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  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
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Amari Cooper
WR - OAK
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  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Amari Cooper
WR - OAK
Amari Cooper
2018 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. SF vs. LAR
Week 2 at GB at DEN
Week 3 vs. BUF at MIA
Week 4 at LAR vs. CLE
Week 5 at PHI at LAC
Week 6 vs. ARI vs. SEA
Week 7 at NYJBYE WEEK
Week 8 vs. NO vs. IND
Week 9 vs. DET at SF
Week 10BYE WEEK vs. LAC
Week 11 at CHI at ARI
Week 12 vs. GB at BAL
Week 13 at NE vs. KC
Week 14 at SEA vs. PIT
Week 15 vs. MIA at CIN
Week 16 at DET vs. DEN
Week 17 vs. CHI at KC
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Amari Cooper
WR - OAK
Amari Cooper
Receiving
   
Receptions80.878.1
Rec Yards1,068.71,032.6
Rec TDs5.56.5
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts1.20.9
Rush Yards7.46.0
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points138.5142.3
   
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Amari Cooper
WR - OAK
Amari Cooper
2017 Points 
Week 115.712.2
Week 22.43.3
Week 39.80.6
Week 43.90.9
Week 54.50.8
Week 69.72.8
Week 74.133.0
Week 815.85.2
Week 95.8
Week 1022.6
Week 1118.38.8
Week 128.96.9
Week 135.1
Week 1416.50.0
Week 153.0
Week 162.412.6
Week 176.117.5
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Amari Cooper
WR - OAK
Amari Cooper
2017 Targets 
Week 11013
Week 265
Week 385
Week 488
Week 582
Week 6136
Week 71219
Week 81010
Week 99
Week 1012
Week 1197
Week 12111
Week 135
Week 14121
Week 155
Week 1664
Week 1776
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Amari Cooper
WR - OAK
Amari Cooper
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Most don't realize how much of an effect that Pat Shurmur had on Thielen's career, as he catapulted him into a household fantasy name. He was 26 years old when he broke out, something that doesn't happen all that often. The move to John DiFilippo will change some things, as will the move to Kirk Cousins, who has taken more chances down the field than game-manager Case Keenum did. That would play more into Stefon Diggs' skill-set rather than Thielen's. I do expect him to be a reliable fantasy producer, but he's not going to finish with 143 targets again. While doing research for Boom, Bust, and Everything in Between, Thielen finished as a WR3 or better just 56.3 percent of the time despite all those targets. Even if he scores more touchdowns, his lost targets are going to hurt. After posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons to open his career, Cooper hit some speed bumps in 2017, as he finished with just 680 yards in 14 games. It was even worse than that, though, as he accumulated 30.9 percent of his yardage in just one game. We do know that his ankle caused him to miss nearly two full games, but it's rare to see a wide receiver struggle the way he did when coming off two impressive seasons. It may not have helped that Derek Carr was dealing with a back injury as well, so we'll chalk that season up to an outlier in what's been a great start to a career. The Raiders cut Michael Crabtree, which helps, but then brought in both Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant to replenish the weaponry (Bryant was later cut). Still, Cooper is the only one who has rapport with his quarterback, so I'd expect him to bounce back to WR2 status in 2018. Another fun fact: Gruden has produced at least one 1,000-yard receiver in each of his 11 years as a coach.
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
Volume takes precedent over efficiency in fantasy. Just look at Thielen, who enjoyed a breakout campaign (91 catches for 1,276 yards) by receiving 50 more targets than 2016. He averaged an identical 14.0 yards per reception and saw his catch % drop from 75 to 64.1, but a starting role propelled him to stardom. A slow finish (20 catches, 217 yards over final five games including the playoffs) causes some concern, and investors are paying for a repeat of last year's WR12 finish.A WR31 outcome undersells how bad Cooper was last season. He secured only half of his 96 targets, dropped 10 passes, and totaled single-digit yards in five separate games. Week 7's 210-yard, two-TD outburst came after accruing 51 yards in four combined contests, meaning many managers probably benched him. Despite all of these caution signs, Cooper is still a 24-year-old with two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt. Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant likely won't absorb all 101 targets abandoned by Michael Crabtree, as Jon Gruden has made no secret about his intention to run Oakland's aerial attack through Cooper. A bounce-back is likely, but everyone appears to be assuming as much.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
With Pat Shurmur out of Minnesota, Thielen could see a major drop in targets. Granted, the quarterback situation has improved, but Dalvin Cook is back and should cut into those targets as well. At Thielen's current ADP, you may want to cool off of him.Despite playing injured and missing a few games, Cooper was still a WR3 last season. Had he seen his normal amount of targets, no one would think twice about drafting Cooper as a WR2, but that merely means the rest of us get an incredible value.
