Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team is trying to sign Cooper to a contract extension, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports. The focus has shifted from Demarcus Lawrence to Cooper and Dak Prescott, with Ezekiel Elliott also a candidate to cash in before Week 1. Cooper will celebrate his 25th birthday in June and currently is scheduled to play out 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. His career production doesn't quite justify a price tag in the same range as Mike Evans and Odell Beckham, but Cooper can point to his impressive performance after joining the Cowboys midway through 2018. He had 725 receiving yards and six touchdowns in nine regular-season games, then added 171 yards and another score in two playoff contests.
Cooper caught six of nine targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 30-22 loss to the Rams. Cooper broke free for a 29-yard catch and scamper for a touchdown in the first quarter, but he spent the rest of the contest dealing with Rams top corner Aqib Talib along with additional safety help. The extra attention allowed fellow wideout Michael Gallup to go off for 119 yards, but it resulted in Cooper posting a stat line that may have left DFS owners wanting a bit more considering some of the big totals he has posted since coming to Dallas. Either way, it looks like the 24-year-old will be the focal point of the Cowboys' passing attack in 2019.
Cooper caught seven of nine targets for 106 yards during Saturday's 24-22 win over the Seahawks. Cooper came up big in his first playoff game with his new team, leading the way in targets, catches and receiving yards. He didn't score a touchdown of his own, but he did make crucial contributions on three different scoring drives and moved the chains on several occasions. Cooper's presence adds another dimension to the offense, allowing Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott to thrive, and he'll need to put on a similar performance next weekend whether lining up against the Saints or the Rams.
Cooper caught five of 11 targets for 31 yards during Sunday's 36-35 win over the Giants. Cooper led the team in targets, but his long gain went for just 11 yards as he was held under 35 yards for the third straight game. He got off to an outstanding start to his time as a Cowboy, compiling 642 yards and six touchdowns in his first six games, but that success has garnered the attention of opposing defenses. Of course, with Ezekiel Elliott resting in this one, the Giants were free to focus even more on containing Cooper, so he'll hope for more room to work in next weekend's wild-card game.
Cooper said he wants to play in Sunday's game against the Giants, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. Locked in as the No. 4 seed in the NFC, the Cowboys are unlikely to use their key players throughout the entirety of the regular-season finale. Based on the comments from team owner Jerry Jones, the Cowboys seem to be leaning toward giving the starters some run, but it's an uncertain situation that removes a large chunk of Cooper's appeal for fantasy purposes.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|4||09/30||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|5||10/06||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|6||10/13||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|9||11/05||@New York Giants||10||20.75|
|12||11/24||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|15||12/15||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||112||69||946||6||43||13.71||130|