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Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper

Wide Receiver #89
ADP:Round: 5, Pick: 3
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 211 lb.
College:Alabama
Age:26
Born:June 17, 1994
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 1 (4)
Draft Team:OAK

Amari Cooper: Undergoes surgery

Cooper (lower leg) announced via his Instagram account that he underwent surgery Thursday, per Jon Machota of The Athletic.

Analysis: Cooper missed some time late in training camp with an undisclosed injury, which was revealed to be a hamstring issue during Week 1 prep. Since then, he only appeared on the practice report Week 2 with a foot concern and didn't miss any games all season en route to a career-high 92 catches (on 130 targets) for 1,114 and five touchdowns. It's unclear if Cooper's recovery will extend into the offseason program, but even if it does he has plenty of time to get healthy for the 2021 campaign.

January 7, 2021 12:29 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Held to 41 yards vs. Giants

Cooper caught six of nine targets for 41 yards during Sunday's 23-19 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Although Cooper tied for the team lead in targets and finished second in receptions, he was mostly held to short gains as he finished averaging just 6.8 yards per catch. So ends another up-and-down season for Cooper, who disappeared in several games but still finished with 1,114 receiving yards, which is the second-best output of his NFL career. He certainly would've produced more efficiently with a health Dak Prescott under center, despite the multitude of other weapons on the Dallas offense, and he'll look to improve upon these numbers in the 2021-22 campaign.

January 3, 2021 1:49 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Bounces back in big way

Cooper caught four of six targets for 121 yards in Sunday's 37-17 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The Cowboys' passing game re-discovered its early-season form, and as a result Cooper posted his best yardage total since Week 4 while tying Michael Gallup for the team lead on the afternoon. Cooper's now topped 1,000 yards for the third straight season and the fifth time in his career, and he's 117 yards shy of setting a new career high heading into Week 17's clash with the Giants, as both teams remain alive in the hunt for the NFC East title.

December 27, 2020 8:58 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Finishes with three scrimmage yards

Cooper caught two of three targets for 10 yards and carried twice for minus-seven yards during Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Cooper had found the end zone in three straight games but struggled in this one as he faced tight coverage from the respectable San Francisco secondary, which held him to a pair of five-yard receptions. The team tried to get him involved as a rusher, but a four-yard gain followed by an 11-yard loss actually subtracted from his scrimmage yards on the day. While this was a poor performance, it was actually Cooper's second-worst of the season after his one-catch effort against the Eagles in Week 8. He will try to get back on track against the aforementioned division foe next Sunday.

December 20, 2020 1:47 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Scores touchdown in low-volume day

Cooper recorded four receptions on five targets for 51 yards and one touchdown in Week 14 against Cincinnati.

Analysis: Cooper saw his fewest targets since Week 8, limited by the Cowboys ability to build up a 17-0 lead by midway through the second quarter. Even so, Cooper managed to find the end zone in his third consecutive contest, scoring from 11 yards away just prior to halftime. Even with the team's minimal need for explosive offensive plays, he did tack on additional receptions of 20 and 13 yards. Cooper has remained a remarkably consistent producer this season, even with revolving quarterbacks delivering him targets. He'll draw a Week 15 matchup against the 49ers.

December 13, 2020 1:33 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Scores late TD in loss

Cooper brought in five of nine targets for 43 yards and a touchdown and added a 10-yard rush on one attempt in the Cowboys' 34-17 loss to the Ravens on Tuesday night.

Analysis: Cooper was on his way to a forgettable fantasy night before making an acrobatic two-yard catch in the back of the end zone on fourth down for Dallas' final score of the night. The sixth-year pro has enjoyed a strong connection with Andy Dalton and been coming on with a 17-260-1 line over the prior three contests to Tuesday's game. His numbers against Baltimore therefore represented a slight downturn from his per-game averages during that span, but Cooper should once again be the subject of plenty of attention from Andy Dalton in the latter's return to Cincinnati to face the Bengals in Week 14.

