WR Brandin Cooks - Los Angeles Rams
|5-10, 189||Born: 9-25-1993||College: Oregon State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Cooks was the only mouth to not get fed in the big win at Arizona. He's just a what the heck flex against the Seahawks this week.
Week 14: vs Seattle Seahawks
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Los Angeles Rams' struggling passing attack got back on track last weekend in a soft matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Jared Goff shredded the Cardinals for over 400 yards and 2 scores, well above his 2019 averages. On the season, the Rams rank 6th in total passing volume, while posting just 13 passing touchdowns to 13 interceptions. The team's poor offensive line is at the root of most of the offensive struggles, but given the team's high-volume passing attack, there is no shortage of opportunity for Rams' pass-catchers. Robert Woods has posted at least 9 targets and 95 receiving yards in 3 straight, including a monstrous 19-target, 13-catch, 172-yard performance last weekend. He has yet to find the end zone, which is unbelievable given his volume this season, making him well overdue for some positive regression in this area. Elsewhere, Cooper Kupp's receiving numbers have tailed off recently, posting just 1 100-yard receiving day in his last 7 outings to go along with reduced volume over that stretch of games. Expect the Rams to continue to air it out, primarily to these two receivers, down the stretch as they push for a wild card berth in the playoffs this season. The Seahawks have had to defend the second-most pass attempts in the league this season, leading to a plethora of high-yardage games from opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers this season. On a per-play basis, the Seahawks have struggled as well, allowing 6.5 net yards per attempt, ranking 23rd in the NFL this season. In the trenches, Jadeveon Clowney shoulders the load as the team's only impactful pass-rusher. The Seahawks will need a big game out of the likes of Quinton Jefferson and other average pass-rushers this weekend to capitalize on Los Angeles' weakness along the offensive line. Then, at the second-level, the Seahawks field one of the league's weakest groups of coverage-linebackers. Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright both struggle against the pass, allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. In the secondary, Shaquill Griffin is one of the league's best young corners, locking down his half of the field with 13 pass breakups this season. Elsewhere, however, the Seahawks' secondary struggles against the pass, fostering a fantasy-friendly environment for opposing offenses. This weekend, against one of the league's most pass-happy offenses, the Seattle Seahawks will be put to the test, as their numbers throughout the first 12 games of the season have been uninspiring.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Brandin Cooks's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Despite the Rams exploding on offense in the blowout win over the Cardinals, Cooks was a non-factor as Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee rolled up career days. Cooks did not find the box score until late in the third quarter, coming wide open on a crossing route with speed for 25 yards and a chunk after the catch. Cooks was also stuffed on a screen. Cooks has not found the end zone since Week 2 and as been a non-factor in back-to-back games since returning from a concussion. Seattle offers another get well matchup for Cooks in Week 14.
2019 Week 12 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Cooks was back in the lineup after missing two games with concussion recovery. However, Cooks was the clear third receiver compared to the preferred Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Cooks had two impressive catches in his box score, however, showing nice extension on a deep out route and later corralling a deep in-cut target between defenders and near the ground. Cooks had one long opportunity but was well covered down the field.
2019 Week 8 vs CIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cooks sustained a concussion on an early first-quarter slant route. He dropped the ball post-hit for an incompletion. He left the field for evaluation and did not return. Cooks has additional time to be cleared with the Rams' Week 9 bye up next.
2019 Week 7 vs ATL (7 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
The even distribution of targets for the Rams wide receivers led to a trio of solid but unspectacular performances in the blowout win over the Falcons. Cooks turned a quick hitch reception into nearly 15 yards with his after-the-catch acumen and had two other chunk gains on deep crossing and in-cut routes. Cooks' big play opportunity was missed by a poor throw from Jared Goff on a deep target where Cooks separated from the defense. Cooks' scoreless streak has extended to five games, spanning 22 receptions with the exploitable Cincinnati secondary up next.
2019 Week 6 vs SF (3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Cooks saw a paltry three targets against the 49ers, his low-water mark on the season and the fourth straight game without a touchdown. Cooks was as involved as a runner with two solid gains on end around rushes as he was a receiver. Cooks' noteworthy reception was a screen pass as the Rams struggled to establish any intermediate or downfield presence against the 49ers' stingy defense. The Falcons and Bengals offer get-well matchups over the next two weeks for Cooks as he has a single touchdown on 23 catches this season as a quality touchdown regression candidate.
2019 Week 5 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec, 1 / 27 / 0 rush)
Cooks took a big hit to the turf following a contested sideline reception early in the fourth quarter, ending his game with a concussion. Cooks was a minimal part of the offense despite playing more than three quarters with a mere three targets (the Rams threw a robust 49 times in the game) and only one target until midway through the third quarter. Cooks showed his acceleration on an end around rush for 27 yards. Cooks two other targets included a long bomb into tight coverage and coming wide open on a deep in-cut route, which Jared Goff missed with a woefully short pass. Cooks' status for Week 6 will be up in the air and Josh Reynolds is the next man up in the wide receiver rotation to see an uptick of snaps if Cooks is out.
2019 Week 4 vs TB (9 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)
Despite the huge passing game pie for the Rams against Tampa Bay (more than 500 yards and 68 passes), Cooks had a comparatively tepid game with only nine targets and 71 yards. Cooks had a long touchdown opportunity, coming wide open on a post route, but Jared Goff missed the speedster with one of his inaccurate throws on the game. Cooks logged a drop and had a reception called back, preventing a push for a 100-yard effort.
2019 Week 3 vs CLE (12 / 8 / 112 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Cooks saw more targets in Week 3 than the first two games combined. Cooks' deep in-cuts and out-cuts were consistently open against Cleveland as half of his receptions game on the same two routes. Cooks did not see much opportunity for after-the-catch yardage and did log a drop amidst his 12 targets. Cooks is on pace for a similar season to 2018 through three games in 2019.
2019 Week 2 vs NO (4 / 3 / 74 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Despite a mere four targets against the Saints, Cooks bounced back from a sluggish Week 1 outing. Cooks was on the receiving end of two of Jared Goff's best throws in the game, a drop-in-the-bucket deep ball on third-and-down and a laser goal-line touchdown amidst several defenders with a slant route. Cooks dropped a deep crossing route target, his lone missed opportunity in the game. Cooks' target volume has been a concern through two weeks (10 total) but he is on the right track after finding the connection with Goff in Week 2.
2019 Week 1 vs CAR (6 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
Cooks performance had potential against the Panthers, but Jared Goff overthrew the speedy receiver on a long target to siphon one big-play opportunity and Cooks drew a defensive pass interference penalty beyond the box score on another downfield attempt. Cooks' receptions both came in the second half of a subpar overall performance by the Rams passing game and Cooks was third on the team in targets to Robert Woods and a back-from-injury Cooper Kupp.
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