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Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Date of Birth:  09/25/1993
Age:  25
Height  5'10"
Weight:   189
College:  Oregon State
Drafted:  2014 | Round 1 | Pick 20
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks goes over 100 yards in Super Bowl LIII loss.

Cooks caught eight passes for 120 yards, mostly seeing coverage from New England's top corner (and former teammate) Stephon Gilmore. Unfortunately, the biggest play of the night was likely a drop by the dynamic deep threat that would have tied the game at 10-10 (if the Rams made the PAT), and Jared Goff threw an interception in Cooks' direction on the next play with less than five minutes to play. Los Angeles will look for redemption in 2019, and Cooks will remain a high-upside WR1/WR2 fantasy option.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks goes over 100 yards in NFC Championship win.

Cooks caught seven-of-eight targets for 107 yards against his former team, which included two big back-to-back plays at the end of the first half—a 17-yard deep curl followed by a 36-yard deep ball—to set up a Todd Gurley touchdown. If New England wins the AFC Championship against Kansas City, Cooks will have a chance at a redemption tour to close out the year against his two former teams (though his divorce with the Patriots wasn't hostile).

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks caught four passes for 65 yards in Saturday night's win over the Cowboys.

He also rushed once for five yards. Cooks had a would-be touchdown overruled in the front corner of the end zone, but it didn't end up costing Los Angeles in a 30-22 victory. The dynamic deep threat will look to get revenge against the Saints (his former team) or Eagles (for Super Bowl LII) next week in the NFC Championship Game.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks scores twice in Week 17.

Cooks caught five passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns against the Niners, brining his first regular season totals with the Rams to 80 receptions for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns along with ten carries for 68 yards and one touchdown. The 1,204 yards were a career-high for the fifth-year receiver, as he fit right into LA's offense, as was expected when the team gave him a big contract after acquiring him from the Patriots. Cooks and the Rams get a bye week before playing in the Divisional Round.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks bottled up in Week 16 win.

Dealing with Patrick Peterson for most of the day, Cooks caught three passes for 35 yards. He also rushed three times for 27 yards. The highlight for the dynamic deep threat came when he held on to a pass over the middle despite a crushing—and illegal—hit from the safety, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him rewarded next week in the regular season finale. Cooks currently has a 75/1,142/3 line and will be a high-upside WR1/WR2 against San Francisco.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks contained in Week 15 loss.

Cooks caught six-of-seven targets for 59 yards. It felt like the dynamic deep threat had more yardage than he did, but Philly mostly limited him to shorter passes on the boundary and came up to tackle him immediately. Cooks will draw Patrick Peterson's coverage next week in Arizona, so even if the Los Angeles passing attack finally regains form, he is probably best viewed on the WR2 side of the WR1/WR2 borderline.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks catches three passes against the Bears.

Cooks gained 22 yards on his three receptions in the Rams’ Week 14 loss. He appeared to have a miscommunication on one play where Jared Goff probably expected him to sit down a route against a zone coverage, but it just wasn’t a good game overall for LA’s offense. Cooks is in a good bounce-back spot for the second week of the fantasy playoffs when he faces a depleted Eagles secondary next Sunday night.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks caught four passes for 62 yards in Sunday's win over the Lions.

It was a somewhat quiet day for Cooks, who was the intended receiver on Jared Goff's interception on a misfired deep ball. The dynamic speedster should be able to have a bigger game next Sunday night against the Bears, and he remains a high-upside WR1/WR2 that's provided a solid floor for fantasy owners in Los Angeles.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks goes over 100 yards in win over the Chiefs.

Cooks caught eight passes (on 12 targets) for 107 yards, also adding a rush for no gain. The versatile deep threat left the game at one point after dropping a potential touchdown down the left sideline, but it turned out to just be cramps. Cooks heads into the bye with 100+ yards in each of the past three games, and he will remain a WR1 when the Rams face the Lions in December.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks goes for 100 yards in Week 10 win.

