Cooper Kupp Fantasy Football News 2017

Rams insider Joe Curley expects TE Tyler Higbee to be 2nd in line for targets this season, behind only the newly acquired Sammy Watkins. Higbee caught just 11 balls as a rookie last year but was an intriguing prospect coming out of Western Kentucky. The converted WR goes 6'6, 249 pounds and averaged 15.5 yards per catch in 4 college seasons. Higbee has been buzzing early in training camp and has some upside in new Rams HC Sean McVay's TE-friendly offense. Curley, by the way, has rookie WR Cooper Kupp 3rd on the target totem pole and WR Robert Woods 4th.

The Rams finally have themselves a true #1 WR. They traded CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 2nd-round pick to Buffalo in exchange for WR Sammy Watkins. It's an aggressive move by a team that has poured resources into its offense this offseason. Watkins joins a WR group that includes free-agent signee (and former teammate) Robert Woods, rookies Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds and holdover Tavon Austin. A heathy Watkins is clearly the top dog here, though. Of course, he'll also be dealing with a QB downgrade from Tyrod Taylor to Jared Goff. Watkins' fantasy stock takes a bit of a hit with this move.

The Rams added Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp in the 3rd round of the 2017 draft. Kupp sure would have been a nice player to own in college fantasy leagues. He posted a huge 93-1,691-21 line as a freshman and didn’t slow down from there. Kupp hauled in 104+ balls in each of the next 3 years, averaging 1,591 yards and 17.3 TDs per. The majority of that production came against Big Sky Conference foes like Cal Poly, Southern Utah and Idaho State. But he did compile 40 catches, 716 yards and 11 scores in 4 career games against Pac-12 schools. Kupp looks plenty athletic on film, especially after the catch. But he tested as a 39th percentile athlete for his position. He’s also an older prospect, turning 24 in June. (He’s a year older than Amari Cooper!) Throw in the fact that he’s making a huge jump up in competition, and there’s clear bust potential here. Landing with the Rams certainly doesn’t make him a safer dynasty bet. There’s a chance for immediate playing time in a weak WR corps, but the Rams literally haven’t hit at WR in the draft since Torry Holt in 1999.

 
 
 

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