I have to start by saying I’ve never played in a standard league; so, I realize my view may be narrowed. But here is what I’m thinking:
Cooper typically finishes as a WR3 who has #1WR weeks and #80WR weeks. Even in Dallas when he “went off” he had weeks with less than 5 points. Yes, his situation improved but he’s still the same player, a guy who can disappear randomly. Until I actually see consistency, thats my evaluation on him. Each year everyone, including me, creates a logical narrative as to why he’ll succeed, this year is no different; except, I am not buying in. So I see Cooper as an inconsistent WR3 who will blow up some weeks and disappear some weeks randomly.
Now Kerryon. I see his ceiling, in PPR, as top 12 (8-12 range) and floor top 24 range (20-24) because of his catching ability. Unfortunately, in standard, these rankings could shift down because you don’t get points for catches. Additionally, he’s on an average to below average offense in a tough defensive division; so, his scoring opportunities will likely be minimal. Strike 2 in standard league. On the upside, he will be the guy in Det. He’s likely to get 15-20 touches per game. And, he’s a talented player; so, with 15-20 touches I really don’t see a world where he’s outside the top 24. I just think his ceiling is lower in standard than PPR but floor is the same.
My rule of thumb when evaluating players cross positionally is: if both are in the same tier (WR1 and RB1) take the more scarce position/biggest need; and, in most cases that is the RB. So even if you value Cooper as a WR2 and Kerryon as a RB2, the RB position is more valuable. I, on the other hand, view Cooper as a WR3 and Kerryon as a high end RB2 with RB1 possibility so Kerryon is the no brainer for me.
Kerryon all day.