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Austin Hooper
CLE

TE CLE

#18 Tight End

86 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 13
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 26
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 254
40 Time: 4.69

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Low Floor

1.9

DS Projection

3.7

Consensus

38 other sites
4

High Ceiling

6.1

Rest of
Season

4.9

Week 7 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
2.5 24.6 0.2 3.7
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
3 31 0.3 4.9
Week 4
Behind Odell Beckham, Jr. only one player ran a route on 50% or more of Baker Mayfield’s dropbacks and that was Rashard Higgins at 62%. Austin Hooper was a distant 3rd on the team in routes, running one on 18 of 37 dropbacks. This is going to make it difficult for any pass catchers behind Beckham to find consistency as there is a clear rotation. This especially goes for the TEs as David Njoku and Harrison Bryant continue to see work week in and week out.
Heading into Week 5, Austin Hooper is a clear drop candidate as he is still rostered in 50% of leagues. If you need TE help, Tyler Conkin vs. DET and Anthony Firkser vs. JAX (If Brown and Julio are out) are solid options to pick up for Week 5.
Week 3
Hooper caught Cleveland’s lone TD pass in the Week 3 win over the Bears and tied for 3rd on the team with 3 targets, while David Njoku didn’t even appear on the stat sheet. But the 2 remained even in playing time: 50 total snaps for Njoku vs. 49 for Hooper. Njoku ran 1 more route, while each spent 29 snaps as a blocker.

Hooper now leads Njoku by 3 targets on the season, but he’s far from Cleveland’s clear leader at the position. TE Harrison Bryant has also matched Njoku’s 8 targets through 3 games.

There’s room for Hooper as a fantasy option, but he looks like a low-floor, low-ceiling option for weekly lineup decisions.
Week 2
The injuries to Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham have opened to the door for Hooper to return to fantasy relevance. Hooper was lost in the shuffle, but last week he emerged as Baker Mayfield’s go-to receiver, securing all 5 targets for 5 receptions and 40 yards. This production came on a day where Mayfield only threw the ball 21 times for 213 yards.
Moving forward the Browns won’t become a pass heavy offense, but this solid baseline of production should keep Hooper as a low-end TE1 in good matchups. That could be the case as early as Week 3 vs. a Bears DST that allowed 6-68 to Tyler Higbee in Week 1.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Hooper enjoyed a career-best 2019 with Atlanta: 97 targets, 75 catches, 787 yards, 6 TDs — all in 13 games.
  • He parlayed that success into a 4-year, $44 million contract ($23 million guaranteed) with Cleveland.
  • The Browns spent a 2020 4th round pick on receiving TE Harrison Bryant. He garnered 38 targets across 15 games. Holdover David Njoku scattered 29 targets across 13 games.
  • The 26-year-old missed 2 mid-season games following an appendectomy; 1 late-season tilt with a neck injury.
  • Still, Hooper’s 70 targets ranked 2nd on the team, as Odell Beckham’s Week 7 ACL tear helped boost volume.
  • In 6 full games with Beckham, Hooper finished as the TE32, TE31, TE32, TE6, TE11 and TE12. He saw 2, 4, 4, 7, 10 and 6 targets.
  • He was a top-10 TE in each of the final 3 regular season weeks (each without OBJ). He also posted 7-46-1 on 11 targets against Pittsburgh in the Wild Card round.
  • Hooper’s 69.6% catch rate was solid, but it was still a career-low. He was up at 77.9%+ over the prior 3 seasons.
  • Hands were an issue, as his 11.3% drop rate set a career high.
  • The 2021 Browns return Bryant and Njoku, plus Beckham and Jarvis Landry at WR. No significant offseason moves were made to threaten Hooper’s role.
  • Baker Mayfield enters year 4. He rebounded from a down 2019 to post career-bests in QB rating (95.9), QBR (72.2) and INT rate (1.6%).
  • Hooper joined Mayfield for private workouts ahead of OTAs. He’ll also participate in the new Tight End University, an in-person summit run by Travis Kelce, Greg Olsen and George Kittle.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

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.

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Browns HC Kevin Stefanski says he plans to "grow the role" of TE Austin Hooper this season, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. Hooper went from about 18% target share before his appendectomy last season to 15.3% after. Either of those target shares would have ranked top 9 at the position last season. Only 5 TEs cracked 18% for the year. Hooper is an easy value well into TE2 territory in current ADP.

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Browns TE Austin Hooper (neck) is active for tonight's game vs. the Giants. He practiced all week, including a full workout of Friday, so the neck shouldn’t be much of an issue. Hooper has totaled just 8 catches on 11 targets over his last 4 games, though, and is just a TE2.

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Browns TE Austin Hooper (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game vs. the Giants. He practiced all week, including a full workout of Friday, so expect him to play. Hooper has totaled just 8 catches on 11 targets over his last 4 games, though, and is just a TE2.

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Browns TE Austin Hooper (neck) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. HC Kevin Stefanski said Hooper is "trending in right direction" to return for Sunday night's game against the Giants. He totaled just 8 catches in his last 4 games before missing last week's classic vs. Baltimore.

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Browns TE Austin Hooper (neck) is inactive for tonight's game against the Ravens, as expected. Hooper's absence leaves the top TE spot to rookie Harrison Bryant, as well as extra snaps for TE David Njoku.

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