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Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Brandin CooksB. Cooks
WR - HOU
Brandin Cooks
at PIT, Sun 1pm EDT
Sony MichelS. Michel
RB - NE
Sony Michel
vs. LV, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Recommendation

Updated: Sep 24th, 2020
53%
Recommended by
60 of 113 experts
47%
Recommended by
53 of 113 experts
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 86# 83-
Best Rank# 76# 60-
Worst Rank# 100# 120-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at PIT vs. LV-
Matchup RatingThis is a 3 star matchup. WRs perform close to their average vs PITThis is a 4 star matchup. RBs perform better than their average vs LV-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total11.511.6-
Avg Game5.85.8-
Week 29.51.9-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather78 F, Partly cloudy throughout the day.78 F, Overcast throughout the day.-
    
Expert Ranks 
Brandin CooksSony MichelAdd Player
    
Matthew HillM. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football
1 m
#90#92-
    
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
13 m
#96#93-
    
Elliot Berkovits E. Berk...
Packer Report
22 m
#88#79-
    
Mike RigzM. Rigz
Gridiron Experts
25 m
#87#92-
    
Brandon FunstonB. Funston
The Athletic
27 m
#90#100-
    
Marc CavigliaM. Cavi...
Bruno Boys
28 m
#90#83-
    
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
31 m
#87#132-
    
Mauricio GutierrezM. Guti...
Estadio Fantasy
1 h
#94#79-
    
Brandon MurchisonB. Murc...
RotoBaller
1 h
#88#79-
    
Jamie CalandroJ. Cala...
Fantasy Team Advice
1 h
#94#109-
    
Kevin ScottK. Scott
The Intersecting
1 h
#75#60-
    
Ryan NoonanR. Noonan
FTN
1 h
#89#120-
    
Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
1 h
#90#111-
    
Michelle MagdziukM. Magd...
BallBlast
1 h
#73#92-
    
Morgan ColbyM. Colby
The Fantasy Champions
2 h
#75#98-
    
Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
2 h
#88#83-
    
Alex BlickleA. Blickle
Fantasy Team Advice
2 h
#95#64-
    
Kevin TompkinsK. Tomp...
Fighting Chance Fantasy
2 h
#89#92-
    
Kevin RobertsK. Roberts
Breaking Football
2 h
#96#85-
    
Bart WheelerB. Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
2 h
#68#133-
    
Patrick ThormanP. Thorman
Establish the Run
2 h
#87#79-
    
Kyle YatesK. Yates
FantasyPros
2 h
#73#109-
    
Matthew BetzM. Betz
BallBlast
2 h
#89#92-
    
Mike RandleM. Randle
BettingPros
2 h
#88#92-
    
Mundo Fantasy MXM. Fant...
Mundo Fantasy
3 h
#87#109-
    
Donald GibsonD. Gibson
FantasyPros
3 h
#75#131-
    
Mike MacGregorM. MacG...
Draft Buddy
3 h
#105#133-
    
3 h
#87#93-
    
Andrew SeifterA. Seifter
FantasyPros
3 h
#105#98-
    
Garret PriceG. Price
Dynasty Nerds
4 h
#103#98-
    
Ken ZalisK. Zalis
Pressbox
4 h
#89#92-
    
Jeff PaurJ. Paur
RTSports
4 h
#76#64-
    
Tozzi BrothersT. Brot...
Legion Report
4 h
#87#85-
    
Heath CappsH. Capps
Fake Teams
5 h
#88#79-
    
Justin SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
5 h
#91#83-
    
Pat FitzmauriceP. Fitz...
The Football Girl
5 h
#90#64-
    
David ZachD. Zach
FantasyPros
5 h
#58#85-
    
Tyler OrginskiT. Orgi...
Fantasy Hot Read
5 h
#88#93-
    
Dan HarrisD. Harris
FantasyPros
6 h
#89#92-
    
Steven PintadoS. Pintado
The Fantasy Coaches
6 h
#89#93-
    
Andy VandaA. Vanda
Take Your League
10 h
#82#91-
    
Christopher DellC. Dell
Betting Predators
10 h
#99#158-
    
Jason SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
11 h
#85#111-
    
Nick HumphreysN. Hump...
Fantasy Victors
13 h
#83#87-
    
Des BielerD. Bieler
The Washington Post
14 h
#85#68-
    
Matthew BoweM. Bowe
Razzball
14 h
#90#92-
    
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
14 h
#96#98-
    
Michael PetropoulosM. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
15 h
#94#107-
    
