Brandin Cooks

#14 WR / New England Patriots / EXP: 4YRS Height: 5-10 Weight: 189 lb Age: 24 College: Oregon State Bye 9

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  • Cooks caught six of nine pass attempts for 149 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-8 thrashing of the Raiders. The vast majority of the yards came on two plays of 52 and 64 yards, the latter going for a touchdown as Cooks used his speed to blow by a lapsing Raiders secondary. It was the second time in two weeks that he tied his season-high reception total of six. The Oregon product will attempt to continue his momentum against the Dolphins in Week 12.

  • Cooks logged 68 out of a possible 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 41-16 win over the Broncos, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. Cooks hauled in six of his team-high 11 targets for 74 yards Sunday, while maintaining his usual heavy workload in the Patriots' offense. The absence of Chris Hogan (shoulder) probably contributed to Cooks' high target count in Week 10 and Hogan is no lock to return to action this coming weekend against the Raiders. As a result, Cooks looks like a solid Week 11 lineup choice against an Oakland pass defense that isn't as daunting as the one he faced Sunday.

  • Cooks caught five of eight targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 21-13 win over the Chargers. Cooks finished second on the team in targets, but he recorded a long gain of just nine yards en route to an average of 5.2 yards per catch. On pace for over 1,100 receiving yards, Cooks' performance in this one is a reminder that his role on a sometimes unpredictable New England offense lends itself to the occasional lean week. Still, he's one of the most-targeted options week in and week out and will look to bounce back against the Broncos after the Patriots' upcoming bye.

  • Cooks caught four of five targets for 65 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 23-7 victory over the Falcons. Cooks opened the scoring for the night by finding paydirt on an 11-yard touchdown plunge off a shovel pass from quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter. The diminutive receiver only saw four more looks thereafter, but on a night when Brady attempted a season-low 29 passes, Cooks' target total actually tied for the third on the team, behind only Rob Gronkowski (seven) and Chris Hogan (six). Since he's now finished top-three on New England in targets in five of seven games this season, it's safe to say Cooks has settled in as one of the more consistent weapons in the Patriots' passing attack. However, he could have trouble gaining separation in Week 8 against a Chargers defense that ranks fourth in the league in passing yards allowed (166.0 per game).

  • Cooks caught six of nine targets for 93 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets. Cooks garnered one fewer target than Rob Gronkowski but led New England in receiving yards while tying the tight end for the team lead in catches. The former Saints wide receiver was held out of the end zone for the fifth time in six games, however, while Gronk scored his third and fourth touchdowns of the year. With over 80 yards in four contests and two touchdowns this season, Cooks has been a decent fantasy option in his first year with New England, but perhaps not the elite option he was drafted to be.

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