Cooks caught ten passes (on 12 targets) for 100 yards on Sunday, also adding a nine-yard touchdown run on his only carry. The dynamic speedster has gone 4/64/1, 3/74, 6/114/1, and 10/100/1 over the past four games, and he should remain a high-upside WR1/WR2 the rest of the way; for next Monday night's matchup against the Chiefs, he should be on the better side of that in what should be a shootout.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 114 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Cooks caught a four-yard score in the first half, and he made plays all game to lead the team in receptions and yards. The versatile deep threat in on pace for an 82/1,514/6 line through eight healthy appearances, and he will get a chance for revenge against the Seahawks after being knocked out with a concussion in their first meeting last month. Consider Cooks a high-upside WR1/WR2 option down the stretch.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks caught three passes for 74 yards in Sunday's win over the Packers.

He also rushed twice for nine yards. Cooks saw a team-high eight targets, but first-round pick Jaire Alexander stuck to him all afternoon, and even the plays he did make came with the rookie right on his hip. The 25-year-old hasn't found the end zone much in Los Angeles, but he's on pace for a 70/1,286/4 line at the season's midway point, and Cooks will look to burn his former team next week in New Orleans as a high-upside WR1/WR2 option.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks scores against the Niners.

Cooks caught four passes (on five targets) for 64 yards and a touchdown along with one carry for seven yards in the Rams' Week 7 victory. The touchdown was a 19-yarder on what looked like a post-corner route, with Jared Goff delivering a strike to the end zone. Cooks is an excellent option in Week 8 fantasy lineups in a potential shootout with the Packers.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks catches 44-yard pass in win over the Broncos.

Cooks was mostly held in check besides that, catching just two-of-six total targets for 53 yards. It was the first time as a Ram that Cooks hasn't gone for at least five receptions and 87 yards, but he should bounce back next Sunday against a very beatable San Francisco secondary. Consider the speedy 25-year-old a high-upside WR1/WR2 option for Week 7.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks has cleared concussion protocol.

Cooks is ready to go for tomorrow's matchup in Denver against the Broncos. You can safely insert Cooks into fantasy lineups as a strong option for Week 6. He's had 87 yards in each of his four healthy games this season, and his presence is also a boost for Jared Goff and the rest of the offense.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks (concussion) practices fully today.

Cooks is on the same path as Cooper Kupp, as the two of them progressed to a full practice today and just need final clearance for Sunday against the Broncos. They'll both almost certainly be listed as questionable for the game, but there has been optimism all week that they'll be ready to go on Sunday. However, the Rams do not play until the later games on Sunday, so you might need a backup plan from the later games in case Cooks isn't cleared for the game.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks (concussion) will be limited in today's practice.

This is the next step for Cooks to get cleared from his concussion, and if he has no symptoms today he'll advance to a full practice participant tomorrow. Cooks is expected to be ready for Sunday against the Broncos, but we'll see how he's listed on the injury report for the game when it's released tomorrow.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks (concussion) is "on track" to play this weekend.

Cooks remains in concussion protocol after leaving last Sunday's game against the Seahawks, but the team is optimistic he'll be ready for Week 6. Cook has four days to get cleared to face the Broncos.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks (concussion) is out for the rest of today's game.

Cooks is in concussion protocol after taking a big shot to the head earlier in the game, and now he'll have seven days to get cleared for next weekend's game abasing the Broncos. Cooks did not have any receptions before leaving today's game.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks leaves game after taking bit hit to the head.

On a deep crossing route, Cooks lowered his head and had a helmet-to-helmet collision with Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson. The hit caused Cooks to fumble, but a holding penalty wiped out the play. Cooks was down on the field for a minute or two, but he thankfully got up and jogged to the sideline under his own power. He's almost certainly headed for the concussion protocol, but we'll update you when more information becomes available.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks goes for 7/116/1 in Thursday Night Football win.

Cooks dealt with the coverage of Xavier Rhodes quite a bit against the Vikings, but he was able to get loose against Trae Waynes on a 47-yard score in the second quarter and made plays throughout the night in a big win for Los Angeles. Through four weeks, Cooks is on pace for 104 receptions and 1,808 yards, both of which would easily be career-highs, and his "worst" game has been 5/87 in the opener. The versatile speedster is an every-week WR1/WR2, including next Sunday against Seattle.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 90 yards in Sunday's win over the Chargers.

