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What to do with Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods in fantasy football for Week 5 TNF

With all the talk surrounding Cooper Kupp, what should we make of Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods? We look at whether you should play or bench the pair of wideouts Thursday vs. the Seahawks.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks celebrates with receiver Robert Woods after scoring on a 3-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s update 8:00 p.m.: If you’re coming down to the wire in your decision-making process, one option is to look at fantasy point projections. ESPN’s traditional leagues (0.5 PPR) project Robert Woods to have 11.7 points and Brandin Cooks to have 11.4 points. Last week, Woods had a season-high 22.9 points, catching 13 passes for 164 yards. By comparison, Cooks had a slightly more pedestrian six receptions for 71 yards. I suspect Cooks comes up a bit and Woods comes back to earth a bit against what could be a solid Seahawks defense on Thursday Night Football.

I already talked extensively about Cooper Kupp. He’s a top 5 WR in fantasy football right now and is going to continue to be peppered with targets from QB Jared Goff. But what do we make of Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks so far? Well, we’ve seen mixed results to put things bluntly. Let’s start with Woods.

After back-to-back down games, we finally saw a ceiling performance from Woods, who hauled in 13-of-15 targets for 164 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Bucs. A total of 32.4 fantasy points is what that translated to, more than Woods’ combined total from the first three weeks (31.6 pts). He had seen just 10 targets in the prior two weeks, both in games in which the Rams were ahead. This tells us that Woods is generally game-script dependant, so if we get another shootout Thursday vs. the Seahawks, Woods could be in store for another strong outing. If anything we know Woods will be in on the majority of LA’s offensive snaps.

Similar to Woods, we can expect Cooks to be somewhat of an enigma. The issue with Cooks is his ceiling appears to be capped, though his floor is decent. He’s posted at least 13.0 fantasy points in PPR in each of the past three weeks. Cooks has only seen double-digit targets in one of four games, plus he isn’t a TD threat unless he breaks one on a deep ball. With Goff looking a bit off, home-run plays may be tough to come by for Cooks.

Fantasy football analysis, Los Angeles Rams WRs Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods

I give the edge to Woods over Cooks, with Kupp the clear favorite over the two. Like I’ve mentioned in most of these start/sit articles, the Rams and Seahawks should put up plenty of points on Thursday. Rarely do we see three WRs on the same team put up big numbers in the same game, but if any receiving corps can do so, it’s the Rams. I think this is another game script that favors LA, and we’ve seen in those cases two of the three receivers usually go off. I’m comfortable rolling out Woods and Cooks in season-long as either a WR2 or FLEX option.

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