The Rams traded Cooks to the Texans on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. In exchange for their 2020 second-round pick (57th overall), Houston will get a 2022 fourth-rounder in addition to Cooks, who has been dealt by each of the previous three employers in his career. In two seasons with the Rams, he totaled 122 catches (on 189 targets) for 1,787 yards and seven touchdowns, including a fourth consecutive 1,000-yard campaign in 2018. He didn't reach that threshold last year, partially due to suffering his fifth known concussion as a pro. Cooks will look to bounce back working with Deshaun Watson, and in a receiving corps with question marks after Will Fuller (sports hernia) and Randall Cobb.
Cooks is available for trade, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. The Rams are hoping to trade Cooks and/or Todd Gurley in an effort to save money and free up cap space. Cooks produced four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2015 to 2018, but he dropped off to 583 yards in 14 games in 2019, and his struggles with concussions have been well documented. The 26-year-old receiver is signed to a five-year, $81 million contract, so the Rams won't get much in return if they end up trading Cooks.
Cooks caught three of his five targets for 40 yards during Sunday's 31-24 win over Arizona. This was the seventh straight game Cooks was held below 50 receiving yards, and he only topped the arbitrary benchmark three times all season. Additionally, his 42 receptions and two touchdowns were both career-low marks. The Rams offense struggled for stretches of the season, and Cooks also suffered a concussion and missed two games, so the declined production is probably not entirely the result of Cooks' skill or play. However, Los Angeles leaning on its tight ends in the passing attack more in 2019 definitely took a toll on Cooks' numbers, and the wide receiver likely will have difficulty approaching his stat lines from the 2015-2018 seasons next year.
Cooks secured four of six targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 34-31 loss to the 49ers on Saturday. Cooks' receiving yardage total was underwhelming once again, but his 10-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter salvaged his fantasy line. The speedster hadn't visited the end zone since back in Week 2 versus the Saints, which marked his only other score of the campaign. Cooks has back-to-back four-catch games, and he'll look to finish what has been a disappointing season overall on a strong note against the Cardinals in Week 17.
Cooks caught just four of his eight targets for 46 yards during Sunday's 44-21 loss to Dallas. This was Cooks' largest target total since he received nine looks Week 4 against Tampa Bay, and while his receiving numbers were still his best since recording four catches for 59 yards against Atlanta in Week 7, these numbers weren't good enough for fantasy owners or the Rams. Cooks entered 2019 as one of the most consistent receivers in the league with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, so there's potential his multiple concussions have hindered his play more than anything. As it stands, and at this stage of the season, he remains a risky start in most fantasy settings.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|7||10/25||Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|11||11/22||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|3 Year Avg||101||62||956||5||43||15.42||130|