Obviously we all saw what kind of show Amari Cooper can put on when he’s healthy and in an offense that likes to at least try and get him the ball. With him now being in Dallas we saw flashes of elite playmaking skills that few WR’s have in the NFL, and he was actually a decent fantasy option. Still not the most reliable or consistent, but he was good.
Now that we’ve seen the sample size of what Cooper can do, it’d be nice to see what he can do over a full season of being in Dallas against an NFC East secondary that hasn’t been the most intimidating recently.
In Coopers six games with the Raiders, he produced 22 catches for 280 yards and 1 touchdown. That’s less than four catches a game to go with less than 50 yards a game. Very, very bad production for a WR you drafted within the first four or five rounds last year in fantasy football leagues, but let’s talk about the good. In Coopers last eight games with Dallas, he produced 48 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns. That’s an average of six catches for 86 yards and just under a touchdown a game. That’s a ridiculous improvement and honestly at this point, Dallas may have won the trade.
The Cowboys signed Randall Cobb today, but that should only help Cooper’s value with defenses having to worry about another quick fast WR. Cooper is still only 24 years old and he has all the talent in the world when it comes to elite route-running ability. The NFC East with teams like the Giants, who’s secondary has been ravaged this year, and the Redskins and Eagles who haven’t been anything close to elite lately, is a very weak pass defending conference.
According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Amari Cooper is currently being drafted at the fifth pick in the fourth round on average. I think that may be a little late for what could be a top 10 WR in 2019. I’d take him in the mid to late third round and if he’s available in the fourth, I might cry. Dak Prescott needed an elite playmaker out wide and he may have found one, with Randall Cobb being an added bonus.
Stat Projection: 85/1200/11