Cooks has yet to find the end zone through three weeks, but he's been great for Los Angeles with yardage totals of 87, 159, and 90. The Vikings are an imposing matchup on Thursday night, but Cooks might be able to avoid Xavier Rhodes if the superstar cornerback either plays sides or follows Robert Woods. No matter what, Cooks is difficult to take out of lineups as a high-upside WR2 in Sean McVay's offense with Jared Goff at the controls.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks goes over 150 yards against the Cardinals.

Against Arizona's zone defense, Patrick Peterson did not follow Cooks all around the formation—and the speedy receiver took advantage. Cooks caught seven-of-nine targets for 159 yards, including a long of 57 yards, in the Week 2 win. Cooks is now up to 12 receptions for 246 yards through two games, as he and Jared Goff have immediately shown a great connection. Next week against the Chargers is a tough matchup, but Cooks is too good to be on benches.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks leads team in receiving as Rams top the Raiders.

Cooks caught five passes for 87 yards, also adding a six-yard rush in his team debut. The versatile speedster showed some toughness in contested catch situations, which Sean McVay has to love, and it will only increase his fantasy value. That said, Cooks will probably face off with Patrick Peterson, Casey Hayward, and Xavier Rhodes over the next three weeks, so fantasy owners should temper expectations for the rest of the month.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks' five-year extension is worth $80 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

It comes out to $88 million over the next six years including this season. This is big money for Cooks, but he has had three straight 1,000-yard seasons in New Orleans and New England with 24 touchdowns in that span. Cooks will still be just 30 when this contract expires, so the Rams should have him through his prime, and he'll potentially have an opportunity to hit free agency for another huge payday in 2023. This contract pays Cooks as a top-ten receiver, so while you can expect him to be a field-stretcher that opens things up for everyone else on offense, you can also probably expect him to deliver production in terms of numbers. Cooks is going outside the top 20 WR in fantasy drafts, but he is a potential WR1 option for 2018.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks and the Rams have agreed to a five-year extension.

That didn't take long. The financial numbers are not out yet, but the Rams clearly liked what they saw from Cooks throughout offseason training. After acquiring Cooks and a fourth-round selection in exchange for their first-round selection (No. 23 overall) and a sixth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Rams have given the fifth-year receiver a deal that keeps him under contract through the 2023 season. Rams head coach Sean McVay said in a statement: "Brandin Cooks has shown himself to be a class act on and off the field since the first day he joined our team. He’s a proven professional in this league and signing him to a long-term contract was always our goal. We’re excited to keep Brandin in a Rams uniform through 2023." Despite entering his fifth year in the league, Cooks is going to be just 25 years old this September. It'll be interesting to see how much Cooks is getting paid, but there's obviously no question he's a big part of the Rams' plans in 2018 and beyond.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

The Rams have acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the Patriots.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news. New England is also sending a sixth-round selection with Cooks, and in exchange they are receiving the 23rd pick in the draft and a fourth-round selection. Cooks will immediately take over as the primary deep threat for Jared Goff and the Rams, as LA fills the hole left by Sammy Watkins' departure in free agency. The Patriots must not have been willing to give Cooks, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, a big long-term deal. The Pats will have Julian Edelman returning from his knee injury and in a receiving corps that includes Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan, Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett, and Malcolm Mitchell. Cooks joins a Rams team that is clearly going all-in for a title in 2018, but his fantasy value takes a hit because he's leaving Tom Brady and is going to a Sean McVay offense that spreads the wealth and is centered around Todd Gurley.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks (head) has been ruled out for the rest of Super Bowl LII.

The Patriots did not hesitate ruling out the dynamic outside receiver, as Cooks was ruled out right after the series in which he was injured. Before leaving, Cooks had one reception for 23 yards, and now he'll have to hope his team can get a win without him so he gets his first ring. Looking ahead to next season, Cooks will be entering a contract year, and he'll have a lot of upside as one of Tom Brady's targets.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks leaves Super Bowl LII.

Cooks just caught a long pass in the second quarter against and took a big hit to the head from Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who came out of nowhere and hit Cooks helmet-to-helmet. Cooks was already a runner when he took the hit, so there was no penalty on the play. The speedy receiver was down on the field and walked back to the locker room, so he's almost certainly headed into concussion protocol. If Cooks' day is done, it would obviously be a massive loss for New England.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks hits 100 yards in playoff win against Jacksonville.

