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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Cooks reminded us of his top 5 weekly upside, enhanced by facing weak secondaries. This week, he'll get one of the worst when Miami comes to Foxboro.

Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins

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FBG says: Great matchup. Packed to the gills with playmaking weapons - even with Chris Hogan still sidelined by a shoulder injury - Tom Brady continues to pick apart opposing defenses and throw touchdowns seemingly at will. His numbers have rebounded back to early-season levels, with 7 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a 312.7-yard per-game average over his last 3 games. Brady remains the league's premier pure passer, and week to week he's a matchup-proof play in the mix for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski remains a matchup-proof dynamo of his own, producing huge plays and/or drawing valuable downfield coverage every week, and Brandin Cooks has truly found his footing as Brady's top playmaker. Cooks has been quieter than expected thus far, but has produced 74+ yards in 6 of 10 games and remains a threat to score at any moment. Brady is having buckets of fun sending Cooks on deep routes, which opposing secondaries struggle to manage even with safety help. There isn't a compelling reason to expect Brady and company to slow down in Week 12; he remains the top quarterback in fantasy on any given week. It was certainly discouraging to see the Dolphins defense roll over against Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 34-year-old backup, fresh off a faceplant in his first relief start of the year in Week 10, looked rejuvenated in picking apart this shaky-at-best secondary. Fitzpatrick was allowed to complete a stunning 8 of his 11 deep attempts (15+ yards downfield), and it was disturbing just how easily it all came to him. The Dolphins continued to struggle to generate a pass rush, and in coverage they flailed mightily against not only Mike Evans but a host of supporting Buccaneers. DeSean Jackson and rookies Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard all recorded catches of 24+ yards of their own. All told, on the year Miami has allowed the league's 10th-most net yards per attempt, and their last 3 opposing quarterbacks have averaged a healthy 276.3 yards against them. This is a borderline-targetable unit, one that can be beaten badly by downfield passing games. Tom Brady and Brandin Cooks are licking their chops.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs LAC 82 0 0 0 8 5 26 0 0 2.6
10 at DEN 68 0 0 0 11 6 74 0 0 7.4
11 at OAK 56 0 0 0 9 6 149 1 0 20.9
12 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs OAK (9 / 6 / 149 / 1 rec)

'Big Play' is the best way describe Brandin Cooks' performance. Cooks, who torched this same secondary last season as a member of the Saints, picked up where he left off. Brady and Cooks hooked up for two 50-yard plays, which included a 64-yard touchdown against safety, Obi Melifonwu, who was playing corner without safety help. Cooks put one move on Melifonwu--and it was over as the speedy receiver ran unopposed into the open field. Cooks also had a 52-yard gain on a deep seam route where he literally ran by double coverage and caught Brady's strike in-stride.

2017 Week 10 vs DEN (11 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)

After a quiet first half, Cooks was much more involved later in the game, being targeted on several intermediate and deep passes. His long was a 27 yard chunk play, and he handled his tough cornerback assignments well, most notably using his speed on routes he won. His arrow is pointing up as long as Chris Hogan is out of the lineup with injury.

2017 Week 8 vs LAC (8 / 5 / 26 / 0 rec)

A very quiet day for Cooks, who saw solid coverage by some great cornerback play from the Chargers. Almost everything thrown his way was short passes, a departure from the norm. If Chris Hogan's injury is serious, however, he may end up seeing a couple more targets per game.

2017 Week 7 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 65 / 1 rec)

Though he only had 4 grabs, Cooks made the most of them, including an 11 yard touchdown 'catch' which was basically a run. On the play, Cooks ran a sweep in front of Tom Brady, who basically dropped the ball into Cooks's hands. Cooks then ran behind blockers for a score. He also caught a 27 yard deep gainer, but beyond that, the ball was spread around evenly, and Tom Brady only attempted 29 passes due to game script.

2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (9 / 6 / 93 / 0 rec)

Though there was no touchdown, Brandin Cooks nearly had 100 yards through the air, and would have if not for a drop at the start of the game. His highlight play was a deep gain for 40+ yards in the air in which he came up just short of the goal line. He also had a decent gain wiped out due to an OPI call on Chris Hogan. Cooks is starting to show signs of consistency, which is only a good thig for this offense.

2017 Week 5 vs TB (8 / 5 / 85 / 0 rec)

Cooks was able to connect with Tom Brady on a couple chunk plays, including a 34 yard deep pass. However, these plays will be limited if the offensive line continues to give Brady no time in the pocket, as deep plays need time to develop. As a result, Cooks will continue to be a volatile contributor on the field, though he will always command respect from defenses.

2017 Week 4 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

In contrast to last week, Cooks didn't see much against the Panthers in terms of action. Part of it was due to Tom Brady needing safety outlets due to pressure, but he wasn't targeted as much as usual down the field as well. Tom Brady did narrowly miss Cooks on one chunk connection, but it was a quiet day beyond that.

2017 Week 3 vs HOU (7 / 5 / 131 / 2 rec)

Talk about a breakout. In addition to gobbling up yardage, Cooks had two amazing touchdowns, with his second being one of the best of the young season. His first touchdown came on a deep slant, where Cooks simply outran defenders to the end zone. The second came with less than a half minute on the clock in the fourth to win the game. Cooks ran a deep route towards the side of the end zone, made a beautiful, controlled catch, and toe-tapped to stay in bounds. It was a catch most receivers may not have made. Though he's been up and down this season on the game log, it's clear Cooks adds a new dimension to this Patriots offense.

2017 Week 2 vs NO (4 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

Maybe not the homecoming he was expecting, Cooks was not able to do a ton against his former team. The most notable play was a 22 yard catch that set the Patriots up just outside the goal line. It was clear the Saints were paying attention to Cooks on defense, so he should have better days ahead, especially as his rapport with Tom Brady continues to build.

2017 Week 1 vs KC (7 / 3 / 88 / 0 rec)

Brandin Cooks had a couple highlights on the day, but still has some work to do in terms of rapport with Tom Brady. He showed off his wheels on a 54 yard deep catch, which he caught in stride. Cooks also drew two critical P.I. penalties in the Chiefs end zone, setting up touchdowns for Mike Gillislee. Expect him to be a huge part of the game plan for the year with Patriots receiver injuries mounting up.


Latest News

Patriots | Brandin Cooks with another ho-hum day (Mon Nov 13, 08:16 AM) - New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks had six catches for 74 yards and was targeted 11 times in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders.

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