Austin Hooper

Austin Hooper

TE - CLE
Height: 6-4
Weight: 254 lbs
Age: 27
College: Stanford
Cleveland Browns

2021 Season Outlooks

Austin Hooper took a major step back in 2020, and while there's some hope for a bounce back, Hooper is no more than a late-round pick as a low-end starting tight end. We expected Hooper to see fewer targets in Cleveland, but what was more surprising was that his efficiency took a major hit as well. HIs 6.2 yards per target was the worst mark of his career and he only had three games all season with more than 50 receiving yards. The Browns employed multiple tight ends throughout the year and there isn't enough volume for a reliable third contributor behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry with that type of distribution.
Hooper doesn’t have the skill set that really excites us for fantasy. He also won’t slot any higher than 3rd in line for targets for the run-heavy Browns — provided Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry stay healthy.Even so, Hooper’s currently going deep in TE2 range and looks like a cheap source of targets. (Current projections have only 15 TEs slated for more targets.) At a minimum, he’s a matchup-based streamer.  
Hooper is entering his second season in Cleveland after failing to manage a top-20 fantasy campaign in 2020. The 2016 third-round pick had finished sixth in fantasy points in both 2018 and 2019 and actually averaged a career-high 19% target share in 2020, but Cleveland's early-season run-first scheme severely limited his volume and production. Hooper was primarily used as a short-area target (6.8 aDOT), which limited him to a career-low 6.3 YPT, and failed to clear four TDs for the fourth time in five seasons. Hooper did finish strong with three consecutive top-eight fantasy weeks as Cleveland opened up the passing game, so there's some sleeper appeal here. Consider him a late-round flier.
Hooper's first season in Cleveland after being signed as a highly-touted free agent was solid but unremarkable. 46 catches in 13 games isn't going to make a Pro Bowl, but Hooper should find a bigger piece of the offense in his second year.

2021 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#147

PPR

#147

Half-PPR

#129

Superflex

#169

2021 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD
51.4 516.3 4.6

2021 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#183

Pick 16.03

PPR

#173

Pick 15.05

Half-PPR

#186

Pick 16.06

Superflex

#177

Pick 15.09

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
Medium

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