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Brandin Cooks Fantasy Outlook Includes Potential for Another 1,000-yard Campaign

Devon Platana
Brandin Cooks' fantasy outlook includes the potential for another 1,000-yard campaign in 2021.
Brandin Cooks' fantasy outlook includes the potential for another 1,000-yard campaign in 2021. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images
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After going 4-12 in the 2020 NFL season, the Houston Texans are looking for better results in the upcoming campaign. When it comes to the offense, a lot of the responsibility sits on Brandin Cooks, who'll enter the season as Houston's No. 1 wide receiver following Will Fuller V's offseason departure. With very little competition at the position, Cooks' fantasy outlook includes the potential for yet another season of at least 1,000 receiving yards.

Brandin Cooks Fantasy Outlook

Ever since being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2014, Cooks has been nothing but consistent at the NFL level. He's coming off of a 2020 campaign that saw him record 81 receptions for 1,150 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. That was also the fifth time in the last six seasons that he reached at least 1,000 receiving yards, which just proves that he's a viable fantasy option each year.

As mentioned before, Fuller left for the Miami Dolphins earlier in the offseason, which means that someone is going to have to pick up the 75 targets he saw last year. Considering how Anthony Miller (who's only hit 500 receiving yards once), Nico Collins (a 2021 third-round pick) and Keke Coutee (25 missed games over the last three seasons) are Cooks' main competition, it's looking pretty likely that he'll see the bulk of Fuller's targets.

There are certainly some questions marks in the Texans offense, such as who'll be the starting quarterback by the time the season is over. Deshaun Watson's status is still up in the air between his legal issues and trade rumors, so there's a good chance that Tyrod Taylor could see some action as the starting quarterback. However, regardless of who's starting under center, that shouldn't change the fact that Cooks will likely remain the top-targeted pass-catcher in Houston, so his floor is relatively safe. It's just that he'd have a higher ceiling with Watson throwing to him.

Cooks is Fantasy Pros' WR39 ahead of the 2021 NFL season with an average draft position (ADP) of 940. He is unlisted on The Duel's fantasy football rankings.


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