|Date of Birth:||06/17/1994|
|Drafted:||2015 | Round 1 | Pick 4|
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The Raiders exercised Amari Cooper's fifth-year option.
Despite Cooper's disappointing and surprising third season last year, this was fully expected to happen. Now Jon Gruden and the Raiders have Cooper under contract for the next two seasons. Gruden has already said he plans to make Cooper the focal point of the team's offense, so he has major bounce-back potential in his fourth year in the league.
Jon Gruden touts Amari Cooper as the “headliner” of the Raiders offense.
Gruden is back at the NFL Combine as a head coach, and he’s unsurprisingly drawing a large crowd. The Raiders head coach is making it clear he expects the former fourth overall pick to ascend into an elite receiver, and he expects him to be “the focal point” of the offense. Look for Gruden to move Cooper around formations this season, and the fourth-year receiver could be a target monster in Oakland. He has major bounce-back potential after a disappointing 2017.
Amari Cooper catches long touchdown in Week 17.
Cooper caught an 87-yard touchdown from Derek Carr, and he had three receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown total in the game. Cooper had a surprising 48/680/7 line in 14 games this season. While this wasn't what many anticipated for Cooper in his third NFL season, he did have some monster plays and games like this one, and he'll be a major bounce-back candidate in 2018.
Amari Cooper catches long touchdown against the Eagles.
Cooper is toughing out an ankle injury that's kept him out two of the last three games, and he didn't appear to be very limited despite the talks of him having a limited role coming into the game. The third-year receiver caught a 63-yard touchdown on a double-move that burnt Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills. Overall, Cooper had two receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Christmas Night loss. There is downside to inserting Cooper into fantasy lineups at less than 100% against a tough Chargers team in Week 17.
Amari Cooper is active tonight against the Eagles.
After missing last week with the ankle issue, Cooper is back in the lineup for the Raiders. There is some obvious risk with the third-year receiver, though, as he tweaked the ankle when he was in the lineup for Week 14. We don't recommend inserting Cooper into fantasy lineups in fantasy championships this week.
Amari Cooper (ankle) is questionable for Christmas Night.
Cooper was a limited participation in practice for the second day in a row, and he'll be a game-time decision for Week 16 against the Eagles. If Cooper is active, he'd be in the FLEX conversation. However, you'll need to have a backup plan if you're planning on inserting him into your lineup, as the Raiders play in the final game of the week. All things considered, there are probably safer options out there than Cooper for the first week of fantasy championships.
Amari Cooper (ankle) was limited in today's practice.
This is a positive step for Cooper, who is trying to get healthy enough to play on Christmas Night against the Eagles. One would think Cooper would love to play on Christmas, as those opportunities don't come very often. We'll see how he's listed on the official injury report when it's released tomorrow.
Amari Cooper (ankle) did not practice yesterday.
The Raiders didn't release their practice report until today, but their third-year receiver was not out there for it. This was Oakland's first official practice of the week, though, as they play on Christmas Night against the Eagles. Cooper does have some more time to heal up and be ready to go, but he's looking on the doubtful side of things right now.
Amari Cooper (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday night.
Cooper didn't practice all week after he re-aggravated his ankle injury in Week 14 against the Chiefs, so this was fully expected. Michael Crabtree should be a lock for around 10+ targets versus the Cowboys, and Cordarrelle Patterson should have a bigger role with Cooper out. If the Raiders don't win this game, it's possible we don't see Cooper again this season, as they could be knocked out of playoff contention.
Amari Cooper (ankle) did not practice today.
This is two missed practices in a row, and Cooper's status doesn't look great for Sunday night versus Dallas. We'll see how he's listed on the injury report tomorrow.
Amari Cooper (ankle) did not practice today.
After his aggravation of the ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, this was fully expected. Cooper probably won't be suiting up this week against the Cowboys, and he'll be very difficult to trust in fantasy lineups if he does.
Amari Cooper leaves game with apparent ankle injury.
Cooper was just rolled up on while throwing a block down the field, and he's in some pain while on the field. Remember, Cooper entered the game with an ankle injury and only practiced once all week, so he clearly wasn't 100% coming in to today. More information about Cooper should become available soon.
Amari Cooper (ankle) is active today against the Chiefs.
