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Amari Cooper
DAL

WR DAL

#16 Wide Receiver

153 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 6 Yr(s)
Age: 27
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 211
40 Time: 4.31

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4.6 63 0.5 9.4
Week 5
Cooper continued playing through an injury. For the 4th game in a row, he caught 3 passes. After being targeted 17 time in the season opener, he has totaled just 18 times since. His 6 targets against the Giants were his most since Week 1. In the meantime, QB Dak Prescott has become better familiar with young WRs CeeDee Lamb and Cedrick Wilson and TEs Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin.
As Cooper recuperates in place, he’s more likely to be targeted both more frequently and farther downfield. Even with his injury, he has caught a TD pass in each of the last 2 games for a season total of 4. It’s possible that another owner in your league may have grown impatient waiting for Cooooop! to regain fantasy value. It might require patience, but you could expect big returns down the road if you could acquire him.
Week 4
After taking a rib injury into the Week 4 game, Cooper strained a hamstring. He spent time on a stationary bike – and enough time on the field to catch all 3 targets for a team-high 69 yards that included a 35-yard TD.
Because of his injuries, Cooper has not been the fantasy force he has been in his other seasons with the Cowboys. He has shown a heretofore unnoticed toughness to play through injuries. Cooper is not the WR1 he has been for much of his career, especially in PPR formats, but if he recovers from the injuries he again could be QB Dak Prescott’s favorite target. Circle Cooper for Week 8, after he’ll be coming off what could be a healing bye week.
Week 3
Cooper was barely visible, but he didn’t have to be involved much in a game the Cowboys locked up early in the 2nd half. He caught 3 of 4 targets for 26 yards. For the last 2 games, he has had more of the underneath possession role that injured WR Michael Gallup held to start the season.
The question is whether Cooper’s rib injury is bothering him, possibly to the extent that the exertion of breathing keeps him from running deep routes. He remains the most reliable Dallas receiver, but he may be ceding some deep patterns to WR CeeDee Lamb. Cooper’s reliability is likely to be more important against the Panthers’ #1 pass defense. Unless he can score a short TD or 2, Cooper isn’t likely to have great fantasy value.
Week 2
Dallas’s greater reliance on the running game meant that Cooper didn’t have the volume of opportunities that brought him a league-leading, career-high 13 catches in the opener. Against the Chargers, Cooper was targeted just 5 times, with 3 catches for 24 yards (115 fewer than against Tampa Bay). We whiffed last week in writing “Cooper could have an even bigger role with injured WR Michael Gallup likely to miss at least 3 games.” OK, we struck out by mentioning “WR CeeDee Lamb’s penchant for dropped passes.” Keep in mind that Cooper had much greater success in home games than on the road the last 2 seasons – 1,518 yards to 788 and 8 TDs to 5. The Cowboys will take a win into their 1st home game this season, and Amari will have an extra day to heal his rib before taking on the Eagles on Monday night. Owner/GM Jerry Jones said he’s “hopeful” that Cooper can play.
Week 1
At Tampa Bay, Cooper had game highs of 13 catches, 16 targets, 139 yards and 2 TDs. His 13 receptions are a career high and his yardage total leads the NFL after Week 1.

If it’s possible, Cooper could have an even bigger role with injured WR Michael Gallup likely to miss at least 3 games. WR CeeDee Lamb’s penchant for dropped passes also could keep QB Dak Prescott leaning on Cooper. Especially early last season, he had far more success in home games than away. With another road game Sunday against the Chargers, the Cowboys may need Cooper to have another big game away from home.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Cooper has simply fared better when sharing the field with Dak Prescott. In their lone full season together so far (2019), Cooper posted career highs in yards per target, yards per catch and yards per game. He delivered personal bests in total receiving yards and TDs that season, despite seeing just the 4th-most targets and 3rd-most receptions among his 6 seasons.
  • His yards per route run in 2018 jumped from 1.35 over 6 games with Oakland to 2.21 in 9 games after his trade to Dallas, according to Pro Football Focus. Cooper then delivered a career-best 2.29 YPRR in 2019. Last year, he stood at 2.10 through 4 full games with Prescott. From Week 6 (the 1st game after the QB’s injury) on, Cooper posted a YPRR of just 1.72.
  • Cooper’s 2019 also produced his longest average depth of target so far: 12.98, according to PFF. That put him within a half-yard of teammate Michael Gallup. Last season found Gallup at 12.70 vs. Cooper’s 9.49. In 2018, Gallup went 14.38, with Cooper at 10.00 for his Dallas stint.
  • Cooper’s ADOT ran shorter in 2020 even when Prescott was in the lineup. But he went from 9.82 in 4 full Prescott games to 9.48 from Week 6 on. Gallup lost 6.44 yards off his ADOT in non-Dak games vs. weeks 1-4.
  • The takeaway: Gallup works downfield more than Cooper in general, but Dak Prescott’s return should boost ADOTs in general. And that adds value as well as upside to the targets.
  • Even with the issues of 2020, Cooper earned the 2nd-best PFF receiving grade of his career, trailing only his 2019 grade.
  • Cooper also finished 15th among WRs in total PPR points last season, despite scoring just 5 TDs. He ranked 10th in 2019 and 18th in 2018. That year saw him jump from 9.5 points per game through 6 with the Raiders to 17.9 per game over 11 with the Cowboys (including the playoffs). Those 17.9 points per game would have ranked 10th at the position for the season.
  • Cooper actually saw a slight bump in target share in 2020, with CeeDee Lamb on board: 20.3% vs. 19.9% in 2019. He got 23.2% through 4 full games with Prescott; 18.6% from Week 6 on.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

The biggest question facing Cooper is target share. Dak Prescott’s Week 5 injury kept us from getting a full read on how CeeDee Lamb’s arrival would impact that in 2020. The rookie had no negative impact on that area for Cooper vs. 2019’s results, though. And Dallas has leaned pass more since Cooper arrived than it did before. A continuation of last year’s plus-60% passing share would grow the target pie and help Cooper vs. other top fantasy WRs with higher market-share ceilings.

A crowded Cowboys offense does add some risk to Cooper, especially his week-to-week scoring. But we’re betting on him staying ahead of Lamb in fantasy output this year. Cooper looks appropriately priced at his high-WR2 ADP (Round 4).

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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (hamstring) is active for today’s game vs. the Giants. He played only 48% of the offensive snaps last week and got in 2 limited practices this week. Cooper is a risk/reward WR2 in Week 5 fantasy lineups.

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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (hamstring) is expected to play vs. the Giants today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cooper played through this injury last week and got in 2 limited practices this week. Still, he comes with elevated risk in fantasy lineups today.

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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (hamstring) is questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Giants after getting in 2 limited practices. He returned to last week’s game after hurting that hamstring but ended up playing just 48% of Dallas’ offensive snaps. Cooper is a risk/reward WR2 in Week 5 fantasy lineups.

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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He played through this injury last week -- although he posted a 48% route rate. It'd be nice to see Cooper get in a full workout on Friday.

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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. He returned to last week's game after hurting the hammy but ended up playing just 48% of Dallas' offensive snaps. We'll keep an eye on his status over the next few days, but he's shaping up as a risk/reward Week 5 fantasy play.

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