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  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
 
 
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Fantasy Points 
    
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Avg Projection138.5129.2-
    
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  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
2018 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. SF at OAK
Week 2 at GB vs. ARI
Week 3 vs. BUF vs. LAC
Week 4 at LAR vs. MIN
Week 5 at PHI at SEA
Week 6 vs. ARI at DEN
Week 7 at NYJ at SF
Week 8 vs. NO vs. GB
Week 9 vs. DET at NO
Week 10BYE WEEK vs. SEA
Week 11 at CHI vs. KC
Week 12 vs. GBBYE WEEK
Week 13 at NE at DET
Week 14 at SEA at CHI
Week 15 vs. MIA vs. PHI
Week 16 at DET at ARI
Week 17 vs. CHI vs. SF
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
Receiving
   
Receptions80.861.1
Rec Yards1,068.7889.1
Rec TDs5.56.0
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts1.26.9
Rush Yards7.436.4
Rush TDs0.00.3
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points138.5129.2
   
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
2017 Points 
Week 115.78.8
Week 22.44.3
Week 39.827.1
Week 43.94.2
Week 54.58.5
Week 69.79.3
Week 74.112.5
Week 815.82.6
Week 9
Week 1022.67.4
Week 1118.320.9
Week 128.915.4
Week 135.12.2
Week 1416.53.8
Week 153.012.0
Week 162.42.5
Week 176.114.7
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
2017 Targets 
Week 1107
Week 264
Week 387
Week 486
Week 588
Week 6139
Week 7125
Week 8108
Week 9
Week 101211
Week 1199
Week 12117
Week 1353
Week 14127
Week 1557
Week 1665
Week 17711
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
Expert 
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Should still put up WR2 numbers in a more agressive offenseCooks can still cook after recording his third straight season with 100+ targets, 1,000+ receiving yards and seven plus touchdowns; catch rate is key area he needs to improve after downgrading from Brees and Brady to Goff
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
Volume takes precedent over efficiency in fantasy. Just look at Thielen, who enjoyed a breakout campaign (91 catches for 1,276 yards) by receiving 50 more targets than 2016. He averaged an identical 14.0 yards per reception and saw his catch % drop from 75 to 64.1, but a starting role propelled him to stardom. A slow finish (20 catches, 217 yards over final five games including the playoffs) causes some concern, and investors are paying for a repeat of last year's WR12 finish.A top-12 fantasy wideout in each of the last three years, Cooks's stock has dipped after his second trade in as many years. It turns out Jared Goff isn't quite as good as Drew Brees and Tom Brady. His receptions, targets, and TDs have also declined in each of the past two seasons, and that trend could continue in an offense that also must feed Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp while revolving around Todd Gurley. Although he'll lose some weekly reliability, those expecting a complete bust akin to Sammy Watkins are underestimating his talent.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
With Pat Shurmur out of Minnesota, Thielen could see a major drop in targets. Granted, the quarterback situation has improved, but Dalvin Cook is back and should cut into those targets as well. At Thielen's current ADP, you may want to cool off of him.Cooks had 1,000 yards and was a top-12 fantasy receiver with both Brady and Brees despite splitting targets with a ton of other useful pieces. While he may not be a WR1 anymore with Jared Goff throwing the passes, chances are that he won't stumble too far down the final leaderboard.
Jody Smith
FantasyPros
Prime regression candidate with only 10 TDs in four seasons. Won't see the same number of targets with Kirk Cousins under center. Steadily seems to out-produce his ADP despite having less than spectacular numbers across the board. Should still be the No. 1 target for high octane Rams.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
May not have teammate Diggs' upside, but he's yet to miss a game in his four seasons and he's serviceable or better (in some cases, much better) in most every aspect of being a receiver  
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Most don't realize how much of an effect that Pat Shurmur had on Thielen's career, as he catapulted him into a household fantasy name. He was 26 years old when he broke out, something that doesn't happen all that often. The move to John DiFilippo will change some things, as will the move to Kirk Cousins, who has taken more chances down the field than game-manager Case Keenum did. That would play more into Stefon Diggs' skill-set rather than Thielen's. I do expect him to be a reliable fantasy producer, but he's not going to finish with 143 targets again. While doing research for Boom, Bust, and Everything in Between, Thielen finished as a WR3 or better just 56.3 percent of the time despite all those targets. Even if he scores more touchdowns, his lost targets are going to hurt. While many continue to prop Cooks up as a low-end WR1, I urge you to stay away from that territory when it comes to him. The Sean McVay offense doesn't cater to one wide receiver, and it's unlikely they take targets away from Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, who were both extremely efficient last season. We saw Sammy Watkins finish with 70 targets in this exact role last year, and that was despite them giving up a second-round pick to acquire him. While I'd expect Cooks to see more than that with a full offseason to work with the offense, it'd be a stretch to see him finish with anything more than 100 targets. There were just three wide receivers who finished top-24 last year with less than 100 targets, so while it's doable, it's not a given.
Staff Rankings
QB List
"White Lightning" breaks into the top 10 this year as he managed to outpace Stefon Diggs in what was one of the best wide receiver duos in fantasy last year. Thielen's target share, great hands, and crisp routes made him the go-to receiver last year in a Minnesota offense that managed to get along just fine even without its star running back Dalvin Cook. Add in that extra Cook (certainly not too many here), the same stud defense, and Kirk Cousins under center, and you have the recipe for another stellar fantasy season from the breakout receiver.Oh how the hype has died, er, has decreased a bit. Swapped from the Saints to the Patriots in exchange for essentially a 1st rounder, Cooks looked poised to enter one of the league's most efficient pass offenses and produce frighteningly high-level numbers as Tom Brady's #1 receiver. Unfortunately, he only posted…#7 WR overall numbers? Yea Cooks is great, and produced with what he was given in NE despite the disappointment of those who expected the next coming of Randy Moss. Following a crushing defeat in Super Bowl LII, the Patriots pulled a Houdini, shipping Cooks with one less year of affordability to the Rams for nearly the same 1st round pick. Craziness. While Cooks travels west to enter perhaps an even more dynamic offense with the Rams, he also enters a WR room still full of high-end talent with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Much improved QB play from Jared Goff and the offensive genius of Sean McVay should allow Cooks to thrive when he gets the rock, but with already two mouths to feed in Kupp and Woods, and the beast that is Todd Gurley around, the chances of getting top 10 production from Cooks are slim.
Kevin Wheeler
NFL Mock
 It's not that Cooks is a bad talent - he's not. It's that McVay doesn't care to support 1 elite WR. He prefers to balance it out across all 3. @DynastyGuruFF
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Diggs could cut into his role a bit and he has to build chemistry with Cousins but he's clearly a studCooks has stud potential but the Rams failed to properly utilize Sammy last year, which has to be a mild concern
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Thielen averaged 9.6 fantasy points per game and was one of the most reliable possession receivers in the NFL. He could have even bigger numbers playing with QB Kirk Cousins.Cooks averaged 9.6 fantasy points per game and he could be even better next year, as long as the Rams give him enough targets in the passing game.