College: Stanford | 5 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 254 lbs
Birth Date: 10/29/1994
2020 Bye Week: 9
Total Pts: 84
Avg Pts: 5.25
Rank: 7 TE
Hooper had career best numbers despite missing three games last season. He finished sixth overall in fantasy tight end scoring. Hooper had 70-plus receptions for the second straight season. Hooper had at least four receptions 11 of 13 games. He was a consistent factor in the Falcons passing game all season. His huge season landed a big contract with the Browns this offseason to take over as their No. 1 tight end. Hooper is a top target at tight end because of his athleticism and speed. He isn't much of a blocker, though, and drops can be an issue, but he has improved in that area in recent years. He is becoming a more complete tight end.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Hooper is a top-10 fantasy tight end. He will get his catches but his overall production might be down some with David Njoku around. Plus, the Browns don't utilize the eight end quite as much as the Falcons. Expect around 70 receptions for 700 yards and five or so scores.
Austin Hooper finally lived up to expectations in 2019 by hauling in 75 of 97 targets for 787 yards and six scores across just 13 games. He now finds himself in Cleveland where he will be the clear-cut number one tight end heading into 2020. While the Browns did not feature the tight end as much in 2019 as noted by the 69 targets garnered by the position, they did not exactly have a specimen like Austin Hooper to get the ball to. Hooper had a ridiculous catch rate of 78.1%, which ranked him in the top 15 percent of the league. The Browns have always wanted David Njoku to succeed, but he was never able to do so in large part because of his abysmal reliability with catching the ball. They no longer have to worry about that with the addition of Hooper. Hooper also averaged nearly 50 air yards per game in 2019, so Mayfield will have opportunities to hit him down the field for solid distance. While he will likely fall behind Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. as far as targets are concerned, keep in mind that Hooper also had two stud receivers in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley to compete with while in Atlanta last season. Hooper currently has an ADP of 63 overall and is being drafted as the fifth tight end off the board. This draft position is probably spot-on as it is difficult to imagine him climbing into the top 4 unless Zach Ertz(again?) or Mark Andrews are unable to live up to expectations.
|Week 1||4||Austin Hooper 77 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Austin Hooper 77 receiving yds (3 pts)
|Week 2||2||Austin Hooper 34 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Austin Hooper 34 receiving yds (1 pts)
|Week 3||16||Austin Hooper 2 receiving TDs (12 pts)|
. . . Austin Hooper 13 yd TD pass from Matt Ryan
. . . Austin Hooper 2 yd TD pass from Matt Ryan
Austin Hooper 66 receiving yds (1 pts)
Austin Hooper 66 receiving yds (3 pts)
|Week 4||7||Austin Hooper 130 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Austin Hooper 130 receiving yds (6 pts)
|Week 5||5||Austin Hooper 1 receiving 2XP (2 pts)|
Austin Hooper 56 receiving yds (1 pts)
Austin Hooper 56 receiving yds (2 pts)
|Week 6||12||Austin Hooper 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Austin Hooper 6 yd TD pass from Matt Ryan
Austin Hooper 117 receiving yds (1 pts)
Austin Hooper 117 receiving yds (5 pts)
|Week 7||9||Austin Hooper 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Austin Hooper 10 yd TD pass from Matt Schaub
Austin Hooper 46 receiving yds (1 pts)
Austin Hooper 46 receiving yds (2 pts)
|Week 8||10||Austin Hooper 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Austin Hooper 1 yd TD pass from Matt Schaub
Austin Hooper 65 receiving yds (1 pts)
Austin Hooper 65 receiving yds (3 pts)
|Week 10||7||Austin Hooper 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Austin Hooper 8 yd TD pass from Matt Ryan
Austin Hooper 17 receiving yds (1 pts)
|Playoff Week 1||2||Austin Hooper 32 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Austin Hooper 32 receiving yds (1 pts)
|Playoff Week 2||2||Austin Hooper 20 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Austin Hooper 20 receiving yds (1 pts)
|Playoff Week 3||5||Austin Hooper 82 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Austin Hooper 82 receiving yds (4 pts)
|Playoff Week 4||3||Austin Hooper 45 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Austin Hooper 45 receiving yds (2 pts)
|No Playoff Match Up|
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper lived part of the summer with QB Baker Mayfield while the two worked out together.
