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Browns WR Amari Cooper (groin) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game vs. the Steelers. That groin was added to the injury report on Saturday, when Cooper was limited in practice. That indicates that Cooper injured the groin in Saturday's workout. The Monday kickoff obviously makes this a tricky situation for fantasy owners. We'll look for further updates on Cooper. But his owners either need to have him on the bench, or have a Monday night alternative lined up. The Browns-Steelers and Saints-Panthers games are on Monday.

Update: Browns HC Kevin Stefanski confirmed that Cooper "aggravated" his groin in Saturday's practice. Cooper had core-muscle surgery this offseason. "We'll see how he does over the next 48 hours," Stefanski added.

Browns WR Elijah Moore led the team in receiving with 43 yards on 3 catches in Week 1’s win vs. the Bengals. Teammate Amari Cooper logged 3 catches for 37 yards, and TE David Njoku hauled in just 2 of his 3 targets for 24 yards. The rain in Cleveland made for a very run-heavy approach by the Browns’ offense on Sunday, but the target distribution is rather intriguing. Both Moore and Cooper received a team-leading 7 targets apiece in the divisional upset. We identified Moore as one of our big sleepers this offseason, and his Week 1 involvement indeed showed reason to be excited moving forward. We’ll see what QB Deshaun Watson and company can conjure up in Week 2 vs. the Steelers on Monday night primetime.

Browns WR Amari Cooper returned to the practice field for Friday's training-camp session. He ended up missing four days with what never sounded like a significant injury. We'll keep an eye on Cooper the rest of the summer, but consider his fantasy value unchanged.

Browns HC Kevin Stefanski confirmed on Monday that WR Amari Cooper's injury isn’t a long-term concern. Stefanski even said that Cooper might get back on the practice field today. We'll keep an eye on him, but consider Cooper's fantasy stock unaffected.

Browns WR Amari Cooper left Sunday's training camp practice with what GM Andrew Berry labeled a "minor tweak." Berry wouldn't say what Cooper injured but did say that it's not related to his offseason core-muscle surgery. This doesn't seem like a big deal, but we'll keep you updated on Cooper's status.

Browns WR Amari Cooper immediately became an impactful player in this offense following a trade from the Cowboys. He finished as the WR10 in PPR with 14.5 points per game in 2022. Digging into the numbers a bit, Cooper led the Browns in targets (133), target share (26.2%), air yards share (38.7%), and Weighted Opportunity Rating. Additionally, Cooper ranked 12th in PFF receiving grade, 12th in yards per route run (2.06), and 16th in receiving yards (1,160) among 34 WRs who saw 100+ targets last season. Granted, most of his production last year came with QB Jacoby Brissett under center. Cooper logged six top-12 weekly finishes in 2022, with only one coming in the six games that QB Deshaun Watson started from Week 13 on. Watson spent nearly two years away from the game of football due to off-field conduct and didn't play up to the previous level of performance he displayed as a member of the Texans. Should he improve, Cooper might be one of the best value picks in fantasy this season. The Browns' offense finished last year 22nd in pass rate, though they should improve upon that somewhat now that Watson has reacclimated himself to the NFL game after being away from the sport. If the Browns pass more and Cooper plays like his dominant self, he'll be a precious asset for fantasy managers. Take a peek at where Cooper appears in our current WR rankings.

Zac Jackson of The Athletic believes Browns QB Deshaun Watson will be “much better” in 2023. We’re in strong agreement there. Watson struggled across six late-season games last year, tallying 6.5 yards per attempt and a 58.2% completion rate. But let’s recognize that he played his first regular season games since the 2020 season. And we’re ultimately talking about a small sample of 170 attempts. Cleveland added WRs Elijah Moore and Cedric Tillman to a receiving corps already featuring Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and David Njoku. Watson sits inside the top 10 of our QB rankings.

Browns OC Alex Van Pelt gave his assessment of WR Elijah Moore at OTAs. “He has great flexibility; inside and outside flexibility,” Van Pelt said. “He can run individual routes outside and win out there. He can come into the slot and has the twitch to win in the slot as well. He has excellent hands and a good feel for the game. So, he’s really a complete receiver that can play both inside and out.” Moore’s generated buzz for his early connection with Deshaun Watson. It’s worth noting, though, that Amari Cooper has been limited in practice following offseason core muscle surgery. Still, Moore looks like a strong pick at WR48 on Underdog Fantasy. He sits higher in our WR rankings.