Cooks had a huge part in getting the Patriots back to the Super Bowl, getting open with ease on the left side of the formation for New England all game. The speedy receiver had six receptions for 100 yards in the AFC Championship win. Cooks did have a bad drop on a perfect deep pass on what would've likely been a long touchdown, but his team still overcame their deficit to advance to Super Bowl LII. The fourth-year receiver will get a taste of the Big Game in his first season with the Patriots.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks contained in playoff win.

Cooks caught three passes for 32 yards in the 35-14 victory. The speedster got a couple deep shots, but he and Tom Brady couldn't connect on either of them. Cooks will look to have a bigger game next Sunday against the Steelers or Jaguars in the AFC Championship. Jacksonville would prove the tougher challenge on the perimeter.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks scores against the Jets.

Cooks was the frequent target of Tom Brady on deep balls throughout the regular season finale, drawing some pass interference and holding penalties in the win. The speedy receiver had five receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown, with the score coming on a crossing route where he was wide open after a couple of defenders collided. Cooks' first regular season in New England ends with a 65/1,082/7 stat line, as he set a career-high in yards per reception (16.6 yards). He'll now get his first taste of the playoffs this January.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks held in check against versus Buffalo.

Cooks caught just two passes for 19 yards, barely passing his 2/17 line from a couple weeks ago. He was able to pass 1,000 receiving yards for the third-straight year, and Cooks will look to pad those stats in the regular-season finale against the Jets. Put him back in the WR1 ranks in all leagues after a rough stretch of matchups.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks scores in win over the Steelers.

Cooks caught four passes for 60 yards, including a four-yard touchdown reception. New England's dynamic deep threat struggled a little bit with man-t0-man coverage for the third-straight week, but Tom Brady was able to fit the ball in a tight window on the touchdown pass, and also hit him for a 43-yard gain early in the game. Cooks will probably be more of a WR2 against Tre'Davious White's sticky coverage on Christmas Eve, but it's difficult to bench him in the fantasy championship.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Xavien Howard erases Brandin Cooks in Week 14.

Cooks could not do much of anything in tonight's loss against the Dolphins, as he was targeted seven times and caught one pass for 38 yards. The reception came late in the game, and Howard had two interceptions before that. Tom Brady looked Cooks' way, but they just couldn't get anything going against the second-year corner. For Week 15, look for Cooks to have a major bounce back against a Steelers team that's given up a ton of big plays in the passing game this season.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks has quiet game as Patriots handle the Bills.

Cooks caught two passes for 17 yards, as rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White did a great job on the talented receiver. He also rushed once for five yards, but the worst game of the season for Cooks probably hurt a lot of fantasy owners fighting for a playoff spot. Still, he should remain a high-mid WR1 for the fantasy playoffs, including in Miami on Monday night to end Week 14.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks stays hot in win over the Dolphins.

Cooks caught six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in a 35-17 victory. He also rushed once for 11 yards. The former Saint is averaging a career-high 17.0 yards per reception, and he's on pace for a career-best 1,264 receiving yards this season. He will look to keep it going against the Bills as an obvious WR1.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks predictably gets behind the Oakland defense in 33-8 win.

Cooks caught six passes for a season-high 149 yards, with the highlight being a 64-yard touchdown reception (also a season-high) in the third quarter when he ran right by the Raiders secondary. New England's versatile deep threat should be a high-upside WR1 for the rest of the season, including next week against Miami.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks gets 11 targets against the Broncos.

This might’ve been the most difficult matchup of the season for Cooks, but he was targeted over double-digits for the first time as a Patriot. Cooks caught six passes for 74 yards, and it was nearly a much bigger game, as on his long reception of 25 yards, he had to stretch out just a little bit and couldn’t keep his balance to turn up the field—perfect timing on the throw and route would’ve likely been a touchdown. Cooks also received a target on a deep ball where it looked like corner Chris Harris got away with holding or pass interference. And late in the game, there were a couple of screen passes that he nearly took all the way—including one on the final play where he was just tripped up after catching it. On the sideline after the final screen to Cooks, it appeared some of the Pats might have been encouraging him some—perhaps they want to continue getting him very involved and it almost seemed like they wanted to get him a touchdown. In Week 11, facing a Raiders team that he torched for 143 yards and two touchdowns while he was with the Saints last season, Cooks is an excellent option and should be in all fantasy lineups.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks gets eight targets in Week 8.

