WR Amari Cooper - Dallas Cowboys
|6-1, 211||Born: 6-18-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 22): Cooper has a higher weekly floor as Dallas's #1 receiver, but he has a lower weekly ceiling, too. Consistency will help us trust him more, but he won't swing as many weeks in our direction and he'll absorb a second bye. Overall, the trade is a wash for his fantasy value.
General News (Mon Oct 22): was pursued by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts before being traded to the Cowboys, according to NFL Network's Mike Silver. The Eagles had offered a second-round pick for the wide receiver. Whether or not the Colts made an offer was not disclosed.
General News (Mon Oct 22): has been traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a first-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Amari Cooper's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a tough day for Cooper. He hauled in a 28-yard reception on a deep out route in the first quarter but had it called back due to a holding. Cooper's only official target came in the opening minutes of the second quarter. He wasn't able to hold on through contact on a pass over the middle and took a dangerous head-to-head hit from the Seattle safety. It was shocking not to see a flag for targeting or hitting a defenseless receiver thrown. The hit knocked Cooper out of the game with a concussion. He will have a bye next week, which increases the chances he won't miss another game.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Impossible as it seems, Cooper was targeted just once officially against the Chargers soft pass defense and despite the Raiders trailing the whole game. Cooper's catch came on a quick slant in the first quarter. He did have a ball thrown his way incomplete on a free play when the Chargers jumped offsides. "Just because he wasn't targeted doesn't mean he wasn't the primary guy on some of those," Gruden said after the game. "He was. And sometimes the opposition takes guys away." It has been a consistent theme in recent years that if an opponent has an elite cornerback or a plan to take Cooper out of the game, the Raiders are content to let them do so. It is confounding to see multiple coaching staffs so willing to allow the defense to dictate whether or not Cooper is a part of the game plan.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (12 / 8 / 128 / 1 rec)
On paper, it was a big day for Cooper but there were still some concerning aspects of his performance. Derek Carr was extremely frustrated with Cooper on multiple occasions and it looked like a misread of a route by Cooper was going to be the nail in the coffin for the Raiders on a 4th-down play where Cooper broke inside when Carr was expecting him to go outside. There was also a strange play right before halftime where Cooper decided not to run his route for some reason. It allowed the safety to instead come back inside and pick off a ball intended for Jared Cook. There were some bright spots too, including an 8-yard touchdown. Cooper ran a simple slant route, Carr extended the play, and Cleveland's zone coverage broke down, which allowed Cooper to come wide open in the middle of the end zone for the easy completion. Cooper should have had a second touchdown when he was open on an out route, but Carr missed him badly. Cooper had a 36-yard grab down the sideline in overtime where he got behind the corner and made the catch along the sideline before the safety could get over. He also had a 14-yard catch on a short sideline route to set up the game-winning field goal. It was encouraging to see Carr go back to Cooper after the frustration Carr showed at the end of regulation.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
After a breakout game last week, Cooper was right back to being a non-factor. He caught a pair of short passes on quick comebacks when the defender was playing off but didn't do anything else productive. Cooper was targeted on a deep ball but seemed to give up when seeing he was bracketed by double coverage. The ball was intercepted. Cooper also made an unforced error when he stepped out of bounds while tracking a deep ball down the sideline on a go route. It went through his hands but would have come back even if he had caught it. Cooper was shadowed by emerging cornerback Xavien Howard, but it is telling how willing the Raiders are to seemingly ignore Cooper whenever he is lined up across an above-average cornerback.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (10 / 10 / 116 / 0 rec)
After a quiet Week 1, Cooper got back on track and arguably had his most complete performance since 2016. He topped 100 receiving yards for the 12th time in his career, with 116 on the day and caught all 10 of his targets. The strong performance was especially notable because Cooper has always struggled against the Broncos, never topping 60 yards receiving in a game against his AFC West rivals prior to Sunday. Oakland's game plan seem designed to build Cooper's confidence early with short passes to help him build a rhythm. His four first-half catches all came on either wide receiver screens or short comeback routes. Cooper's confidence was evident in the way he was attacking the ball with his hands and not letting it get into his body. The opening drive of the second half finally saw Carr take some deep shots to Cooper. The pair connected on a deep post route for 31 yards and then a couple plays later on an out route for 20 yards. Cooper had a sweet catch and run on a slant, grabbing the ball in traffic and then putting his hand on the ground and spinning out of a tackle to stay on his feet and pick up an extra five yards. Cooper had a long catch called back on a strange officiating decision when both Cooper and the cornerback covering him were called for offsetting pass interference penalties. Overall, it was a big-time performance for Cooper who looked like an elite WR1 for the first time in quite a while.
