Amari Cooper Fantasy Dud in Week 12 Highlights Dangers of Matchup With Patriots Defense

Jason Schandl
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Heading into Week 12, Amari Cooper checked in at fourth among wide receivers with an average of 18.7 PPR fantasy points per game.

The New England Patriots defense, and specifically top corner Stephon Gilmore, completely shut Cooper down in their Week 12 meeting though, as the Dallas Cowboys WR was held without a single reception in a game for the first time this year.

Injuries have held Cooper to a couple of weak performances in 2019, but if we just look at games in which he made it through at least 60 percent of team's offensive snaps, his worst fantasy performance had previously come in Week 4, when he still managed five receptions for 48 yards.

Narrowed to just those healthy games, Cooper had averaged 6.5 receptions, 105.6 yards and 0.9 touchdowns on 8.6 targets per game, which boosted his fantasy production to 22.3 PPR points per game.

This total dud doesn't have a lot of future implications for Cooper's long-term fantasy outlook, but it is worth noting that he draws another couple tough matchups over the next two weeks, playing the Buffalo Bills in Week 13 and Chicago Bears in Week 14. Both teams have held opposing wideouts to bottom-eight fantasy production in 2019.

Cooper's zero-point output also highlights just how tough a matchup the Patriots are for fantasy wide receivers. They're giving up an average of 22.4 PPR points per game to opposing WR groups, which is by far the lowest in the NFL, with the Bears' 27.6 points per contest being the next lowest.

The matchup against the Patriots defense is something to look ahead to for DeAndre Hopkins in Week 13 and Tyreek Hill in Week 14 as fantasy owners should be aware of a potentially significant downgrade to those typical WR1s in the coming weeks.

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