Brandin Cooks fantasy outlook: Start him.
Well, I told y’all to start Cooks last week. Sorry about that. In my defense, it’s hard to understand the Rams’ defensive gameplan. Take Cooks out of the game, and let the rest of the Saints offense beat you? Okay. Interesting.
After that whopping, I doubt anyone takes that approach the rest of the way. Cooks will see his typical coverages, possibly even lighter than typical with the way Michael Thomas and Mark Ingram have been playing.
The last time the Saints played the Lions, in 2015, Cooks exploded for 124 yards and a touchdown. That’s not to say that he’ll replicate the performance. But you can bet Payton and Brees are going to be sure to get him involved.
Like I say every week, it can be hard to predict receiver production on a team that spreads the ball as much as the Saints do. But after a silent outing against the Rams, it seems natural that Cooks will turn out have a big game against the Lions. Remember, he’s this team’s deep threat. All he needs is one.