ESPN reported a few days ago that Cooper was not expected to play, but it was probably just false speculation. Cooper will be out there against the team he put up over 200 yards and two touchdowns against in Week 7. And with top cornerback Marcus Peters out for Kansas City, Cooper is a very solid option in fantasy lineups for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Amari Cooper (ankle) is officially questionable for Week 14.
An ESPN report emerged this morning, stating Cooper was unlikely to play on Sunday against the Chiefs. But a limited participation in practice today might indicate otherwise. This is a huge AFC West matchup between Oakland and Kansas City, and Cooper is probably going to do everything he can to get out there for his team. Luckily, the game is an early 1:00 PM ET game on Sunday, so fantasy owners will know by 11:30 AM ET if Cooper will be playing or not.
Amari Cooper (ankle) is not expected to play this weekend, according to Dan Graziano.
Similar to the ESPN report from Josina Anderson about Adrian Peterson being unlikely to play this week, it seemed pretty obvious this might be the case. Cooper, who's thankfully over his concussion, hasn't been able to practice yet this week while dealing with his ankle injury. Derek Carr and the Raiders will probably be without him against the Chiefs, and it's possible Cooper will miss more than just this week, as he could be dealing with a high-ankle sprain.
Amari Cooper (ankle) did not practice today.
The team hopes Cooper is able to get his ankle healthy enough to play this week, but his chances don't look great right now. Hopefully Cooper is at least able to get in a limited practice tomorrow ahead of the injury report being released.
Amari Cooper (ankle) did not practice today.
While Cooper didn't practice today, he was only listed on the injury report with an ankle injury, meaning he's passed concussion protocol. Passing the protocol is great to see, but now he'll have to get over this ankle issue to play this Sunday against a Chiefs team that he put up over 200 yards and two touchdowns against in Week 7.
Amari Cooper (concussion/ankle) has been ruled out for Week 13.
This isn't a surprise, as Cooper is dealing with both a concussion and a sprained ankle. The good news, for fantasy owners at least, is that they have clarity on the situation ahead of the weekend. Hopefully Cooper is feeling better soon, especially from the concussion, and it'd be great to see him healthy for the first week of the fantasy playoffs in Week 14. Now down his top two receiving options (Michael Crabtree is suspended) Derek Carr does have some risk against the Giants this week.
Amari Cooper (concussion/ankle) did not practice today.
Cooper's status isn't looking good for Sunday. Don't expect him to be out there against the Giants, but we'll let you know how he's listed when the official injury report is released tomorrow.
Amari Cooper (concussion/ankle) did not practice today.
The concussion is the more serious issue for Cooper, so he'll have to clear concussion protocol before we even worry about his ankle being fine. The Raiders are already down Michael Crabtree (suspension), so they could use Cooper in the lineup.
Amari Cooper also has a sprained ankle, according to Adam Schefter.
So that makes a concussion and a sprained ankle that Cooper is currently dealing with. The concussion is the bigger concern—both personally and availability-wise—for Cooper right now, and he should be able to play through an ankle sprain if it's not too severe and/or a high-ankle sprain. Cooper is certainly someone to keep an eye on throughout the week leading up to Sunday.
Amari Cooper leaves game against the Broncos.
Late in the second quarter with the Raiders up 7-0, Cooper went up for a high pass from Derek Carr and lowered his head as the safety came to hit him, taking a bad hit to the head and neck area. He was down on the field and not really moving, but thankfully he started to show some movement before walking off under his own power to the locker room. Cooper's day is almost certainly done, and he had one reception, nine yards, and a touchdown before leaving as he scored on a fade-type of route after he turned the corner around at the line of scrimmage and got wide open. Michael Crabtree (ejection) is also out of the game, so the Raiders will be without their top two receivers.
Amari Cooper scores in loss to the Patriots.
Cooper caught three passes for 28 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to cut the lead from 30-0 to 30-8 following a two-point conversion. Oakland will look to stay right in the playoff race with a win against Denver next week, but Cooper should be downgraded despite the Broncos' struggles.
Amari Cooper gets nine targets against the Dolphins.
Cooper caught four passes for 58 yards against Miami, and his nine targets tied a team high with tight end Jared Cook. Cooper did have another drop in this one, but overall it was a fine game. He gets the Patriots after the team’s Week 10 bye.
Amari Cooper gets ten targets in Week 8.
