Hooper will compete with rookie top-35 pick Michael Mayer and veteran O.J. Howard for snaps and targets in Las Vegas. Although projected starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo has generated production out of the tight end position throughout his career, Hooper hasn't given much reason for optimism that he can be a Fantasy asset. Hooper finished inside the top 12 at TE just twice in 2022 and one of those games featured two short touchdowns - his only two of the season. Hooper is best left undrafted.
Hooper signed with the Raiders after spending his first seven NFL seasons with the Falcons, Browns and Titans. The most recent was a one-year stop in Tennessee in which the veteran TE was limited to 51% of the snaps, 3.6 targets per game and 5.7 fantasy PPG (all were his lowest since his rookie season in 2021). Hooper scored a career-low two TDs and has now finished outside the top 20 in fantasy points each of the past three seasons. The 28-year-old may start out atop the depth chart in Las Vegas, but it's only a matter of time until rookie Michael Mayer takes over. Hooper will be no higher than fourth in line for targets and is unlikely to find his way to fantasy relevance in this Jimmy Garoppolo-led offense. Hooper doesn't need to be drafted.