By Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros), Thu, Oct 1st 2020, 9:35am EDT
We're now three games in and Cooper's role only continues to shine. He's seen 35 targets in them, which puts him on pace for 186.7 targets on the season. That's not going to happen, but it's clear he's going to surpass the 119 targets he saw in 2019. He's been consistent with those targets, too, totaling at least nine catches and/or 100 yards in every game. Now coming back to Dallas where he's played his best, you should be excited. The Browns don't shadow with their cornerbacks, so Cooper will see a mixture of everyone, though about 40 percent of his snaps would be played against the Browns best cornerback, Denzel Ward, if he's available. Ward has been trying to play through an injury and it has led to two touchdowns allowed in his coverage over the last two weeks. He also had to leave the game against Washington last week after playing just 29 snaps with a groin injury. Those are not good signs when you're about to go against Cooper. If Ward sits, we'd see Kevin Johnson take his place on the perimeter. Johnson has allowed a 110.5 QB Rating in his coverage over his six-year NFL career. Start Cooper no matter what, but his matchup goes through the roof if Ward sits.