Brandin Cooks emerged as the top receiver on the Saints and a Top 15 receiver in Fantasy Football. Last season, Cooks got off to a ridiculously slow start but then ran off at least 13 Fantasy points in six of eight games in the second half of the season, finishing with nine touchdowns and 1,138 yards on 84 catches. There's a chance for Cooks to get more than the 129 targets he saw last season, so expect a slightly better year. Cooks is on the cusp of being a No. 1 receiver for Fantasy regardless of format -- he's a very late Round 2 pick in PPR leagues and a very early Round 3 pick in formats where catches don't count.
Cooks caught five of six targets for 22 yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons. Cooks entered Sunday's game posting 100-yard performances in three of his prior four games, the exception being another sub-30-yard dud. The young receiver swayed back and forth between brilliant performances and head-scratchers in 2015, tallying as many games under 40 yards receiving, four, as games with over 100 yards. Cooks still managed to give fantasy owners plenty to get excited about as the season progressed, however, accumulating eight touchdowns in the season's final nine games after scoring just once in the Saints' first seven contests. Sean Payton and Drew Brees' futures hang in the balance this off season, but Cooks should be the focal point of the offense next year no matter who is running the show.
Cooks caught all five of his targets for 123 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-27 win over the Jaguars. As you'd expect from some WRs that aren't quite at an elite level, Cooks has recorded big games in which the Saints have trailed, playing in comeback mode, and been quiet in others in which they've led. The trend was broken Sunday, however, as Cooks raced to the end zone for a 71-yard touchdown in the first quarter. In any event, Cooks has posted strong overall numbers, breaking the 1,000-yard barrier for the first time in his young career. He'll look to end the season on high note next week at Atlanta, which has surprisingly defended opposing wideouts well.
Cooks caught 10 passes (on 13 targets) for a game-high 124 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's loss to the Lions. Cooks' outstanding performance was sparked by an impressive 27-yard touchdown catch during the third quarter, which marked Cooks' seventh touchdown over his last seven games. Moreover, Cooks' 10 catches and 124 yards both served as season-highs for the second-year wideout. Cooks will aim to continue his dazzling second half of the season when the Saints host the Jaguars this Sunday.
Cooks (concussion) secured three of five targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Buccaneers. It was a quiet afternoon for the Saints' top receiver, as Cooks' five targets equaled a season low and Drew Brees found Marques Colston on both of his touchdown passes on the day. Cooks worked relatively close to the line of scrimmage on all three receptions, and the result was only the third game all season in which he's averaged less than 10 yards per catch. The second-year pro will look to rebound with a more productive performance against the Lions' beatable secondary in a Week 15 Monday Night Football showdown.
Cooks (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Cooks missed a practice this week as a precaution after experiencing dizziness, but after passing through the league's concussion protocol in quick fashion, he was back on the field for Friday's session. He was listed as probable before being ruled active Sunday, so the expectation is that he'll be deployed as usual by the Saints.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New York Giants||23||23.88|
|4||10/02||@San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|7||10/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|9||11/06||@San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|14||12/11||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|3 Year Avg||99||68||844||6||35||12.41||124|