Amari Cooper Fantasy Outlook Makes Him High-Risk, High-Reward Pick in 2020

Max Staley
Amari Cooper's fantasy outlook makes him a bit of a risk this season.
Amari Cooper's fantasy outlook makes him a bit of a risk this season. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Amari Cooper has silenced most of his doubters since joining the Dallas Cowboys. He tallied a career-high 1,189 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns for the team in 2019, earning himself a Pro Bowl nod in the process.

However, lingering injury concerns and a crowded skill-position group make Cooper a high-risk, high-reward pick in the fantasy football season.

Amari Cooper Fantasy Football Outlook

Cooper is currently coming off the board with an average draft position (ADP) of WR13, per FantasyPros. The Alabama standout was the WR10 last year, so that's right around where he should be going. He's a much more volatile than most of the receivers being drafted around him, though.

For example, Cooper had five games with 20.0-plus PPR points last year (including two 30-plus point games), but he was held below 7.0 five times as well. He has a well-documented tendency to disappear at times and that boom-or-bust style can be really frustrating for fantasy managers.

Injuries had a lot to do with the up-and-down nature of Cooper's season, though. It looked like the myriad of ankle and knee flareups took their toll on him by the end of the year. From Week 1-10, Cooper averaged 7.9 targets and 5.9 catches for 94.2 receiving yards per game. That plummeted to 6.9 targets and 3.7 receptions for 48.7 yards per game over his final seven games.

It doesn't help matters that the rest of Dallas' skill-position group is absolutely loaded. Michael Gallup was also an 1,110-yard WR and he essentially served as the team's No. 1 option from Week 11 on. With Cooper slumping, Gallup turned 8.1 targets into 82.4 receiving yards per game during that same seven-game stretch. With the emergence of Gallup, and the addition of CeeDee Lamb, Cooper's role could continue to shrink in 2020.

Still, if we assume that Cooper's drop in production was entirely injury related, he has a monster ceiling. After all, he was the WR4 in PPR formats from Week 1-10.

That boom-or-bust potential could make him an excellent target in best ball drafts, though. In best ball leagues, fantasy managers benefit from the great games without suffering through the inevitable down weeks.

Cooper is a solid player to target at his ADP, though he's riskier than most of the WRs being drafted around him. We have him as the WR12 in our 2020 fantasy rankings.

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