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Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks was bottled up by the Colts in Week 13. Cooks had three receptions on six targets for 38 yards. The Texans were shut out by the Colts, and that should give you an idea of the talent on this offense. Cooks is a talented wide receiver who sees a solid workload, but the quarterback play and offensive floor are horrendous. In Week 14, Cooks gets a solid matchup versus the Seahawks, where he'll have value as a WR3/flex.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (illness), who was listed as questionable to play in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts with a non-COVID-19-related illness, is expected to play on Sunday, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. Cooks returned to a limited practice on Friday after missing the previous days. He leads the team with 62 catches for 704 yards and three touchdowns, and despite some quiet weeks recently, he should remain heavily involved against the Colts this weekend. The 28-year-old caught nine passes for 89 yards on 13 targets in the Week 6 loss to Indy. Cooks is tied for 12th in the NFL with Michael Pittman Jr. in targets (91) through 12 weeks, so he'll be a WR2 yet again for the volume alone.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (illness) put in a limited practice on Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Cooks missed two practices earlier in the week, but the fact that he was able to return to the practice field on Friday bodes well for his chances of being active in Week 13. Although Cooks hasn't done much from a yardage perspective in the last couple of weeks, he's still the team's unquestioned No. 1 wideout and has been a target hot in this offense for most of the year with four double-digit target games. The Texans are one of the least explosive offensives in football, but as long as Cooks is playing, he should continue to be targeted often and will have a pretty safe floor as a low-end WR2 in PPR leagues. The Colts defense has also allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to WRs in the last three weeks.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (illness) remains out of practice again on Thursday with a non-COVID-19-related illness. Cooks might need to get in a practice session on Friday in order to play in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts. Danny Amendola (knee) could miss up to four weeks with a knee injury he suffered in the Week 12 loss to the New York Jets, so the Texans passing attack would be extremely thin if Cooks' illness keeps him out or limits him this Sunday. Rookie Nico Collins would likely be Houston's top pass-catcher, with Chris Conley, who is also dealing with an illness, and Chris Moore seeing expanded roles on offense. If Cooks plays, he'll continue being a WR2 for the volume alone as a target hog in the Texans offense.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (illness) missed Wednesday's practice with a non-COVID-19-related illness. As long as Cooks is able to practice later this week, he should be good to go for the Week 13 tilt against the Indianapolis Colts. Cooks had his worst game of the season in Week 11 (two catches for 18 yards), and while he didn't blow anyone away with his three receptions for 45 yards in the Week 12 loss to the New York Jets, he at least found the end zone for the third time this season. The 28-year-old has been a target hot in this offense as the No. 1 receiver -- four games with double-digit targets -- but his eight looks in the last two games is a bit concerning. Cooks had nine catches for 89 yards on 13 targets against Indy back in Week 6 and should remain on the WR2 map this weekend.
Going into Week 12, Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks had one of the largest target shares in the NFL. Those days may be over. Cooks saw only five targets, which were tied for the most on the team with three other players. While Cooks did manage to score, he only had three catches for 45 yards while facing one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL. Cooks' saving grace was his volume, but even that is no longer reliable. He's a WR3/flex option at this point in one of the least explosive offenses in the league.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks comes into his Week 12 matchup versus the Jets with a 43.2% target share, which is near the top of the league. Yet he is only seeing 8.7 targets per game. Cooks has six games where he has seven or fewer targets and only two touchdowns. However, he also has four games of 11 targets or more. The Jets have been the worst team in the NFL against the pass, but Houston has a chance to win this game, and the Texans love to run. Cooks is a viable play in every league, but he's a much better play in PPR leagues where the lack of touchdowns won't kill you.
Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor and the offense have produced an explosive play (16-plus yards on a pass or 12-plus yards on a run) just 6.3% of the time in 2021. Houston's offensive line ranks 30th in ESPN's pass-block win rate, which measures how often an offensive line holds its blocks for at least 2.5 seconds. That has made it hard for Taylor and wide receiver Brandin Cooks to hook up for deep connections. And outside of Cooks, the Texans don't really have any pass-catchers that can consistently win deep down the field. If Houston's explosive-play rate holds for the rest of the year, it would be the lowest rate by a team since 2000. Cooks will remain in the WR2 mix as his team's target hog in a great matchup against the New York Jets on Sunday, but his lack of big plays down the field limit his overall fantasy ceiling.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks led the team in each receiving category in a 17-9 loss to the Dolphins. Cooks saw double-digit targets for the fourth time this year, hauling in six of them for a team-high 56 yards. The 28-year-old was quarterback Tyrod Taylor's preferred receiver on a tough day at the office for the whole team, though the former continues to be a PPR-friendly option. Cooks will head into the bye week before a matchup with a Titans team that has surrendered the most fantasy points per game to wideouts.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks is positioned for a strong game against the Dolphins in Week 9. After a couple of dud performances, Cooks righted the ship with last week's 6-83-1 line against the Rams, and he'll now get starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor back in the fold for a favorable draw against a poor Dolphins secondary. Miami has surrendered the second-most fantasy points per game to wideouts and ranks 26th in pass DVOA. Cooks is a WR2 with WR1 upside this week- and is well worth his salary in DFS tournaments this weekend.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks seemed like he was on his way to a quiet fantasy day before hauling in a late score in a blowout loss to the Rams. Cooks connected with Davis Mills on a long, 45-yard touchdown, essentially saving what was going to be another dud of a game. Cooks' 6-83-1 line will satisfy fantasy managers, but it seems like his only path to consistent production will come once Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) returns. Fantasy managers should be hoping that Taylor is back for next week's favorable matchup with the 1-7 Dolphins, as Cooks could be in line for a solid game.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks has been drawing trade interest from various teams ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline. However, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Cooks is unlikely to be moved. Rapoport reports that the Texans want to build around the 28-year-old veteran, who currently has one more year on his contract. Cooks got off to a strong start to the year, compiling 23 receptions for 322 yards and a touchdown over his first three games, but he's been pretty quiet since then, mostly due to the struggles of rookie quarterback Davis Mills. Cooks is a WR3 option with Mills under center, but starter Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) could be back as soon as Week 9 and that will increase Cooks' value significantly.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks is in position for a big week against the Rams in Week 8. Cooks is coming off of a dud performance against an underrated Arizona pass defense, in which he saw seven targets but failed to exceed 50 receiving yards. The 28-year-old wideout is almost a lock for at least seven targets, having hit that mark in all but one game this year. Even with Davis Mills throwing him passes for another week- Cooks should have a safe floor with WR2 upside in Week 8. The Rams defense has allowed the fifth-most targets to wideouts, meaning Coos could be in line for double-digit looks in the passing game.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks finished with a team-high five catches during the blowout loss to Arizona on Sunday. He also led the team in targets with seven, although he only managed to scrounge together 21 yards to show for it. While the veteran is undoubtedly the best wideout on the roster, his long-term fantasy appeal is minimal as long as Davis Mills remains the signal-caller and leading a disastrous Texans' offense. However, Cooks is worth a stash and deserving of a start moving ahead during bye weeks or when fantasy managers are working around an injury.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks is poised for a strong game against the undefeated Cardinals. Cooks has been the undisputed WR1 in Houston, totaling 40 catches on 57 targets for 481 yards and a touchdown while checking in as fantasy football's WR22 in half-PPR formats. That seems like an appropriate range to view him in for a matchup with a Cardinals defense that has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. With the Texans currently checking in as 17.5 point underdogs, Cooks could be the primary beneficiary of even more passing volume than usual.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks had a great day despite his team's blowout loss to the Colts. Cooks led the team with 13 targets, nine catches, and 89 yards, operating as a short-yardage safety blanket for rookie quarterback Davis Mills. The Texans couldn't get anything going deep downfield against Indianapolis, resulting in a bevy of targets for Cooks. The veteran wideout has now seen double-digit targets in three games this year, exceeding the 75-yard receiving mark in four out of six games played. Houston has a crowded pass-catcher room, but Cooks is the best of the bunch for fantasy purposes. He'll get a tough test against an Arizona pass defense next week.