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WR Amari Cooper - Oakland Raiders

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Cooper left with a rib injury, but there wasn't going to be much there for him against the Seahawks anyway. He'll get the bye to rest his injury, but until he has a strong game on our bench, we won't be starting him.

General News (Mon Oct 15): is on the trading block. The Raiders are asking for a first-round draft pick in exchange for Cooper, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

General News (Mon Oct 15): has been the subject of trade discussions, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday, Oct. 14.

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Recent Stats and Projections

3 at MIA 60 0 0 0 5 2 17 0 0 1.7
4 vs CLE 80 0 0 0 12 8 128 1 0 18.8
5 at LAC 50 0 0 0 1 1 10 0 0 1
6 vs SEA 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

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 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.


Latest News

Raiders | First-round pick for Amari Cooper? (Mon Oct 15, 05:18 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper is on the trading block. The Raiders are asking for a first-round draft pick in exchange for Cooper, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Our View: Good luck with that. Cooper was a first-round pick for the Raiders in the 2015 NFL draft but they won't get that type of pick back for him. He's been far too inconsistent and had a concussion in Week 6. Jon Gruden is tearing apart the Raiders to rebuild them in his image. It sounds like Cooper is not going to be a part of that long-term plan.
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Raiders | Rib injury sidelines Amari Cooper (Sun Oct 14, 02:46 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ribs) was ruled out at halftime for the rest of Week 6 on Sunday, Oct. 14, after suffering a rib injury.

Our View: Cooper could be good to go in Week 8 with a week of rest as players often play through rib injuries if there is no safety concerns, but his afternoon is over today.
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Raiders | Amari Cooper heads to locker room (Sun Oct 14, 01:58 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (head) left in the second quarter of the Week 6 game Sunday, Oct. 14, and headed to the locker room to be evaluated for a possible concussion.

Our View: At least the Raiders bye is next week.
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Raiders | Oakland looking to trade Amari Cooper? (Sun Oct 14, 12:35 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper has been the subject of trade discussions, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday, Oct. 14.

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Raiders | Amari Cooper won't be force fed (Fri Oct 12, 09:29 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper needs to be featured more, according to quarterback Derek Carr, but Carr said he won't throw at Cooper just to reach a certain number of targets.

Our View: Fantasy GMs know all too well that Carr won't force feed it to Cooper. Last week against the Chargers, Cooper only had one target and one catch....and this was one week after his 12 target, eight catch, 128 yard and one touchdown performance against the Browns. He's a boom/bust WR3 or flex option for Fantasy GMs with this topsy turvy role.
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