Week 14 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: WR Riley Cooper
Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have finally announced that Nick Foles will be the team’s full-time starter for the remainder of the season, fantasy football fans can sleep a little better. The playoffs are already here and there is nothing worse for the fantasy value of an offense than a team constantly turning over quarterbacks. Foles has obviously been the better option this season and the offense has just seemed to click with the former Arizona standout under center.
Among the favorite wideouts for Foles to look for downfield is Riley Cooper. The wideout has posted three 100-yard performances on the year, and in those three games he has caught six touchdown passes. Foles was the quarterback in all three contests and Cooper has built a tremendous rapport with the second-year quarterback.
After racking up 241 receiving yards between Week 9-10, Cooper has been disappointing over the last two games and has only amassed 85 total receiving yards. He has been seemingly overlooked lately for other options, most notably this past week when TE Zach Ertz caught two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals. Cooper was just beginning to sneak into fantasy lineups, but after a couple rough outings the You Tube sensation has suddenly become a fantasy afterthought again.
Cooper still has big-play potential, though. He is very elusive in the open field and the veteran knows how to run perfect routes. Foles has complete trust in him and will toss the wideout a couple deep balls each contest, simply based on the chemistry they have together.
Even more promising for Cooper this week is that Philly plays a Detroit Lions squad that has looked somewhat shaky against the pass. Excluding the soft matchup on Thanksgiving (QB Matt Flynn ), Detroit has allowed six touchdowns through the air over their previous two games. This is the perfect matchup for Cooper to catch a long touchdown pass and have another big fantasy performance.
If you need a third wideout in the first round of the fantasy playoffs, insert Cooper into your starting lineup for Week 14. He should be good for at least 80 yards and a touchdown.