Until he was traded to Dallas, it had been a long time since I played Amari Cooper.
The highly-regarded talent out of Alabama was a first-round pick by the Oakland Raiders and immediately thrust into the spotlight.
But while Cooper got all of the hype, he was the No. 2 option in the Oakland passing game behind Michael Crabtree. Crabtree collected more touchdowns, more catches, more targets, more red zone targets, more everything.
And Crabtree was consistently priced lower than Cooper. If Cooper was being talked up in a particular week, I just played Crabtree, and usually ended up better for it.
By the time Jon Gruden arrived in Oakland, it was clear that Cooper needed something to change in order to revive what had been a solid, if unspectacular start to his career. That obviously did not happen in six games this season with Oakland.
Then Dallas made a trade – giving up a first-round pick in the process – that we all made fun of. The Cowboys were losing. This was desperate. This doesn't really improve Cooper's fantasy situation.
Forty receptions, 642 yards, six touchdowns and six games later, oh how wrong we were. This is the Cooper we had hoped for out of Alabama, fully unleashed and unstoppable.
And, not coincidentally, Ezekiel Elliott's stats have skyrocketed since Cooper has arrived. Dallas has realized Elliott can catch the ball, too, and he has seen at least five targets in the past seven games.
Cooper is the eighth most expensive receiver on DraftKings this week. He's the 16th (!!) most expensive wideout on FanDuel.
I'm starting my main tournament lineup this week with Dak Prescott, Zeke and Cooper.
Week 15 picks:
Tom Brady, QB, New England ($5,900 DraftKings/$7,900 FanDuel). In 10 regular season games against the Steelers, Brady has a 25:4 TD-INT ratio and averages 312 yards passing. Since 2006, he's thrown one interception against Pittsburgh in 250 regular season attempts.
Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh ($5,200 DraftKings/$5,500 FanDuel). I'm not that worried about Stevan Ridley vulturing a touchdown last week. Samuels got a goal-line carry and ran 12 routes. As long as James Conner is out, Samuels is the main RB in Pittsburgh's offense.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England ($7,200 DraftKings, $7,200 FanDuel): Tom Brady's favorite receiver against a defense that can't stop anybody right now. Sign me up.
Anthony Firsker, TE, Tennessee ($2,900 DraftKings, $5,100 FanDuel): For some salary relief, Firsker has caught 100 percent of his targets the past five games, and do you trust that Jacksonville defense?
Lions D/ST ($2,500 DraftKings/$4,200 FanDuel). This is more of a DraftKings play because it just looks and feels like a pricing mistake. The Lions are holding running backs under 4 yards a carry since Damon Harrison arrived, and the Bills will likely be without LeSean McCoy because of a hamstring injury.