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Browns Insider: Amari Cooper Will Be 'Busy, and Fantasy Players Should Take Note'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVAugust 23, 2022

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Although the Cleveland Browns will be without Deshaun Watson for the first 11 games of the 2022 NFL season, Amari Cooper is expected to get plenty of looks in the passing game.

The Athletic's Zac Jackson reported Tuesday that Cleveland is "going to keep Cooper busy, and fantasy players should take note."

Jacoby Brissett is in line to start at quarterback until Watson is eligible to return. While that could impact the threat Cooper poses downfield, Jackson added Brissett is likely to target the four-time Pro Bowler "frequently at short and intermediate range."

Cooper is coming off a somewhat disappointing 2021 season. He caught 68 passes for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. His reception and yardage totals were his lowest since 2017.

Part of that was because of increased competition from CeeDee Lamb, who caught 79 balls for 1,102 receiving yards en route to his first Pro Bowl.

That kind of dynamic probably won't emerge in Cleveland. Neither Donovan Peoples-Jones nor David Bell should overshadow Cooper to a similar degree.

If you were banking on the 28-year-old to benefit from change of scenery, then you might be in luck.

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