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The Houston Texans may be off to a rough start this season, but there are still multiple fantasy-relevant options available on their offense. Spearheaded by quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Texans are three games into the post-Bill O’Brien era. The results on offense have been tangible. Picking up their first win back in Week 5, multiple players are enjoying their best games of the season to date. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks continued his strong success in Week 7.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks didn’t find the end zone in Sunday’s loss to the Packers, breaking a two-game scoring streak. But Cooks did catch seven passes for 60 yards in the loss, putting up another solid line. Cooks has arguably been the biggest beneficiary of the team’s in-season head coaching change, and he should be considered a WR3 play going forward.
Career Reset … Again
Cooks has been a fascinating player to follow throughout his career. On his fourth team in his seventh season in the league, he famously strung together four seasons of top-15 finishes at the wide receiver position … with three different teams. It didn’t matter who his quarterback was or what his offensive scheme was. Regardless of where he went, all Cooks did was produce.
Derailed by concussions and inconsistent usage in 2019, Cooks joined the Texans following the offseason departure of DeAndre Hopkins. Capable of handling a significant workload, Cooks, still only 27 years old, seems to have found his groove in the last three weeks. Playing opposite the now-healthy Will Fuller, there is still value to be had on this offense for fantasy owners.
Second-Half League Winner
I’m not saying these two things are related, but I’m also not saying they’re not. Following the firing of O’Brien, Cooks has averaged 10 targets/game and has scored his first two touchdowns of the season. In the two games immediately following O’Brien’s departure, Cooks erupted compared to his previous four games. The entire offense has stepped up its production and has to feel better about where it’s at heading into their bye week despite only having one win.
Watson has averaged 37 passing attempts over his last three games, and the team is scoring a full touchdown more in that span than Weeks 1-4. The Texans’ defense has not played well this season, but that has not stopped Watson from rallying back for his fantasy managers late in games. The poor defense, coupled with the elite upside that Watson provides, should benefit Cooks and the other offensive players over the rest of the season. Cooks is trending up based on his recent performance but is still worth targeting if you need wide receiver help over the second half of the season.