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WR Amari Cooper - Oakland Raiders

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

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Summary

Amari Cooper arrived via the fourth overall pick of the 2015 NFL draft and made an immediate impact in his rookie season with 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns. He made incremental improvements in his second season (83 more receiving yards and 11 more receptions), but didn't have the major breakout season that many expected. He saw an almost identical number of targets (130 in 2015 and 132 in 2016) and did not take a major chunk out of Michael Crabtree's total (who again led the team with 145). The biggest jump Cooper saw as a sophomore was was in his catch rate, which improved from 55% as a rookie to 63% in his second year. He mostly solved the drops issue that plagued him in the second half of his rookie year. Cooper has elite quickness and deep speed with special run-after-the-catch skills. He has major upside in terms of receptions and yardage should he see a big boost in targets, but may never be a big touchdown producer because Carr rarely looks his way down around the goal line. None of Cooper's five touchdowns last season came from inside the 30-yard line. Cooper will be just 23-years old in 2017 and is still ascending. It's possible that he sees his role increase at Crabtree's expense and becomes a fantasy WR1. However, it is also fair to question whether his short-term fantasy ceiling is capped at WR2 though should he continue to share the top role with Crabtree. (June 12)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 10, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 16
Overall Redraft - 19, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 21, 21, 21, 21, 21, 24, 24, 25, 35
WR Redraft PPR - 9, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 19
Overall Redraft PPR - 18, 8, 12, 13, 14, 14, 15, 17, 17, 17, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 21, 22, 25, 34
WR Dynasty - 6, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10
Overall Dynasty - 9, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 23

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2015 OAK 16 3 -3 0 130 72 1070 6 1
2016 OAK 16 1 0 0 131 82 1149 5
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 1 * * 84 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 1 * * 87 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 15 1 * * 88 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 2 * * 92 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 22
WR: 10
Overall-PPR: 18
WR-PPR: 8

Oakland Raiders Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

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  Matt Harmon - March 26
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  Phil Alexander - March 28
Dynasty Trade Value Chart
  Dan Hindery - April 2
Early MFL10 Strategy: Wide Receiver
  Sigmund Bloom - April 6
Stretching Your Dynasty Dollar: Part I
  Daniel Simpkins - April 10
Advice for April Dynasty Drafts, Part III: Wide Receivers
  Matt Waldman - April 17
Post-Draft 2017 Quarterback Tier Rankings
  Ari Ingel - May 4
Sunday Morning Coming Down: Using Tiers for Clarity on 3 Players
  Matt Harmon - August 20
Player Faceoff: Amari Cooper, Oakland
  FBG Staff - July 28

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  Stephen Andress - August 7

Latest News

Raiders | Amari Cooper returns to practice (Tue Aug 15, 04:02 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (leg) was back on the practice field Tuesday, Aug. 15. He had missed six straight practices and seven of the Raiders' last eight practices.

Our View: Keep an eye on Cooper as the season draws closer. He's a top-10 fantasy WR if healthy, and Cooper could push for double-digit touchdowns (and over 1,200 yards receiving) in 2017. His current ADP is WR8 (2.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Raiders | Amari Cooper sitting out (Sat Aug 12, 09:17 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (leg) will not play in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday, Aug. 12.

Our View: Cooper just needs to be ready for the start of the regular season. Like many proven players, he's just getting some time off to rest and avoid injury.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Tennessee Titans
2vs New York Jets
3@ Washington Redskins
4@ Denver Broncos
5vs Baltimore Ravens
6vs Los Angeles Chargers
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8@ Buffalo Bills
9@ Miami Dolphins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs New England Patriots
12vs Denver Broncos
13vs New York Giants
14@ Kansas City Chiefs
15vs Dallas Cowboys
16@ Philadelphia Eagles
17@ Los Angeles Chargers