Amari Cooper Injury Update Shouldn't Affect Week 5 Fantasy Football Status Against Packers
By Max Staley
After dealing with a foot ailment for much of the offseason, there was some concern as to how that injury might impact Amari Cooper's play. Through four weeks, it certainly hasn't seemed to bother him much, as he's currently WR6 in standard-scoring leagues.
Cooper's fantasy owners are getting more good news, as the Dallas Cowboys star wideout was upgraded to a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Not that it was ever in much doubt, but the man who is tied for the NFL lead in receiving TDs with four will be taking the field in Week 5. It's also encouraging that his injury seems to be trending in the right direction, as Cooper was regularly missing practice leading up to last week's game against the New Orleans Saints.
Michael Gallup also looks like he's going to be good to go, which could be another positive for Cooper's value.
Cooper and Gallup will get a stiff test against the Green Bay Packers' stingy secondary in Week 5, however. Green Bay has held opposing QBs to just 188.0 passing yards per game (third-best mark in the NFL), and opposing WRs are averaging 18.13 fantasy points against the Packers, which is the fewest in the NFL.
Still, Cooper has a 23 percent target share, so he'll likely get plenty of opportunities to rack up fantasy points.
While Cooper's latest injury update is certainly encouraging, fantasy owners might want to slightly temper their expectations against Green Bay's elite secondary.
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