One of the hardest things this time of year is knowing when to bench the early round spares. No one wants to overreact to three football matches, but at the same time, we’re getting to the point where you really need to win, especially if you haven’t already. One player I’m not ready to sit with is Brandin Cooks.
Cooks saw 29 targets in the first three weeks of the season and somehow only caught 13 of them for 158 yards. His 5.4 yards per goal is 3.6 yards less than his career average and 2.3 yards less than last year. His catch rate of 44.8% is more than 20 points below his career average and 13 points below his previous career low. Cooks saw three targets within the 10-yard line and did not catch any of them. This is not entirely true. He did catch one of them, but the defense carried him out of bounds before he could get down.
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There are many reasons for these numbers. Davis Mills didn’t show that he took a step forward and statistically he was worse off. Cookie didn’t catch the passes he usually catches. He has hit the balls. None of them are enough to convince me that he won’t end up turning 10 goals per game into WR2 production. I actively buy Cook and run him while the volume stays this high. The results will come, or the volume will decrease.
Here’s the rest of the week 4 WR preview:
Who got out
The following players are currently not scheduled to participate in Week 4. Here’s what it means:
Numbers to know
- 7 — Garrett Wilson is tied for first place in the league with seven goals in the end zone.
- 50.3% — Amari Cooper leads the NFL with a 50.3% share of shipyards.
- 108.3 — In his last three games against the Rams, Deebo Samuel averaged 108.3 yards per game.
- 156 — Gaining yards for Devante Parker in Week 3 with five catches, but before that he had only one catch in two games.
- 38.9% — DJ Moore has a 38.9% catch rate this year. He had a catch rate of 60% in the previous four seasons.
- 32.9% — Drake London was the target of nearly a third of Marcus Mariota’s shots. Only Cooper Kupp and AJ Brown earned a higher bid.
- 18.7 — Chris Olav’s 18.7 aDOT is second in the NFL behind Devante Parker.
Matches that matter
Goals of ditching wires