Cooper caught five of ten targets for 48 yards against the Bills, with a long of 18 yards. He also added a four-yard carry in the Raiders' loss. Through eight games, the third-year receiver is on pace for 68 receptions for 808 yards and six touchdowns, and that includes his monster 210-yard performance in Week 7. He should be able to continue picking up the pace and hit 1,000 yards by season's end, though.
Amari Cooper goes over 200 yards in Raiders' win.
After a very slow start to the season for Cooper's standards, the third-year receiver went nuts against Kansas City, catching 11 of 19 targets for 210 yards and two touchdown in the Thursday night victory. The Raiders appeared to make it a point to get Cooper involved early to build his confidence, and his 19 targets were 12 more than anyone else on the Raiders. The first touchdown was on a flea flicker that Cooper went up for and got both feet down before stretching the ball over the pylon for the score. And the second touchdown was on a crossing route that Cooper was wide open on and zoomed down the sideline past the defense for a 45-yarder. As crazy as it sounds, Cooper had a chance for an even bigger game than this. There were a couple passes he could've caught (though some weren't easy catches), and he was interfered with by Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters on another deep shot toward the end zone. Those that stayed loyal to Cooper and kept him in lineups were certainly rewarded, as this might be the best performance of the week. His 210 yards were more than he had all season, and Cooper is back as a must-start on most fantasy rosters.
Amari Cooper continues slow start to the season.
The third-year receiver caught five of six targets for 28 yards against the Chargers, as he's simply not making explosive plays either with the ball in his hands or down the field. Cooper is averaging 8.1 yards per reception this season and appears to be struggling with confidence despite his great start to his career. He's difficult to insert into fantasy lineups right now, but he still has WR1 upside.
Amari Cooper drops another pass, gets shut down in Week 4 loss.
Cooper caught two passes for nine yards, following up a one-catch, six-yard effort a week ago. He's on pace for a shocking 48/440/4 line, and is committing drops at an inexcusable rate. The former first-round pick needs to turn it around quickly and dramatically if he wants to have a breakout season in 2017. He is difficult to trust against the Ravens in Week 5.
Amari Cooper, Raiders completely shutdown in SNF loss to Washington.
Cooper caught just one pass for six yards, committing his league-leading sixth drop in the process. Seemingly pegged for a third-year breakout, Cooper has struggled mightily so far this season with just 10 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. For comparison, A.J. Green and Antonio Brown each put up better numbers across the board in Week 3 alone. Things don't get any easier with a trip to Denver next week, and it's time to take Cooper out of lineups.
Amari Cooper gets held in check in Week 2.
Cooper had four receptions for 33 yards against the Jets, while Michael Crabtree went off for three touchdowns. It's still early, but Crabtree looks like he'll again be around 1,000 yards and 8+ touchdowns this season, which could limit Cooper's upside. He gets the Redskins next Sunday, and he could be matched up against Josh Norman for much of the night. Although the Redskins might decide to just keep Norman on one side, as they have both Cooper and Crabtree to deal with.
Amari Cooper draws 13 targets in Week 1.
He only caught five of the targets, but this is exactly what fantasy players want to see in Cooper's third season—a ton of targets. Cooper had five receptions for 62 receptions and a touchdown against the Titans, with the TD coming on a nine-yarder where Cooper broke a couple tackles and was pushed forward into the end zone by his teammates. In his third season, there's superstar potential for the former Alabama receiver. He gets the Jets next Sunday.
Amari Cooper dominates in Raiders' third preseason game.
Cooper had four receptions for 78 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown, against the Cowboys. The touchdown came on a go route that appeared to be a cover two defense where Cooper caught a laser from Derek Carr down the sideline and ran right by the safety and to the end zone. The former top-five pick from Alabama offers a great floor, but he could take a step forward this season up the receiver ranks.
Cooper makes spectacular catch in Raiders' preseason loss.
The emerging superstar caught three passes for 46 yards, with the highlight being a leaping grab over three defenders for 31 yards. Cooper is currently going in the third round of fantasy drafts, but he might be worth a pick at the end of the second.
Amari Cooper is practicing for the Raiders today.
Cooper has missed six straight practices and seven of the last eight, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The third-year receiver was dealing with a leg injury of some sort, but it hasn't been made what exactly the injury was. At least Cooper is back out there now, and hopefully he can stay out there as we inch closer toward the regular season. The former fourth overall pick is currently going at the top of the third round in fantasy drafts.
Amari Cooper missed practice again today.
