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TE Austin Hooper - Atlanta Falcons

6-4, 254Born: 10-29-1994College: StanfordDrafted: Round 3, pick 2016

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): As goes the Falcons passing game, Hooper goes in the opposite direction. Hooper had another solid game and has established an acceptable PPR floor to go along with his ceiling games. He's in the low TE1 ranks.

Week 14: at Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan looked terrible last week with Julio Jones battling injury and a swarming Ravens secondary, managing just 161 yards and 1 touchdown. He was also bad in Week 1 against the Eagles, but sandwiched in-between has been a season nearly as good as his MVP campaign of 2016. Ryan is posting the second-best yardage and touchdown rates of his 11-year career, and he's averaging a career-high 318 yards a game, with 25 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions. The addition of rookie receiver Calvin Ridley has been huge for both Ryan and star Julio Jones. Ridley's explosive, versatile game has given Ryan another dynamic option and allowed Jones to navigate more single coverage than usual. Jones is averaging 110 yards per game himself and likely could've shown more against Baltimore had he not injured his hand early on. As always, touchdowns are the big fantasy issue in play for Jones - he's just not used much nor effective in the red zone. But typically, the Ryan-to-Jones connection is strong even when the 4-8 Falcons are struggling most. In the midst of a truly lost season, at least the Green Bay pass defense has shown signs of life. The Packers have been one of the better units on the season led by rookie Jaire Alexander. On the season, the Packers have allowed the sixth-fewest passing yards at 243 yards per game and have only allowed one quarterback to throw for over 300 yards which was Kirk Cousins who did it twice. This is by no means an elite unit as it has been decimated with injuries and the shaky play of the safeties in the wake of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's trade. The biggest reason for the Packers success on the year has been the pass rush that has multiple sacks in 11 of the 12 games this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at CLE 61 10 56 1 0 11.6
11 vs DAL 47 4 27 0 0 2.7
12 at NO 48 5 31 0 0 3.1
13 vs BAL 38 5 44 1 0 10.4
14 at GB 0 4 37 0 0 3.7
14 at GB PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
14 at GB PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
14 at GB PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Austin Hooper's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs BAL (5 / 5 / 44 / 1 rec)

Atlanta opened with a slant to Hooper for eight yards against a blitz. Ryan made an off-balanced throw to Hooper on a crossing route on third and five for 16 yards. Hooper turned it up the right hash for another 10 on the play at the end of the first quarter. Hooper earned 18 yards on 1st and 20 in the second quarter on an over route that was wide open. Ryan threw a touchdown to Austin Hooper to the goal line on a fade away throw late in the fourth quarter with pressure bearing down.

2018 Week 12 vs NO (5 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)

He earned his first catch with under a minute in the half as the second read over the middle for a six-yard gain into field goal range. Ryan hit Hooper on a shallow out for about six yards to begin Atlanta's second drive of the third quarter while down by 21. Ryan found Hooper just past midfield on a fourth-down shallow route against the safety in tight coverage for the first down. Demario Davis drew a defensive pass interference foul on an arrow route to Austin Hooper on 2nd and 17 in the middle of the fourth quarter. Two plays later, he caught a shallow route with Davis stuffing him for a minimal gain to set up a third down. He was not a factor until the Saints were well ahead.

2018 Week 11 vs DAL (8 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Ryan found Hooper on a short flat route against the blitz on the fourth play of the game for a gain of four to set up a third and five. Hooper dropped a quick seam route to begin the third series that should have gone for a gain of 15-25 yards. Ryan found Hooper on the next play off a three-step drop where nobody came open and Ryan had to flush right and throw across his frame to his left to Hooper up the seam for nine yards. Ryan followed up with an eight-yard gain to Hooper for a third time in the series. Hooper earned another six yards on a short pass to the flat just ahead of the two-minute warning.

2018 Week 10 vs CLE (11 / 10 / 56 / 1 rec)

He earned 11 yards on a play-action boot pass to the left flat on the second play of the game against a tight zone. He earned another catch in the right flat two plays later for five yards. He earned his fourth reception on an RPO look split from the formation on a slant. Ryan overshot Hooper while reacting to pressure up the middle in the fourth quarter, leading to a third and three. Hooper caught an out and up on third down at the goal line but Atlanta didn't challenge this late fourth-quarter play. He saved Atlanta with effort coming back to an off-balance Ryan throw under pressure on fourth and goal to score and get Atlanta within 12 points.

