When it comes to prime players with regards to the 2018 fantasy football season, few elicit such a reaction either positive or negative with such force as Oakland Raiders fourth-year wideout Amari Cooper. Having been drafted 4th overall in 2015 after a stellar career at Alabama, Cooper immediately went out and produced back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons for the Raiders as he hinted at star WR 1 ability. Then 2017 arrived and Cooper had what could only be described as a miserable season across the board as he missed two games due to injury and saw his offensive numbers dip to the tune of just 48 catches for 680 yards and 7 scores. This after Cooper went as a second-round pick in the majority of fantasy football leagues. As a result of that dud, Cooper became a pariah by the end of the season and his outlook for 2018 is being handled with extra caution since he burned so many a year ago. Be that as it may, Cooper actually could be shaping up as a big-time value player for a number of reason which we will talk about.
The first positive going for Cooper obviously is the arrival of Jon Gruden as head coach. Given that Gruden is widely considered one of the best offensive minds in the game and was once a wide receiver coach, the easy assumption is that he will do wonders for getting Cooper back on track. Then there is the fact that TD vulture Michael Crabtree is now in a Baltimore Ravens uniform which will now make Cooper the number 1 option in the red zone as well. Having a bit of a Julio Jones tendency to not score a high amount of touchdowns despite tremendous physical ability, Cooper is being talked about by Gruden as being the main guy in the team's passing attack. Combine all of that together and Cooper could easily slide back to WR 1 status with a run at career-best numbers across the board. So while last season was certainly ugly, Cooper is still young and filled with potential to be a smart pick no from late Round 2 or later.
2018 PROJECTION: 88 receptions 1,105 yards 8 TD