• Amari Cooper

  • WR
  • , Dallas Cowboys
  • 26
  • 211 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Cooper started the season with 16 catches for 238 yards and four touchdowns in his first three games. He added 11-226-1 against the Packers in Week 5, but after that, he was pretty spotty for the rest of the season, posting 13.8 fantasy points (PPR) or more in six of 11 games, but scoring 6.8 or fewer points in the other five games. This resulted in a No. 9 overall finish, but he was just the No. 33 receiver from Week 6 to Week 17. He was dealing with an ankle injury and was out-produced by Michael Gallup, but the franchise felt strongly enough about Cooper to reward him with a five-year deal worth $100 million this offseason. While Gallup’s stock has taken a hit after the Cooper contract and the arrival of CeeDee Lamb, Cooper’s targets look like they’re under serious pressure and I just don’t think he’s worthy of a third round pick given the receiver talent available in the fourth round and later.

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Scouting report

by Spencer Babbitt

DAL WR Amari Cooper - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Amari Cooper was plagued by injuries and inconsistent play when he entered the league as a Raider but has flourished in Dallas with Dak Prescott. In his first full season as a Cowboy, Cooper turned 119 targets into 79 receptions to go along with 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns. Cooper is still only 26 years old and continues to build rapport with Prescott, so it is possible he exceeds those numbers this year. Cooper’s efficiency metrics are solid. He finished last year ranked among the top 10 wide receivers in both yards per target (10.0) and yards per route run (2.6). This is despite being the top option in the Dallas passing game and receiving significant attention from opposing defenses. Selling out to stop Cooper will be difficult for opponents to do this season. Michael Gallup has emerged as a strong second option opposite Cooper, and now defenses will have to deal with Ceedee Lamb operating out of the slot. Cooper’s continued improvement and chemistry with Prescott mean that he will carry massive upside every week, and there is the possibility Cooper gets even more single coverage this season as the top option in a loaded wide receiver room.

Fantasy Downside
The only problem with Cooper benefitting from Gallup’s emergence and Lamb’s arrival is that both players carry the potential to infringe on Cooper’s target share. Cooper maintained a target share over 20% last season, and while it seems likely that should remain fairly steady, the arrival of talented new teammates is always a double-edged sword in fantasy. Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore retaining playcalling duties is a good sign for Cooper, but the crowded depth chart at the skill positions means we could see the Dallas offense register “Cooper weeks,” “Gallup weeks” and “Lamb weeks” instead of Cooper being the clear top option week in and week out.

2020 Bottom Line
In the end, Cooper should emerge from the pack as the top weapon in the Dallas passing game and that role carries substantial upside. Cooper carries enough risk to prevent him from being a no-doubt WR1, but his current draft cost is a low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 and that is a fair valuation at this point in the offseason.

2020 Strength of Schedule - DAL

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
8
@LAR
21
ATL
17
@SEA
12
CLE
30
NYG
19
ARI
24
@WAS
23
@PHI
7
PIT
BYE26
@MIN
24
WAS
10
@BAL
25
@CIN
9
SF
23
PHI
30
@NYG

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1NYG61061917.6700000.0016.622.652/6876.5%
2@WAS4441511.0000000.0010.414.464/7091.4%
3MIA6882714.6700000.0020.826.861/7284.7%
4@NO548089.6000000.004.89.856/5896.6%
5GB1122611420.5500000.0028.639.663/7287.5%
6@NYJ13023.0000000.000.31.33/823.7%
7PHI51060521.2000000.0010.615.656/7080.0%
8BYE--------------
9@NYG4801720.0000000.0014.018.061/7185.9%
10MIN1114711413.3600000.0020.731.763/7188.7%
11@DET3380812.6700000.003.86.841/7455.4%
12@NE00020.0000000.000.00.052/6481.3%
13BUF88501110.6200000.008.516.564/7882.1%
14@CHI6831813.8300000.0014.320.357/7378.1%
15LAR1190219.0000000.001.92.950/7071.4%
16@PHI4240126.0000000.002.46.446/6274.2%
17WAS4920523.0016006.009.813.862/7582.7%
Per game4.9474.310.507.4415.050.060.38006.0010.4715.4153.19/70.6376.25%
Totals791189811915.0516006.00167.5246.5851/113076.25%
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