August 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) runs with the football against the St. Louis Rams during the first quarter in a preseason NFL football game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
No. 3: WR Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
If there is one receiver who can reach the bar set by the elite receiver class of 2014, it’s Amari Cooper. I’m not saying he will be the next Odell Beckham, but he can certainly play at a high level right away.
The Raiders used Cooper in a number of ways in their opening preseason victory over the Rams. He caught a 12-yard pass, a 2-yard pass and was used on an end-around play which went for three yards. Cooper’s cameo ended with three receptions for 22 yards and one carry for three yards.
Oakland has high expectations for the man out of Alabama, and he will be Derek Carr’s main target in the passing game.
Some believe playing in the Raiders’ offense puts a cap on his fantasy potential, but I’m not sold on that belief. After an impressive rookie campaign by Derek Carr, he now has his big-time threat to throw the football to.
If Carr and Cooper can build some good chemistry right away, the rookie wideout has the potential to be an excellent addition in fantasy.
What’s better is that Cooper won’t be taken early in many drafts. He tends to fall into the mid-rounds where you will be looking to stock up on talent at the receiver and running back positions. If he hits the ground running, you could have a future fantasy WR1 as your flex.
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