Only two New England Patriots wide receivers have posted 300 or more fantasy points in point-per-reception (PPR) leagues in the past 10 seasons: Randy Moss in 2007 (385.3) and Wes Welker in 2011 (335.9). This historical lack of elite production is a main factor in fantasy owners tending to view New England's No. 1 wide receivers with a bit of apprehension.
This trepidation is part of the reason that Brandin Cooks is currently seen as a WR2 in average draft position (ADP) in ESPN draft rooms despite his finishing 10th in wide receiver fantasy points (246.3) last season.
While it's understandable to consider the Patriots' history of spreading the ball around as a hindrance to any of their pass-catchers, there are actually many reasons to think Cooks will be