In The Blitz, RotoViz writers react to the latest news and help you place it within the context of our 2020 research and recommendations.
Before the 2020 season, one of the most fantasy-friendly offenses in all of football was projected to be the Dallas Cowboys. First-year head coach Mike McCarthy and Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore had a loaded roster starting with quarterback Dak Prescott. Unfortunately, fantasy managers are well aware of the disappointment brought on by this team since Prescott was lost for the season. However, amidst all the struggles, a player once tabbed for his inconsistency has been the lone bright spot. Through Week 14, Amari Cooper continues his strong campaign.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper scored a touchdown in a Week 14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Cooper ended up with four catches on five targets, gaining 51 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Cooper led the team in catches in yards and fell one target behind the team lead. Quarterback Andy Dalton simply didn’t need to throw that much in a game where they were never trailing. Cooper should continue to be a solid receiver with some touchdown upside throughout the fantasy playoffs now that the Cowboys offense has figured some things out.
The Cowboys selection of rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb this past spring forced many to wonder what the pecking order would be for their wide receivers. Lamb brought unquestioned talent and after-the-catch prowess. Cooper had been a WR1 for two different teams in his young career, and his role appeared to be secured. Unfortunately for those who rostered Michael Gallup, Gallup found himself as the third option. However, since losing Prescott, Cooper has been the most consistent option after posting 15.1 points in Week 14.
Cooper has rightfully earned himself a bit of a boom/bust label in recent years. From 2018 to 2019, he finished as a WR3 or worse twice as often as he finished inside the top 24. His boom games were week-winning performances, but his bust games often left you scrambling and frustrated about whether to start him in the weeks ahead. This season, he has only two games with less than 10 fantasy points.
Still A Dynasty Buy
Cooper is one of those players who always seems older than he really is. At just 26 years old, you could make a case that he’s just entering the prime of his career. He appears to have established a strong connection with Dalton and should remain the focal point of that offense in the final weeks of the season. If Cooper is rostered by a team in your league who didn’t make the playoffs, and if they’re worried about the quarterback situation in Dallas following this season, Cooper is well-worth a future first-round pick and potentially more. His consistency this season has shown his QB-proof ability, and he will remain a fantasy force for years to come.