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Amari Cooper's Goal for 2,000 Receiving Yards and the Fantasy Football Impact

Dan Israeli
Wild Card Round - Seattle Seahawks v Dallas Cowboys
Wild Card Round - Seattle Seahawks v Dallas Cowboys / Tom Pennington/GettyImages

The offseason is the time for bold predictions in fantasy football, and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is setting the bar pretty high with a prophecy of his own for the 2019 NFL season.

That's right, the fifth-year receiver who is heading into his first full season with the Cowboys is predicting a yardage total that has never been eclipsed in NFL history. The closest anyone has come so far was Calvin Johnson, who totaled 1,964 receiving yards in 2012.

For a player with a career-high total of 1,153 yards, Cooper's 2019 forecast is indeed bold. Even though he saw his production increase in Dallas, with yardage totals of 180 and 217 in Weeks 12 and 14, his season-long pace with the Cowboys was still only 1,288 receiving yards, a ways away from 2,000.

So when assessing Cooper for fantasy football purposes, how much water does his 2,000 yards goal hold? The rational answer is, not much. Cooper could have his best season in 2019, but he is still playing for a run-first team with a limited quarterback in Dak Prescott.

While Cooper has a lot of faith in his quarterback, we're still talking about a guy with a career-high 3,885 passing yards (achieved last season), a strikingly low total in today's passing climate.

Still, even if Cooper reaches 1,500 yards, it would be a smashing success. He was a much better receiver during his time in Dallas, as his catch and TD totals also saw a sizable boost compared to his career rates with Derek Carr.

Currently the No. 13 WR in average draft position (ADP) on, Cooper has upside to be a lot more in 2019. So while his prediction is likely unattainable, his confidence shouldn't be flat-out ignored.

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