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Brandin Cooks | Wide Receiver | #10

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/25/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 189
College: Oregon State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (20) / NO
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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes the Saints could explore trading Brandin Cooks this offseason.
Cooks has been vocal about his shrinking role in the Saints' offense, which has led some to question his long-term future in New Orleans. As Rapsheet puts it, "there are only so many balls to go around." With Willie Snead still playing a major role and rookie Michael Thomas emerging as one of Drew Brees' favorite weapons, it makes sense for the Saints to see what they can get for Cooks this offseason. The Saints did something similar when they traded Jimmy Graham to Seattle in 2015. Cooks is on pace for 30 fewer targets than last season. Dec 4 - 9:02 AM
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Brandin Cooks admits he expressed frustration with his role following Sunday's zero-target game.

"Closed mouths don't get fed," was Cooks' ridiculously-quotable quip. "This is a very emotional game. And every once in a while you've got to express that. And you've gotta express what you want," Cooks, not incorrectly, reasoned. We've got a classic squeaky wheel situation set up for Sunday against the Lions, though Michael Thomas is still the preferred play in fantasy.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: This is a great week for GPP players to hop back aboard the Cooks train. After his zero-target outing in Week 12, the masses may be hesitant to go back to Cooks with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead either priced similarly or cheaper on most outlets. The Rams made it a point to take away Cooks and still gave up 500+ yards to Drew Brees, so don't expect the Lions to follow suit. Cooks had ten catches against this defense last year.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 1 - 6:45 PM

Coach Sean Payton said he's "not concerned" with Brandin Cooks becoming frustrated with his role on offense.

"He's been explosive this season, he's certainly a primary target for us with what we do, and I think that's evident," Payton said. Coach chalked up Cooks' zero-target Week 12 as something "a little unusual," but did note that the first play of the game was supposed to go to him. Cooks comes back with a prime bounce-back spot at home against the Lions this Sunday.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 30 - 10:17 AM

ESPN's Mike Triplett reports Brandin Cooks has "growing frustration" with his role in the Saints' offense.

Triplett cites the receiver himself and "sources." Per Triplett, "this isn't a new issue." Cooks somehow wasn't targeted in Sunday's 49-21 drubbing of the Rams, and is averaging fewer weekly looks than Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. In theory, we'd like to be sympathetic to Cooks' cause, but there isn't an obvious fix. Drew Brees has three excellent receivers and is wisely spreading the ball around. That being said, it's hard not to envision the squeaky wheel getting some grease this week against the Lions.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: This appears to be the perfect time to hop aboard the Brandin Cooks bandwagon. The Rams made a concerted effort to eliminate him Sunday, giving him the star receiver treatment despite Michael Thomas being arguably the more complete pass-catcher. Even as the Saints moved Cooks around the field, the Rams continued to throw heavy coverage at him.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 29 - 3:24 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton attributed Brandin Cooks' zero-target Week 12 to the Rams' coverages.

"I think part of it's the result of some of the coverages," Payton said, unconvincingly, Monday. "There were certainly calls with his name and number on it, and periodically once in a while that can happen." Teams always scheme for Cooks. It doesn't fully explain how Drew Brees failed to look his way a single time. With Michael Thomas ascendant and Willie Snead not going away, Cooks will be a mid-range to low-end WR2 against the Lions at home in Week 13.
Nov 28 - 2:38 PM

Brandin Cooks wasn't targeted Sunday in the Saints' Week 12 win over the Rams.

In a can’t-miss matchup against the rapidly disintegrating Rams, Cooks picked an odd week to disappear. According to Pro Football Focus, Cooks played 49-of-74 offensive snaps, which is close to his usual workload. Cooks didn’t appear to suffer any injury, which makes his lack of involvement even more inexplicable. Assuming this was just a fluke, Cooks should be back in play as a borderline WR1 next week versus the Lions.
Nov 27 - 4:43 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 7-of-8 targets for 42 yards in New Orleans' Week 11 loss to the Panthers.

Cooks added two carries for seven yards. The grabs actually matched Cooks' season high, but the yards were his third fewest. It was emblematic of the Saints' night as a whole. The Panthers stamped out big plays, making Drew Brees play small ball. With the Saints returning home for Week 12, Cooks will be an upside WR2 against the Rams.
Nov 18 - 12:07 AM

Brandin Cooks caught 3-of-5 targets for 98 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Broncos.

