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Brandin Cooks | Wide Receiver

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (21) / 9/25/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 189
College: Oregon State
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Saints placed WR Brandin Cooks (thumb surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.
It's a bit surprising, as Cooks' 4-6 timetable gave him a shot at returning during the regular season, but the Saints have apparently decided they can't spare the roster spot. The No. 20 overall pick of May's draft, Cooks' rookie season ends with a 53/550/3 line as a receiver, and seven rushes for 73 yards and an additional score. Cooks was inconsistent, but showed definite promise as a playmaker, and seemed to be making strides as a downfield receiver. He remains a strong hold in Dynasty leagues, and will be a candidate to take a major step forward in 2015. Cooks is still only 21 years old. Nov 18 - 5:22 PM

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Updating a previous item, the agent for Brandin Cooks (thumb surgery) says his client will miss 4-6 weeks.

It makes Cooks droppable in 12-team leagues. The Saints will likely lean more on Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills, Marques Colston, and perhaps banged-up Pierre Thomas in the absence of Cooks, whose earliest return date would be Week 16.
Nov 17 - 1:35 PM

Brandin Cooks broke his thumb in Sunday's loss to the Bengals and his initial timetable is 2-4 weeks.

ESPN's Mike Triplett has confirmed a Cox Sports report of the injury, which comes as a surprise after Cooks was not known to be hurt Sunday. It saps an already scuffling Saints offense of an electric playmaker and top punt returner. Cooks' absence gives Kenny Stills a nice bump going forward as he projects to run more high-percentage routes instead of sticking in the old Devery Henderson/Robert Meachem role. Cooks was averaging 7.0 targets per game through the first 10 games of his rookie campaign, producing a 53-550-3 line.
Nov 17 - 10:41 AM

Brandin Cooks caught 5-of-7 targets for 50 yards in New Orleans' Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

He rushed once for five yards. Cooks entered Week 11 with scores in two of his past three games, but there was nothing to be had downfield against the Bengals' stingy pass defense. Cooks has a more appealing Week 12 matchup in the Ravens' injury-battered secondary.
Nov 16 - 4:54 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 5-of-8 targets for 90 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 10 loss to the 49ers.

Cooks ran right by 49ers slot CB Jimmie Ward in the second quarter, ringing up his second receiving touchdown in three games. Cooks has been much more productive at home this season, so it's good news for his owners that the Saints will remain in New Orleans through Week 12. Cooks will be an upside WR3 against the Bengals next Sunday.
Nov 9 - 6:41 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 3-of-3 targets for 38 yards in the Saints' Week 9 win over the Panthers.

It was a disappointing night coming off Cooks' 6/94/1 Week 8, especially since he seemed to be finding the soft spots in Carolina's secondary. Either way, Drew Brees was spreading the ball around, finding eight different receivers. Cooks has weekly blow-up potential, but his season-long upside seems capped by the Saints' spread-the-wealth passing attack. With half his rookie year now in the books, Cooks is on pace for 86/820/4 four as a receiver, and 136 additional yards as a rusher. He's a boom-or-bust WR3.
Oct 31 - 12:04 AM

Brandin Cooks had six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 8 win over the Packers, adding one carry for four yards and a rushing touchdown.

Cooks scored on a designed run during the Saints' first drive, and later got past Packers FS Micah Hyde for a 50-yard touchdown. It was his best game of the season, and just the first time he's found the end-zone since Week 1. Cooks has breakout potential with matchups against the Panthers, 49ers, and Bengals in his next three games.
Oct 27 - 12:41 AM

Brandin Cooks caught 2-of-3 targets for 23 yards against the Lions' Week 7.

Despite Jimmy Graham only playing about 30 snaps, Cooks was a nonfactor against the Lions. The three targets were his lowest total of the season, and the 23 yards was the second lowest output. Cooks is now averaging 8.17 yards per reception this season. He is a much better play in PPR formats.
Oct 19 - 5:24 PM

Brandin Cooks led Saints wideouts in snaps Week 5 with 68-of-91.

Cooks' usage has frustrated owners a bit as he's averaging just 8.0 yards per reception. But this is his role -- he's doing Darren Sproles things and letting his YAC skills do the talking. On pace for 102 catches and clearly a major part of the weekly gameplan, Cooks is a excellent weekly PPR bet.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 7 - 10:09 AM

Brandin Cooks caught nine passes for 56 yards in the Saints' Week 5 win over the Bucs.

He added 15 rushing yards on two attempts. Cooks was targeted a team-high 11 times and became the focal point of the passing offense, along with Pierre Thomas, with Jimmy Graham getting hurt early. Cooks is on pace to catch a ton of passes, but he isn't scoring or busting many big plays, leaving him as a WR3.
Oct 5 - 6:06 PM

Brandin Cooks caught five passes for 31 yards in Sunday night's Week 4 loss to the Cowboys.

It was a step back after Cooks had eight catches for 72 yards last week. He was targeted just six times, and didn't get any red-zone looks. Through four games, Cooks is on pace for 92 catches, 796 yards, and four touchdowns.
Sep 29 - 12:55 AM

Brandin Cooks caught 8-of-10 targets for 74 yards in the Saints' Week 3 win over the Vikings.

Cooks led the Saints in targets on a day where the Vikings did a good job eliminating big plays. Cooks was Drew Brees' primary checkdown target, and is quickly proving versatile for a Saints team learning to live without Darren Sproles. Cooks will enter next week's trip to Dallas with 18 catches for 164 yards on 24 targets. He's added three rushes for 49 yards, and is growing into WR2 value.
Sep 21 - 5:33 PM

Brandin Cooks caught three passes for 17 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

Cooks was targeted six times on the day, but couldn't bust loose for any significant gains as a receiver. He did add 31 yards on the ground, breaking off a 28-yarder. Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem, Marques Colston, Pierre Thomas, and Cooks are all going to fight for targets behind Jimmy Graham, which is obviously going to lead to down weeks at times. Cooks still has borderline WR2 upside.
Sep 14 - 6:03 PM

Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown and rushed once for 18 yards in the Saints' Week 1 loss to the Falcons.

Cooks exploded for 86 total yards and a score in the first half, but was bottled up after the break. The Saints emphasized getting Cooks the ball early, lining him up all over the formation and getting him an early carry on an end around. If that usage continues, Cooks could develop into a borderline WR2 in New Orleans' high-powered attack.
Sep 7 - 5:23 PM

Brandin Cooks didn't play in the Saints' third preseason game Saturday night.

Cooks was not announced as inactive, but he didn't play due to a stomach virus that cost him practice time during the week. With Kenny Stills re-injuring his multi-week quad injury in Saturday's tilt with the Colts, there might be an opening for first-round pick Cooks to see increased early-season attention from Drew Brees. We're still wary of Cooks at his sixth-round ADP.
Aug 23 - 10:42 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
RB1Mark Ingram
2Pierre Thomas
3Khiry Robinson
4Travaris Cadet
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Mark Ingram
FB1Erik Lorig
WR11Kenny Stills
2Nick Toon
3Jalen Saunders
WR21Marques Colston
2Robert Meachem
3Seantavius Jones
WR31Nick Toon
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Ben Watson
3Josh Hill
K1Shayne Graham
2Dustin Hopkins