Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Riley Cooper
Where has this Philadelphia Eagles offense been over the last few games? With Nick Foles returning from a concussion, he led the Eagles to a demolishing of the Oakland Raiders, scoring 49 points off of seven touchdowns. That’s right. Foles becomes the seventh quarterback to throw seven touchdowns. Peyton Manning did it in the opening game this season.
Luckily for fantasy owners, Foles spread the ball around to all the offensive weapons. DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Brent Celek and Zach Ertz all scored a touchdown. However, the biggest beneficiary of Foles starting was Riley Cooper. He had the best game of his career, hauling in just five passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns.
This season, Cooper has built a nice rapport with Foles. He second-best game came in Week 6, which Foles also started, catching four passes for 120 yards and a score. If Foles remains the starting quarterback for the rest of the season, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t, then Cooper’s value skyrockets.
He caught the long and short ball. One touchdown went for 63 yards and the other two were for 17 and five. He also caught a short pass and took it for 42 yards. All game long, the Raiders focused on Jackson (who had a great game himself), allowing Cooper to get wide open. Before this game, Cooper has been really inconsistent. He averaged five fantasy points per game, which is including the 18-point game in Week 6.
I’m not sure if Cooper is a sleeper after this 32-point game, but he is only owned in 8.9 percent of ESPN leagues. The Eagles take on the Green Bay Packers next week, who allow 21.1 points to opposing wide receivers. With four teams on a bye in Week 10, Cooper could be a nice play.