The 3 and Out for Week 5: Workloads, Trends and Hidden Statistics

The 3 and Out focuses on using the Weekly Stat Explorer to uncover significant workload changes, league, team, and player-specific trends, and hidden but powerful statistics. Note that metrics and statistics referenced in this article are sourced from the Weekly Stat Explorer. As a result, offensive rankings, for example, are based upon tool specific calculations and may not agree with rankings from other sources.

1. It would Seem That I Was Wrong

Brandin Cooks is Currently WR9

I was skeptical of Brandin Cooks heading into the season. Though I did have him projected for 222 points as WR16, I highly doubted his chances of finishing in the top-12. Through four weeks, Cooks ranks in at WR9 and is averaging 20 points per game. While Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp have combined for over 60 targets, Cooks has been Jared Goff’s most heavily targeted receiver. With a target share of 21 percent, Cooks’ workload is within my preseason expectations and has not matched the 23 to 24 percent I estimated that he’d need to finish as a WR1. Of course, if the Rams offense can continue to smash, he might not need the increased volume. The Rams have already scored 140 points, are undefeated, and boast a net points total of 73, which is easily the best in the league. 3&OUTLAR1

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