Are Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods top-20 wide receivers after Brandin Cooks trade?

Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

By trading Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans, does this mean Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are now both top-20 wide receivers in fantasy football?

With wide receiver Brandin Cooks now on his fourth team after he was traded to the Houston Texans last week, this leaves open the opportunity for a pair of Los Angeles Rams wide receivers to make a climb up fantasy football rankings. Are Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods now firmly top-20 fantasy wide receivers entering next season?

The Fantasy Footballers do believe this move will help both Kupp and Woods achieve greater stats in fantasy without having to share some of the volume with Cooks anymore, but are split on if they both are no-doubt top-20 fantasy wideouts.

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Andy Holloway is the biggest proponent of Kupp and Woods both achieving top-20 status next year. By not going into three wide receiver sets and 11 personnel-ing the opposition to death like head coach Sean McVay has always done, this guarantees more snaps for Kupp and Woods should the Rams go with varying packages on offense.

Mike Wright is probably the biggest skeptic of the guys on both Kupp and Woods being top-20 fantasy wide receivers next year. He believes the offense’s pivot to featuring Tyler Higbee as a tight end more is here to stay because of what it did for the Rams’ ground game. Kupp and Woods may get more balls thrown their way, but so will Higbee in Wright’s eyes.

Jason Moore is on the fence, as he valued both Kupp and Woods as fringe top-20 fantasy wide receivers entering next season. He’s not as quick to hop on the five-game sample size that saw Higbee flourish last season, but does admit his rankings may need to be recalibrated in the coming weeks once we are truly in the heart of the offseason.

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Though neither Kupp or Woods should be your WR1 in fantasy, you can win a bunch of games with them as your WR2. As for if they’ll both be top-20 fantasy wide receivers, there is a pretty good chance they will be. While McVay may love using the tight end now, he may go back to his old way of doing things should Higbee falter, leaving plenty of balls to be thrown Kupp and Woods’ way.