WR Amari Cooper - Dallas Cowboys
|6-1, 211||Born: 6-18-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Dec 12): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 11): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 15: vs Los Angeles Rams
FBG says: Tough matchup. Dallas' passing attack has seen its number bolstered by garbage time production in recent weeks, but on the whole, their metrics are as impressive as any team in the league. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys rank 1st in the league in passing yards, 1st in net yards per attempt, and 5th in total passing volume this season. At the top of the depth chart, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup comprise one of the league's best one-two punches at wide receiver. Over the last month, Gallup has led the way with 36 targets, 22 receptions, and 375 receiving yards, but this is partially a product of the increased attention given to Cooper, who tops the charts across the board as Dallas' best receiver over the course of the entire season. Aside from the top two, Randall Cobb in the slot and Jason Witten at tight end make for a strong supporting cast as well. Behind one of the league's best offensive lines, Dak Prescott typically has plenty of time to distribute the ball to this talented group of receivers. The Los Angeles Rams' pass defense grades as one of the league's strongest units this season, especially since their acquisition of cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The Rams have defended one of the highest volume of pass attempts of any team in the league this season, and their impressive personnel has done an exceptional job limiting opposing offenses to just 5.6 net yards per attempt, the 5th-best mark in the league. The Rams' pass rush is one of the league's most imposing units, with Aaron Donald, Dante Fowler, Jr., and Clay Matthews combining for 28.5 sacks on the season. Donald alone is one of the league's biggest difference-makers in the trenches, and with strong edge rushers around him, this is one of the most productive pass rushes in the league. At linebacker, Cory Littleton's exceptional athleticism enables him to keep up with opposing linebackers and running backs in coverage as one of the league's best pass-stopping players at the second level. Lastly, in the secondary, the Rams field numerous top-end coverage defensive backs. Jalen Ramsey, Eric Weddle, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Taylor Rapp all grade as above-average pass-defenders at their respective positions, to name a few. Overall, this defense lacks a clear weakness against the pass, and the Cowboys will have an uphill battle ahead of themselves in Week 15, trying to move the ball through the air.
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
2019 Week 14 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 83 / 1 rec)
Cooper did not get on the board with catch until the mid-second quarter, snaring a low slant target for more than 15 yards. Cooper's highlight came in Dallas' comeback effort in the fourth quarter, beating a defensive back down the sideline, hauling in a perfect drop-in-the-bucket throw from Dak Prescott for the long touchdown. Cooper added another chunk sideline reception for more than 25 yards in the game as he surpassed 1,000 yards for the season.
2019 Week 13 vs BUF (11 / 8 / 85 / 0 rec)
Cooper bounces back from being shutout against the Patriots to seeing a team-high 11 targets in the loss to Buffalo. Cooper caught multiple chunk passes on the opening drive and added three more catches in the first half. However, Dallas' catch-up mode in the second half did not benefit Cooper much with his lone big play chance being an incomplete end zone target in tight coverage. Cooper had an MRI on his knee following the game but avoided structural damage and early reports are he will be available in Week 14.
2019 Week 12 vs NE (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cooper struggled nagging injuries and coverage by Stephon Gilmore in Dallas' road loss to New England. Cooper did not see the box score until the second half, hauling in a crossing route for 15 yards, which was called back by penalty. Later, in the vital moments of Dallas' comeback effort, Cooper corralled a low throw on a deep in-cut route on fourth-and-long. However, the play was reviewed (and reversed) as Cooper did not control the ball through contact with the ground and essentially ended Dallas' comeback hopes.
2019 Week 11 vs DET (8 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Cooper was second on the team in targets with eight against the Lions but was the notable offensive piece left out of the impressive showing overall. Cooper limped off the field multiple times during the game, always to return, and was also shadowed by Darius Slay. Cooper had a single reception entering the fourth quarter, adding a deep out and impressive high point catch later in the game. The Patriots offer another tough test for Cooper next week.
2019 Week 10 vs MIN (14 / 11 / 147 / 1 rec)
Cooper saw more than 30% of the team's targets against Minnesota and, despite posting 11 receptions and nearly 150 yards, it was only his second-best game of the season to-date. The connection between Cooper and Dak Prescott was nearly unstoppable as the pair showed tremendous chemistry on sideline routes with full extension grabs by Cooper and strong accuracy by Prescott. Cooper had a big first half but added a red zone touchdown in the second half along with multiple big plays to his impressive tally as no Minnesota defensive back had an answer for Cooper's route running and separation ability.
2019 Week 9 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 80 / 1 rec)
Cooper had a slow start against the Giants, not seeing a target until the late first quarter and being stuck on one reception (a wide open deep out route for 20+ yards) until the fourth quarter. Cooper came alive, however, in the final frame and ended up leading Dallas in receiving for the game. Cooper came wide open on a deep in-cut and bursting through the open field for a long touchdown, the likely dagger for Dallas' road win. Cooper also drew a defensive pass interference penalty beyond the box score and dropped a seam target, either of which would have pushed Cooper's stat line beyond 100 yards.
2019 Week 7 vs PHI (5 / 5 / 106 / 0 rec)
Despite being questionable during the week if he would play against the Eagles and seeing only five targets, Cooper logged an impact game and more than 100 yards. Cooper and Dak Prescott were in rhythm throughout with two deep passes for much of the pair's production, including a tight window completion down the sideline. Cooper also converted a back shoulder catch through defensive pass interference. Cooper had a highlight high-point touchdown but was called back by offensive pass interference on the play.
