Cooper Kupp

Cooper Kupp

WR - LAR
Height: 6-2
Weight: 208 lbs
Age: 30
College: Eastern Washington
Los Angeles Rams

2023 Season Outlooks

Kupp should be drafted in the first round as one of the first wide receivers off the board. After lapping the field in 2021, Kupp picked up right where he left off, averaging 24.8 FPPG over his first eight games in 2022. If you could guarantee health for both he and Matthew Stafford, it would be hard to make a case against Kupp as the No. 1 WR in Fantasy, even the No. 1 overall pick. But Stafford is 35, Kupp just turned 30 and both missed the second half of 2022 with injuries. One of the benefits of drafting a WR in Round 1 is that they are less injury-prone than the running backs, but it's difficult to say that for sure about Kupp.

A Week 10 ankle injury ended Kupp’s 2022 season. But he was awesome before going down, ranking second among WRs in PPR points and third in non-PPR.

That, of course, followed a massive 2021 season that saw Kupp lead his position in fantasy points. He has now scored 16+ PPR points in 28 of 29 healthy games over the past 2 seasons.

With QB Matt Stafford back – and the Rams failing to upgrade the pass-catching corps this offseason – Kupp should be in for another busy and highly productive season.

What We Learned Last YearKupp’s 2022 season ended in Week 10 with a significant high-ankle sprain that required surgery.He was a fantasy monster in eight healthy games, racking up: 93 targets72 catches813 yards6 TDsHere’s where those marks ranked among WRs through Week 9:second in targetssecond in catchesfourth in Yardsthird in TDsKupp ranked second among WRs in PPR points and third in non-PPR through Week 9.He finished as a top-15 PPR WR in seven of those eight games, including five top-5 finishes.That followed a massive 2021 season that saw Kupp register a 145-1,947-16 line and lead WRs in both PPR and non-PPR points.Kupp was actually better in most metrics last year than he was in 2021:

Kupp has scored 16+ PPR points in 28 of 29 healthy games over the past two seasons.
What to Expect in 2023Although he hadn’t been fully cleared from last year’s ankle injury, Kupp participated in June minicamp. He should be back to 100% well before the start of the 2023 season.QB Matt Stafford is also back with the Rams after missing the final seven games of last year with a spinal cord contusion. He was able to take part in offseason workouts.Durability is a concern with the 35-year-old Stafford. On top of that spinal cord injury, he also sustained two concussions last season and dealt with elbow tendonitis. Stafford’s career injury history is lengthy.The Rams drafted QB Stetson Bennett in Round 4 of this year’s draft and signed QB Brett Rypien. They’ll compete for the No. 2 QB job – but either guy would be a significant downgrade from Stafford.The Rams traded WR Allen Robinson, who saw 52 targets in 10 games last year, to the Steelers. Additions to the pass-catching corps: Fifth-round rookie WR Puka Nacua, WR Demarcus Robinson, fifth-round rookie TE Davis Allen, and TE Hunter Long. WRs Van Jefferson, Tutu Atwell, and Ben Skowronek, and TEs Tyler Higbee and Brycen Hopkins return.Kupp should again see a huge share of Rams targets this season.Kupp turned 30 in June. Our aging-curve research shows that WRs of Kupp’s quality produce, on average, at 88-93% of their peak at age-30.88% of Kupp’s peak production would be 385 PPR points, which would have led all WRs last season.Kupp has played a full NFL season in just two of six tries. His injury history includes three knee injuries, including a 2018 torn ACL, and one concussion.

Kupp is averaging 24.7 fantasy points per game over the last two seasons, which is more than four points bettter than any other wide receiver over that span. During his massive 2021 campaign in which he posted a 145-1947-16 receiving line, Kupp averaged 25.9 fantasy points and 11.3 targets per game. In eight full games last season, he averaged 24.8 points and 11.6 targets. He was a top-10 fantasy scorer in six of the eight weeks after finishing top 12 in 15 of 17 weeks in 2021. Kupp is entering his age 30 season and has missed time due to injury in four of the last five seasons, but there was clearly no drop-off in his production last season. Matthew Stafford's top target remains an elite fantasy option.

2023 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#12

PPR

#9

Half-PPR

#8

Superflex

#16

2023 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD
110.7 1342.7 7.9

2023 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#8

Pick 1.08

PPR

#7

Pick 1.07

Half-PPR

#7

Pick 1.07

Superflex

#14

Pick 2.02

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
Medium

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