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TE Austin Hooper - Atlanta Falcons

6-4, 254Born: 10-29-1994College: StanfordDrafted: Round 3

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Hooper did not author a statistically strong rookie year for the Falcons in 2016, but he flashed enough of his prowess during a handful of plays throughout the season that fantasy owners should consider him a potential top-12 sleeper with top-5 upside. Matt Ryan delivered a top-5 season, but only supported one top-36 fantasy receiver. The yardage and touchdowns are there for Hooper to earn a bigger share. So is the ability to win the ball.

Summary

Jacob Tamme has left the squad, leaving Austin Hooper to ascend into the starting tight end role during 2017. Hooper was productive as a rookie during 2016, garnering 27 targets for 19/271/3 receiving. He did catch a TD in the Super Bowl (six targets for 3/32/1) and looks ready to assume the pass-catching tight end duties for the Falcons full time during 2017. Tamme only appeared in eight games last year, so Hooper has already played several games as the starting tight end - he looks ready to take a step up in his fantasy production during 2017. (June 7)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 17, 13, 14, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 22, 26
TE Redraft PPR - 17, 13, 14, 14, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20, 20, 21, 21, 21, 24, 26
TE Dynasty - 13, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 16

Stats and Projections

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2016 ATL 14 19 271 3
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 41 * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 44 * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 42 * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 41 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 149
TE: 19
Overall-PPR: 151
TE-PPR: 19

Atlanta Falcons Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

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Value Plays: Tight Ends
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Deep Sleepers: Tight Ends
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Gut Check No. 398: Tight Ends In Fantasy-Rich Offenses
  Matt Waldman - June 7
Preseason Watch List: NFC South
  Jason Wood - July 26
NFC: What To Watch For As Training Camp Sets To Open
  Ari Ingel - July 22

Articles from around the web

Using Advanced Stats to Identify Austin Hooper and 8 More Breakout & Value Tight Ends
  Jennifer Eakins - July 10
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  Scott Cedar - July 24
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  Rich Hribar - July 21
Using Snap Counts to Identify Fantasy Football Values
  Jody Smith - July 20
Dominant Red Zone Receivers
  Raymond Summerlin - June 26
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  Evan Silva - June 13
Fantasy Breakout Candidates
  Evan Silva - May 29

Latest News

Falcons | Austin Hooper worked out with Matt Ryan (Tue Jul 18, 12:04 PM) - Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper recently joined QB Matt Ryan for three days of workouts in southern California in an effort to enhance the on-field chemistry between the two.

Our View: Hooper was decent as a rookie in 2016, garnering 27 targets for 19/271/3 receiving. With Jacob Tamme gone, Hooper is in line to do more. Anyone looking for a potential breakout player should look no further than Hooper. Ryan had a top-5 fantasy season in 2016, so the looks/targets could be there for Hooper in 2017 as the starting tight end. Hooper is getting drafted at TE22 (14.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Chicago Bears
2vs Green Bay Packers
3@ Detroit Lions
4vs Buffalo Bills
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Miami Dolphins
7@ New England Patriots
8@ New York Jets
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs Dallas Cowboys
11@ Seattle Seahawks
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs Minnesota Vikings
14vs New Orleans Saints
15@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers