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Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

Aug 15, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) reaches out for a pass as Tennessee Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (25) defends during second half of a preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Tennessee Titans 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone who has any knowledge of the NFL knows that Quarterback Drew Brees, Coach Sean Payton, and the New Orleans Saints love to throw the ball.

Enter Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks.

The Saints moved up in the first round to get Cooks, the Biletnikoff award-winning receiver from Oregon State, so they obviously have interest in using him. Now inserted into the high-flying, pass-oriented New Orleans offense, Cooks will have the chance to thrive, and earn massive points for your fantasy team.

During his career for the Beavers, Cooks was, by far, the go-to receiver. In his award-winning 2013 season, Cooks hauled in 128 passes for 1730 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has proven to have amazing hands, catching ability, and the skills to be dangerous after the catch.

Since 2010, Brees has had more than 650 pass attempts in each season, and has passed for more than 5,000 yards and 39 touchdowns in the last three. Despite the fact that the Saints possess a plethora of receiving options, but they are now without Lance Moore and Darren Sproles, so Cooks will get his fair share of targets. That will be more than enough for him to make a fantasy impact.

In his first preseason game against St. Louis, Cooks began to prove that he and Brees have established a good relationship, hauling in five passes for 55 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown grab.

Expect big things from the rookie wide receiver. If he is available in the mid-rounds of your draft, pick him up, or be forced to watch him score against you this season.