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

Jul 6, 2016

Amari Cooper
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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