Is Amari Cooper Finally Ready to Be a Fantasy Football Superstar?


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Sep 01, 2019, 11:17 AM EDT
  • Amari Cooper played some of his best football after being traded to the Dallas Cowboys. Will he finally rise to consistent fantasy football stardom?
  • Ian Hartitz breaks down the wide receiver's 2019 outlook and when you should target him in drafts.

We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2019 season; this is part of that series.

The Cowboys were in dire straits six weeks into the 2018 season, unable to consistently move the ball through the air amid a roster reconstruction that left them with very few proven options at receiver. That’s when they decided to trade what eventually became the 2019 draft’s No. 27 overall pick for the services of the 2015 draft’s No. 4 overall pick: Amari Cooper.

It remains to be seen whether Cooper will ever fully capitalize on his lofty career potential, but the Cowboys have already reaped the rewards of the trade to the tune of a playoff victory and an NFC East title. Cooper deserves plenty of credit for that achievement, as his ability to seamlessly transition to life as Dak Prescott’s No. 1 target provided the entire offense with a much-needed spark.

This season will mark the first time in Cooper’s career that he’s expected to work as his offense’s undisputed top pass-game option for an entire season. Let’s find out if he’s poised for even more real life and fantasy football success in 2019.

Amari Cooper Dominated with the Cowboys

There’s little doubt that Cooper’s time with the Cowboys produced the best professional football performance of the 24-year-old’s career.

  • Cooper’s 8.5 targets per game in his 11 outings with Dallas were the most during a season of his career. He averaged 7.5 targets per game during his three and a half seasons in Oakland.
  • Cooper averaged a career-high 9.5 yards per target with Prescott under center. Cooper’s rate with Derek Carr was 8.3 yards per target.
  • Cooper racked up 150-plus yards in two games, which matched his total amount of breakout performances with the Raiders.

There simply weren’t many wide receivers who produced more than Cooper over the second half of last season. Guarding him one-on-one became a death sentence for pretty much any mortal cornerback.

The overall production from Cooper is tough to hate on. Still, he continued to work as a boom-or-bust option, with most of the booms coming inside the friendly confines of AT&T Stadium.

  • Cooper per game at Jerry World (six games): 8.7 targets, 7 receptions, 109.5 yards, 1 TD, 23.95 PPR
  • On the road (five games): 8.4 targets, 4.8 receptions, 47.8 yards, 0.2 TDs, 10.8 PPR


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