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The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 9/9/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Cordarrelle Patterson, Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice, Justin Forsett, Jordan Cameron, Pierre Garcon, Roddy White, Josh Gordon, Wes Welker, Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, Bobby Rainey, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin, Joique Bell, Chris Ivory, Keenan Allen

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NEWS: Brandin Cooks pulls in five passes for 55 yards and a score in his preseason opener.

Saints WR Brandin Cooks pulled in five passes for 55 yards and 1TD in Friday night’s preseason opener against the Rams.

SMITTY: There is a reason this kid once sat at our No. 2-ranked rookie receiver spot (ahead of Mike Evans) — and that was back when almost no site around head him inside the top five rookie receivers. He is back in the two spot, sorry Evans. The kid has mad skills and it’s crystal-clear that the Saints aren’t going to sit this ultra-talented speedster on the bench in 2014. Check out these monster full-season projections for Brandin Cooks. Also, check out where he falls on our Dynasty Rankings.

NEWS: Drew Brees calls Brandin Cooks’ work ethic “pretty rare for a young guy.”

According to nola.com, Saints QB Drew Brees had this to say about rookie WR Brandin Cooks: “Feed me, feed me information. He absorbs it very quickly and goes out and applies it. I’d say that’s pretty rare for a young guy.”

SMITTY: Brandin Cooks has all kinds of “home run” upside, even as a rookie. Occasionally rookie wide receivers come along and post 1,000-yard seasons during their first campaigns. Well, if anyone can do that, it’s Cooks, who arguably has one of the best situations any rookie could ask for (pulling in passes from Drew Brees, and having defensive attention on Jimmy Graham, who is 80/1,200/12+ capable). Any receiver in this situation would have rookie upside, but when you mix in Cooks’ skill set with that Saints air attack, the sky is the limit, and this is especially the case entering his second NFL season. Looking for 2014 Brandin Cooks Fantasy Football Projections?

Article: 2014 Rookie Rankings & Analysis

smitty staffIt’s late July, so it’s time to reevaluate the 2014 Fantasy Football Rookies. Below is a one-player taste of our Premium 2014 Rookie Rankings with Analysis, so if you aren’t a 2014 STARTERS Subscriber, get access right after you read this sample (who is #5 on our Rookie Rankings)… after you read this, there are 11 more rookie write-ups just like it waiting for you, along with a complete ranking of my top 50 rookies… here we go!

5. Jordan Matthews | PHI WR

Date: 7/24/14

This 2014 rookie receiving class is just flat-out phenomenal, as we are talking about the 4th receiver ranked, and this receiver can be a fantasy WR1 if he develops properly. Jordan Matthews is 6-3, 212 pounds, but he plays like he is 6-5, 225 pounds. He has a long reach and has phenomenal spacial awareness. View this exact play right here to see what I mean… if you watched that play, you should have noticed not only Matthews’ timing pulling in the reception, but his innate ability to use his body to defend the area around the football. It’s an instinct most players don’t develop until their second or third NFL season, but Matthews has a natural instinct to use his body to position the defender where he wants the defender. It’s masterful if you take the time to watch him in acton. Like Brandin Cooks, Matthews couldn’t have landed in a more potent offense. And, in Matthews’ case, the Eagles are in need of a big-time possession receiver, and it appears Chip Kelly is going to immediately lean on the rookie. Don’t be surprised if Matthews makes a strong case for Rookie of the Year in 2014! It wouldn’t be shocking if the guy pulled in 55-60 receptions for 900-1000 yards and 6-7 scores as a rookie. The rookie receiver position is changing, and these guys are maturing much faster than they use to.



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NEWS: Brandin Cooks playing at a different speed?

According to ESPN, teammates of Saints WR Brandin Cooks claim that the rookie is playing at a different speed than everyone else when on the field.

SMITTY: His teammates have also nicknamed him “lightning”. Brandin Cooks and Jordan Matthews are in a competition to be this year’s Keenan Allen. Both receivers have been drafted into high-octane passing attacks and both should have enough targets to feed a five-year veteran. These two will absolutely have a shot at Rookie of the Year honors in 2014.

NEWS: Brandin Cooks to spend two weeks this Summer working out with Drew Brees?

According to Gil Brandt on Twitter, Saints WR Brandin Cooks is expected to “spend two weeks in SD working out” with Drew Brees.

SMITTY: Brandin Cooks has already been nicknamed “lightning” by cornerback Keenan Lewis. Cooks was our No. 2-ranked rookie receiver back in February, and Mike Evans barely passed him heading into the month of April, so we’ve been talking this receiver up since the start of the 2014 fantasy football off-season. You won’t find many sites higher on Cooks than we are. Drew Brees has already identified Cooks as the main replacement for Darren Sproles, so expect to see Cooks all over the field right out of the gate! He is an early favorite for Rookie of the Year, and for good reason. It wouldn’t be shocking if he pulled in 6-8TDs as a rookie. Checkout his 2014 Projections right here (based on your very own scoring).

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