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
FantasyPros
15 h
#95#84-
    
Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
15 h
#102#87-
    
Kyle AugustK. August
FF Fellas
15 h
#65#98-
    
Jacob GibbsJ. Gibbs
SportsLine
15 h
#94#98-
    
Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
15 h
#96#119-
    
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
16 h
#76#87-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
16 h
#85#69-
    
Donkey TeethD. Teeth
Razzball
16 h
#94#62-
    
Seth MillerS. Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
17 h
#75#107-
    
Kevin HansonK. Hanson
EDSFootball
17 h
#81#69-
    
John HestermanJ. Hest...
Dynasty League Football
17 h
#85#91-
    
Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
17 h
#100#75-
    
Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
Draftwize
17 h
#83#91-
    
Mike TagliereM. Tagl...
FantasyPros
17 h
#77#60-
    
Tal MalachovskyT. Mala...
The Fantasy Scout
17 h
#75#91-
    
Tim PetropoulosT. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
18 h
#76#98-
    
Todd D ClarkT. D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
18 h
#83#91-
    
Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
18 h
#91#108-
    
Jason WillanJ. Willan
Gridiron Experts
19 h
#85#87-
    
Ryan SkolrudR. Skolrud
SkullKing Sports
19 h
#83#87-
    
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
20 h
#85#107-
    
Kelly SmelserK. Smelser
Punch Drunk Wonderland
20 h
#101#107-
    
Gerson AguirreG. Aguirre
Going For 2
20 h
#83#109-
    
Jason PetropoulosJ. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
20 h
#72#158-
    
Jacob W. DunneJ. W. D...
New Life Fantasy
20 h
#81#148-
    
Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
20 h
#100#91-
    
Richard SavillR. Savill
Fantasy Six Pack
21 h
#90#107-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
21 h
#85#87-
    
Eric MoodyE. Moody
FantasyData
21 h
#82#69-
    
Geoff LambertG. Lambert
Going For 2
21 h
#90#79-
    
Justin DoddsJ. Dodds
Locked In Football
21 h
#83#107-
    
Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
22 h
#85#98-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
23 h
#83#121-
    
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
23 h
#90#151-
    
Matt MacCoyM. MacCoy
Fantasy Team Advice
1 d
#83#68-
    
Justin WeigalJ. Weigal
FantasySharks
1 d
#83#87-
    
Neema HodjatN. Hodjat
Real GM
1 d
#83#69-
    
Mike WrightM. Wright
The Fantasy Footballers
1 d
#85#79-
    
John FergusonJ. Ferg...
FantasyData
1 d
#82#68-
    
Andy HollowayA. Holl...
The Fantasy Footballers
1 d
#83#79-
    
Andy SingletonA. Sing...
Expand The Boxscore
1 d
#83#89-
    
Dominick PetrilloD. Petr...
Fantasy Hot Read
1 d
#82#93-
    
Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack
1 d
#82#73-
    
Mick CiallelaM. Cial...
Fantrax
1 d
#85#91-
    
Matt BrandonM. Brandon
Matt Brandon
1 d
#78#76-
    
David BiggsD. Biggs
Drink Five
1 d
#84#79-
    
Adam PfeiferA. Pfeifer
FTN
2 d
#85#93-
    
Husein ShabazzH. Shabazz
SleeperWire
2 d
#85#76-
    
Drew DeLucaD. DeLuca
NFL Spinzone
2 d
#84#76-
    
Dennis SosicD. Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
2 d
#85#73-
    
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
2 d
#85#79-
    
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
Fantasy Shed
2 d
#82#76-
    
Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
2 d
#82#73-
    
Bill EnrightB. Enright
Sports Illustrated
2 d
#84#76-
    
Michael HauffM. Hauff
Gridiron Experts
2 d
#85#73-
    
SmittyS.
SleeperU
2 d
#100#76-
    
Anthony CervinoA. Cervino
Gridiron Experts
2 d
#84#76-
    
Lawrence JacksonL. Jackson
Fantasy Football Lord
2 d
#85#73-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
2 d
#81#79-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
QB List
2 d
#85#93-
    
