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Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper

Wide Receiver #89
ADP:Round: 4, Pick: 5
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: 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

Amari Cooper: Remains top dog in Dallas

Cooper caught 10 passes (14 targets) for 81 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Cooper led all Cowboys in receptions, targets and yards, which is relieving news for fantasy owners following the acquisition of top receiving prospect, CeeDee Lamb, in the 2020 NFL Draft. Perhaps having a legitimate threat opposite the veteran will lead to gaudier numbers as opposed to eating into his production. The move to Dallas in 2018 restored Cooper's status as a star wideout, and Sunday's performance proves that he is still Dak Prescott's favorite target. The 26-year-old will look to build off of a solid start to the season in Week 2 against a Falcons secondary that was just torched by Seattle for 322 passing yards and four touchdowns.

September 13, 2020 10:51 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Set for Week 1

Cooper (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Rams in L.A., Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys held Cooper out of practice to kick off September, but when Week 1 rolled around he was able to handle every rep at all three sessions. He's thus poised to act as the team's No. 1 wide receiver Sunday night and play at "full capacity," as Mike McCarthy told Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News on Thursday. Cooper could have a tough go of it, though, as the Rams boast a top cover corner in Jalen Ramsey.

September 11, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Likely to get full snap load Week 1

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that he expects Cooper (hamstring) to play at "full capacity" in the team's Week 1 matchup with the Rams, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Cooper already cleared up any concerns about his availability for the season opener by practicing fully Wednesday, but McCarthy's comments at least provide some reassurance that the wideout's workload likely won't be limited Sunday. After playing north of 85 percent of Dallas' offensive snaps in six of the team's first 10 games of 2019, Cooper failed to clear that benchmark in any of the Cowboys' final seven contests while he battled lower-body injuries. More concerning for Cooper than any snap-count restrictions is his matchup with Rams shutdown corner Jalen Ramsey, who held the receiver to one reception (for 19 yards) in Week 15 last season.

September 10, 2020 8:45 AM EST

Amari Cooper: Logs full practice

Cooper (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Cooper has spent the last few weeks dealing with a hamstring injury, which until now had been undisclosed, but he's now managed to resume handling unrestricted reps. Barring any setbacks, Cooper is now fully on track to suit up Sunday night against the Rams. He'll lead a dangerous Dallas receiving group also consisting of Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb and tight end Blake Jarwin against Los Angeles' formidable secondary.

September 9, 2020 1:18 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Limited in Wednesday's practice

Cooper (undisclosed) looks to be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Cooper started the session on a side field doing rehab work with resistance cords, but he then walked over to the main field and went through some drills with his teammates. Gehlken expects the wide receiver to gradually increase his practice participation throughout the week and ultimately suit up Sunday night in Los Angeles. Despite his frequent appearances on injury reports, Cooper has missed only three games through five pro seasons, and he's averaged 5.3 catches for 76.6 yards and 0.56 TDs in 25 regular-season contests for the Cowboys.

September 9, 2020 10:26 AM EST

Amari Cooper: Misses fourth straight practice

Cooper has missed four consecutive practices, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: No specific injury has been reported, and the Cowboys have downplayed the situation. Still, it's something to keep an eye on ahead of a Sunday night opener (Sept. 13) against the Rams, especially given Cooper's history of playing through lower-body injuries. For what it's worth, Todd Archer of ESPN.com thought Cooper spent a lot of time stretching his quadriceps before he did some resistance-cord workouts with a trainer Thursday morning.

September 3, 2020 8:16 AM EST

Amari Cooper: Gets breather Friday

Cooper took part in individual drills Friday but had his workload in team drills managed, David Helman & Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

Analysis: With a five-year, $100 million contract extension in his pocket, Cooper's spot as the Cowboys' No. 1 receiver is extremely secure, and the team isn't going to wear him out in camp. Look for him to get a fairly heavy snap count in Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage, one of the few game-like situations the team will be involved in before Week 1.

August 28, 2020 1:45 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Set for more slot routes

Cooper is likely to line up in the slot more frequently after the Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb with the 17th overall pick in the 2020 draft, NFL analyst Andy Benoit suggests.

Analysis: The addition of Lamb to a receiving corps that already featured standout talents in Cooper and Michael Gallup gives offensive coordinator Kellen Moore a lot of formation flexibility, as both Cooper and Lamb have experience working inside and outside. During his NFL career, however, Cooper has been much more effective in the slot. Per Scott Barrett of Fantasy Points, the former Raider has averaged 2.37 yards per route run from the slot -- the fifth-best mark in the league since he was drafted in 2015 -- compared to a 1.80 YPRR as an outside receiver. With Dallas having lost slot receiver Randall Cobb and tight end Jason Witten (166 combined targets) in the offseason, there should be plenty of looks available for everyone, but even if Cooper's target volume somehow decreases as part of a deeper group of receivers, improved efficiency would keep his overall production afloat. In the best case scenario, of course, the Cowboys' No. 1 wideout would both see more passes thrown his way, and be able to do more damage with them.

April 24, 2020 1:45 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Nearing $100 million deal with Dallas

Cooper is nearing agreement on a five-year, $100 million contract with the Cowboys on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old seemed poised to officially test the open market, but it appears Dallas was able to secure its top wide receiver after the tampering window opened Monday afternoon. Cooper set career highs in yardage (1,189), touchdowns (eight) and YPC (15.1) during 2019 while catching 79 of 119 targets. Quarterback Dak Prescott received the franchise tag earlier in the day, as the Cowboys are set to enter 2020 having secured their top-two impending free agents.

March 16, 2020 8:04 PM EST

Amari Cooper: Preparing for free agency

With Dak Prescott receiving the Cowboys' franchise tag, Cooper will be able to test the free-agent market, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys will make an honest effort to re-sign their star wide receiver, but there's no question other teams will be interested. Cooper arguably profiles as the top prize on the market, at least in the non-quarterback category. The Cowboys had been hoping for the option to use both a franchise tag and a transition tag this offseason, but the recent completion of a new CBA eliminates that possibility.

March 16, 2020 8:34 AM EST

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