New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman hurt his right knee in Friday night's third preseason game in Detroit, and had to be carted off the field.
The defending champs reportedly fear it could be a torn ACL -- effectively ending Edelman's 2017 campaign.
If Edelman is out for an extended period of time, then Brandin Cooks will likely be the biggest beneficiary in terms of targets and production.
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Last year in New Orleans, Cooks was the No. 9 fantasy receiver in standard leagues with 78 catches, 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns on 117 targets. Those stats are within reach if Edelman is sidelined for the year.
These are the new projected Over/Under receiving numbers for Cooks from market-setting offshore sportsbook BookMaker.eu:
The SportsLine Optimal Cheat Sheets, developed by Stephen Oh, have come out with updated projections following Edelman's injury, and there has been plenty of movement among the Pats' offensive weapons.
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As of early Saturday morning, Cooks moved from WR20 on our cheat sheets to WR13. Cooks is now ahead of several big-name receivers such as Oakland's Amari Cooper, Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin and T.Y. Hilton of Indianapolis.
Cooks is right behind the likes of A.J. Green, Dez Bryant and Terrelle Pryor.
Expect Cooks to become the primary wide receiver in Tom Brady's potent offense, though there will still be plenty of targets to share with Rob Gronkowski and other weapons.
Which receivers should you have on your ?must-draft? list -- and where should you draft them for a value? Visit SportsLine's cheat sheets to get rankings from the same model that powered all three fantasy sites and find out.