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WR Brandin Cooks - New England Patriots

5-10, 189Born: 9-25-1993College: Oregon StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 20

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Cooks could be an extremely frustrating player to owner in typical redraft leagues, with the Patriots potentially having as many as 10 or 11 players touch the ball on offense most weeks. In best ball leagues, you'll get the benefit of Cooks feast weeks when opponents don't correctly account for his speed while avoiding the cost of famine weeks when he is more of a decoy or neutralized while other players are featured.

Summary

The New England Patriots sent a first-round pick and more to the New Orleans Saints for Cooks, so you can bet they have plans for him. Cooks is likely the best receiver Tom Brady has had since Randy Moss and while Brady can't go deep like Drew Brees can, he can still take advantage of Cooks' ability. Setting up outside, while Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski work the middle of the field will force defenses to choose their poison, and might result in Cooks in single coverage on a regular basis. Cooks should see no let up in terms of yards even with a weaker-armed quarterback and single coverage could also result in more touchdowns, perhaps with Cooks finally breaking into double-digits. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 14, 11, 11, 12, 12, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 17, 18, 18, 19, 24
Overall Redraft - 27, 16, 23, 25, 29, 30, 31, 31, 31, 31, 32, 34, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 40, 49
WR Redraft PPR - 15, 11, 11, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 21, 24
Overall Redraft PPR - 29, 16, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 33, 34, 36, 39, 40, 40, 43, 59
WR Dynasty - 12, 9, 12, 12, 14, 15, 15
Overall Dynasty - 21, 16, 20, 21, 23, 31, 32

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 NO 10 7 73 1 69 53 550 3
2015 NO 16 8 18 0 129 84 1138 9
2016 NO 16 6 30 0 117 78 1173 8
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 4 * * 79 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 8 * * 80 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 6 * * 82 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 77 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 28
WR: 13
Overall-PPR: 25
WR-PPR: 13

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