With the Cowboys offense full of options, and needing to find cap space Amari Cooper was traded to Cleveland, understanding the fantasy impact is going to be big for a player that is widely owned.
There is no doubt that Cooper is a good receiver when given the opportunity, despite struggling last season with injury, he still finished as a WR27 on the season. Before that he had back-to-back seasons of over 1,100 yards. There is no doubt too that at 27 he still has plenty of tread left on the tyres. That is the good news…..
The bad news is that this offense isn’t really built to pass the ball. The team look to run the ball with their tandem of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and have uncertainty at QB with Baker Mayfield looking like he is leaving the team. At the moment at least, it feels like a downgrade on the face of it.
However, with fewer mouths to feed in the Browns offense, Cooper is likely to be given a stable target share. At the moment though, it’s hard to view this as anything other than a downgrade in situation. If the QB situation were a known, that could change but for right now he feels like a WR3 with upside if the right QB is brought in.
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