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Austin Hooper
CLE

TE CLE

#20 Tight End

86 Projected Points

ADP: 17.5
Bye: 13
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 26
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 254
40 Time: 4.69

2021 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#20 Tight End

86 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
17.5 55 565 5 0

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3d Projection

Low Floor

77.4

DS Projection

86

Consensus

38 other sites
86.9

High Ceiling

107.5

Ceiling Likelihood

Low
How likely they will reach their ceiling projection

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 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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Browns TE Austin Hooper (neck) is not expected to play vs. the Ravens on Monday night, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. When Hooper missed 2 games earlier this season, TE Harrison Bryant caught 7 of 8 targets and TE David Njoku hauled in 3 of 6. Bryant is the preferred Hooper fill-in but doesn't reach TE1 status.

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