Cooks' touchdown was a ridiculous 32-yard strike from Drew Brees into all kinds of traffic in the end zone. The yards were Cooks' third most of the season, but the catches were tied for his second fewest. With Michael Thomas and Willie Snead huge parts of the Saints' offense, Cooks is a low-end WR2 capable of posting anything from a WR1 to WR4 day. He gets the Panthers on short rest in Week 11.
Nov 13 - 5:47 PM

Brandin Cooks reeled in five-of-six targets for 66 yards Sunday in the Saints' Week 9 win over the 49ers.

Cooks made the most of his targets but the fact that he only saw six of them is somewhat concerning. Sunday marked the end of his three-game touchdown streak. With New Orleans facing little resistance in the run game, the Saints could afford to give their receivers a slight reprieve on Sunday. Cooks has a difficult matchup against the Broncos in Week 10, though he may be able to avoid Aqib Talib, who is out with back issues.
Nov 6 - 9:24 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 4-of-6 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 8 win over the Seahawks.

Cooks' touchdown was probably the result of an illegal pick play, but his owners will take it. He had another potential score broken up by Earl Thomas. The Saints are headed on the road for Week 9, but Cooks will be in the WR1 mix against the 49ers' caved-in defense.
Oct 30 - 5:29 PM

Brandin Cooks collected seven catches for 58 yards and a touchdown on nine targets Sunday in the Saints' Week 7 loss to the Chiefs.

Cooks got New Orleans on the board with a nine-yard touchdown on the Saints’ opening drive. He drew linebacker Frank Zombo in coverage and Drew Brees quickly identified the mismatch. Cooks could only turn six second-half targets into four catches for 31 yards but it was still a nice PPR week for Cooks, who leads the Saints with 486 yards this season. It will be interesting to see if he matches up with Richard Sherman at all next week when the Saints host Seattle.
Oct 23 - 5:26 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 7-of-9 targets for 173 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 6 win over Panthers.

A dominant home run hitter in the Superdome, Cooks lived up to the billing in this one. He shredded rookie CB Zack Sanchez on a double-move for an 87-yard touchdown in the first quarter and consistently picked up chunk gains throughout the day. Cooks easily could have had another 87-yard score, but Drew Brees just overthrew him after Cooks ran right by the defense again. Cooks will do battle on the road against the Chiefs next week.
Oct 16 - 6:15 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 3-of-6 targets for 31 yards in the Saints' Week 4 win over the Chargers.

Cooks did look to have something going with two catches early in the game, but he was shut down after that. He did not catch a pass in the second half. After starting with 211 yards and two scores the first two weeks, Cooks has been limited to just 44 scoreless yards the last two games. He did face tough matchups against Desmond Trufant and Jason Verrett in those games, however, and should have an easier time against the Panthers after the bye. Still, the nature of New Orleans' offense should lead to up-and-down performances from Cooks the rest of the year.
Oct 2 - 8:45 PM

Brandin Cooks caught just 2-of-8 targets for 13 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

He was targeted just once after halftime. Even without Willie Snead (toe) in the lineup, Cooks was mostly a non-factor, drawing a lot of Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant's coverage. It freed up Coby Fleener (7-109-1) and rookie Michael Thomas (7-71-1) to do a ton of damage in the middle of the field. Cooks will draw another tough matchup with Chargers CB Jason Verrett in Week 4.
Sep 27 - 12:28 AM

Brandin Cooks delivered seven catches for 69 yards on nine targets Sunday in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Giants.

Cooks was bottled up for 10 yards in the first half as the Saints sleepwalked to a 7-3 halftime deficit. He was more active in the second half but it was still a pretty pedestrian day by Cooks standards. He led the Saints in targets, so at least he can hang his hat on another steady workload. One so-so week isn’t going to ruin Cooks’ season. He’s still one of the better young wide receivers in football and a safe WR2 play against the Falcons in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 5:35 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3Travaris Cadet
4Daniel Lasco
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
FB1John Kuhn
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Brandon Coleman
3Tommylee Lewis
WR21Michael Thomas
2Willie Snead
WR31Willie Snead
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
LT1Terron Armstead
2Tony Hills
LG1Andrus Peat
2Tim Lelito
C1Max Unger
2Landon Turner
RG1Jahri Evans
2Senio Kelemete
RT1Zach Strief
K1Wil Lutz