Taking chances on an inconsistent receiver can be dangerous in the Fantasy playoffs, but the hunch here is that playing
Cooper has clearly emerged as the second-best pass-catching threat on his team with three 100-yard games. And though he has done little in his last two, that would indicate he could be due. He has 26 catches for 546 yards with six touchdowns in his last seven games. That is more than a blip on a radar.
He will likely be targeted often in a game that promises to be high-scoring against an explosive Detroit team that should take advantage of a weak Eagles pass defense. The Lions rank 26th in the NFL in passing yards surrendered with 3,147 and 19th in touchdowns yielded through the air with 21. Cooper caught five touchdown passes in two games before his mini-slump.
Cooper is ranked between 12th and 18th this week among NFL wideouts by all three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers. Take their advice. He's a bit of a risk, but one that's worth taking.
This was the second consecutive game in which Cooper has failed to hit the 50-yard mark, and the third time in five games in which he's finished with fewer than 50 receiving yards (while not scoring a touchdown in any of those games). In the other two games, however, Cooper averaged 120.5 yards and scored five total touchdowns. And he's seen no more than seven and no fewer than five targets in any game over that span.
The Eagles face the Lions in Week 14.
In Cooper's defense, he nearly had a touchdown in Week 11, but the play was called down on the 1-yard line. Still, his bouts of futility mixed in with the success leave him just a notch below must-start level. The Cardinals, his Week 13 opponent, haven't allowed a touchdown in the last two games to a wide receiver, but gave up four touchdowns to wideouts in the previous three. And their last two games were against teams that had one good receiver and then little to supplement him; the Eagles have two dangerous receivers (Cooper and DeSean Jackson) who should keep the defense honest.
Cooper's been more good than bad -- and Nick Foles has targeted him three more times than he has Jackson over the last three games. There's always a chance Cooper turns up with a 30-yard performance, but it's far greater that he ends up with 80 and a touchdown. Cooper can be started in most Fantasy formats.
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