Will Amari Cooper be a Top 15 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver in 2016?

Jul 6, 2016

Amari Cooper
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Amari Cooper turned in a solid rookie season, finishing with 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns. He faded down the stretch though. Can he rebound from the poor finish and turn in a top 15 fantasy season?
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Cooper looked the part early in the 2015 season averaging 81.6 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his first eight games. He hit a wall in the final eight games averaging 52.1 yards and 0.25 touchdowns per game. Four of those games he combined for 34 yards.
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A foot injury slowed his production, but clearly the talent is there. Cooper went over 100 yards five times during his rookie season and had at least 79 yards and/or a score in half of his games. He caught at least five passes in nine games. Clearly he is on the same page as Derek Carr.
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Carr improved from 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns as a rookie to 3,987 yards and 32 touchdowns in his second year. Having a great young quarterback that he has such a good rapport with should help Cooper turn in a full season on par with his first half success. That would translate to 1,306 yards and eight touchdowns.
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I currently have Cooper ranked withing the top 15 of fantasy football wide receivers. If he stays healthy, he can flirt with WR1 status.

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