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Dont Give Up On Amari

Where has this come from?! Amari Cooper’s value has seemingly dropped off a cliff, with owners looking to sell him ASAP. I’m here to tell you “hold your horses!” What are you doing? This isn’t re-draft.

2017 has been awful for Amari. It’s been worse than anyone could have expected so far. But keep in mind; the Raiders haven’t been good at all. I firmly believe Cooper will bounce back. He is supremely talented. Let’s flashback…

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Amari has so many assets that we covet. He’s 23 years old, so nowhere near his prime. He’s 6’1”, 211 pounds, and can run a 4.42. So he has the size and speed we look for, leading to a 91st percentile speed score. Furthermore, he has an agility score in the 97th percentile, a catch radius in the 71st percentile, as well as many other favorable metrics. His college dominator score ranks in the 92nd percentile, his breakout age in the 99th percentile, and a SPARQ in the 90th percentile. Are we really going to give up on this guy after 5 bad games? For what seems to just be a mental funk, as Matt said on the recent podcast.

Let me remind you that his NFL comparison from NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, is Marvin Harrison. He was described as a silky route runner, a complete receiver, who is athletic with elite skill. He has the skill and twitches to be a consistent, high volume target. Even through this dry spell, he is on the field for 99% of Oakland’s snaps.

What you’ve no doubt heard numerous times the last few weeks are his drops. After 5 games in 2017, he has 13 receptions for 118 yards….but 7 drops. His 7 drops on 19 catchable targets this year ranks worst in the league with a 36.84 catch rate. Considering he only had 2 drops in 2016, many are left scratching their head about this sudden increase.

The way I see it, there’s nowhere to go but up from here. We know it’s an issue, he knows it’s an issue, and the team knows it’s an issue. But that means they’re going to work to change it. I expect to see them target Cooper quite heavily the next few weeks to re-establish some confidence.

Recently, Amari Cooper spoke about his drop issues. He stated that he believes he is trying to run with the ball before fully completing the catch. Thus, this would be a point of emphasis in practices going forward.

Amari ticks every box you look for in a receiver, except glue hands. The Raiders know of his talents, and it’s just a matter of time before they start exploiting them again. Just remember the issues Davante Adams had with drops in 2015. It is something that can be fixed. Obviously, this whole saga hits Amari’s value to an extent as there is now going to be that question mark. But the elite upside is there for me to still value him highly. Perhaps he’s not a top 10 dynasty asset, but certainly top 20.

This may be the last chance you have to buy Amari at a slightly lower price, so take advantage. I don’t own him anywhere, but I’m throwing offers out to see what his owners are looking for.

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Dynasty has caused many fights with all my friends, and I'm totally okay with the fact that fantasy football is now consuming our lives. The thrill we get every Sunday is like no other and makes it all worth it. I hope that my advice helps make your dynasty teams good enough to take your mind off life's other troubles. Currently working in business operations for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. Follow me on twitter: @DynastyJon