Player Outlook
Cooper was dealt in the offseason to the Browns, where he'll pair up with Deshaun Watson after Watson serves a six-game suspension. The veteran wideout is coming off a down year in 2021, but Cooper has an opportunity to be the clear No. 1 receiver there, though we're unsure how much Kevin Stefanski is prepared to open up the playbook. The Browns have been among the most run-heavy teams in football the past two seasons. Still, Watson and Cooper could connect for many big weeks through their 11 games together, and Cooper still figures to see decent target totals from Jacoby Brissett during an easy run through the season. Some Fantasy managers will draft Cooper in Round 4 or 5, deal with a potential slow start, then expect top-12 type production starting when Watson comes back. Other managers may opt to not draft Cooper at all, then try to trade for him if he gets off to a slow start. There will be opportunities to get Cooper on your roster beyond Draft Day, but if you're buying into the Browns passing offense, you might just want to get him when you're drafting.

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2022
2021 68 865 12.72 8 0.00 1348.9
2020 92 1114 12.11 5 14 2.33 1449
3y Avg. 80 1056 13.20 7 7 3.50 1479.2
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Fantasy News

  • Browns' Amari Cooper: Quick return to practice

    Cooper (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday after missing Tuesday's session, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Cooper tweaked his ankle Monday, temporarily depleting a wideout group that's already missing rookie third-round pick David Bell (foot) and 2021 third-round pick Anthony Schwartz (knee). The lack of experience behind Cooper should lead him to a considerable target share as the Browns' obvious No. 1 receiver, though he's coming off a mediocre season in Dallas and likely won't be catching passes from Deshaun Watson (suspension) until at least Week 7.
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  • Browns' Amari Cooper: Ankle issue downplayed

    Cooper (ankle) won't practice Tuesday, but coach Kevin Stefanski indicated that the wideout should be back soon, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Petrak relays that Cooper tweaked his ankle during Monday's practice, but it doesn't sound like a major issue for the Browns' top wideout. His absence does, however, further tax the depth of the team's WR corps, with David Bell (foot) and Anthony Schwartz (knee) also currently sidelined.
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  • Browns' Amari Cooper: Looked at by trainer

    Cooper was attended to briefly by a trainer after catching a touchdown in red-zone drills during Monday's practice, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports. The trainer checked out Cooper's right ankle, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, but the receiver walked to the sideline under his own power. Cooper remained on the sideline for the remainder of practice, and Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski did not provide an update.
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  • Browns' Amari Cooper: Restructures contract

    Cooper restructured his deal Saturday, converting the majority of his $20 million base salary into a signing bonus while adding two additional void years, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The move was made immediately following the team's acquisition of Deshaun Watson and giving him a record-setting five-year, $230 million contract Friday. Cooper figures to be in a prime position to regain his form after a down season in which the Pro Bowl wideout compiled 68 receptions, 865 yards and eight touchdowns across 15 games.
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  • Browns' Amari Cooper: Sent to Cleveland

    The Browns acquired Cooper and a 2022 sixth-round pick from the Cowboys on Saturday in exchange for a 2022 fifth-round pick and a 2022 sixth-round pick, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. The compensation might appear light considering the 27-year-old has played at a Pro Bowl level almost every year he's been healthy, but with Cooper due $20 million each of the next three seasons, the cap implications essentially forced the Cowboys to settle for a modest return. Now situated as the clear No. 1 wideout in a Cleveland offense that could soon lose Jarvis Landry, Cooper should be the primary target when the run-first Browns do opt to throw the ball.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Likely on the move

    The Cowboys plan to try to trade Cooper before the start of the new league year March 16, but if no deal is reached, the wideout is likely to be released, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports. If the 27-year-old ends up being cut, the wideout would count $6 million against the Cowboys' salary cap in 2022 versus $22 million otherwise. Cooper is coming off a 2021 campaign in which he caught 68 passes (on 104 targets) for 865 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games. If the Cowboys indeed part ways with Cooper, CeeDee Lamb would profile as the offense's top receiver option, while the team could elect to focus on re-signing Michael Gallup (knee), who is bouncing back from a torn ACL.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Release a real possibility

