Alex’s Pick: WR Brandin Cooks, ADP of 7.03 (As of August 1, 2020)
Yes, Cooks has been passed around the league like a virus for the past few seasons, having been ousted by three of the best organizations in the league (New Orleans, New England, and now Los Angeles). Before he hit his rough patch last season, Cooks was coming off of four consecutive seasons with 100+ targets and 1,000+ receiving yards. Though Cooks has been known to run hot and cold as a No. 1 option in a team’s passing attack, the fact that he will find himself paired with Deshaun Watson leads me to believe that he will once again reach the 1K receiving yardage threshold, as he steps into the shoes of the departed DeAndre Hopkins. With Hopkins vacating 150 targets from the offense, Cooks should have an easy road to 100+ this season if he can stay healthy, which as we’ve seen in the past has been a one-way ticket to 1,000 yards receiving.
At this stage in his career Cooks is such a proven commodity that betting against him is simply unwise. He’s only 27 years old and when he’s on the field there are few players with his combination of speed, strength, and ball tracking ability. While he’s certainly a few notches below Hopkins, the situation Cooks finds himself in with the Texans is about as ideal as it gets. When it comes to value he’s an absolute steal in round 7 as a potential WR2.
Angel’s Pick: WR Will Fuller, ADP of 7.09 (as of August 12th, 2020)
I’m doubling down on the Texans’ receiving core and saying Will Fuller is the best value on the Texans. While his injury history is concerning, there’s a very real chance that he could be the WR1 in Houston now that Hopkins has left town.
Fuller has obviously dealt with injury concerns; he hasn’t played in more than 11 games since his rookie season. That being said, when he does play, he’s been a monster. He’s finished as a WR1 when he plays 25% of the time, and that’s something you just can’t ignore. He has the most chemistry with Deshaun Watson and has never had this type of opportunity to be the go-to option. Drafting Fuller is obviously a risky proposition, but if you can get him as your WR3, it is very likely you’ll see WR1 numbers from your flex spot as long as he stays healthy. In my opinion, the risk is worth the reward.
Side Note: If you draft no WRs in the first 6 rounds, a Will Fuller/Brandin Cooks combo at WR could be a very explosive lineup. I’m really excited to see how Deshaun Watson uses all of the speed on the field.