Amari Cooper Fantasy Football News 2019

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper has missed the last few days of practice with what sounded like a minor heel injury. But Cowboys insider Mickey Spagnola reports the injury is “more of a ligament thing” than a bruise. That's obviously a generic explanation -- but it makes the issue seem more serious than we thought. This has become a situation to monitor closely over the next couple of weeks.

Cowboys QBs coach Kellen Moore has been promoted to OC and will call plays in 2019, HC Jason Garrett said over the weekend. “I said to everybody, ‘I want those new ideas. I want them thought through far. And if they are not being implemented call me.’ But let’s get in there and do the kinds of things to get the most out of a very talented roster," owner Jerry Jones said. "Kellen has the skill and the right attitude and style to make this work.” This is a huge step for a guy who was a player just 2 years ago. Moore's play-calling ability will be a legitimate question mark heading into 2019.

The Cowboys have fired OC Scott Linehan. Dallas finished better than 14th in total yards or points in just 1 of Linehan's 4 seasons. And the offense took a big step back in 2018, ranking 22nd in both yards and points. We'll see who the 'Boys tab as Linehan's replacement. They have a young core in place with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is officially inactive for today's game against the Giants. QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper are active, but don't bank on either guy playing much.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday that his team will go "all out" in this weekend's regular-season finale against the Giants. Dallas is locked into the NFC's #4 seed, so we'd be surprised if guys like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper played much, if at all. In a meaningless 2016 Week 17 game, Elliott didn't play at all and Dak Prescott played just 15 snaps.

The Raiders have traded WR Amari Cooper to the Cowboys in exchange for a 1st-round pick. That's a massive price to pay for a guy who's been more disappointing than not since the start of the 2017 campaign. Of course, Cooper is still just 24, has a 1st-round resume and has certainly flashed upside. This isn't exactly a great landing spot, though. Cooper will be the clear #1 option in Dallas' passing game, but the Cowboys rank 31st in pass rate. Plus, it tends to be tough for WRs to settle into new offenses mid-season. Consider Cooper a WR3 for now. Oakland, meanwhile, is left with Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant and Seth Roberts atop the WR depth chart.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper sustained a concussion in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. It's the 2nd known concussion of his career, with the 1st coming last November. We'll track his progress through the protocol. The Raiders have a Week 7 bye.

The Steelers have traded WR Martavis Bryant to the Raiders in exchange for a 3rd-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bryant struggled in his return last season from nearly 2-year absence, hauling in 50 of 84 targets for 603 yards and 3 scores. He's still just 26, though, and racked up 14 TDs with a 17.3 yards-per-catch average over his first 2 NFL campaigns. Bryant joins a remade Oakland WR corps with Jordy Nelson alongside Amari Cooper. Bryant figures to open the season as the #3 WR but could push for #2 if Nelson's decline continues.

Raiders HC Jon Gruden said from the Combine on Wednesday that WR Amari Cooper will be the "focal point" of his offense. "He has tremendous quickness. He’s smart, versatile and he’s a gamer," Gruden said. "He likes the bright lights, and he’ll be the headliner in our offense.” Cooper is coming off a disappointing 2017 campaign. But he topped 1,000 yards in both of his first 2 NFL seasons and turns just 24 in June. Gruden, meanwhile, brings a long history of churning out productive #1 WRs. In 14 seasons as a HC or OC, his top receiver has averaged 137 targets, 79 catches, 1,142 yards and 7.4 TDs. Cooper is a prime 2018 bounce-back candidate.

Raiders QB Derek Carr suggested in a radio interview on Friday that WR Amari Cooper played hurt for much of the 2017 season. "That man was out there playing on 1 foot," Carr said. "He was out there just trying to give it his all even though he could barely get out there and do it ... Honestly, a lot of guys probably wouldn't have even played with what he had going on." Most guys deal with some level of injury throughout the course of an NFL season, so this doesn't completely excuse Cooper's disappointing 2017. But better health certainly won't hurt his chances of a bounce back this coming season. Cooper turns just 24 in June and topped 1,000 yards in both of his first 2 campaigns.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Eagles. He put in limited practices on Friday and Saturday. HC Jack Del Rio said Saturday afternoon that there's “a good chance" Cooper will play vs. Philly. He still can't be trusted in fantasy lineups, though, after aggravating that ankle injury just 14 snaps into his last outing.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Friday. The team reportedly expects him to play against the Eagles on Monday. We'll see about that. Regardless, Cooper can't be trusted in Week 16 fantasy lineups after lasting just 14 snaps last time out.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) is out for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. He didn't practice all week and certainly isn't a lock to be back for Week 16. WR Michael Crabtree and TE Jared Cook will be the best bets for targets vs. Dallas.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on him playing against the Cowboys on Sunday night after aggravating that sprained ankle last week.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper re-injured his ankle in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game in Kansas City. He went catch-less on 1 target before exiting. We'll see if Cooper is able to return.

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Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) is active for today's game against the Chiefs. So he evidently looked and felt good enough in pregame warmups. ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported this morning that Cooper will be on a “pitch count” — and there’s always the risk of an in-game setback with these ankle injuries. Consider Cooper more of a WR3 flier than a reliable fantasy play today.

There's a "good chance" Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) plays against the Chiefs today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Cooper "impressed his team with how quickly he improved late in the week," Rapoport adds. After getting in just 1 limited practice, it's tough to believe Cooper will be anywhere close to 100% if active. It makes him a risk/reward WR3 against the defense he torched for 210 yards and 2 scores back in Week 7.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Chiefs after returning to a limited practice on Friday. HC Jack Del Rio said Cooper made “pretty gradual” improvement this week and "moved around pretty well" on Friday. He might end up as a game-time decision. Raiders-Chiefs kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday, so we'll know Cooper's status by noon. If active, he'll be a risk/reward WR3 at less than 100% in a plus matchup.

 
 
 

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