Brandin Cooks Injury Update: Concussion Improves Fantasy Outlook for Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 13: Brandin Cooks #12 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
San Francisco 49ers v Los Angeles Rams | Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

After going down with an injury on his first target of Week 8's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Brandin Cooks was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

It remains to be seen how long he'll be on the shelf, but this isn't the first time he's been forced out of a game with a scary concussion (it also happened in Super Bowl LII), and any missed time will provide a nice boost to Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp's fantasy football values.

Coming into this game, Cooks was third among Rams' WRs with a 15 percent share of the team's targets, but he led the group with a 27 percent share of the air yards. In the Rams' pass-heavy offense, even that limited market share represented some big volume, and Cooks averaged 6.3 targets per game with 44 through the first seven.

Some of those looks can be expected to go to Josh Reynolds. Reynolds stepped up with Kupp out toward the end of the 2018 regular season, and he scored the Rams' first touchdown after Cooks went down this week. He also had a 12.4-yard average depth of target as a rookie, allowing him to spell Cooks as the team's downfield threat.

Reynolds isn't the same caliber of receiver as Cooks though, and he's not likely to start soaking up six-plus targets per game. That means both Woods and Kupp should still have room for some increased target volume.

We should have a better idea of Cooks' long-term status by Monday or Tuesday. If he misses even one game, Reynolds will be a priority waiver wire add despite a tough Week 9 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and both Kupp and Woods will head into that game with an improved fantasy outlook.

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