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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: AMARI COOPER WR OAKLAND RAIDERS

Maybe THIS is the year Oakland Raiders wideout Amari Cooper graduates fully into WR 1 territory in fantasy football.  It was this time last year where everyone in the fantasy football community said that Cooper would make such a leap in his second year in the league as his talent was obvious and due to the maturation of QB Derek Carr.  Well fellow Oakland wideout Michael Crabtree had something to say about it as it was he and not Cooper who performed as the top receiver on the Raiders in 2016 and this was especially true during the first half of the year.  With Crabtree also serving as the top red zone target, Cooper's numbers languished to the tune of just 15 catches in 3 September games and zero scores.  While Cooper did have a big October (37 grabs for 517 yards and  scores), he caught just 14 and 13 balls respectively in November/December which further made him a disappointment in his fantasy football owners' eyes.  For the entirety of the season, Cooper managed a still very good 83 receptions for 1,153 yards but he hit paydirt just five times as Crabtree caught TD passes.

So as we look toward 2017 fantasy football, Crabtree still remains but Cooper is now once again looking to firmly establish himself as the team's number 1 target of Carr.  On physical ability alone, Cooper is quite capable as he has more big-play potential than Crabtree but he needs to become notices more around the red zone to maximize his fantasy football success.  Right now Cooper can only be drafted as a WR 2 but he has the absolute ability to graduate to WR 1 status given his pedigree and athleticism.  If you can snag Cooper in the middle of the third round or later, you did very well.  It says something that 83 catches for 1,153 yards and 5 scores would be considered a bit of a letdown by his owners but that is simply because we know how much he is capable of achieving.  So go back to the well on Cooper this season as he could very well make that leap.

2018 PROJECTION:  89 receptions 1,298 yards 8 TD  


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