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WR Riley Cooper - Philadelphia Eagles

6-4, 222Born: 9-9-1987College: FloridaDrafted: Round 5

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Week 12: at Detroit Lions

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Though Sam Bradford was cleared to resume practices (and he did practice on Wednesday), the reports out of Philadelphia seem to be leaning against Bradford starting at 12:30 on Thanksgiving Day. It looks like more of Mark Sanchez (26/41 for 261 yards passing, two TDs and three interceptions thrown vs. Tampa last week) is in order. Zach Ertz is definitely out, by the way, clearing the way for Brent Celek (11/213/0 receiving over the past two games). Josh Huff (one target for 1/39/1 receiving) and Darren Sproles (seven for 3/38/1) handled the TD passes for Sanchez last week, while Celek led the club in receiving (10 for 7/79/0). The Detroit pass D has tightened considerably in recent weeks, holding Oakland to 13/25 for 164 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions last week after frustrating Aaron Rodgers (but still giving up 35/61 for 325 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Packers. Over the past four weeks (three games), this team is ranked 16th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (21.3 on average); has given up the sixth-most in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends during that time span (12.2); and has allowed the seventh-least in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (16.6). Not too shabby for a team playing out the string. This is a tough matchup for the Sanchez-led Eagles. Upgrade to neutral if Bradford is a go.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at DAL 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 vs MIA 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 vs TB 31 0 0 0 3 2 42 0 0 4.2
12 at DET 0 0 0 0 2 2 16 0 0 1.6
12 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 1 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs TB (3 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)

Riley Cooper ranked second in receiving yards on the day. He wouldn't show up on the stat chart until late in the third when Mark Sanchez fired a laser across the middle for 18 yards. Cooper's next target would be well off the mark and intercepted accordingly. He chipped in a 24-yard grab midway through the fourth when he broke free on a route and cut ahead for seven yards after the catch.

2015 Week 6 vs NYG (6 / 3 / 76 / 1 rec)

Once again, Riley Cooper managed to squeeze behind the defense and haul in a big touchdown reception - this one for 32 yards that tied the game in the first quarter. He opened the second half with a 43-yarder on a perfect throw from Bradford. But there wouldn't be much more than those couple of splash plays. He had another shot on a deep ball but quit on his route early, resulting in an interception. He finished the game as the Eagles leading receiver and now has 180 yards on eight catches and two touchdowns over the last three games.

2015 Week 5 vs NO (8 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Riley Cooper is not a consistent deep threat but he is consistently targeted down the field. This week, he tied Murray for the most targets among his teammates. Only Matthews played more snaps as it appears Cooper has cemented his role in this offense, despite his talent. Every pass thrown his direction is contested because he's not breaking coverage or giving Bradford a comfortable window to place the ball. As such, Cooper caught only 38 percent of his targets to bring his season total down to 47 percent. He did see his first end zone target of the season; it resulted in an interception (horrible decision by Bradford).

2015 Week 4 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 72 / 1 rec)

Riley Cooper played on 67 percent of snaps on Sunday, now fourth most of all skill position players on the season. But his role in this offense is clearly just to fill a seat and distract a defender in three-wide sets. He won't see many targets or be heavily involved in the game plan. That said, every now and again he'll be targeted deep since he'll always be left alone in single coverage. That was the case on Sunday when he hauled in a 62-yard touchdown to open the second half. There wasn't anything particularly special about what Cooper did; running a deep post against a mediocre cornerback won't win any MVP votes. It was, however, an absolute perfect throw from Bradford. Cooper is going to be on the receiving end of these types of plays throughout the season, and occasionally they'll explode for big scores. Predicting when they'll happen will be a headache.


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