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2019 Fantasy Football Profile: Austin Hooper

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ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 02: Austin Hooper #81 of the Atlanta Falcons pulls in this reception against the Baltimore Ravens at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Austin Hooper’s 2019 Fantasy Football Profile

This is the 2019 Fantasy Football profile for Austin Hooper. This profile was created on 06/01/2019 and reflects their current value and predicted 2019 fantasy football performance. Theprofile may be updated if significant changes occur during the pre-season that affects their 2019 fantasy football value. This profile also may be updated periodically throughout the 2019 season, to keep you updated.

Current ADP: 116th Overall, 11th TE

Current Ranking: 11th TE

You can find all Redraft Tight End Rankings HERE

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Past Production:

YearG Targets REC YDs REC/G Catch %
20161427192711.470.4
20171665495263.175.4
20181688716604.480.7

Austin Hooper has been very consistent with stay healthy; having roughly played a whole season every year. I get it, freak accidents happen (see Hunter Henry), but this is the kind of “just going out there and playing” kind of production you want. On top of that, He’s also progressively gotten better in some other important categories every year which is the kind of development you’d want from anyone.

I don’t think I’ve seen a better example of consistency and progression.

Last year, he ended up with 163 points in PPR. When comparing that to the 3 year average for tight ends, that lands him in the top 12 (TE12=137pts) by 26pts. That’s roughly 2-3 more games of production than the 12th tight end.

In 2018 it landed him in tier 1 (TE1-8) as the TE6. With him only getting better, it’s kind of weird that his ADP has him in tier 2 (TE9-16) when he’s fully capable of the top tier.

Offseason Changes

The Falcons only drafted a couple of late round weapons in Marcus Green (6th) and Qadree Ollison (5th); nothing to really shake a stick at. What affects Hooper possibly, is the new offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter. A lot of people see this as a reason to be upset and I get it, but there’s a silver lining. During Koetter’s first stint (3 years), Matt Ryan averaged his highest passing attempts of his career, 3/5 of his highest amount of completions, and always over 4,500 yards.

What’s bad, is that his passing TDs don’t beat out his last season with Shanahan (2016) or Sarkisian (2018). His seasons with Koetter featured Julio, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez, so that’s a bit of a head scratcher.

2019 Outlook

History suggests that tight ends tend to begin coming online in years 3-5 and start showing you what they will be for the duration of their careers in years 4-5. Hooper has been coming online ever so steadily and is beginning to establish himself as a top option regardless of tight end feast or famine.

The Koetter effect could take him to new heights target-reception-yards wise but not so much in the TD department. That’s not necessarily a bad thing seeing as he just averages about 3-4 a year. That’s not his strong suit.

With Julio, Sanu and Ridley around, his best shot is receptions and yards. With his beautiful catch %, he should easily be a safe option with top 5 upside. It’s not a stretch to say that either given the fact that he’s already been the TE6.

As of now, I have him as the TE7 and that could go up or down throughout the offseason. However, I don’t see him falling outside of the top 10 at the position and you’ll be able to get him at a great value (no Wal-Mart) in most drafts.

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