Fantasy fallout: Can Amari Cooper’s fresh start make him a must-start?

Amari Cooper got to hit the reset button this week with a trade from the Oakland Raiders to the Dallas Cowboys.

But must his fable proprietors offer him the equal clean begin?

After beginning his profession with two 1,000-yard seasons and Pro Bowl appearances, Cooper has emerged as one in all myth’s maximum irritating players due to his inconsistency. He ranks sixtieth among receivers in ESPN fantasy scoring this season, no matter having 100-backyard games and most effective one dropped bypass (a trouble that has plagued him in the past).

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ESPN Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez said he thinks the alternate of surroundings needs to assist however wondered if in an effort to be enough to subsequently preserve Cooper’s production from week to week. As Gutierrez pointed out, Cooper now has 3 100-yard receiving games in his past seven outings — however, he additionally has less than 35 receiving yards in 12 of his past 19 video games.

And now, not only is Cooper changing teams in the middle of a season, but he’s going from an Oakland offense that ranks 10th in the NFL in passing yards per game (281.0) to a Dallas offense that ranks 29th (183.1).

But one thing Cooper should absolutely get in Dallas is an opportunity.

He’d better, said ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer after Dallas traded a first-round pick to get him.

Archer wrote that you don’t make a trade like that just to make Cooper part of a committee approach that wasn’t working in Dallas. And the Cowboys have a long history of preferring a true No. 1 receiver.

So at the very least, Archer said the Cowboys had better see the kind of production they got from Dez Bryant during the first 14 weeks of last season when Bryant ranked among the NFL’s top 15 receivers in targets, receptions and touchdown catch.

“They’re not going to start chucking it all over the place. They need Cooper just to make the defense take notice of the passing game,” Archer said. “But they’re not going to slow-play this. I believe he will get a lot of work early, provided he’s just not terrible in practice.”

Cooper will get an extra week before the Cowboys (and his fantasy owners) have to decide on his role because of Dallas’ Week 8 bye. As Archer wrote, quarterback Dak Prescott and the coaches plan to spend extra time bringing Cooper up to speed.

More Cowboys fallout: If anything, Archer said Cooper’s arrival could help slot receiver Cole Beasley, who has come on strong in recent weeks because defenses will have to pay more attention to the outside receivers. As for the rookie Michael Gallup, who just had a mini-breakout with three catches for 81 yards and a TD last week, obviously this limits his opportunity to become a featured target. But Archer said he can’t imagine Gallup’s numbers going down any since he was only catching one to two passes every week in the first place.

More Raiders fallout: Gutierrez said new No. 1 receiver Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant should both get a little bump now that Cooper is gone. But he thinks tight end Jared Cook could actually be the one who fills the void the most.

This has been a turbulent week in Oakland, where veteran running back Marshawn Lynch was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. That creates an opportunity for veteran Doug Martin, whom Gutierrez said is the new “feature back” according to coach Jon Gruden. But Martin hasn’t had a very inspiring season so far, and Gutierrez said Gruden “loves him some Jalen Richard on third downs and catching passes out of the backfield.” Plus, RB DeAndre Washington should also make his season debut soon after having a knee scoped in the preseason. And the Raiders’ offensive line is beaten up. So Martin is probably only interesting if you’re really in a bind.

Lastly, it can’t help QB Derek Carr to lose weapons such as Cooper and Lynch. But Carr still has the support of teammates such as tight end Lee Smith, who offered a passionate defense of his friend Carr as the team’s leader this week.

More trade fallout: New Jacksonville Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde was inactive Sunday after being acquired from the Cleveland Browns. But Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco said he expects a “pretty significant” role for Hyde this week since he has a similar power-running style to injured starter Leonard Fournette.

Also, if you have a free bench spot, you might want to make a speculative add of Denver Broncos rookie receiver Courtland Sutton in case Denver decides to trade veteran Demaryius Thomas. Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold has been pointing to Sutton as a breakout candidate since the preseason, but the opportunity has been his biggest hurdle.

 

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