    The Cowboys could seriously consider releasing Cooper prior to the start of the new league year, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Schefter quotes a league source as saying Dallas is "likely" to release Cooper, who will be owed a fully guaranteed $20 million March 20, the fifth day of the new league year. The news seems a likely indication that the Cowboys would listen to trade offers for the 27-year-old wideout, who was limited to 68 catches for 865 yards and eight scores through 15 appearances in 2021 but previously put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Releasing Cooper would free up $16 million for Dallas with just $6 million in dead cap, and position CeeDee Lamb to take over as the unquestioned No. 1 target in the passing game. If he does hit free agency, Cooper will undoubtedly have a plethora of interested suitors.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Gets into end zone against Niners

    Cooper caught six of 10 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the 49ers in the wild-card round. He got the Cowboys on the board with a 20-yard TD catch in the second quarter, but it was the team's only points of the first half, as the Cowboys were in a hole they couldn't climb out of despite a frantic fourth-quarter push. Cooper had a somewhat disappointing regular season despite seeing over 100 targets for the third straight campaign, managing 68 catches for 865 yards and eight TDs in 15 games -- his worst production yet since joining Dallas in 2019. The Cowboys could part ways with Cooper in the offseason without incurring a big dead cap hit, but most likely he'll return in 2022 and be a key part of a potent passing game with Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Tops team in targets

    Cooper caught five of seven targets for 79 yards in Saturday's 51-26 win over the Eagles. Cooper led the Cowboys in targets, with his longest gain coming on a 27-yard reception. He also tied for Dallas' lead in catches, although Cedrick Wilson was more productive with his five grabs, going for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Despite the bevy of weapons in his team's offense impacting his weekly yardage this term, Cooper remains a significant receiving threat heading into the playoffs, particularly after scoring three times in his last five games of the regular season.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Salvages day with TD

    Cooper caught three of seven targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Cardinals. It was a rough day for a lot of Cowboys, but Cooper was at least able to find his way into the end zone, catching a four-yard toss from Dak Prescott in the fourth quarter as Dallas staged a late rally that fell short. The score was Cooper's eighth of the season, tying his previous career high, so the veteran receiver will take aim at a new personal best in Week 18 against the Eagles.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Leads team in receiving on SNF

    Cooper had seven receptions (11 targets) for 85 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 56-14 win over the Football Team. Cooper bounced back in a big way after posting his worst stat line (two catches for eight yards) of the season last week against the Giants. Nearly every starter on Dallas' offense got to eat in this blowout win, so we can't assume the star wideout is truly back following a stretch of five games during which he averaged just 37.6 receiving yards per game. The Cowboys will take on Arizona next Sunday in a matchup with playoff seeding implications, so we will see if Cooper can build off of this strong showing.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Limited to two catches

    Cooper secured two of five targets for eight yards in the Cowboys' 21-6 win over the Giants on Sunday. Cooper's second-half downturn hit a new low Sunday, with his yardage total serving as his sparsest yet in 2021 and the reception tally tying a season low as well. The veteran did score his first touchdown since Week 8 in last Sunday's win over Washington, but he's been at 51 yards or less in five consecutive games. Cooper's next opportunity to reverse course and deliver some timely dividends for fantasy managers in their playoff contests comes in a Week 16 rematch at home against Washington.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Finds end zone

    Cooper caught five passes for 51 yards and one touchdown on seven targets against Washington on Sunday. Although he saw fewer targets than CeeDee Lamb (10) and even Michael Gallup (nine), Cooper was Dallas' most effective pass catcher on a per-target basis Sunday. Quarterback Dak Prescott struggled in this game (22 of 39 for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions), so Cooper's numbers look even more favorable in that light. The Cowboys go on the road to face the Giants in Week 15, which could be a viable matchup for Cooper to maintain his recent momentum.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Back at full strength

