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Brandin Cooks Injury Update Continues to Improve Josh Reynolds Fantasy Outlook for Week 11

Jason Schandl
Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams
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Despite being cleared to return to limited action in practice, Brandin Cooks has already been ruled out for the Los Angeles Rams' Week 11 matchup with the Chicago Bears.

The Rams' offense had a terrible showing without Cooks in Week 10, but his absence does once again improve the fantasy outlook for the team's WRs, particularly for Josh Reynolds.

Reynolds stepped up with eight targets when Cooks went down in the first quarter in Week 8, then notched five targets in the next game. He played 88 percent and 95 percent of the Rams' offensive snaps in those two games, respectively, and they appear to be using him as a direct replacement for Cooks.

Over the last two games Reynolds is tied with Robert Woods and only one target shy of Cooper Kupp for the team lead, and he's accounted for a team-high 33 percent of the offense's air yards.

His 15.8-yard average depth of target in that time also reflects how closely his role is mirroring Cooks', as Cooks leads the team with a 14-yard average depth of target on the season, compared to 8.5 yards for Woods and 7.5 for Kupp.

Cooks' return to practice is an indicator that he will be back at some point before the end of the fantasy football season, so there's no need to panic and drop him just yet.

For now, though, his absence has Kupp at WR11 and Woods at WR29, while Reynolds just fails to crack the top 36 at the position in our Week 11 PPR fantasy football rankings ahead of the Rams' tough matchup with the Chicago Bears.

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