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Why Brandin Cooks is a hold in fantasy football, not a drop

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Brandin Cooks was not a highly drafted player in most fantasy drafts in 2020, but even then he has vastly disappointed so far.

Through four weeks, is the WR82 in half-PPR leagues which is catastrophic having scored 3.0, 12.0, 3.8 and 0.0 points respectively.

In Week 4 against Minnesota, Cooks failed to register a point by not converting any of his three targets into a catch.

Here's why you shouldn't give up on him just yet.

Monday, the Houston Texans fired head coach and offensive play caller Bill O'Brien so perhaps Cooks' role in the offense changes with new coaching. Given the lack of receiving depth on Houston, Cooks should see plenty of snaps. The previous three weeks, Cooks has played 90%, 97%, and 94% of the Texans offensive snaps. 

Additionally, Cooks ranks 29th in average targeted air yards at 12.1 yards, which is more in line with his true fantasy value of a WR3 or flex play most weeks. 

He's also seen 22.96% of his team's target shares and now with O'Brien fired, perhaps the Texans want to air the ball out more with their franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson. More passing attempts will translate to more targets and therefor more fantasy points for Brandin Cooks if all goes according to plan.

Now it's entirely possible that Cooks continues to put up stinkers and if that's the case then feel free to drop him later in the season, but it's more likely that he's in line for positive regression and he will start putting up better stats. 


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