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WR Amari Cooper - Oakland Raiders

6-1, 211Born: 6-18-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): With every passing week that Cooper lets us down, it will be more difficult to start him. This week against Kansas City has potential on paper, but Cooper hasn't done anything in a month and is outside of our circle of trust.

Week 7: vs Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Derek Carr's tough season continued last week after returning from injury. Carr has now thrown for just three touchdowns in his last three games and has thrown for under 250 yards in four of his five games this season. The biggest issue for this offense has been Amari Cooper who is struggling mightily as he is averaging just 16.8 yards per game over his last five contests and while he had 5 receptions last week which was more than his three previous weeks combined, he was only able to turn those into 28 yards. Michael Crabtree continues to be a bright spot in this passing offense as even in a tough matchup last week against Casey Hayward he was able to find the end zone and was targeted a season-high 10 times last week. The Chiefs so far this season have struggled against the pass as they are 24th in terms of passing yards allowed as they have allowed 247.5 yards per game through the air so far this year. While Marcus Peters has been one of the top cornerbacks in football as he usually is, Terrance Mitchell and Phillip Gaines have really struggled in pass coverage which could be an area that the Raiders could exploit. Peters traditionally does not shadow a cornerback so expect that the Raiders try to line up Michael Crabtree in this game away from the Pro Bowler Peters and exploit some of the better matchups in this game. If Crabtree is matched up against Peters, however, it could be a long day for the Raiders passing attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at WAS 44 0 0 0 5 1 6 0 0 0.6
4 at DEN 53 0 0 0 8 2 9 0 0 0.9
5 vs BAL 55 0 0 0 2 1 8 0 0 0.8
6 vs LAC 55 0 0 0 6 5 28 0 0 2.8
7 vs KC PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
7 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
7 vs KC PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs LAC (6 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)

Cooper caught 7-of-8 targets for 78 yards. Unfortunately, gains of 31 and 19 yards were brought back due to penalties. While Crabtree is vastly outproducing Cooper, it is Cooper who is still getting the most attention from opposing defenses. Cooper saw shadow coverage from the Chargers top cornerback Casey Hayward all day. Cooper caught a quick slant for a 7 yard gain. He caught a short crossing route for 5 yards and an underneath route for 5 yards. Late in the first half, Cooper got behind the corner with a pretty double move on an out-and-up. Carr put a lot of air on the deep ball and Cooper went way up and snagged it for a 31-yard gain but it got called back due to holding on the offensive line. Cooper nearly grabbed a 27-yard touchdown in the final seconds before halftime. The ball was knocked away in the front of the end zone at the final second by a defensive back. There was a lot of contact that initially drew a flag for pass interference but after a conference, the flag was picked up. Cooper caught a back-shoulder pass for 19 yards on Hayward but an illegal formation penalty on Michael Crabtree wiped it out.

2017 Week 5 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Another week, another shockingly quiet game for Amari Cooper. Unlike past weeks where Cooper saw targets but struggled to convert them, it seemed EJ Manuel rarely looked his direction. Cooper played 55 of the 56 offensive snaps but still saw just two targets (only one of which was catchable). Cooper's first target was a short comeback route in the red zone that Manuel sailed way over his head. It was unclear if it was a misfire or if Manuel intentionally threw the ball away. Cooper caught his second target for eight yards on a quick slant. Cooper does still have value to Oakland even if he's not catching passes. He drew three defensive backs (including the deep safety) his direction on a deep route towards the left sideline that allowed Crabtree to slip free down the right sideline for his long touchdown.

2017 Week 4 vs DEN (8 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

At this point, Cooper looks like he is just a matchup-based fantasy option who will eventually have some big games but also will need to be benched when facing a tough cornerback. In the AFC West where each of the other teams in the division has at least one lockdown corner, he is going to be a poor fantasy option fairly often. The biggest issue for Cooper is that he isn't a contested-catch receiver who is going to see a lot of targets (or success) against tight coverage but instead check down to secondary targets. Cooper's problems are complicated by the fact that opposing teams respect his deep speed so much that he is seeing extra coverage shifted his way despite his lack of impact. The Broncos were consistently putting a Safety in deep coverage on Cooper's side of the field, which allowed the corner covering him to aggressively jump the shorter routes. It is worth noting that Cooper's awful fantasy day wasn't solely due to his poor play. Many of his eight targets were uncatchable. Cooper's first target of the game was an out route late in the first quarter. He was open but Carr threw it way behind him. His second "target" was just a throwaway well out of bounds in his general direction. Carr tried to hit him on a short slant just before halftime but the corner, Bradley Roby, was sitting on the route and jumped it to knock the ball away. Cooper's fourth "target" was a designed 4th-down throwaway right before halftime when Carr rolled out to run off the final few seconds of the half and then fired the ball way out of bounds to get the Raiders to halftime without punting. Cooper's first catch was on a crossing route early in the third quarter. He caught the ball with multiple Denver defenders closing in on him and only managed a 1-yard gain. Carr caught an 8-yard out route from EJ Manuel late but a few plays later had his seventh drop of the season on a short comeback route. He was worried about his run-after-the-catch and took his eyes off the ball early. The game ended when Cooper was out-jumped on a deep ball by athletic Broncos safety Justin Simmons. It was a great play by the safety.