Cooper is dealing with a leg injury that's knocked him out for the last five practices. Obviously it'd be better if he was out there practicing with Derek Carr and company, but it isn't too concerning for his regular season outlook. Hopefully Cooper can get back out there soon and play in the second and third preseason games, because it's unlikely he'll be out there for their first one on Saturday after missing so much practice.
Amari Cooper has bulked up to 217 pounds.
The 23-year-old receiver played at 210 pounds last season, but added some weight. Images have shown Cooper looking noticeably bigger and more muscular this year, and this confirms it. As a former player in the Alabama football program, it's no surprise to see Cooper in great shape. He likely trained to keep his great acceleration and speed while adding the extra weight. The former fourth overall pick could breakout for a monster 2017 after going over 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.
Derek Carr sees a more aggressive Amari Cooper this year.
The Raiders quarterback says "the dog" in Cooper is coming out, and that the third-year receiver is looking like he did at Alabama, where "he'll just take things over." Carr said, "we were kind of just laughing at how impressed we were" with Cooper this offseason. When you're laughing about how impressive someone is, they are probably pretty impressive. The young receiver has a great work ethic and mindset—he has a very high floor and offers top five WR upside this season.
Amari Cooper catches two passes for ten yards as Oakland is eliminated from the playoffs.
It wasn't a great game for the Raiders. Cooper had a key drop on a perfect deep ball from Connor Cook in the game and struggled to do much against Jonathan Joseph and the Texans' corners. Despite the down second half of the year, Cooper will be a WR1 in 2017 fantasy drafts entering his third season.
Amari Cooper (shoulder) listed as questionable.
He almost certainly will play for the Raiders' wild card matchup against the Texans. Cooper said he's going to demand the ball in the game against Houston, and Connor Cook—a self-described gun slinger—should have no problem with throwing the ball to Cooper. He's going to need to come up big for Oakland with Derek Carr out.
Amari Cooper finds the end zone with Connor Cook at quarterback.
Cooper caught four passes for 39 yards, including a 32-yard score, as the Raiders fell to the Broncos. It was about as good a game as he could have had against Denver's defense with Matt McGloin and Connor Cook playing quarterback for Oakland. Cooper finishes his sophomore season improving on his 72/1,070/6 line as a rookie, catching 83 passes for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns.
Amari Cooper catches game-sealing pass for the Raiders.
On a 3rd down with just over two minutes to go in the game, with the Colts having no timeouts, Raiders' backup quarterback Matt McGloin hit Cooper on a deep route which Cooper high-pointed to seal the game for the Raiders and end the Colts' playoff chances. Cooper had four catches for 72 yards in the game, and needs to be downgraded with Derek Carr out for Week 17. He'll be a FLEX option against Denver.
Amari Cooper struggles against the Chargers.
He had one catch for 28 yards on three targets. The Chargers have done great against opposing wide receivers all season, and Cooper was the next victim. Cooper has slowed down lately, and is a WR2 next week against the Colts.
Amari Cooper had five catches for 29 yards in the Raiders' loss to the Chiefs.
Cooper somehow mis-judged a would-be 72-yard touchdown pass that could have potentially tied the game up in the 4th quarter, which must have drove fantasy owners crazy; he didn't even get his hands on it. With Derek Carr throwing for just 117 yards, Cooper actually led the team in receiving on Thursday night, but that doesn't do fantasy owners any good. He should bounce back in Week 15 versus the Chargers, as Cooper has lines of 5/133/1 and 6/138/1 in his two healthy games versus SD.
Amari Cooper catches 37-yard touchdown in Raiders' win.
Cooper finished with two catches for 59 yards and the score. It was concerning that Michael Crabtree out-targeted Cooper 11 to four, but Cooper is talented enough to make an impact with little action. He should see Marcus Peters on Thursday night, but remains a solid WR1.
Cooper quiet in win over Panthers.
In a cupcake matchup, the second-year wideout caught just four passes for 22 yards. Fantasy owners relying on Cooper need to keep him in the lineup for Week 12 versus the Bills; it's unlikely he has two straight quiet games.
Cooper turns on the jets for game-winning touchdown on Monday Night Football.
Amari had four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. On the touchdown, Cooper made one move then got right up the field and outran the defense. Cooper has amazing acceleration and agility to be able to make moves at full speed. He's already up to 900 yards, which is fifth in the NFL. Cooper is a WR1. Expect a good game next week against the Panthers.