Fantasy Spin: It certainly could help Hooper to at least be somewhat familiar with his new QB despite all the lost reps from canceled offseason programs following his signing as a free agent. Hooper is expected to be the No. 1 tight end over David Njoku and should be drafted as a top-tier option at his thin position.
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper leads all tight ends with a 77.3 percent catch rate since the start of 2017, and he dropped one pass on 97 targets last season.
Fantasy Spin: Hooper doesn't have the upside of the elite fantasy tight ends, but he's proven himself a dependable, low-end TE1. It should be more of the same in his first year with the Browns.
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper was not charged with a blown block on 204 rushing snaps in 2019 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, making him one of only four tight ends to not blow a block on at least 200 rushing snaps.
Free-agent TE Austin Hooper (Falcons) officially signed with the Cleveland Browns Friday, March 20. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Fantasy Spin: Hooper should receive a solid amount of targets next season and can be a No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Austin Hooper (Falcons) reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $44 million - including $23 million guaranteed - with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, March 16.
The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a deal with free-agent tight end Austin Hooper, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport. ESPN is reporting that the deal between Cleveland and Hooper is for four years and $44 million. While the deal cannot be made official until Wednesday, the Browns are expected to make Hooper the league's highest-paid tight end. While this appears to be an issue for incumbent tight end David Njoku, there is a chance that the team could utilize plenty of two-tight end sets, something that new head coach Kevin Stefanski liked to do while he was the offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings. The addition of Hooper gives the Browns yet another playmaker in what will be an important year for quarterback Baker Mayfield and the offense.
Free-agent TE Austin Hooper (Falcons) reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, March 16, to make him the game's highest-paid tight end, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Hooper isn't the best tight end in football by a long stretch, but this report suggests the new regime has almost zero faith in David Njoku. It's not a great landing spot for him in fantasy either considering he'll have to fight Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry for targets, but the case could be made he dealt with a similar situation with the Atlanta Falcons. Owners can continue to view Hooper as a mid-tier TE1 option in fantasy moving forward.
The Cleveland Browns are reportedly interested in free-agent tight end Austin Hooper, according to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot. Cabot tweeted on Monday that the Browns have Hooper on their radar as the free-agent negotiation period opened up at noon on Monday. The team's interest in Hooper could indicate that they are planning to move on from third-year tight end David Njoku, who struggled through an injury-filled 2019 campaign. Hooper's free-agent deal is widely expected to set the market at the tight end position. Hooper caught 75 passes for 787 yards and six touchdowns with the Atlanta Falcons in 2019.
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper is not expected to receive interest from the Buffalo Bills this offseason, according to sources.
Fantasy Spin: The Bills likely will go into next season with Dawson Knox and Tyler Kroft as their top tight ends. Knox posted decent numbers last season and could be a No. 2 fantasy tight end in leagues. Fantasy players can avoid Kroft in drafts.
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper likely will be a target for the Washington Redskins during free agency, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: The Redskins have lost Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis this offseason, so they likely will be adding at least one tight end this offseason. Hooper is expected to receive interest from multiple teams and likely will be a No. 1 fantasy tight end no matter where he lands.
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper is expected to be an offseason target of the Green Bay Packers.
Fantasy Spin: Despite missing three games, Hooper finished seventh among fantasy tight ends with a career season (75 receptions-787 yards-six TDs) and is hitting the market at just the right time. Green Bay would be a prime landing spot with the Packers' tight end production lacking in recent seasons.
