Last week, the Patriots held Amari Cooper without a catch for the first time as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. New England’s defense has been tough all year, but can we expect another tough showing from an AFC East opponent? The numbers seem to favor the Bills.
Buffalo is ranked 5th in pass DVOA, but is a leaky 26th vs. the run. That seems to favor a game script in which Ezekiel Elliott should dominate the touches and scoring. Still, it’s tough to envision a scenario where Amari Cooper is held without a catch.
As for Randall Cobb and Michael Gallup, both wide receivers have had six or more targets thrown their way over the last four games. Is that enough to start in season-long formats or is better to simply better to look for more upside?
Fantasy Football Analysis:
With the playoffs potentially on the line in season-long formats, it does not make sense to bench Amari Cooper, since you likely invested a high draft pick in the stud. He looks to be over the knee and ankle injuries that hampered him earlier in the season, and this could be a big bounce-back spot in a prime time matchup. Considering Cooper averages over 23 fantasy points at home and less than 10 on the road, the signs are positive, even though he’s in a tough matchup.
Randall Cobb and Michael Gallup are not players that I would recommend unless it was in a flex or WR3 spot. If you had to play one, it would definitely be Cobb
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation:
Start Amari Cooper
Sit Randall Cobb and Gallup