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Amari Cooper 2020 Dynasty Outlook
Let’s start with a fun fact about Amari Cooper: his high school QB was the new Panthers’ free agent acquisition, Teddy Bridgewater.
Cooper was heavily recruited by the top schools all over the country, but he decided on Alabama where he spent 3 years. He made an instant impact his freshman year posting 1,000 yards and 11 TDs on 59 receptions as he lead them to a National Championship in 2012. His sophomore year was injury ridden, but still impressive. His Junior year was full of records, posting 1,727 yards on 124 receptions and 16 TDs. He decided he was ready for the next level and decided to forgo his Senior year.
With the 4th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders selected, Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama.
In his first 4 seasons, Cooper finished as WR21, WR14, WR36 (14 games) and WR 19 (15 games). Amari Cooper has become known for his inconsistent play and concentration drops. Fortunately, Cooper stepped up his game in 2019, finishing WR10 in PPR, but again the inconsistency was there with 6 games where he didn’t score double digits. His upside week to week is way too high to even consider benching him though because he can go off any time.
Looking into 2020, I see another top-12 finish but more inconsistency, especially with the addition of CeeDee Lamb. He will still lead the team in targets, but he could still take a hit. If he ever learns to hold onto the ball, Cooper would be unstoppable. His ceiling for next year is a low-end WR1 and his floor is a mid WR2; look to draft or trade for him with that in mind. If you’re a fantasy manager who needs consistency, stay away from him, but if you have a loaded roster who can make up for the games in which he disappears, then he’s a great player to hold onto.
Amari Cooper Dynasty Outlook – Beyond 2020
With the talented WR corps in Cooper, Lamb, and Gallup, I think it may limit Cooper’s value in 3-5 years. He just recently turned 26, while Lamb is 21 years old and Gallup is 24. If you’re a Cooper owner, you can be sure that he’ll be in the WR1 conversation for the next few years without having to worry. Another major player in how Cooper’s value is perceived is the future of Dak Prescott. If he stays, there’s no need to worry about his value, but if they can’t get a contract figured out, it’ll all depend on who the new QB is.
When it’s all said and done, I don’t blame fantasy owners if you want to hold onto him or sell him. He’s a very talented WR who is still young and in his prime.
According to the RotoHeat team, Amari Cooper’s ADP is #20 overall and #11 among WRs in PPR formats. His value in draft picks in 1QB is the 1.01 while Superflex is a 1.02.
The players that are comparable to Amari in 1QB leagues are Jonathan Taylor, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Josh Jacobs, A.J. Brown, George Kittle, Kenny Golladay and Miles Sanders. If I’m selling Amari Cooper here, I’d take any of these guys with the exception of A.J. Brown. I would need a little more on top of him to trade Cooper away.
In Superflex formats, players to target would also be Jonathan Taylor, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Josh Jacobs and Miles Sanders. Others that would be good buy/sells are QBs Carson Wentz or Josh Allen. I would have no complaints on any of the these for targeted players.