The Chicago Bears are planning to pursue Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent tight end Austin Hooper, according to a source. The two-time Pro Bowler will not receive the franchise tag from the Falcons and will hit the free-agent market next month. Spotrac projects Hooper's value at $50 million for five years, which would make him the league's highest-paid tight end in 2020. However, the Bears are a long shot for Hooper with $26 million in salary cap space and other needs to address. The Bears have Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen, but neither were able to stay healthy last year and Hooper would be a significant upgrade over them both. Hooper set career highs across the board in 2019, but his high-end upside would be in question with quarterback Mitch Trubisky throwing him the football.
The Green Bay Packers, who are intent on adding a pass-catcher in both free agency and the draft, plan to make a run at Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent tight end Austin Hooper. Hooper won't come cheap and is likely to reset the tight end market when he reaches free agency next month. The 25-year-old missed three games last season and still managed to post career highs in catches (75), receiving yards (787) and touchdowns (six). The Packers are expected to move on from the aging Jimmy Graham, and Hooper would be a really nice fit with quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing him the pigskin. Hooper should be a high-end TE1 wherever he winds up.
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper is a top target of the Chicago Bears in free agency, according to a source Thursday, Feb. 27. Bidding is expected to reach as high as $12 million per year for Hooper's services on the open market.
Fantasy Spin: Hooper was one of last season's top tight ends amid a breakout year in which he caught 75 passes for 787 yards and six touchdowns. It's unclear whether Hooper would be paired with incumbent Bears TE Trey Burton or if Burton would be moved or released, but Hooper would certainly be in line to be the top option.
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said that tight end Austin Hooper and linebacker De'Vondre Campbell will hit the free-agent market. With Atlanta up against the salary cap, it's widely believed that they won't have enough salary cap space to re-sign Hooper, who is expected to reset the tight end market after he posted career highs in catches (75), receiving yards (787) and touchdowns (six) despite missing three games with an injury in 2019. Along with potentially Hunter Henry, Hooper will be the top tight end available in free agency. He was a high-end fantasy tight end in Atlanta and he could still be that with another team, but staying with the Falcons would be the best scenario for his long-term fantasy value.
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper will be allowed to discover his market in free agency.
Fantasy Spin: That means he's likely gone. Hooper had career highs with a 75-787-6 line last season and is someone to watch in free agency to potentially take that next step in an offense that suits him. He'll at least be an upper-middle TE1 in fantasy.
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper's new contract will likely be in the range of $44 million over four years with $26.5 million guaranteed, in the opinion of former NFL agent Joel Corry.
Fantasy Spin: Despite being hobbled in the second of the season with an MCL strain, Hooper still managed to deliver a career year in 2019. He's topped 70 receptions in each of the past two seasons, and while he may no be back with the Falcons in 2020, Hooper should remain in the TE1 mix wherever he suits up.
Atlanta Falcons two-time Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper will become a free agent on March 16, and he could reset the tight end market with his next deal. Hooper was fifth in the league in catches among all players with 52 through the first eight games of last season. He missed three games with a knee injury but still managed to finish with a career-high 75 catches for 787 yards and six touchdowns. Hooper is expected to top Jimmy Graham's $10 million per-year-average from his 2014 contract with the Saints, even if the Falcons re-sign him. With the Falcons having little room with the salary cap, they'll have to do reshuffling to keep Hooper. Staying with Atlanta would probably be best for his fantasy stock, but Hooper could easily remain a high-end TE1 if he goes elsewhere.
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper could be a target for the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to John Reid of The Florida Times-Union.
Fantasy Spin: The Jaguars tight ends combined for just three touchdowns in 2019. Meanwhile, Hooper has emerged as one of the steadier options at the position, topping 70 catches in each of the past two seasons and recording a career-high 787 receiving yards last year. Moving from Atlanta's offense to Jacksonville's offense would be a downgrade, but Hooper will likely be a low-end TE1 regardless of where he plays in 2020.