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Brandin Cooks

#2 WR,


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146 FPTS

RANK: 49


184 FPTS

RANK: 42


29 yrs


5'10'' / 189 lbs


Oregon State

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Ready to return Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-22

Cooks (knee) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game at Arizona.

Cooks emerged from Week 1 action with an MCL sprain, which kept him off the practice field last week before ultimately being inactive this past Sunday versus the Jets. This week, the 10th-year pro opened it with a limited session Wednesday, but he ended it with back-to-back full practices to clear him for Week 3. Cooks thus will get a chance to make his first big mark as a Cowboy against a Cardinals defense that has allowed the seventh-most YPC (9.5) to opposing wide receivers through two games this season.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
1 IND Dome 88° 15.2 23rd
2 @DEN Outdoor 79° 9.4 49th 2.3510.545.510454013.56720%22027%28%0%72%
3 @CHI Outdoor 65° 4.2 80th
4 LAC Dome 78° 18.7 14th 2.675.545.5775718.1620%21020%30%0%70%
5 @JAC Outdoor 87° 6.0 69th 1.506.544.5642005.0050%00025%31%0%69%
7 @LV Dome 65° 8.6 48th
8 TEN Dome 75° 11.3 37th 2.831.540.56473018.31720%22020%16%2%82%
10 @NYG Outdoor 50° 8.2 50th 1.645.040.5743709.3720%11019%37%0%63%
11 WAS Dome 51° 10.0 39th 3.333.040.56370023.351825%31019%29%0%71%
12 @MIA Outdoor 84° 11.1 41st 1.8514.045.55559011.8920%21013%23%2%74%
16 @TEN Outdoor 22° 13.4 29th 3.353.035.5943418.5810%10031%20%0%80%
17 JAC Dome 70° 7.9 38th 1.983.543.5743909.8730%20017%11%0%89%
18 @IND Dome 36° 21.6 7th 4.323.038.565106121.21740%43016%17%0%81%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
Home Retractable Dome 21 210.71.9527th7.85.3790.314.810.64.25%
Away Outdoor 17 170.71.4999th8.24.8490.410.16.14.35%
Away Dome 2 25.52.2151st5.04.5660.014.610.14.410%
Away Retractable Dome 4 43.71.7770th8.36.3690.311.09.21.84%

Career Stats by Season: 2014 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
2014 21 NO 10 7 139 56th6953550310.4834%194111%26%0%74%
2015 22 NO 16 12 254 13th129841,138913.5956%4118320%25%0%74%
2016 23 NO 16 12 246 10th117781,173815.01053%3815318%36%0%63%
2017 24 NE 16 15 221 15th114651,082716.613312%3618320%13%0%87%
2018 25 LA 16 16 243 13th117801,204515.11140%5022122%21%0%79%
2019 26 LA 14 14 118 60th7242583213.91149%299112%28%0%70%
2020 27 HOU 15 15 232 34th119811,150614.21042%4320223%25%0%74%
2021 28 HOU 16 16 232 20th134901,037611.5845%4212126%28%0%72%
2022 29 HOU 13 13 146 49th9357699312.3948%2413017%24%0%76%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Gets back to full participation

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-21

Cooks (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Coach Mike McCarthy relayed to Todd Archer of earlier Thursday that Cooks would be "good to go," but such a statement doesn't always equate to all activity during a given practice. Cooks was able to handle every rep Thursday, setting himself up to contain his DNP streak to one game due to a MCL sprain. Friday's injury report will unveil whether or not he goes into the weekend with a designation for Sunday's contest at Arizona.

Returns to limited practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-20

Cooks (knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Tyler Drake of reports.

In the lead up to this past Sunday's contest against the Jets, Cooks wasn't able to practice, with resistance training acting as his only visible on-field work. He was inactive for that game, but with his return to some activity to kick off Week 3 prep, he's putting himself in a position to keep his absence to just one outing. Cooks even told Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday that he's "great" and expects to suit up Sunday in Arizona. Only time will tell whether Cooks heads into the weekend with a designation.

Expected to play Week 3

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-18

Cooks (knee) is expected to play in Dallas' Week 3 matchup against the Cardinals on Sunday, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Cooks is expected to be a limited participant at practice Wednesday before logging full sessions Thursday and Friday. If that happens, the veteran wideout will be in a good position to suit up after missing Week 2 due to a slight MCL sprain. Cooks was limited in the season opener, catching just two of four targets for 22 yards as the Cowboys routed the Giants.

Inactive as expected Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-17

Cooks (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Cooks didn't practice at all during Week 2 prep, instead focusing on resistance training as he tended to a slight MCL sprain. While he entered the weekend as questionable, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported early Sunday morning that Cooks wasn't likely to suit up. With Cooks' status now confirmed, the Cowboys' passing game will focus on WR CeeDee Lamb, RB Tony Pollard and TE Jake Ferguson. Behind Lamb, fellow wide receivers Michael Gallup, Jalen Tolbert and even KaVontae Turpin also should experience upticks in snap count.

Unlikely versus Jets

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-16

Cooks (knee) is not expected to play in Sunday's game against the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Cooks drew a questionable designation after missing three consecutive practices to close out the week. As a result, this news is relatively unsurprising, but he has not officially been ruled out yet. The veteran pass catcher sprained his MCL in the season opener, and the Cowboys appear to be exercising caution in bringing him back. If he is indeed out, Jalen Tolbert is the favorite to step in as the No. 3 receiving option behind Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb. KaVontae Turpin and Jalen Brooks could also see more snaps.

Deemed questionable after DNP

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-15

Cooks (knee) missed a third straight practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Cooks hasn't practiced since spraining his MCL in the season opener, but team owner Jerry Jones did say Friday morning that the veteran wideout could end up a game-time decision without practicing at all this week. Fantasy managers can treat Cooks as such ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, with the combination of his knee injury and a tough matchup against an excellent Jets secondary equating to reduced expectations even if he's active. Jalen Tolbert is the favorite to step in as the No. 3 receiver if Cooks is inactive, though KaVontae Turpin and Jalen Brooks could also get more snaps and Michael Gallup likely would play a bit more than he did last week (76 percent route share, tied with Cooks but below CeeDee Lamb's team-high 92 percent).

Sits out Friday's practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-15

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said that Cooks (knee) was a spectator for Friday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Cooks will go down as a non-participant on the Cowboys' injury report for each of the team's three practices this week after suffering a slight MCL sprain in one of his knees during the team's season-opening win over the Giants last weekend, per Todd Archer of According to Jon Machota of The Athletic, Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said earlier Friday that Cooks doesn't necessarily need to practice this week in order to play in Sunday's game against the Jets, so if the veteran wideout is listed as questionable or doubtful for the contest, he could shape up as a game-time decision leading up to the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. The Cowboys will provide an official injury designation for Cooks later Friday.

Headed for game-time call?

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-15

Cooks (knee) may end up a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Jets, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Team owner Jerry Jones said Friday that Cooks doesn't necessarily need to practice this week in order to avoid the inactive list ahead of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff. Cooks didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday and likely will be limited if he returns Friday.

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