    Cooper confirmed Friday that he's completely healthy and no longer dealing with any symptoms from his bout with COVID-19, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. The 27-year-old returned for last Thursday's 27-17 win over the Saints but saw just 24 snaps (34 percent) and two targets. He did catch both passes for 41 yards, showing his usual burst when called upon. Cooper's return to a full-time role, assuming it happens this Sunday at Washington, might mean less work for Michael Gallup, who took on at least eight targets and 91 percent snap share in each of the past three games with Cooper and/or CeeDee Lamb limited by injury/illness/concussion. All three are healthy now, as is No. 4 receiver Cedrick Wilson (ankle).
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Two catches in return

    Cooper (illness) brought in both targets for 41 yards in the Cowboys' 27-17 win over the Saints on Thursday night. The veteran wideout was relatively quiet in his return to action, and all of his yardage actually came on just one of his receptions. Cooper has now totaled just 129 receiving yards in the three games since his 8-122-1 breakout versus the Vikings in Week 8, a matter he'll look to rectify at the expense of the Washington secondary in a Week 14 matchup a week from Sunday.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Back in action Thursday

    Cooper (illness) is listed as active Thursday at New Orleans, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. Following a bout with COVID-19 that forced him to sit out Weeks 11 and 12, Cooper managed one limited practice Wednesday, which was enough to prove his conditioning was up to par. He'll join forces with CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup to give the Cowboys their ideal wide receiver trio. Having said that, Cooper is expected to have his playing time managed early on to see how he reacts to game action, according to Ed Werder of ESPN. As a result, it's difficult to peg exactly what kind of workload Cooper can be counted on to handle in his return.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Officially questionable for Thursday

    Cooper (illness) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game at New Orleans, Ed Werder of ESPN reports. Following his activation from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Cooper got back on the practice field Wednesday as a limited participant, marking his first activity since testing positive for the virus back on Nov. 19. Head coach Mike McCarthy noted Tuesday that Cooper still had some lingering symptoms, including a cough, but he's now put himself in a position to keep his absence to two games, per David Helman of the Cowboys' official site. While he's expected to be active Thursday, Cooper may have a limited snap count, but Dallas seemingly will have its preferred wideout trio of Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup together for just the third time this season.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Activated from COVID-19 list

    Cooper (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and appears on track to play in Thursday's game in New Orleans, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. After missing the Cowboys' last two games while he completed a 10-day quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test, Cooper reported back to the team facility Monday and looks on track to get in at least some practice activity Wednesday now that he's officially been added back to the 53-man roster. Though Cooper is expected to play Thursday, his workload could be scaled back given that he reportedly dealt with virus symptoms for over a week and hasn't been on the field for nearly 12 days. If Cooper looks good in his return to practice, he could still handle his usual role, in which case quarterback Dak Prescott will have a healthy receiver trio of Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup for just the third time this season.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Expected to play Thursday

    Cooper (illness) is expected to travel to New Orleans and play in Thursday's game against the Saints, Ed Werder of ESPN reports. Cooper remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Wednesday morning, but Werder's report seems to imply the wideout has seen his symptoms improve and may just be awaiting approval of a team physician before being activated and rejoining the Cowboys for practice. Whatever the case, the Cowboys apparently now expect Cooper to play Thursday, even after he missed another practice Tuesday. It's possible his workload is scaled back Thursday if the illness has impacted his conditioning.
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  • Cowboys' Amari Cooper: Still on reserve/COVID-19 list

    Cooper (illness) didn't take part in Tuesday's practice and remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Both owner/GM Jerry Jones and coach Mike McCarthy commented on Cooper earlier Tuesday, and while Jones' tone was optimistic about the wide receiver practicing, McCarthy's remarks were more stated. McCarthy ended up being closer to the truth after telling Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News "to be determined" about Cooper's potential activity level. Cooper now has just one more chance to join his teammates on the field Wednesday before the Cowboys jet off to New Orleans for Thursday's game against the Saints. If Dallas doesn't activate him from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team may have just CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and Michael Gallup at the top of the WR depth chart with Cedrick Wilson (ankle) unable to practice so far this week.
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