Dynasty Buy: WR Brandin Cooks (2021 Fantasy Football)
Over the next few weeks, I am going to give you a few names to consider buying at their current price tag. I’ll break down the pros and cons, give you an idea of their current value, and give you my 2021 projection for each player. Each player comes with some risk, but I think the upside is there to make each of these players a value buy right now for your dynasty team.
Brandin Cooks, WR Houston Texans / 2021 Projections - 95-1282-7
Brandin Cooks has been one of the most underrated WRs to ever play the game. He is a lock for 1000 yards if healthy and he only has two seasons with injuries since entering the league in 2014. His worst finish in a healthy season in standard scoring is WR15 and that was last year. He is at the peak age for WR at 27 and should be highly productive for a handful of years to come at the very least. The best time to buy him is now while the Deshaun Watson situation plays out and if Watson was to come back for this season there would be a slight uptick in his value I am sure.
However, even without Watson, Cooks will still be productive. The Texans WR depth chart took a hit when Will Fuller left in free agency and there is not another high-end WR to take targets away from him. Right now behind Cooks is Randall Cobb, Keke Coutee, rookie Nico Collins, and Andre Roberts. There is no threat this year to his target share and while Collins could be a decent player, we know what the rest can do and they are not going to be a threat to Cooks getting the majority of targets on a team that could be playing from behind lots over the next few seasons. Tyrod Taylor supported Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods to good production when they were healthy in his years with Buffalo. He is capable enough to get Cooks the ball regularly.
According to Justin Boone’s trade value chart, Cooks’ value is in the range of WR 44 - 47. A few players ahead of him on the list include Curtis Samuel, D.J. Chark, Robert Woods, and Will Fuller. Robert Woods, who I love, has produced very similar numbers to Cooks over the years, is one year older, his price tag is higher, and has more players to share the load with. Samuel and Chark have both flashed, but haven’t shown us any type of consistency yet, and in the case of Samuel, and possibly Chark, they are not even the top WR option on their teams. They do have age on their side, however, Fuller is half a year younger and really hasn’t shown any type of consistency. He is on a team that drafted Waddle at 6th overall and still has Devante Parker and Mike Gesicki to take targets away from him.
Cooks can be bought right now for a single second-round pick in most leagues and maybe a depth player added in. How many of those second-round picks hit? Why not get a guy you know will be productive and be a consistent WR2 for years to come, with the upside of breaking into the top 12 if Watson were to come back. Honestly, his value screams buy!
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