News: 2 days agoCooper caught one of four targets for nine yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Falcons.
Spin: Atlanta came out determined to prevent Cooper from beating its defense after the Browns' top wideout posted back-to-back 100-yard games and touchdowns in each of his past two games. All of Cooper's Week 4 figures -- the targets, catches and yards -- were season lows.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Cooper was traded to Cleveland after spending his first seven seasons with the Raiders and Cowboys. The 2015 first-round pick has yet to live up to lofty expectations and he hit a bit of a low in 2021 with a career-low 6.9 targets per game (19% share). Cooper has generally been a solid WR2 (he's never finished worse than 29th in fantasy PPG), but he simply hasn't made the leap to WR1 territory (zero season finishes better than 10th). On the plus side, he's only 27 and has a clear path to a hefty target share as Deshaun Watson's top target in Cleveland. A slow start is likely with Watson suspended for 11 games, but Cooper can be viewed as a WR3/flex early on, who could leap into the WR2 mix once Watson is back.