2017 Week 3 vs WAS (5 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Cooper had another rough game against the tough Washington cornerback duo of Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland. On the first drive of the game, Carr took a shot deep shot to Cooper down the left sideline that was intercepted. Cooper was double covered and looked like he started to give up on the route. The interception was on Carr's decision to throw it into double coverage. Cooper had a 6-yard reception called back due to holding that would have been the Raiders only third down conversion of the game. After the holding call pushed them back, Carr again looked to Cooper to keep the chains moving and he was able to get open over the middle but the ball bounced right off of his hands. Cooper has had periodic struggles with his hands and is going through a tough stretch right now where he looks like he is fighting the ball. The drop was the only real mistake for Cooper, but he simply wasn't able to generate much separation. He was targeted on a deep ball down the seam but the cornerback was running stride-for-stride with him. After the second fumble, Seth Roberts drew a penalty to set the Raiders up 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line. Carr threw three straight incompletions, two of which could have been picked off, and had to settle for a field goal.

2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

Cooper had a quiet day with a long gain of just 16 yards. He spent most of the game matched up against the Jets best corner, Morris Claiborne. While Cooper was able to gain separation when Carr looked his way, there were more favorable matchups against the Jets other corners. Cooper nearly caught his second touchdown of the season but wasn't able to get both feet down along the side of the end zone. The play drew a pass interference flag though to give the Raiders the ball at the one-yard line.

2017 Week 1 vs TEN (13 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)

There were some positive signs in Week 1 that Cooper could have the breakout season many expected, but also some signs that Cooper still has a ways to go to be a true lead receiver. On the positive side, he was the target of a whopping 41% of Carr's passes on the day and almost doubled (13 to 7) Michael Crabtree's targets (and had another target wiped out by penalty). The negative was that Cooper still didn't make the plays in the red zone that are expected from an elite receiver. Cooper started the 2017 season off with an impressive 8-yard touchdown in the first two minutes of the game. He caught a short slant at the 6-yard line, spun through an attempted tackle to somehow keep his feet and push forward. He was stood up at the 2-yard line, but his offensive line rushed in to push him across the goal line as he kept his feet churning. The second drive of the game, Cooper's inexplicable red zone troubles reared their ugly head again. Carr and Cooper couldn't connect on three straight attempts from the Titans 2-yard line. First, Carr fired a quick slant that bounced off Cooper's hands. Cooper had his man beat but the throw was a little high and he wasn't able to bring it in. The very next play, Carr again went to Cooper in the end zone. This time on a fade route that was batted away at the last second by the corner. Cooper had a shot at the difficult contested catch but couldn't make the play. On the third play, Cooper was open in the back of the end zone but the ball was tipped by a linebacker and Cooper wasn't able to adjust quickly enough to go down and make the catch. Instead of a big-time fantasy day, Cooper was merely solid due to not making the most of his opportunities to score. The very next drive, Carr went right back to Cooper on his first throw. Cooper caught the short pass, made two guys miss and weaved his way ahead for a 12-yard gain. Cooper had a 14-yard catch called back due to a penalty on the offensive line. Overall, it was a good day for Cooper. But there were some troubling signs that, despite the early touchdown, the frustrating lack of red zone success could remain an issue.


Latest News

Raiders | Amari Cooper finally breaks out (Fri Oct 20, 12:16 AM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper caught 11 passes for 210 yards and a pair of touchdowns during the team's Week 7 win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Our View: Cooper is back. If he was on your bench, you won't make that mistake again.
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Raiders | Low yardage for Amari Cooper (Mon Oct 16, 07:39 AM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper caught five of six passes for 28 yards in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Raiders | Amari Cooper practices in full (Fri Oct 13, 05:35 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (knee) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 13, and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Raiders | Week 6 injury report for Raiders (Fri Oct 13, 05:34 PM) - Oakland Raiders CB Gareon Conley (shin), CB Antonio Hamilton (knee), LB Marquel Lee (ankle) and DB Jamize Olawale (concussion) did not practice Friday, Oct. 13, and all four are listed as out for Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers. CB David Amerson (shoulder), LB Cory James (knee) and RB DeAndre Washington (hamstring) were limited participants and are considered questionable. QB Derek Carr (back), WR Amari Cooper (knee), OG Gabe Jackson (foot) and TE Lee Smith (knee) practiced in full and have been removed from the report.

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Raiders | Amari Cooper limited again Thursday (Thu Oct 12, 07:14 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (knee) was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 12.

Our View: Cooper has had issues with drops and just generally bad play and even if Derek Carr is back, he's not the start he used to be. Cooper is a WR3 at best right now, even if Carr returns.
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