Riley Cooper Fantasy News

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 8:12pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Eagles WR Josh Huff started outside, as did Riley Cooper. Jordan Matthews was in the slot, as he was most of the time last season.

Fantasy Impact:

It seems likely Huff is a place-holder for first-round pick Nelson Agholor. This way, Huff runs with the first team while Matthews remains in his slot position. When Agholor is ready to move into the lineup, he would replace Huff, according to the story. It seems like the team likes Matthews in the slot. It's very possible Huff could perhaps win time over Cooper at some point after Cooper struggled last season.

Eagles Beat: Expect Nelson Agholor to start Week 1

Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:07pm

Philly Voice - [Full Article]

Beat writer Jimmy Kempski broke down the Eagles' WR competition:

In my view, I think it'd be crazy to take Jordan Matthews off the field. The Eagles mostly stay in three wide receiver sets, and in those situations, expect Matthews to resume his role in the slot. However, when they go with two wides, Matthews should stay in and line up on the outside.

I also expect Nelson Agholor to start Week 1, and produce immediately. He just looks like the real deal to me.

So the real battle here is Josh Huff vs Riley Cooper vs Miles Austin. Huff has the most natural ability and explosion of the three, but he needs to refine some of the more nuanced aspects of the position. The Eagles would love to see Huff go out and earn more playing time, but they're not just going to hand it to him. Their opinion of Cooper is clearly far higher than yours is.

Fantasy Impact:

This comes on the heels of another column declaring Josh Huff as the biggest breakout candidate in the Eagles' receiving corps. Agholor figures to have the edge, as reports have been almost universally positive this offseason. Ultimately, we see Matthews, Agholor and Huff playing the most snaps, but it may not happen early or even this season. Chip Kelly likes Cooper more than the rest of us do.

Eagles Beat: Josh Huff primed for a breakout season

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 7:02pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

With Jeremy Maclin now in Kansas City, many expected the Eagles to move Jordan Matthews to the outside, and line Josh Huff up in the slot. That is not, however, what the plan is. Huff has been lining up with the first team offense on the outside in Maclin's place, with Matthews remaining in the slot.

Huff could see some time inside, but the plan is for Huff to run many of the same routes Maclin did -- including going deep. Huff is the quickest receiver on the team, and the Eagles will be giving him a chance to stretch the field, much like DeSean Jackson did two seasons ago.

Ask Riley Cooper how much the Eagles like their receivers to be able to block, and he will respond by pointing out he played 980 snaps last season, second most on the team. That is a good sign for Huff, who is perhaps the second-best run-blocking receiver on the Eagles, behind only Cooper. Huff should be able to stay on the field, and keep rookie Nelson Agholor off of it, by being a strong run blocker.

When the team drafted Agholor, it was assumed that he would start. That could still end up being the case, and Agholor has the skills to be a star in the NFL. It will be Huff, however, that gets the first crack at the starting job, with Agholor on the bench.

Agholor could end up taking one of the starting spots, from Huff or Cooper, but he will have to do it in training camp, and won't be handed the job.

Fantasy Impact:

The prevailing assumption is that Agholor will start alongside Matthews, who could play outside or in the slot. If Matthews is in the slot, then there's an opening for Huff or Cooper on the other side. Then there's the matter of Zach Ertz, who is rumored to be in line for more snaps as he pushes Brent Celek for the starting job. Ertz could also play more in two-TE sets, but that will send two of the aforementioned receivers to the bench. Training camp will be key for all the Eagles' receivers -- the only player seemingly assured of a big role is Matthews.

Eagles Beat: 'Expect Jordan Matthews-type snaps/production' out of WR Nelson Agholor

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 5:28pm

Sheil Kapadia, Philly Mag - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Sheil Kapadia was asked which rookies would contribute in 2015:

Nelson Agholor is going to play a lot of snaps; that's a guarantee. Whether it's in the slot or on the outside, expect Jordan Matthews-type snaps/production out of him.

Fantasy Impact:

Agholor joins a receiving corps that has lost its best receiver (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin) in each of the past two offseasons. He’s expected to win a starting job, likely outside opposite Riley Cooper with Jordan Matthews in the slot. If that’s the case, he’ll be a fantasy factor as a rookie. Matthews finished #25 in PPR formats as a rookie last season. That sort of production is certainly feasible for Agholor if he plays starter's snaps and the team gets good play out of the quarterback position.

NFL Exec: Nelson Agholor will be Eagles WR1

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 7:12pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

First-round pick WR Nelson Agholor worked almost primarily with the second and third team offenses during the Philadelphia Eagles' spring practices. Jordan Matthews, Riley Cooper and Josh Huff all worked ahead of him. According to one NFL executive, this won't be the case for very long.

"He should be good, real good,'' the executive said to Mark Eckel, of True Jersey. "I'd bet on him. He'll come in and produce right away. He has the right mentality and just a great approach to the game. He's going to help them.''