December 8, 2020 8:29 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Only bright spot in huge loss

Cooper caught six of eight targets for 112 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 41-16 loss to Washington.

Analysis: He accounted for the Cowboys' only TD of the afternoon, hauling in a strike down the sideline from Andy Dalton early in the second quarter and turning it into a 54-yard score. Dallas was outscored 34-6 after that. Cooper tied Michael Gallup for the team lead in catches and targets but dominated in yardage en route to his third 100-yard performance of the season, but he faces a tough test in Week 13 on the road against the Ravens.

November 26, 2020 5:39 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Leads team in receiving Sunday

Cooper caught six of seven targets for 81 yards in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Andy Dalton did an excellent job spreading the ball around, as nine different Cowboys hauled in at least one catch, but it was Cooper who led the team in receptions, targets and yards. Despite the turmoil in the offense since Dak Prescott (ankle) got hurt, Cooper's still on pace for career highs in catches and targets, as well as the fourth 1,000-yard campaign of his career. He'll look to keep rolling in a Thanksgiving clash with Washington.

November 22, 2020 6:27 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Solid showing in Sunday's loss

Cooper caught five of six targets for 67 yards in Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Steelers. He also gained eight yards on his lone carry.

Analysis: After an abysmal performance last week with Ben DiNucci under center, Cooper and the entire Dallas offense showed a little more life in this one with Garrett Gilbert at quarterback, although the end result was still the same. Cooper has recorded at least 75 scrimmage yards in seven of nine games this year, and he should remain one of the top options in the passing game coming out of the team's Week 10 bye, regardless of whether Gilbert or Andy Dalton (concussion) is at the helm.

November 8, 2020 9:04 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Just one target in SNF loss

Cooper caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 23-9 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Someone should have told Cooper -- and the Cowboys' coaching staff -- that Halloween was yesterday, because his impersonation of a ghost was more "trick" than "treat" for those counting on the star wideout for significant production. The 26-year-old almost went the entire contest without receiving a target from third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci until he finally caught a pass for five yards in a garbage-time comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. The good news for Cooper's fantasy managers is that Andy Dalton (concussion) has a good chance to return next week (the duo averaged 7.0 completions, 79.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns across two contests). The bad news is that a tough matchup against the Steelers looms in Week 9. If DiNucci is forced to start again, managers may have to explore other options in place of the former must-start receiver.

November 1, 2020 10:21 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Stands out in brutal defeat

Cooper caught all seven of his targets for 80 yards and carried once for an additional five yards during Sunday's 25-7 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Cooper was a rare bright spot on the day as his team managed to generate just 114 passing yards. He made a few short catches while Andy Dalton (head) was under center and somewhat surprisingly managed a 32-yard connection with rookie Ben DiNucci, who entered the game as an injury replacement. Cooper has caught 14 of 17 targets for 159 yards over the last two games since Dak Prescott (ankle) went down, but his production seems unlikely to continue next Sunday night against the Eagles if Dalton is forced to miss the contest.

October 25, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Gets into end zone late

Cooper secured seven of 10 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 38-10 loss to the Cardinals on Monday night.

Analysis: Cooper was busy early and late, leading to a team-leading yardage total and the only touchdown of the night for the Cowboys with 2:48 remaining. The 26-year-old was at least able to bounce back from a season-worst 2-23 line in Week 5 against the Giants, and Cooper has now found the end zone twice in the last three games after being blanked in the touchdown column during the first three contests of the campaign. He'll look to carry over the momentum into a Week 7 divisional road matchup against the Washington Football Team.

October 19, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Takes back seat Sunday

Cooper caught only two of four targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Giants.

Analysis: For the first time this season, Cooper failed to see at least nine targets or haul in at least 81 yards, as CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup were both more involved in the Dallas passing game. Cooper was bound to cede opportunities to his talented teammates sooner or later, but the whole offense carries a little more uncertainty now that Andy Dalton is forced to take over from Dak Prescott (ankle), likely for the rest of the year. How much of a connection Dalton and Cooper can establish will become clearer beginning with Week 6's clash against the Cardinals.

