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Brandin Cooks start or sit: Week 12 fantasy football advice

We break down the fantasy football outlook of Brandin Cooks ahead of the Commanders Week 12 matchup against the Cowboys.

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After a monster game in Week 10 against the Giants, Brandin Cooks cooled off last week as the Dallas Cowboys dialed back their game plan against the Panthers. This week, the veteran wide receiver has another shot at a big outing, going up against the Washington Commanders on Thanksgiving Day, and games against that Washington pass defense are something every wide receiver can be thankful for this year.

Fantasy Football analysis: Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks

Cooks exploded in Week 10 for 173 yards and a touchdown, catching nine passes on 10 targets. Last week, things were a little quieter with just three catches on four targets for 42 yards. He still led the Cowboys in receiving yards last week, despite seeing the third most targets of anyone on the team.

Washington’s pass defense has surrendered 15 receiving touchdowns to opposing wideouts, tied for the most in the NFL. The Commanders have given up 2,110 yards to receivers this season, the most in the NFL.

Start or sit in Week 12 PPR leagues?

Despite the volatility with Cooks’ production this season, he’s a worth starter in PPR leagues at WR3 or flex. The upside is there more often than not, and this is just too good of a matchup to leave him on the bench.

Start or sit in Week 12 standard leagues?

Start Cooks in standards leagues too. He’s found the end zone in three of his last five games, and there’s a good chance he’ll do it again this week against the Commanders. Plus, he’s hovering around that No. 2 wideout role for Dallas, giving him a shot at solid numbers across the board here.

Player(s) you would start ahead of Brandin Cooks

Jayden Reed of the Packers is a better start than Cooks this week at the WR3 spot in most leagues. He’s going up against the league’s most generous team to slot receivers, the Lions.