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Saints fantasy breakdown: Week 11, Panthers

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Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talk after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talk after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /
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Brandin Cooks

Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) catches a touchdown over Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Shaq Green-Thompson (54) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) catches a touchdown over Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Shaq Green-Thompson (54) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Brandin Cooks fantasy outlook: Start him.

Brandin Cooks caught fire the last time the Saints played the Panthers, making seven receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown. I don’t expect a repeat performance, but it’s hard not to love this matchup. 

Yes, the Panthers will have CB James Bradberry back after he missed the last Saints game. He will likely draw the Cooks assignment. But until Bradberry can show consistent production in this league, I’ll take Cooks any day.

I think other Saints receivers may have a better time of it this week, but that’s no knock on Cooks’ matchup here.

Even if he’s limited in the intermediate game, all he needs is one bomb. Cooks is, I’d say, a high-end WR2.

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