The Chargers did a very nice job on Cooks, as he caught five passes for only 26 yards and a lot of it came early in the game. Through eight games in his first season as a Patriot, Cooks is on pace for 66 receptions for 1,126 yards, and six touchdowns, which is pretty much right at his pace from his last two seasons in New Orleans. He only has one 100-yard game this season and many expected a monstrous season from Cooks, so we'll see if he can pick it up in the second half of the year (not that he isn't playing well so far).

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks scores in SNF win over the Falcons.

Cooks caught four passes for 65 yards, including a jet sweep touch pass from 11 yards out where Rob Gronkowski escorted him into the end zone. There were concerns about Atlanta limiting Cooks when he was a member of the Saints, but New England did a great job of getting the ball in his hands. The versatile deep threat could be shadowed by Casey Hayward next week against Los Angeles, but he needs to be in lineups as a WR1/WR2 anyway.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks leads New England in Week 6 receiving.

Cooks caught six of nine targets for 93 yards in a win over the Jets. He also had the longest play of the day for the Patriots, a 42-yarder where Cooks was knocked out by the goal line, setting up a touchdown to Rob Gronkowski. Atlanta has some solid corners, but Cooks should is a good fantasy option against them in Week 7.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks leads Patriots in receiving in Week 5.

Cooks caught five of eight targets for 85 yards against the Buccaneers. His biggest two catches were on a comeback and on a 34-yard reception on a route across the field where Tom Brady lofted a perfect pass. Cooks did drop a pass over the middle when he appeared to maybe look up at the incoming defenders, but he otherwise played well. He'll have some huge weeks and some very good weeks like this, but Chris Hogan—who has five touchdowns this season—might be the top fantasy option at receiver for New England.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks gets four touches in Week 4.

Cooks had three receptions for 38 yards while adding four-yard carry in the loss to Carolina. The former Saint showed his great route running ability when he got open on his receptions, but it wasn't a huge day for Cooks. There was an opportunity for a connection down the field, but Tom Brady appeared to be pressured and the throw wasn't on target. Cooks, though he looks like he'll deliver some down weeks, needs to be in lineups against the Bucs on Thursday night.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks catches game-winning touchdown against the Texans.

Cooks exploded in the Week 3 matchup, catching five passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown was on an in-breaking route that Cooks caught a pinpoint pass from Brady and took in stride before out running the defense. And the second touchdown (the game-winner) was on a pass in between the corner and the safety at the front pylon that Cooks kept both feet in bounds on. Cooks will be a great WR1 in standard leagues once again next week against the Panthers.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks held in check against his former team.

Cooks caught two passes for 37 yards and rushed twice for six yards, as the Saints did their best to not let him beat them. He now has five catches for 125 yards and no scores through two games, but he needs to be in lineups every week; Cooks remains a high-upside WR1 in standard leagues. He gets the Texans banged-up cornerback group next.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks catches three-of-seven targets in Patriots debut.

Cooks had 88 yards on his three receptions, including a 54-yard reception on a perfect deep ball from Tom Brady. The 23-year-old receiver worked mostly on the outside, with Danny Amendola taking most of the snaps in the slot before he left the game. Brady appears to trust Cooks to make plays, which is a great sign for his fantasy value. Cooks gets the team that traded him in Week 2, so he'll be an obvious WR1 with a lot of upside.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks catches on pass in Patriots' third preseason game.

The dynamic receiver had one reception for eight yards in the exhibition against the Lions. Cooks only had one reception for seven yards last week, and his preseason is likely over as the starters are not expected to play in Week 4 of the preseason. Despite not putting up numbers, Cooks' ADP has risen to the third round because he is a great player in an elite offense catching passes from Tom Brady.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks catches first pass as a Patriot in preseason game against Houston.

The offseason acquisition caught a seven-yard out on his only target from Tom Brady. None of the receivers did much during the short time Brady was in the game, but it's no concern at all. The starters will likely get more time together in the Pats' third preseason game on Friday against the Lions.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks has been a "standout" in Patriots training camp.