2019 Week 6 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Cooper exited the Jets game in the first quarter with a quad bruise and did not return. Before leaving, Cooper logged a single quick-out reception. Cedrick Wilson and Tavon Austin saw an uptick in snaps and offensive involvement (12 targets between them) in Cooper's absence. Cooper's status for Week 7 is a question mark to begin the week of preparation for the Eagles.
2019 Week 5 vs GB (14 / 11 / 226 / 1 rec)
Cooper nearly totaled his previous season total of yardage in Week 5 alone in his highlight performance. Cooper was the thorn in the Packers defense's side all game as he dominated the intermediate and deep zones of the field. Cooper got loose down the sideline, fueled by a perfect Dak Prescott pass, for more than 45 yards in the first half and added two huge receptions in the second half, all complimented by his typical collection of comeback and in-cut routes. Cooper was blanketed on a deep sideline route, but Prescott made the small window throw and Cooper added to the effort with the highlight reel toe-tap. Finally, Cooper beat double coverage and produced yards-after-the-catch for the long 'cherry on top' touchdown later in the game. Cooper is off to a career year start to 2019, averaging more than 100 yards per game and logging five touchdowns in as many weeks.
2019 Week 4 vs NO (8 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Cooper led Dallas in targets against the Saints but struggled to make more positive plays than negative ones in the road loss. Cooper was limited to short completions and minimal yards-after-the-catch chances outside of a deep comeback route in the final minute of the game. Cooper added two offensive pass interference penalty to his ledger, including one which wiped off a promising completion. Cooper will face his toughest test of the season in Week 5 against the Packers.
2019 Week 3 vs MIA (7 / 6 / 88 / 2 rec)
Cooper raced to an early-game stat line of impressive stature, coming wide open on a deep crossing route for nearly 40 yards and another first-drive reception. Cooper surged through a defensive holding penalty for a double-move goal-line touchdown and down the seam for another score, but his day could have been more pronounced against Miami. Cooper dropped a wide-open seam target, a well-thrown pass from Dak Prescott, which would have pushed Cooper well past 100 yards on the day. It was Cooper's lone missed target against Miami. Michael Gallup missed the game as expected and Randall Cobb and Devin Smith were adequate replacements as ancillary options.
2019 Week 2 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)
Cooper's five targets were third among Dallas' wide receivers against Washington. Cooper was efficient on his opportunities, however, with a red zone touchdown (defender jumped the route, whiffed on the interception attempt, and Cooper walked into the end zone) and deep in-cut reception as his highlights. Cooper did log a holding penalty on a Tony Pollard touchdown run to wipe off the scoring play and had a comeback route drop.
2019 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 6 / 106 / 1 rec)
Cooper's route-running acumen was on display against the Giants as he led the team in targets. Cooper produced on all three levels of the field (short, intermediate, deep), including two deep receptions as a backbone to his production against the Giants. Cooper added two drops, both on slant routes, as Prescott was hyper-accurate on mostly of his throws. Dallas' passing game was white-hot against the Giants and looks to keep the momentum against Washington in Week 2.
Latest NewsCowboys | Amari Cooper puts in full practice (Thu Dec 12, 06:39 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (knee) participated in full at practice Thursday, Dec. 12. link to story Cowboys | Amari Cooper takes part in practice (Wed Dec 11, 06:35 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11. link to story Cowboys | Amari Cooper finds the end zone (Thu Dec 5, 11:48 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper caught six of his eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in a 31-24 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 14. Our View: Cooper's touchdown came in garbage time as the Cowboys offense sputtered after a successful first drive at Soldier Field. He'll likely see a lot of Jalen Ramsey in Week 15.
link to story Cowboys | Amari Cooper not on injury report (Wed Dec 4, 03:58 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4, and is not on the injury report for Week 14. link to story Cowboys | Amari Cooper stays full at practice (Tue Dec 3, 07:22 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (knee) remained a full participant at practice Tuesday, Dec. 3. link to story More News
Dallas Cowboys Team LinksDepth Chart Season Stats Targets Red Zone Game Logs
Footballguys ArticlesStarting Stacks for Week 11
Scott Bischoff - November 14
Gameday Injury Expectations: Week 10
Jene Bramel - November 9
The Best of Footballguys Week 7
Matt Waldman - October 17
The Top 10: Week 6
Matt Waldman - October 7
Starting Stacks for Week 3
Scott Bischoff - September 19
Monday Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 2
Jene Bramel - August 19
The Gut Check No.479: 2019 Tiers And Confidence Levels (Updated 8/19)
Matt Waldman - August 15
The Gut Check No.478: The Devil's Advocate Top 50
Matt Waldman - August 6
The Gut Check No.477: Running Backs For Upside Down Drafts
Matt Waldman - July 31
The Gut Check No.469: 15 Rebound Candidates
Matt Waldman - May 26
Articles from around the webWhat We Learned in 2018: Wide Receiver
- February 4
Fantasy Football: Zachariason's Post-Draft Rookie Rankings
J.J. Zachariason - May 2
Fabiano's post-draft five round fantasy mock draft
Michael Fabiano - May 8
BEST-BALL WR TIERS
John Daigle - May 9
Fantasy football mock drafts: Strategies from a 12-team PPR draft
Daniel Kelley - May 21
Breakout age: Using PFF grades to identify potential breakout rookie fantasy receivers
Scott Barrett - May 23
Using college aDOT to project WR fantasy performance
Jeff Ratcliffe - May 24
The best quarterback to receiver tandems in the NFL for 2019
Ben Cooper - May 24
Players Who Are Better/Worse in Best-Ball Leagues
Mike Tagliere - May 29
Risk Assessment: Upside Players with Downside
Justin Weigal - June 3
|15||vs Los Angeles Rams|
|16||@ Philadelphia Eagles|
|17||vs Washington Redskins|