2018 Week 9 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)

The tight end worked in a trips bunch formation against zone to earn a wide-open third-down look at opposite sideline and earned another 10-12 yards after the catch. Ryan found Hooper wide open in the middle of the field after settling in the zone and turning up the middle for another 14 yards to reach the red zone and converting its sixth third down in the half.

2018 Week 7 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

Ryan found Hooper over the middle for eight yards on a throw placed behind him with trail coverage tight. Hooper went over the top of R.W. Webb for 36 yards on a play-action pass to begin its fourth series. Ryan threw the ball behind Austin Hooper on a skinny post in the end zone with seconds remaining in the half and Hooper could only get one hand on the ball. Late in the game, Ryan targeted Hooper on a short route in the right flat shy of the sticks and the Giants wrapped the tight end shy of the marker at the two-minute warning.

2018 Week 6 vs TB (10 / 9 / 71 / 1 rec)

Hooper earned five yards on second and six on a route breaking back to Matt Ryan over the middle. The Buccaneers stuffed Hooper on a tight end screen when the defense out-flanked the three blockers trying to set up the screen. Hooper then earned 14 on third down with the safeties dropping three-deep and well beyond the sticks. Hooper earned a deep out against and oiverwhelemed cornerback misplaying zone for a 17-ayrd gain. Most of Hooper's targets were routes underneath facing the quarterback. He earned eight on a 1st and 25 in the third quarter on a route like this one. Hooper dropped a third-down pass near midfield after stumbling during his break and forced a third punt in the quarter. Hooper caught key third-down pass up by two points with a linebacker wrapped around him at the marker

2018 Week 5 vs PIT (12 / 9 / 77 / 0 rec)

Hooper earned a pair of receptions during the first drive, including a hook from the slot for 14 yards against the Steelers' zone on third down. Hooper earned five yards on a tight end screen up the middle as Atlanta crossed midfield. Hooper earned a first down over the middle settling inside the Steeler's zone on 3rd and 10 early in the second quarter. Hooper earned eight catches in the middle of the field during the first half but yardage and targets were more of an extension of the ground game.

2018 Week 4 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Hooper earned a 3rd and 13 check-down up the seam and broke a pair of tackles while splitting multiple defenders for a first down. Ryan overshot Hooper on a wide open post in the end zone late in the game.

2018 Week 3 vs NO (4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

He made the first man miss with a mini-hurdle in the right flat during the first drive. He earned a few yards in the left flat two drives later on another flat route. Hooper earned a two-point conversion on a quick seam route that came wide open early in the fourth quarter.

2018 Week 2 vs CAR (5 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec)

He juggled his first target on a play-action shallow route for seven yards, setting up a third and one. He caught a bullet on a shallow route at the first down marker late in the half to get Atlanta inside Carolina territory. Hooper followed up with an out against single coverage for a touchdown. Hooper also made a fantastic block on an edge defender to begin the third quarter to clear a pocket for a Ryan-to-Jones pitch and catch but then missed the same block when forced to run the play again on a deep post and the edge defender was savvy to adjust. Hooper worked wide open in the fourth quarter corner route and got Atlanta deep into Carolina territory in the mid-fourth quarter.

2018 Week 1 vs PHI (4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

He earned four on a low-and-away throw in the red zone off a bootleg left. A defender trailing a route outside of Hooper collided with the tight end within five yards of the line of scrimmage and threw off the timing of a third-down red zone pass to force a field goal to finish the second offensive series. Hooper earned 15 yards on a play-action crossing route. He earned a hitch route in the two-minute drill.


Latest News

Falcons | Four grabs for Austin Hooper (Sun Dec 9, 06:13 PM) - Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper posted four receptions for 37 yards on six targets in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers before leaving the game with a knee injury.

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Falcons | Austin Hooper scores in loss (Sun Dec 2, 08:33 PM) - Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught all five of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in a 26-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13.

Our View: Hooper usually does well this year when Matt Ryan is struggling and Week 13 was no different. He'll be worth a streamer look against the Packers next week.
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