Don't Call It A Comeback, He's Been Here For Years
Amari Cooper will finish the season as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver and has his best chance yet to finally join the position’s elite.
It’s a bold proclamation to make as we enter 2018 fantasy drafts, yet it didn’t raise an eyebrow when many analysts made the same prediction at this time last year. We owe the change in perception to Cooper’s awful 2017 campaign, combined with fears Jon Gruden’s antiquated coaching philosophies will doom the entire Raiders offense. Not only are both concerns overblown, but it’s also more likely Gruden’s presence will help Cooper to a career year than do him statistical harm.
The reasons Cooper -- who has never finished higher than WR14 in his three previous seasons -- will put last year’s disappointment behind him and have a career year are numerous:
- Cooper's talent didn't suddenly evaporate after one down season
- Derek Carr played poorly through a broken back last year and should rebound
- Cooper's target share figures to increase with Michael Crabtree's departure
- Jon Gruden has a long history of favoring the offense's No. 1 receiver
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