Player Profiles

Projected Points 90
Austin Hooper

Austin Hooper TE - CLE

Experience: 4 YRS  
Height: 6'4"  
Weight: 254 
Bye: 9

This information is
reserved for DS Insiders.

Get instant access to read it all.

Get the Insider Information

Already a DS Insider? Login now

This information is
reserved for DS Insiders.

Get instant access to read it all.

Get the Insider Information

Already a DS Insider? Login now

This information is
reserved for DS Insiders.

Get instant access to read it all.

Get the Insider Information

Already a DS Insider? Login now

Recent Shark Bites

View All Shark Bites

Browns TE Austin Hooper (appendectomy) is out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. We’re expecting him back after Cleveland’s Week 9 bye. Hooper’s absence this weekend again leaves Harrison Bryant and David Njoku as the Browns’ TEs. Last week, Bryant ran 18 routes and saw 5 targets, while Njoku ran 13 routes and garnered 3 targets.

View all Austin Hooper Shark Bites

Browns TE Austin Hooper didn't practice on Wednesday. He seems unlikely to play against the Raiders this weekend after undergoing an appendectomy last Friday. With Hooper out last week, TE Harrison Bryant saw 5 targets and TE David Njoku 3.

View all Austin Hooper Shark Bites

Browns TE Austin Hooper missed practice on Friday with an illness and has been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Bengals. Hooper doesn't have COVID, but teams aren't taking any chances with sick guys this season. Hooper's absence leaves Cleveland with TEs David Njoku and rookie Harrison Bryant. In their 3 games together this year, Njoku has 7 targets to Bryant's 5 but Bryant has run 34 pass routes to Njoku's 28. Expect these guys to share pass-catching duties this weekend, leaving them both as TE2 fliers.

Update: HC Kevin Stefanski announced that Hooper has appendicitis and is having surgery today. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 8.

View all Austin Hooper Shark Bites

TE Austin Hooper is set to sign with the Browns, according to The NFL Network. Terms haven't been disclosed and the deal won't be official until Wednesday, but Ian Rapoport hears that Hooper will be the league's highest-paid TE. The 25-year-old has posted 71-660-4 and 75-787-6 lines over the past 2 seasons, ranking 6th among TEs in PPR points both years. After finishing 17th among 28 TEs with 40+ targets in Pro Football Focus' 2018 receiving grades, Hooper climbed to 6th among 35 last year. He improved from 15th to 12th in yards per route run. Hooper certainly benefitted from playing on Falcons teams that ranked top 5 in pass attempts and pass rate in both of the last 2 years. New Browns HC Kevin Stefanski's 2019 Vikings ranked 30th in both pass attempts and pass rate. Now factor in the presence of WRs Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, and it's tough to bank on Hooper getting the 6.4 targets per game he averaged in Atlanta over the last 2 seasons. Our snap call is to expect a decline in Hooper's fantasy production in 2020 -- although he shouldn't have trouble sticking in TE1 territory.

Update: Hooper's deal is for 4 years and $44 million with $23 million guaranteed. That $11 million average annual salary does indeed make him the league's highest-paid TE.

View all Austin Hooper Shark Bites

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Falcons plan to let TE Austin Hooper reach free agency when the new league year begins in March. We'd bet on that meaning a new team for Hooper, unless Atlanta knows that the TE will find a softer market than he expects. Hooper will still be just 25 when the 2020 season begins, and coming off consecutive seasons of 71+ catches. He enjoyed a career-best TE6 finish in PPR scoring for 2019. The uncertainty of his 2020 offense, however, adds risk to Hooper in early best-ball drafting. Hooper sits TE6 in ADP in both FFPC and BestBall10s drafting so far.

View all Austin Hooper Shark Bites

Injury Predictor

Projected Missed Probability of injury per game ? Probablity of injury in the season ?
0.90 6.2% 64%
2
Date Injury Analysis
Nov 10, 2019 Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Hooper sustained an MCL sprain during the Week 10 victory against the New Orleans Saints.
Dec 18, 2016 Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Hooper was taken off the field on a cart in the 4th and missed the next 2 games with a sprained left MCL. He returned for the playoffs.

Injury analysis powered by Sports Injury Predictor

Sports Injury Predictor

Share This!

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Download on Google Play