Will Fuller Suspension Gives Huge Boost to Brandin Cooks Fantasy Outlook

Jason Schandl
Will Fuller's suspension news crushes his fantasy outlook, but provides a big boost to Brandin Cooks.
Will Fuller's suspension news crushes his fantasy outlook, but provides a big boost to Brandin Cooks. / Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

It was announced on Monday that Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller has been suspended six games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy. That means the star wideout's 2020 regular season is over.

From a fantasy football standpoint, that means managers can feel safe dropping Fuller. It also means that Brandin Cooks' value is set to skyrocket.

No longer in the shadow of DeAndre Hopkins, this has been a true breakout season for Fuller. He's averaging 79.9 yards per game and has already scored a career-high 8 touchdowns. That culminated with a massive 171-yard, 2-touchdown game on Thanksgiving.

He's also seen 75 targets through his 11 games, accounting for 21.4% of the Texans' total.

Brandin Cooks Fantasy Outlook

Cooks is the only player seeing more receiving volume in Houston, having a slight edge with a 22.2% target share. We shouldn't expect him to soak up the entirety of Fuller's volume, but the suspension does mean that Cooks is the clear No. 1 wideout in Houston now, and a significant bump in target share should come with that.

If we look at the lone game in which Fuller saw no targets this season, Cooks turned 8 targets into 5 receptions and 95 yards. In the three games in which Fuller saw 5 or fewer looks, Cooks has averaged 7.3 targets, 3.7 receptions, 67.0 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. That translates to 12.4 PPR fantasy points per game.

Now a safe bet for consistent volume on a weekly basis, fantasy managers can feel good about plugging Cooks into their starting lineup just about every week down the stretch.

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