According to the Patriots' official website, the dynamic receiver has been darting around the field through the first week-plus of camp, but he's "taken it to a different level" in joint practices with the Jaguars. Cooks was "unstoppable" yesterday, and Tom Brady looked his way often as the two connected for several touchdowns. Cooks is currently going in the 3rd/4th round in 2017 fantasy drafts.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks has "wowed" coaches and teammates with his on-field explosion.

Cooks lined up all over the formation at Patriots minicamp, including in the slot, where he was extremely effective with crossing routes. New England safety Devin McCourty simply called the new receiver "fast," saying that his work ethic stands out because even when he doesn't get thrown the ball, he simulates a catch and run. Cooks caught the most passes from Tom Brady over the three-day minicamp, which is a positive sign that the two are developing good chemistry together. There are a lot of mouths to feed on the Pats offense, but Cooks is undoubtedly the team's best wide receiver since Randy Moss, and he should have a lot of fantasy success in 2017.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

The Patriots will pick up Brandin Cooks' fifth year option, according to Field Yates.

This is the least stunning move imaginable. Cooks will be with the team for at least the next two seasons. There are a lot of weapons on the New England offense, but Cooks should put up big numbers this season.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said of Brandin Cooks, "the only player that could make an impact like that at wide receiver was Randy Moss."

High praise. The Patriots obviously are in love with Cooks, which was clear from the time they traded for him. They normally would not value receivers so much that they'd give up a first-round pick, but Brandin Cooks is a dynamic playmaker (that's still only 23-years-old) and New England jumped at the opportunity to acquire him. Of course, Randy Moss put up some huge numbers in New England, and Brandin Cooks should do the same. Cooks is at least a back-end WR1 in 2017. His quarterback Tom Brady might be the safest player in all of fantasy next season.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

The rich get richer: Pats acquire Brandin Cooks from the Saints.

New England will trade the 32nd pick in the draft along with a third-round pick to the Saints for Cooks and a fourth-round pick. The move was first reported by Dianna Russini. The Patriots acquire Cooks without giving up Malcolm Butler, something that was not anticipated. Cooks is added to a stacked receiving corps with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, and Danny Amendola, not to mention tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. Cooks should be a back-end WR1 because of his competition for targets. Meanwhile, Tom Brady probably has his best supporting cast ever, and he should be the number one quarterback off the board in 2017 fantasy drafts. The Patriots are scary good.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

The Patriots are discussing trading cornerback Malcolm Butler to the Saints for receiver Brandin Cooks, according to Dianna Russini.

The Patriots are reportedly going to sign corner Stephon Gilmore to a big contract. If this report is true, the Patriots may use their cap room to sign a top-notch corner, then swing their own top-notch corner for a wide receiver that is better than anyone on the free agent market. It's probably between the Pats, Titans, and Eagles for Cooks at this point, but the Pats seem to be the favorites.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Charles Robinson says he heard the Titans may be the "frontrunners" to acquire Saints receiver Brandin Cooks.

Who really knows, but it seems inevitable that Cooks will be traded at some point after the new league year starts on Thursday. Fellow Saints receiver has favorited tweets that seem to be anti-Cooks and he tweeted what people interpreted as shade towards Cooks, but Thomas claims he was just tweeting song lyrics. Regardless, the Titans put themselves in an excellent position to make a move like this when they traded back in last year's draft. The addition of Cooks would help take the offense to the next level. The start of the league year could be exciting.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Report: The Patriots offered the 32nd pick in the draft to the Saints for Brandin Cooks.

This according to Josh Katzenstein. It's a bit of a surprise the Patriots are in the market for a receiver, but perhaps they figured if someone as good as Brandin Cooks could be had, they might as well give it a shot. This could mean the Patriots are still looking to add to their receiving corps, despite having Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, and Danny Amendola all in the fold. As for Cooks, it'll likely take at least a mid-first to acquire him from New Orleans.

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The Saints want a first round pick in return for Brandin Cooks, according to Ian Rapoport.

As they should. He's 24-years-old and under team control for two more seasons at a low cap number. Also, despite some frustration with his role last season, he's not really a locker room concern at all. Someone will likely pull the trigger on Cooks at some point this offseason. There have been reports of a possible trade involving the #18 pick from the Titans in exchange for Cooks, or the Titans #5 pick (via Rams) for the Saints #11 pick and Cooks.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Sean Payton says Brandin Cooks isn't on the trade block, but Saints will listen to calls.

