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Brandin Cooks Injury in Week 5 Game Versus Seahawks Could Hurt Rest of Season Fantasy Football Value

Max Staley
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Entering the season, Brandin Cooks had a higher average draft position (ADP) than any of the other Los Angeles Rams wide receiver. Through five games, however, Cooks has been the least productive member of the team's dynamic trio.

And his fantasy value might've taken another hit in Week 5, as Cooks left the game and was evaluated for a concussion following a spectacular catch on the sideline during the fourth quarter of the Rams' 30-29 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.

Cooks will have 10 days to prepare for LA's Week 6 clash with the San Francisco 49ers, but he's no guarantee to be on the field. Prior to the injury, Cooks only caught one of his three targets, though he did add a 27-yard rush.

Entering Week 5, Cooks was WR26 in PPR leagues, and the speedy wideout has been held under 75 yards receiving in four of his five games played this season.

His involvement in the Rams' passing game has been concerning, as Cooks only has a 15 percent target share. That's significantly lower than both Woods (21 percent) and Kupp (28 percent). It's also a noticeable decline from last season, when Cooks had a 22 percent target share.

Of course, Cooks has always been a bit of a boom-or-bust player, so perhaps fantasy owners shouldn't panic too much. His talent is such that he doesn't need a heavy workload to have a big fantasy day. He only saw double-digit targets twice last season, yet still managed to finish with 1,204 receiving yards.

Even so, Kupp's emergence has clearly sapped some of Cooks' fantasy value, and the potential concussion only further muddles things. Until Cooks proves otherwise, he's best viewed as a low-end WR2 or high-end WR3 moving forward.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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