News: 2 days agoCooks secured nine of 14 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 31-21 loss to the Browns on Sunday.
Spin: No other Texans wideout had more than one catch in the loss, cementing Cooks' status as the clear lead option on the depth chart. The veteran's steady stream of targets notably survived a change under center to rookie Davis Mills after Tyrod Taylor was forced out of the contest with a hamstring injury. Cooks has quickly drawn 21 targets over his first two contests, parlaying them into 14 catches for 210 yards and Sunday's two-yard touchdown connection with Mills. Cooks will look to keep up the strong numbers irrespective of who's under center when the Texans take on the Panthers in a Thursday night Week 3 contest.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Cooks has played for four teams in seven NFL seasons and has posted at least one top-17 fantasy campaign at all four stops. That's impressive. The 2014 first-round pick delivered the goods in Houston in 2020, averaging a career-high 24% target share, ranking 12th at the position with a 9.7 YPT and handling a career-high nine end zone targets. Despite some concussion concerns, Cooks has missed a grand total of three regular-season games over the past six seasons. With Will Fuller gone, 27-year-old Cooks is Houston's clear No. 1 WR, but his value could take a hit with Deshaun Watson's future in doubt. Cook has the look of a WR2 with Watson but will be more of a WR3 if Tyrod Taylor is at the controls.