Jody Smith
FantasyPros
Prime regression candidate with only 10 TDs in four seasons. Won't see the same number of targets with Kirk Cousins under center. Jon Gruden's WR1's have an excellent track record and Cooper has little real competition for that role. Prime bounce-back candidate.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
May not have teammate Diggs' upside, but he's yet to miss a game in his four seasons and he's serviceable or better (in some cases, much better) in most every aspect of being a receiver I don't expect anyone who owned him in '17 to buy in on him again, but Cooper's immensely talented and his target share should be major - the stars aligned against him last season, but he was a solid WR2 in his first two NFL seasons, a fact that should not be dismissed
Staff Rankings
QB List
"White Lightning" breaks into the top 10 this year as he managed to outpace Stefon Diggs in what was one of the best wide receiver duos in fantasy last year. Thielen's target share, great hands, and crisp routes made him the go-to receiver last year in a Minnesota offense that managed to get along just fine even without its star running back Dalvin Cook. Add in that extra Cook (certainly not too many here), the same stud defense, and Kirk Cousins under center, and you have the recipe for another stellar fantasy season from the breakout receiver.Man is it weird to call them the LV Raiders Looks at angry produceroh yea, rankings. Got it. The NFL's most productive drop machine last season, Cooper and his 50 % catch rate (!!!) posted disappointing numbers across the board. He was fortunate to have even ended up with 7 TD's, and with only about 700 yards to his name, Cooper ended the year firmly outside of the top 25 in total points, even finishing behind Jermaine Kearse. Yikes. So why is he at 21 coming into 2018??!! Well a few things: no more Michael Crabtree 3/4ths of a year to get over that stone hands issue, a relatively firm lead receiver role, and a year in which Derek Carr is expected to rebound in a big way. Yes, plenty of these are baseless assumptions, but players with Cooper and Carr's skill sets are likely due for a great deal of positive regression. Don't expect Cooper to light the world on fire, but top 15 upside is there with such a stable role in a high potential passing offense.
Chet Gresham
WalterFootball
The addition of Kirk Cousins can only help Thielen, who already had a strong season with Case Keenum under center.Derek Carr says that Cooper was hurting more than he let on last season, which gives some hope for this year. Cooper has a ton of ability but hasn't been able to put it together completely. I'm going to lean toward his ability more than his recent stats, but he's not a lock at this point and it sure looked like he would be.
Kevin Wheeler
NFL Mock
 John Gruden has never failed to produce a WR without 1000 receiving yards. Cooper had a disappointing 2017, gaining only 680 yards, after starting his career with two 1000+ yards seasons. I expect Cooper to have a bounce-back year and easily out preform his current 3rd/4th round MFL10 ADP.
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Diggs could cut into his role a bit and he has to build chemistry with Cousins but he's clearly a studGruden says Amari's role will be huge and the talent is there so I don't mind rolling the dice on him as a stud WR1 this year
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Thielen averaged 9.6 fantasy points per game and was one of the most reliable possession receivers in the NFL. He could have even bigger numbers playing with QB Kirk Cousins.Cooper was a dud in 2017 with 48 receptions for 680 yards and 7 touchdowns with almost all of that production coming on TNF against the Chiefs. New head coach Jon Gruden should improve his 2018 outlook, but he is a WR3 until he stops dropping the ball and disappearing for games at a time.
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Should still put up WR2 numbers in a more agressive offensePlan is to make him Carr's go-to guy for 2018