What the Amari Cooper trade means for fantasy

Another week, another trade that impacts fantasy football owners.

This time, it’s Amari Cooper who’s headed out of Oakland to the Dallas Cowboys. The former first-rounder cost the Cowboys a top pick, but that doesn’t mean anything to fantasy owners.

Here’s the value of Cooper and other players affected by the deal:

Amari Cooper

The Roy Williams Theory comes into play here as it did with Josh Gordon when he got dealt to the Patriots: Hold on to Cooper, but don’t start him for a few weeks. Wideouts need time to learn the playbook and get into a rhythm with their quarterback.

If you did hold on to Cooper after two straight horrible weeks, good for you. It’s possible that when gets on the same page as Dak Prescott, he starts gobbling up targets. Cooper did flash some of the talent that made him a top pick with two 100-yard-plus games in 2018, but overall he’s been a dud the last two years. A change of scenery might do the trick.

Jared Cook

Not much changes here – he’s still sometimes a TE1 in this wasteland of tight end talent, even though he’s had 30 yards total in his pass two games.

Jordy Nelson

The entire Raiders passing game is struggling, although the former Packers great has scored in three of his last four games. He gets a slight bump up, but that still makes him a matchup-dependent WR3 type. Bleh.

Martavis Bryant

Are you really going to trust the ex-Steeler who has either boomed (91 yards against the Chargers in Week 6) or busted (18 yards against the Seahawks last week) a bunch? I’m not. But in a deep league, sure, take a flier. Just don’t expect fireworks.

Seth Roberts

Here’s your sleeper: He’s had 13 targets in his last two games and hasn’t done much with them (nine catches, 72 yards total). But maybe Derek Carr dinks and dunks to his slot man a bit more. Deep PPR-leaguers, maybe he’s worth a look.

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