI2240212.0000000.002.44.461/7977.2%
14SEA00020.0000000.000.00.027/7038.6%
15@DAL4460811.5000000.004.68.652/7371.2%
16@SF439169.7500000.009.913.941/7058.6%
17ARI3400513.3300000.004.07.049/8259.8%
Per game3.0041.640.145.1413.880.433.71008.675.398.3951.29/71.5771.15%
Totals4258327213.88652008.6775.5117.5718/100271.15%
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