Cooks corralled four of six targets for 65 receiving yards during Saturday's 30-22 win against the Cowboys. He had a would-be touchdown reception called back on instant replay during the second quarter. Cooks struggled to produce towards the conclusion of the regular season, failing to eclipse 65 receiving yards over the final five games after doing so eight times between Weeks 1 and 11. In the divisional round he hit that mark right on the nose, racking up 65 yards through the air, and five more on the ground against Dallas' No. 7 defense (329.3 yards allowed per game). Coming up in the NFC Championship Game will be a favorable matchup for Cooks and the Rams receiving corps regardless of who wins Sunday, as the Eagles and the Saints are the conference's two worst teams in terms of receptions allowed to opposing wideouts.
Cooks caught five of nine targets for 62 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 48-32 win against the 49ers. Cooks was without a touchdown reception since Week 9 against New Orleans, so it was good to see him finally break out, though that's of little solace for fantasy owners. The 62 receiving yards also tied the 25-year-old's highest yardage total in the last five games. The Rams were able to secure a first-round bye with the victory and will host a divisional-round game Jan. 12 or 13.
Cooks brought in all three of his targets for 35 yards and rushed three times for 27 yards in the Rams' 31-9 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. Cooks didn't make much of an impact through the air, but the sum of his efforts was solid overall. The speedster also took an early seat once the Rams had the game in hand in the fourth quarter, and Cooks has now failed to top 62 receiving yards over his last four contests following a three-game streak of 100-yard efforts from Weeks 9-11, a matter he'll look to rectify when he tries to help the Rams secure the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in Week 17 against the 49ers.
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.
Cooks had three catches (seven targets) for 22 yards in Sunday's 15-6 loss to the Bears. Cooks had been red-hot of late, posting 100-yard efforts in three of his last four games, but the wheels really came off in this one. Jared Goff was unable to get comfortable in the pocket against the Bears' vaunted pass rush, which prevented Cooks from developing his routes downfield. The streaky receiver has been more boom than bust this year in Los Angeles, and he has a good chance to take off next Sunday against an Eagles defense that was consistently burned by Amari Cooper on go routes this week.
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