When I first heard about the Amari Cooper trade to the Dallas Cowboys, I was surprised but I wasn’t shocked.
Before it happened, I thought they were going to sign Demaryius Thomas.
Dak Prescott has been a game manager for the past three seasons, but the Cowboys feel he needs an upgrade at receiver. Veteran Allen Hurns and rookie Michael Gallup have combined for just 23 receptions, and Cole Beasley is the only player averaging more than 30 receiving yards per game.
For Cooper, he could be peppered with targets early and often.
After all, he cost the Cowboys a first-round pick in 2019.
But keep in mind that Prescott only averaged 207 passing yards per game in 2017 and he’s only averaging 202 in 2018. He doesn’t throw the ball enough for his receivers to be consistently Fantasy relevant.
However, if you own players on the Oakland Raiders, Cooper’s departure should have a big impact on their Fantasy production…
The Fantasy Impact of Amari Cooper Being Traded to Dallas
Cooper was on the field for 77.6% of the offensive snaps, so his departure is going to open up some opportunities for other players.
Derek Carr has been criticized for being too tentative this season, so I don’t see Martavis Bryant being utilized more.
But the Fantasy value of Jordy Nelson and Seth Roberts should improve.
Carr only has seven touchdown passes on the year, but he’s averaging 297 passing yards per game. That gives his receivers a chance to be Fantasy relevant each week.
I like Roberts as a sneaky pickup now because Carr has been targeting him consistently the last two weeks. From Weeks 4-5, Roberts averaged 4.5 receptions per game and 36 receiving yards per game. That’s not that exciting, but that’s eight points in PPR leagues.
If he can bump that up to six receptions and 60 yards, he has 12 points. Throw in a touchdown catch, and that’s 18 points.
His floor and ceiling are looking better without Cooper in the mix, so he could be worth stashing if you’re thin at wide receiver or a need a filler in Week 9 when the Giants, Eagles, Bengals, Jaguars, and Colts are on a bye.
Tight end Jared Cook could also see a bump in Fantasy value, but his production has been all over the place this season.
Cook scored 27 Fantasy points in Week 1, and he scored 31 Fantasy points in Week 4.
But he only scored six Fantasy points in Week 5 and just three Fantasy points in Week 6.