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks could have a rebound game in Week 6 against the Colts. Cooks averaged 107.3 receiving yards per game in the first three weeks, but has posted 47 and 23 yards in the last two weeks, respectively. The Colts defense has been susceptible to opposing receivers, as they've allowed the most touchdowns to opposing wideouts this season. Cooks should look more like the player from the first few weeks of the season against Indianapolis.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks was held to just four catches and 34 receiving yards in a 25-22 defeat to the Patriots. The Patriots didn't want to get beaten by Cooks, Houston's top weapon in the passing game, limiting him to just 7.8 yards per reception and taking away any deep looks down the field. It was a tough day for the 28-year-old, though the silver lining is that he was still a prominent figure in Davis Mills' eyes, who targeted him six times, tied for the team lead. Cooks should have better days, perhaps as soon as in Week 6 against a bad Colts' pass defense.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks faces a tough matchup against the Patriots in Week 5. Cooks has easily been the team's best player through four weeks, exceeding the century mark twice while routinely gobbling up most of the available targets in the passing game. The 28-year-old will take on his former team, the Patriots, in Week 5, after posting his lowest marks of the season in receptions and yards against Buffalo last week. The Patriots have stymied opposing receivers this season to the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game in the league. Cooks' volume makes him a deserving flex on any fantasy team, though beware that this could be another tough day for him.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (rest) returned to practice Thursday. Cooks didn't practice Wednesday, though it was simply a day of rest for the star wideout, who has paced Houston's receiver room in production, totaling no less than seven targets in every contest while posting at least 75 receiving yards in three of those four. He'll get a tough draw in Week 5 against the Patriots, who often take away the opposing team's top weapon, though Cooks' absurd target share warrants at least WR3 consideration, even in a less-than-desirable spot.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks caught five of seven targets for 47 yards in Sunday's blowout loss to the Bills. Cooks again operated as the Texans alpha receiver, as he accounted for roughly half of their total receiving production as a team. The veteran wideout has totaled 28 receptions on 39 targets for 369 receiving yards and a touchdown through four weeks. His one touchdown is a bit disappointing- though he'll be in consideration as an every-week starter, as long as he commands such an elite target share. Up next is a bit of a tough matchup against New England, who has excelled at taking away the opponent's best offensive weapon.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks will look to deliver another strong performance in Week 4 against Buffalo. Cooks has accumulated 32 targets through three weeks, which ranks third in the NFL. The speedy wideout is by far rookie quarterback Davis Mills' favorite receiver, as the signal-caller locked onto Cooks 11 times in Week 3, with Cooks accounting for 112 of the team's 168 receiving yards. Cooks should continue to dominate the pass-catching opportunities in Houston, though the matchup with Buffalo is one of the tougher ones in the league. Even still, his workload leaves him in the low-end WR2/high-end WR3 discussion for Week 4.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks caught nine passes for 112 yards in Thursday's loss to the Panthers. Even with a quarterback change, Cooks again operated as the team's top pass-catcher, accounting for an astonishing 112 of Davis Mills' 168 passing yards. The speedy receiver has now accumulated 23 catches for 322 yards and a touchdown through three weeks of play. Cooks might be on a bad Texans team, but he needs to be viewed as an every-week WR2/3 option, depending on the matchup. That said, a Week 4 date with Buffalo could provide a much stiffer test.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks has dominated the team's target share through the first two weeks of play. Cooks saw a whopping 50 percent of his team's targets in a Week 2 loss to the Browns, hauling in nine receptions for 78 yards and a score. The 27-year-old wideout gets a slight downgrade in value, given that he'll now be catching passes from rookie Davis Mills, who will be making his first career start Thursday against Carolina- though the volume he's projected to see should make up for any inefficiency. The Panthers defense has been stingy against the pass so far, allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to wideouts. However, fantasy managers should continue to rely on Cooks as a high-volume WR3 option.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks hauled in nine of 14 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in a 31-21 loss to the Browns. There were 28 total targets for the Texans as a team, and Cooks saw half of them, as no other pass-catcher garnered more than two looks. While he couldn't find any room deep downfield, the 27-year-old was content to operate as an underneath target for Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) and Davis Mills, who connected with him on a two-yard score. The Texans have no other playmakers who come close to Cooks, so he's a safe bet for volume every week, making him a solid WR2/3 depending on the matchup.
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