Jason MooreJ. Moore
The Fantasy Footballers
2 d
#85#79-
    
Kyle EnglishK. English
Reality Sports
2 d
#84#83-
    
Nick MarianoN. Mariano
RotoBaller
3 d
#81#73-
    
Raju ByfieldR. Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
3 d
#88#61-
    
Jordan RainsJ. Rains
Expand The Boxscore
3 d
#105#60-
    
Player Game Logs Comparison
  Brandin CooksB. Cooks
WR - HOU
Brandin Cooks
Sony MichelS. Michel
RB - NE
Sony Michel
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at KC
5 tar, 2 rec, 20 yds, 0 td
vs. MIA
10 rush, 37 yds, 1 td
Week 2 vs. BAL
at SEA
Week 3 at PIT vs. LV
Week 4 vs. MIN at KC
Week 5 vs. JAC vs. DEN
Week 6 at TENBYE WEEK
Week 7 vs. GB vs. SF
Week 8BYE WEEK at BUF
Week 9 at JAC at NYJ
Week 10 at CLE vs. BAL
Week 11 vs. NE at HOU
Week 12 at DET vs. ARI
Week 13 vs. IND at LAC
Week 14 at CHI at LAR
Week 15 at IND at MIA
Week 16 vs. CIN vs. BUF
Week 17 vs. TEN vs. NYJ
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Brandin CooksB. Cooks
WR - HOU
Brandin Cooks
Sony MichelS. Michel
RB - NE
Sony Michel
2020 Points 
Week 12.09.7
Week 29.51.9
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total11.511.6
Average5.85.8
Player Targets Comparison
  Brandin CooksB. Cooks
WR - HOU
Brandin Cooks
Sony MichelS. Michel
RB - NE
Sony Michel
2020 Targets 
Week 150
Week 281
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Notes for Player Combination
  Brandin CooksB. Cooks
WR - HOU
Brandin Cooks
at PIT, Sun 1pm EDT
Sony MichelS. Michel
RB - NE
Sony Michel
vs. LV, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It was good to see Cooks on the field in a full-time role, as his connection grew stronger with Deshaun Watson. He caught 5-of-8 targets for 95 yards, leading the team in a brutal matchup against the Ravens secondary. The Steelers aren't slouches either, as they've allowed just 16 receivers to score more than 11.2 PPR points against them since the start of last year. Why is that number significant? It's the average number of points it took to finish as a top-36 receiver in 2019. That's what you're looking for when starting any wide receiver, a top-36 performance. Cooks tends to do well against slower cornerbacks, and the Steelers duo of Joe Haden and Steven Nelson kind of fit in that group. Nelson ran a 4.49 when coming into the NFL while Haden ran a 4.52, though both are slower than they were when they came into the league. It's not a great matchup, but we'd give Cooks a solid bump if Fuller can't go or is limited throughout the week. For now, we'll assume Fuller plays after being limited in practice. Cooks should be in the high-end WR4 conversation whose arrow is trending up.It was incredibly sad to hear about White's personal tragedy last week, so I want to send nothing but positive thoughts to him and his family. He is expected to be back with the team for this game, so we'll move forward assuming he does. Michel has picked up right where he left off last year, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry and not catching a single pass. It's brutal, too, as Cam Newton's presence should be opening holes up for him. It's worth noting that he's faced 8-plus man defensive fronts on 41.2 percent of his carries, which is the fourth-highest mark in the league. According to NFL's NextGenStats, he's getting almost exactly what he's been expected to, though that doesn't soak up fantasy owners' tears. In a game they're six-point favorites against a team that has allowed 4.66 yards per carry and four rushing touchdowns on just 41 carries, he must be under consideration as a mid-to-low-end RB3 who comes with touchdown upside. Guys, Newton isn't going to rush for two touchdowns every game. That same Raiders team that's allowed a lot of rushing totals has allowed a massive 9.83 targets to running backs, and that's something we continually saw last year, as they allowed the fourth-most fantasy points through the air to running backs. We don't know how much White will be involved, so it's a tough week to rank him, but given the matchup, he should offer high-end RB4 value in PPR formats. Burkhead has been even less efficient than Michel and will concede the passing down work to White, so he's droppable.
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
 Michel had seven carries for 19 yards in Week 2.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Cooks looked to be back from his injury that he had in week one and he put together a solid outing against a stout Ravens defense. With Fuller pulling a disappearing act, Cooks stepped in and turned 5 receptions into 95 yards through the air. This is another tough defense, but Cooks should be a fine option to roll out there as a WR3 this week.Michel was an intriguing late-round option in draft season, but he's simply not seeing the necessary work to be relevant for fantasy football. With Cam taking away all goal-line opportunities, Michel has very little upside on a weekly basis and should remain on your bench.