Browns WR Amari Cooper revealed on Tuesday that he underwent surgery this offseason for a core-muscle injury that he played through last year. Cooper was on the injury report with a hip late in the season, although it's unclear if this is related. Regardless, he said that he's "doing well now," per ESPN's Jake Trotter, so it doesn't sound like it'll impact his 2023 campaign. Cooper is coming off a 78-1,160-9 line and WR10 PPR finish in his Browns debut last year -- which now looks even more impressive considering he did it while dealing with this core-muscle injury.

Browns WR Amari Cooper snagged 3 of 4 targets for 105 yards in Week 17's win over the Commanders. Much of his production came on a pair of 30+ yards TDs from QB Deshaun Watson in the 2nd half of Sunday's contest. Only 1 other Browns' pass-catcher had more than a single catch. Cooper is set to go up against a fairly beatable Steelers secondary next Sunday in Week 18 action.

The forecast for today's Saints-Browns game calls for temperatures in the single digits with sustained winds of 20-25 mph and gusts of 40+. The wind chill is well below zero. They're brutal conditions that will significantly limit the passing and kicking games. Check out our projections for all the Saints and Browns players.

Browns WR Amari Cooper (hip) carries no injury designation ahead of Saturday's game vs. the Saints. It seems his absence from practice this week was merely rest-related. The weather in Cleveland is going to be brutal, so Cooper is a WR3 at best. Nothing against him. Fantasy managers might want to look for players in better weather conditions for their lineups.

Browns WR Amari Cooper (hip) was given another rest day again on Wednesday. TE David Njoku kept his limited participation going as well. We didn't get much new information today ahead of Saturday's game vs. the Saints. Check back tomorrow once we learn more about these two.

Browns WR Amari Cooper (hip) did not participate in Tuesday’s practice. Fortunately, Cooper’s absence was classified as a rest day. So nothing alarming there for now. Teammate David Bell (toe) was a limited practice participant, so today’s update will be helpful in determining his availability for Saturday’s game vs. the Saints. Stay tuned.

Browns QB Deshaun Watson didn't show much progress in his 3rd game back. He threw for just 161 yards and 1 TD in Saturday's win over the Ravens. He found WR Donovan Peoples-Jones from 3 yards out for the team's lone TD. WR Amari Cooper and TE David Njoku tied for the target lead (6). Cooper caught 4 balls for 58 yards. Njoku snagged 3 for just 28 yards. Week 16 brings a Saints defense that ranks 12th on the year in Football Outsiders' pass-defense DVOA, compared with 21st against the run. Watson doesn't look like a fantasy starter for that week or a Week 17 trip to Washington.

Browns WR Amari Cooper (hip) is not listed on the final injury report for Saturday's game vs. the Ravens. Cooper only got on a limited practice on Thursday, so it's safe to assume he won't be at 100% for this one. He played his usual snap allotment last week but finished with 2 catches on 7 targets for 42 yards. Consider Cooper a risk/reward WR3 in Week 15 fantasy lineups.

Browns WR Amari Cooper (hip) missed practice again on Wednesday. He battled through this injury (mostly ineffectively) last week but is looking iffy for Saturday night's game vs. the Ravens. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

The Browns didn't practice on Tuesday, but WR Amari Cooper (hip) was listed as "DNP" on the estimated injury report. Cooper admitted that he aggravated his hip injury on the first play of last week's game. He ended up playing his usual snap allotment but caught just 2 of 7 targets. We'll track Cooper's status over the next few days, leading up to Saturday's game vs. the Ravens.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns WR Amari Cooper aggravated his hip injury on the 1st play of Sunday's loss to the Bengals. Within that context, it's positive that he played on and trailed Donovan Peoples-Jones by just 5 routes for the lead among WRs. Of course, Cooper also managed just 2 catches among 7 targets. We'll see what practice participation and his coaches say about him this week.

Browns WR Donovan Peoples-Jones drew a season-high 12 targets in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, leading the team in that category, receptions (8) and receiving yards (114). He led Amari Cooper by 5 pass routes in a game Cooper entered questionable with a hip issue. Cooper did check in 3rd on the team with 7 targets but caught only 2 (for 42 yards). His usage bodes well for his Week 15 role. TE David Njoku finished between the wideouts with 9 targets, catching 7 balls for 59 yards and the team's lone TD.

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