October 11, 2020 7:05 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Explodes for 134 yards

Cooper caught 12 of 16 targets for 134 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 49-38 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Cooper was thrown to early and often as his team dug itself in a hole yet again, managing his highest yardage total since Week 10 of last season. He made a beautiful 20-yard touchdown grab on fourth down in the second quarter for his first score of the season, which is perhaps the only complaint his fantasy managers could really have at this point. Cooper is on pace for over 1,600 yards on the season and could thrive again in next Sunday's favorable matchup with the Giants.

October 4, 2020 2:04 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Feeling healthy

Cooper was banged up earlier this season but says he now feels 100 percent healthy, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: It almost goes without saying given that he's averaging 89 yards per game. Cooper still hasn't found the end zone, but the touchdowns should eventually start flowing, as he's the far and away target leader (35) in an offense that leads the league in yardage and ranks eighth in points scored. Cooper's Week 4 matchup appears favorable, with Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (groin) listed as questionable after unsuccessfully attempting to play through the same injury last week. The other starting corner, Greedy Williams (shoulder), has already been ruled out.

October 2, 2020 3:12 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Productive again in loss

Cooper caught nine of 12 targets for 86 yards in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: The receiver led the Cowboys in catches, but he remarkably only came in third on the team in receiving yards, as Dak Prescott threw for at least 450 yards for the second straight game. Cooper is still looking for his first TD of the year, but given how explosive the Dallas passing game has been it should only be a matter of time, and his 25 catches for 267 yards through three games is a nice consolation prize. Cooper could be primed to hit paydirt in Week 4 against a Browns defense that's already given up five touchdowns to opposition WRs.

September 27, 2020 7:16 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Hits century mark in Week 2 win

Cooper snagged six of nine targets for 100 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-39 win against the Falcons.

Analysis: The four-time Pro Bowler was held to limited practice participation Thursday while nursing a bruised foot, but that certainly wasn't evident on the field Sunday as Cooper carved up the Falcons' porous secondary. Atlanta's defense was left depleted without cornerback Kendall Sheffield (foot) in the lineup, and Cooper was able to capitalize with his first 100-yard showing since Week 10 of last season. The 2015 No. 4 overall draft choice was shaky during the fantasy playoffs last December in posting sub-25-yard receiving outings in Weeks 15 and 17, but so far this season Cooper is off to a solid start with 80-plus receiving yards in each of his first two appearances. He and the Cowboys' prolific passing attack now travel to Seattle in Week 3 to take on a Seahawks pass defense that surrendered 450 passing yards to Atlanta in its season debut.

September 20, 2020 4:24 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Cleared for Sunday

Cooper (foot) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: A bruised foot caused Cooper to be a limited practice participant Thursday, but he never appeared in serious danger of missing the Week 2 contest. He was on the injury report last week with a a hamstring injury and ended up catching 10 of 14 targets for 81 yards in a 20-17 loss to the Rams. Cooper's next opponent, Atlanta, allowed Russell Wilson to throw for 322 yards and four TDs in a 38-25 loss last week.

September 18, 2020 12:40 PM EST

Amari Cooper: On track for Sunday

Cooper (foot) went through Friday's walkthrough and coach Mike McCarthy doesn't anticipate any setbacks heading into Sunday's game versus Atlanta, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Cooper was added to the injury report Thursday as a limited participant due to the foot issue, but it doesn't appear to be a serious concern. The 26-year-old could still carry an injury designation into the weekend, but barring a setback he should be able to play Week 2.

September 18, 2020 9:07 AM EST

Amari Cooper: Added to injury report

Cooper was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice due to a foot injury, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Considering the Cowboys didn't list Cooper on their initial Week 2 injury report that was released Wednesday, his foot issue may have cropped up during Thursday's session. Whatever the case, Cooper's health suddenly bears close attention heading into Sunday's game against the Falcons. The Cowboys will determine whether Cooper will carry a designation into the weekend based on what he's able to do at Friday's practice.

September 17, 2020 1:14 PM EST

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