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Cooper was an afterthought offensively despite being on the field for 93% of the snaps. He had nine yards on an end around on the first drive. He made a nice 16-yard grab with a toe drag along the sideline in the first quarter but it was wiped out by a holding call. Cooper had a nine-yard catch on a short pass over the middle in the two-minute drill before half and then saw only two more targets the rest of the way. One was a throwaway out of bounds in his general direction. Another was a missed connection with Carr on a crossing route. Based upon Carr's reaction after the incompletion, Cooper didn't adjust his route properly to account for the zone coverage. It was a strange game with 30 of Carr's 39 pass attempts going to the tight ends and running backs and just 9 going to the wide receivers. Cooper's lack of opportunities in the first glimpse of John Gruden's new offense is a major red flag after Cooper was a fantasy non-factor most of last season. It is hard to trust him in fantasy lineups.
Latest NewsColts | Indy had interest in Amari Cooper (Mon Oct 22, 04:42 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper was pursued by the Indianapolis Colts before being traded to the Cowboys. Whether or not the Colts made an offer was not disclosed. Our View: The Colts could use some help at the WR position. They didn't get Amari Cooper but perhaps they could land another WR on the trade block like DeVante Parker (Dolphins) or Demaryius Thomas (Broncos).
link to story Eagles | Philly made offer for Amari Cooper (Mon Oct 22, 04:40 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper was pursued by the Philadelphia Eagles before being traded to the Cowboys. The Eagles had offered a second-round pick for the wide receiver. Our View: The Raiders received a first-round pick from the Cowboys in exchange for Cooper. That gives them three, first-round picks in the 2019 NFL draft. The Eagles missed out on adding a talent like Cooper but perhaps could land someone like DeVante Parker (Dolphins) or Demaryius Thomas (Broncos) instead.
link to story Raiders | Oakland ships Amari Cooper for draft pick (Mon Oct 22, 03:18 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper is being traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a first-round draft pick, according to a source. Our View: The Raiders are tanking under head coach Jon Gruden. He is reshaping the team in his image and getting rid of key players like Cooper (and previously Khalil Mack). They now turn to Jordy Nelson as their lead wide receiver and Martavis Bryant should get a bump in targets and snaps as well. Seth Roberts should win their no.3 spot in the WR corps.
link to story Cowboys | Amari Cooper heading to Dallas (Mon Oct 22, 03:14 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper is being acquired by the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a first-round draft pick, according to a source. Our View: Cooper has a ton of talent but injuries and inconsistencies have plagued his game over the last two years. Perhaps a change of scenery will help. The Cowboys have been devoid of WR talent this year and get a huge boost for the passing game with the addition of Cooper. The team might want to restructure his deal and get an extension done as Cooper is under their control through the 2019 season.
link to story Raiders | Three teams reportedly interested in Amari Cooper (Sun Oct 21, 10:40 AM) - The Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins have reportedly expressed interest in Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper, according to league sources. Our View: The Colts would be the best fantasy destination while the Cowboys would be the biggest upgrade for the team receiving Cooper. Washington might actually be a downgrade for Cooper's fantasy outlook despite how bad as he has been in Oakland this year.
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