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WR Amari Cooper - Dallas Cowboys

6-1, 211Born: 6-18-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2015

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Cooper has had a whole season's worth of production for some receivers in two games against the Eagles. He has two remaining matchup against not very imposing secondaries, starting with the Colts this week.

General News (Mon Dec 10): leads the NFL in receiving yards (642) since Week 9, his first game as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, according to the NFL Media Research Department.

Week 15: at Indianapolis Colts

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at ATL 51 0 0 0 5 3 36 0 0 3.6
12 vs WAS 47 0 0 0 9 8 180 2 0 30
13 vs NO 56 0 0 0 8 8 75 0 1 6.5
14 vs PHI 90 0 0 0 13 10 217 3 0 39.7
15 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Amari Cooper's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs NO (8 / 8 / 75 / 0 rec)

Cooper led the Cowboys in targets and receiving yardage, proving valuable as a chain-mover in critical situations. Cooper's two best plays came on a hitch turning into a 19-yard catch with a quick pivot for additional yardage. In the closing minutes, Cooper iced the game by drawing a defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone. On the negative side, Cooper lost a fumble after Dallas dominated the game to a 10-0 lead, breathing life in the Saints. Cooper has been used more on quick-hitting routes since joining the Cowboys, while Michael Gallup has functioned more as a downfield receiver over the same span.

2018 Week 12 vs WAS (9 / 8 / 180 / 2 rec)

Cooper lived up to his investment by Dallas as a trade acquisition with a monster game against division rival Washington. Cooper showed his after-the-catch ability on two long touchdowns, both times making defensive backs look slow in transition at the top of his routes. Cooper was impactful on his other receptions as well with three third down conversions early in the game. Cooper rendered the rest of the Dallas pass-catchers irrelevant this week as the next highest yardage total was Blake Jarwin with 25 yards. Cooper has another exploitable matchup in a showdown with New Orleans next week.

2018 Week 11 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

After a quality two games to open his Dallas career, Cooper was silent for three quarters of Dallas' road win against Atlanta. Cooper amassed his three catches all in the third quarter, including a highlight reel contested comeback route. Cooper also churned out yards-after-the-catch following a hitch route for 20 yards later in the quarter. Cooper's lone scoring opportunity was a goal line slant tipped away by a defender. Washington offers a strong matchup to rebound in Week 12.

2018 Week 10 vs PHI (10 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)

Cooper led the Cowboys in receiving for the second straight week since his trade acquisition. Cooper separated well on short and deep routes against the Eagles. On a notable deep route, Cooper gained separation down the sideline but Dak Prescott's overthrow thwarted the big play opportunity. Cooper was active after the catch with multiple receptions leading to additional yardage. Prescott focused on Cooper as his primary read almost to a fault early in the game before expanding his view of the field as the first half progressed. Cooper's presence has aided Michael Gallup's efficiency shifting to a secondary role.

2018 Week 9 vs TEN (8 / 5 / 58 / 1 rec)

Cooper's Dallas debut was a successful one on an individual front, exhibiting quality separation early in routes and beating single coverage. Cooper buckled a defensive back on a well-run slant early in the game, creating easy yards-after-catch. Cooper exceled in the short to intermediate area with deep out and in-breaking routes. Cooper won at the goal line as well for his touchdown, breaking in then out with a dive to the pylon for the score. Cooper had a third down reception called back by penalty. Cooper led the team in targets and receiving yards with the Eagles an exploitable matchup next week.

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.

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Latest News

Cowboys | Amari Cooper goes bonkers in win (Sun Dec 9, 10:31 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper post 10 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score on a deflection in overtime, in the Week 14 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. In six games with the Cowboys he has 34 grabs, 642 yards and six scores after just 22 catches, 280 yards and one touchdown in the first six games with Oakland.

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Cowboys | Eight grabs for Amari Cooper (Thu Nov 29, 11:40 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper all eight of his targets for 75 yards in a 13-10 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 13. He also lost a fumble.

Our View: Cooper was running sharp routes and getting open on some key downs against the Saints. He appears to be a high floor WR2 going into a great matchup against the Eagles next week.
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Schedule

15@ Indianapolis Colts
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