The exec believes that Agholor's arrival will also help Matthews reach a higher level of play.

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagles need a WR1 with the departure of Jeremy Maclin. This exec also said he thinks Matthews is a nice WR, but not a number one; however the two will work well together. Rookie WRs don't always come in and put up big numbers, but perhaps that trend is starting to show signs of changing a bit. Given the Eagles offense and the amount of plays they like to run, Agholor is at least in a good offensive situation. We have Agholor ranked 39th among our WRs which puts him as a low-end WR4. His ADP, though, is the 8th round in ten team leagues - a round or two, or even three, higher than a lot of the guys ranked around him. There may be some safer options on the board to think about.

Eagles Beat: Miles Austin has a chance to be productive

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 12:41pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

If you go by past accomplishments, Eagles WR Miles Austin is easily the team’s best wide receiver.

The reality is he hasn’t had a productive season since 2012, when he caught 66 passes for 943 yards and six touchdowns, but the Eagles would sign right now for anything close to those numbers.

Think about this: On an awful Browns team with quarterback havoc, Austin was on pace for 63 catches, 757 yards and three TDs before lacerating his kidney in a freak injury. Last year, Riley Cooper caught 55 passes for 577 yards and three TDs.

If sports science can keep him healthy, and with some stability at QB in Chip Kelly’s offense, Austin could at very least be more productive than Cooper and is probably more reliable than Josh Huff, who still has to prove he can be consistent and values the football.

Fantasy Impact:

Austin will have to battle some young guys drafted by Chip Kelly in order to get on the field, but like the piece mentions, Austin is pretty much the veteran presence at the position. With pass-catching RB Darren Sproles and emerging TE Zach Ertz also around, there are going to be a lot of targets to get the ball to, but Austin could be a guy who makes a move in camp and jumps on the fantasy radar, so he's perhaps worth keeping an eye on in this fast-paced offense.

Eagles Beat: 'Very fast and shifty' WR Nelson Agholor is 'legit'

Friday, June 19, 2015, 2:36pm

Philly Voice - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice:

He's legit. Players in the Eagles secondary are already saying he's been the most impressive receiver they've faced so far this offseason, and the media seems to be in unanimous agreement that he looks very fast and shifty. As we noted in the final notes of minicamp, there are some players who don't play to their timed speed. Agholor ran a 4.42 at the Combine, and he plays every bit as fast as that would indicate, and then some. I'd be very surprised if he didn't start Week 1.

Fantasy Impact:

Agholor joins a receiving corps that has lost its best receiver (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin) in each of the past two offseasons. He’s expected to win a starting job, likely outside opposite Riley Cooper with Jordan Matthews in the slot. If that’s the case, he’ll be a fantasy factor as a rookie.

Eagles Beat: 'Up-and-down' Nelson Agholor not likely to start over Josh Huff

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 2:02pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

As Chip Kelly likes to say, it is only June, and the depth chart at this point is almost meaningless. Still, it is pretty clear so far that the Eagles starting receivers on the outside are going to be Riley Cooper and Josh Huff, with Jordan Matthews in the slot. Rookie Nelson Agholor will certainly factor into the rotation, but it is Huff's job to lose right now. Agholor has been up-and-down in camp, making some impressive catches, but he had a bad drop on Wednesday. Huff, meanwhile, had a nice catch that would have gone for a touchdown in a game.

Fantasy Impact:

This is mildly surprising, but it's something to monitor as the offseason wears on. It sounds as if Huff has made strides since last year and is currently playing ahead of Agholor. If this continues, then Huff would be fantasy relevant while Agholor will struggle to make much of an impact in limited snaps. Keep in mind that Cooper is hardly entrenched in a starting role after a rough 2014 campaign.

Eagles Beat: WR Josh Huff 'likely' to start outside

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:29pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Likely being thrust into an outside role in the starting lineup, Eagles WR Josh Huff hopes to live up to the expectations he set for himself after talking about how familiar he was both with scheme and personnel coming from Oregon where Eagles head coach Chip Kelly recruited and coached him for two seasons.

With the growing pains of a rookie campaign behind him, Huff has drawn rave reviews from Kelly about his maturity heading into his second season, something the wide receiver says he's noticed even about himself.

Fantasy Impact:

The article also says that Jordan Matthews is 'likely' to start in the slot, so that would mean RIley Cooper or rookie Nelson Agholor would also start outside. The Eagles' pecking order is difficult to predict, but we expect Matthews to see the most targets and fantasy production. It gets murky after that.

Eagles Beat: WR Nelson Agholor is 'fast...athletic...runs crisp routes'

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:35pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Nelson Agholor continued to make a strong impression. It should be noted that receivers tend to have the upper hand during spring workouts when defensive backs are restricted, but you can often see whether rookie receivers have at the very least the skills to compete at this level. Agholor clearly does. He’s fast. Not DeSean Jackson fast, but he’s gets down the field in a hurry. He’s athletic. He made several catches when he out-jumped a defender. And he appears to run crisp routes.

