In what is becoming a yearly tradition, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks is injured and his backup Josh Reynolds is slated to see more snaps moving forward.
So far this season Cooks has struggled to produce much, with just 27 catches for 401 yards and one touchdown through eight games. Part of this, though, can be attributed to the two concussions he has suffered that have forced him to leave games early. Now, with the team taking precautions to protect him, Reynolds seems primed to step in and pick up the slack.
In their Week 8 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Reynolds slid in for the injured Cooks and racked up 73 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. It's fair to say that every matchup won't be as easy (Cincy ranks 30th in Football outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings), but the message was clear: Reynolds will play a big role in Cooks' absence.
Heading into this week, the Rams face a tough Pittsburgh defense, but one that has allowed top-12 fantasy production to opposing wideouts on the year. With Los Angeles in the thick of a playoff chase, Sean McVay and Jared Goff will almost certainly be leaning on their young receiver to make plays.
Losing Brandin Cooks is always going to be tough. It is a little less tough, however, when you have a young, athletic, talented wide receiver waiting in the wings. The heavy volume Reynolds saw in Week 8 gives him some serious fantasy football upside in an offense that has proven capable of supporting three WRs, making him an interesting waiver wire target for Week 10.
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