Rams WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp are active for today’s game against the Broncos after sustaining concussions last week.Both guys should play their usual roles today and are strong fantasy options.
The forecast for today's Rams-Broncos game calls for 1-3 inches of snow and temperatures in the 20s. It sounds like much of the snow will come before kickoff, though, and winds will be just 5-10 mph. We're not altering our projections for this game.
Rams WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp have cleared the concussion protocol and will play vs. the Broncos on Sunday, the team announced. Both guys are WR2s with upside against a struggling defense.
Rams WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp put in full practices on Friday. HC Sean McVay said that both guys are expected to receive full clearance from their concussions on Saturday. We'll continue to monitor this situation, but Cooks and Kupp can both be penciled into fantasy lineups for now against a struggling Broncos pass defense.
Rams HC Sean McVay said Thursday that WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp have been cleared for individual drills. The team is hoping they'll progress to full practices on Friday. “Things are looking good," McVay said. Concussions are unpredictable, but both guys certainly have a shot to be ready for this weekend's game against the Broncos. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Rams WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp took part in Wednesday's walkthrough, according to insider Rich Hammond. Both guys remain in the concussion protocol, but HC Sean McVay said he "feels good" about their chances of being cleared in time for Sunday's game against the Broncos. We'll get another update on their progress tomorrow.
Rams HC Sean McVay said Monday that he's "hopeful" that WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp will be cleared from their concussions for this weekend's game against the Broncos. “They felt good today. They didn’t have any symptoms or things like that,” McVay said. “We’ll go through the standard operating procedure, and if everything checks out — with our guys and with the doctors that are part of that process — then we’re hopeful to get those guys this week, get them back for this game this week.” We'll keep an eye on Cooks and Kupp's progress this week. Josh Reynolds and KhaDarel Hodge are next in line if either or both of those guys can't play on Sunday.
Rams WR Brandin Cooks sustained a concussion on a big hit near the end of the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. It's the 3rd documented concussion of his career. We'll track Cooks' progress through the protocol. WR Josh Reynolds has stepped into Cooks' role in the offense.
The Rams and WR Brandin Cooks have agreed to a 5-year extension that locks him up in Los Angeles through the 2023 campaign. Cooks will still be just 30 when that deal expires. The Rams have now traded a 1st-round pick for Cooks and handed him this contract over the past 3-and-a-half months. They're clearly high on him. We'll see exactly what that means for his volume in 2018. The Rams were a spread-the-wealth passing game last year that had no WR top 94 targets.
Update: Cooks' 5-year extension is worth $80 million. He's now the league's 4th highest paid WR in average annual salary.
The Patriots will trade WR Brandin Cooks to the Rams, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. New England will send Cooks and a 4th-round pick to the Rams for L.A.'s 1st-rounder (23rd overall) and a 6th-round pick. The move pits Cooks vs. Robert Woods for the #1 outside spot in the Rams offense, while WR Cooper Kupp should compete for the team receptions lead. All 3 figure to be fantasy factors, so we'll have to see where their ADPs settle to decipher the best value in fantasy football drafts. New England, meanwhile, returns Julian Edelman from an ACL tear to join Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Kenny Britt -- plus a few others -- in the competition for WR catches. Edelman has been a decent value thus far in best-ball drafts. Mitchell, Britt and even Cordarrelle Patterson look worth end-of-draft consideration. And we'll have lots to sort out before our 2018 projections go live.
The Patriots have placed WR Malcolm Mitchell on IR with a knee injury. We don't have any other details, but it's certainly worth noting that Mitchell tore an ACL in 2013 and required another surgery on the same knee in 2014. We'll see if New England tabs him their "designated-to-return" player, but there's no reason to roster Mitchell in redraft leagues right now. Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola are locked in as New England's top 3 WRs.
The Patriots "suspect" WR Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL in Friday night's preseason game against the Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "But do not definitely know," Schefter adds. "MRI on Sunday to determine full extent of injury." These "he-probably-tore-his-ACL" reports usually turn out to be torn ACLs. If that's the case, Edelman will miss the entire 2017 season. That'd open up a boatload of targets in 1 of the top passing games in the NFL. WR Chris Hogan would stand as the most likely beneficiary. WR Danny Amendola would also see a big boost in snaps. And WR Brandin Cooks, TE Rob Gronkowski and RB James White would pick up some extra targets.
Patriots HC Bill Belichick has been impressed by how quickly WR Brandin Cooks has picked up the playbook. “[He] pays attention to all of the little details, tries to get things exactly the way we’re coaching them, the way we want to do them,” Belichick said. “It’s very good.” Cooks has been a standout early in training camp, making plays from both the outside and the slot. Volume is a concern in a loaded Patriots offense, but Cooks will boast massive weekly fantasy upside.
The Patriots have acquired WR Brandin Cooks from the Saints, sending a 1st- and a 3rd-round pick and getting back a 4th-rounder. Cooks caught 162 passes over the past 2 seasons, topping 1,100 yards in each campaign and scoring 17 TDs over that span. He finished among the top 13 WRs across fantasy formats in each of those seasons. The Pats control his rights for the next 2 years, including a team option for 2018. Cooks lands in 1 of the few offenses that approximates the efficiency of New Orleans and figures to quickly challenge Julian Edelman for the team target lead. His fantasy outlook doesn't change drastically from what it's been with the Saints. Other WRs in New England will have more trouble finding regular opportunities. Back in New Orleans, Michael Thomas should grab a larger share of targets, while Willie Snead stands to gain if the team doesn't add anything more than Ted Ginn to the corps this offseason.
Saints WR Brandin Cooks drew a team-high 10 targets but caught just 5 for 61 yards. Cooks nearly added a short-range score, but the near-catch was overturned on replay review. Drew Brees just overthrew him on a possible deep ball TD, too. Cooks has now gone 4 straight games without scoring. He’ll remain a fantasy-worthy play next week, but the Cardinals don’t present an ideal matchup. Michael Thomas — who sat out Week 14 — should return for that one as well.
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