On a Matt Barkley pass over the middle, Agholor high-pointed the ball and pulled it in. Later, when Tim Tebow threw a fade to his back shoulder in the end zone, Agholor went up and caught the ball away from his body. The Eagles’ top pick had a good day. It’s just one practice in shorts, but the signs so far suggest he was worth the investment.

Fantasy Impact:

Agholor joins a receiving corps that has lost its best receiver (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin) in each of the past two offseasons. We expect him to beat out Riley Cooper, Josh Huff and Miles Austin for a starter’s role opposite Jordan Matthews. If he does, he’ll certainly be fantasy relevant in 2015.

Eagles WR Nelson Agholor impresses in first practice

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 9:33am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

In his first practice, Eagles WR Nelson Agholor ran smooth crisp routes, showed the kind of speed that vaulted him up draft boards late in the process.

Another wrinkle that the USC product who finished his collegiate career with 179 catches for 2,571 yards and 20 touchdowns is his ability to contribute as a kickoff returner. During Tuesday's practice Agholor was the first receiver up, perhaps giving a glimpse of another area in which he may contribute during his rookie campaign.

Fantasy Impact:

Agholor joins a receiving corps that has lost its best receiver (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin) in each of the past two offseasons. We expect him to beat out Riley Cooper, Josh Huff and Miles Austin for a starter’s role opposite Jordan Matthews. If he does, he’ll certainly be fantasy relevant in 2015.

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews lining up both inside and outside

Friday, May 29, 2015, 1:40pm

Philly Voice - [Full Article]

At one point, Eagles WRs Jordan Matthews, Riley Cooper, and Josh Huff got reps with the 1's, with Matthews in the slot. Later in practice, it was Matthews, Cooper and Jeff Maehl, with Matthews on the outside. Matthews had previously said his role would be expanded by playing some on the outside. We saw that Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

With Jeremy Maclin gone, Matthews will have to play more than the 65% of the snaps that he played as a rookie. He was the #24 WR in standard formats, so increased playing time should lead to a better finish. He won't be limited to the slot in 2015.

Eagles Beat: WR Jordan Matthews will play 'a lot more outside'

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12:01pm

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Sheil Kapadia on the team's receiving roles:

One thing I know about Chip Kelly: He believes in making rookies earn playing time. So don't be surprised/alarmed if Nelson Agholor starts out with the second or third team. But given how advanced Agholor seems to be from a mental standpoint, he could be the exception.

Riley Cooper's role is one we probably haven't discussed enough here. There's a scenario where the Eagles settle on Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff and Agholor as the top three receivers, leaving Cooper on the sideline. ... But Huff will have to prove he's a more reliable option in his second year to earn those snaps.

As for Matthews' role, my guess is he plays a lot more outside in 2015. I didn't think his size was a huge advantage in the slot last year, even though he was highly productive in that role, and Agholor may be better suited to play inside as a rookie.

Fantasy Impact:

Matthews will have to play more than the 65% of the snaps that he played as a rookie. He was the #24 WR in standard formats, so increased playing time should lead to a better finish. We're more interested in just how much Agholor, Huff and Cooper will play.

Eagles Beat: WR Jordan Matthews is 'just getting started'

Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:47am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Phil Sheridan on WR Jordan Matthews: Matthews is the prototype for what Kelly wants in his receivers: 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, good speed. This is why DeSean Jackson, for all his production, is not here anymore. Jackson simply can't block in the run game or on bubble screens to teammates. Matthews' size allows HC Chip Kelly to use him in a variety of ways, and the coach hasn't hesitated to expand the rookie's role. Remember, Kelly spent most of his career coaching 19-year-olds. So he doesn't shy away from playing rookies or second-year guys in the NFL. Also, Matthews seemed to play faster and with more confidence Monday night than we'd seen up until then. I think he's just getting started.

Fantasy Impact:

Matthews has shown a good rapport with QB Mark Sanchez that dates back to their time together on the second team in training camp. His snaps are consistently in the 60 to 70 percent range and he's outplaying starting WR Riley Cooper, whose snaps are down a bit in recent weeks. We believe there is a changing of the guard going on in Philadelphia, so Matthews should be owned in all leagues. He's a Sneaky Start in what should be a high scoring game against the Packers in Week 11.

Kelly: Eagles WR Jordan Matthews to stay in the slot

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 2:59pm

Geoff Mosher, Twitter - [Full Article]

Eagles HC Chip Kelly says Riley Cooper is doing a good job and Jordan Matthews not going to see reps outside soon. Says he wants that big, physical slot presence.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't sound like Matthews is going to usurp Cooper anytime soon. Matthews is playing 50-66% of the snaps (61% average), and that number will need to rise before he'll become a dependable fantasy starter. The good news is that the Eagles run a lot of plays, so a 61% snap percentage is more appealing for an Eagles player than it is for most other teams.

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