Speaking with the Saints team website, Payton said, "I wouldn’t say he’s on the trade block but certainly when a team calls, a team that’s looking for a receiver – and we’re looking to improve our defense – we’re always listening." This certainly leaves the door open for a deal involving Cooks, but getting rid of a guy with his ability doesn't seem like a great way to improve a football team. New Orleans should not consider anything less than a high-to-mid first round pick for their speedy receiver, who doesn't even turn 24 until the end of September.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

According to Chris Mortenson, Brandin Cooks has come up in trade discussions with the Titans and Eagles.

There has been a lot of talk about a potential Cooks trade during last season, especially when Cooks was frustrated about his role. It would be kind of surprising if the Saints would trade someone as talented as Cooks, but they do have Michael Thomas, who looks like a number one receiver. While they might not trade him, the Saints are obviously listening to offers for the speedy receiver. Cooks would be a great addition to any team that can add him.

Brandin Cooks leaves Week 17 game with possible concussion.

He had three catches for 19 yards against the Falcons before leaving. Cooks ends the year with 78 receptions for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns. The presence of rookie Michael Thomas led to a slight decrease in production, but Cooks averaged a career-high 15.0 yards per reception this season. Cooks voiced some frustration this season, but we would think the Saints don't want to let go of their dynamic receiver. Cooks should remain with the Saints and they will almost certainly pick up his fifth year option as well to keep him in New Orleans through the 2018 season. He should be drafted as a WR1 in 2017 fantasy drafts.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks catches five passes for 98 yards.

Cooks continues to be a reliable option for Drew Brees week after week. Cooks has 75 catches for 1,154 yards and 8 touchdowns this season. He is a low end WR1 given his big play abilities and would be even better if the Saints didn't spread the ball around so much.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks explodes in shootout victory over the Cardinals.

Cooks caught seven passes for 186 yards and two scores. Though he saw fewer targets than both Willie Snead and Michael Thomas, Cooks made the most of his with two long touchdowns. He should be in for another big game at home against the Bucs on Christmas Eve. The Saints are crazy if they trade this guy in the offseason.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks caught five passes for 61 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bucs.

Cooks was targeted a team-high 10 times, but didn't make a huge impact with Drew Brees struggling. He was behind the defense a couple times, but Brees couldn't connect with Cooks on Sunday. With a potential matchup with Patrick Peterson in Week 15, Cooks needs to be downgraded.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks leads Saints in targets after voicing displeasure with role.

Cooks caught seven-of-nine targets for 73 yards. The speedy receiver saw zero targets in last week's win, but things changed this week. The Saints threw it 45 times and were trailing throughout, so this is still a bit of a disappointment for those expected an explosion from Cooks. The good news is that Cooks gets to play Tampa Bay twice in the fantasy playoffs, including next week.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

After getting zero targets in Week 12, Brandin Cooks is apparently upset with his role in the Saints offense.

He posted on Instagram, "They tell you it's a business. Well I guess I have to turn into a businessman" and there were various reports of discontent this week. The Rams were focused on Cooks all game on Sunday, so Brees went to his other weapons. Things will be different this week, and Cooks needs to be in lineups; he's going to go off soon, and there's a good chance it's against the Lions.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Brandin Cooks doesn't get targeted in Week 12.

This was an odd game, as it seemed everyone got involved except for Cooks. Despite the fact that he wasn't targeted once by Drew Brees in the game, he will be a solid WR1/WR2 next week against the Lions. Consider this an outlier.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Cooks quiet in Thursday night's loss to Panthers.

A huge game was expected after Cooks stung Carolina for seven catches, 173 yards, and a touchdown in the Week 6 win against the Panthers, but he caught seven passes for just 42 yards in this one. Cooks will be a WR1 next week back at home against Los Angeles.

Brandin Cooks | Rams WR

Cooks clutch, but Saints lose heartbreaker to Denver.

Down six points in the 4th quarter, Drew Brees connected twice with Cooks for big gains, including the game-tying 32-yard touchdown pass where Cooks caught it with two defenders all over him. Unfortunately for the Saints, the go-ahead PAT was blocked and returned for the game-winning score by the Broncos. Cooks finished with three catches for 98 yards and the touchdown. He will be a solid WR1 the rest of the way.

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