WR Cooper Kupp - Los Angeles Rams
|6-2, 204||Born: 6-15-1993||College: Eastern Washington||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
Week 14: at Chicago Bears
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Rams passing offense took a step back last week after their shootout with the Chiefs before the bye. Jared Goff had his worst game since Week 7, throwing a few errant passes while struggling to find receivers downfield--as shown by his season-low 6.3 yards per attempt. This was the first time Goff had not thrown for multiple touchdowns since Week 6 and just the fourth time that has occurred this season. Brandin Cooks' streak of three consecutive games with 100 or more receiving yards ended last week as he had a quiet outing despite averaging 15.5 yards per reception. Robert Woods maintained his image of consistency last week though, hauling in five receptions for 67 yards with a touchdown in his second consecutive game. As an example of his consistency, Woods has now caught four or five receptions for between 67 and 89 yards in six straight games. While touchdowns are not coming often, Woods remains integral to this Rams passing offense. The Bears secondary and pass-rushers should present a significant challenge to this high flying Rams offense in this matchup. This Bears secondary has been one of the most opportunistic in football, leading the league with 21 interceptions including 10 over the last five games. The Bears have also been extremely stingy when it comes to yards, as they are limiting opposing passers to the third-fewest passing yards per attempt. On the season, the Bears have allowed just one quarterback to throw for over 300 yards which was a surprising overtime performance by Brock Osweiler in extreme heat. The pass rushers have been no slouches either as the Bears sport a top-tier defensive line with powerhouse players such as Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks. This will be a very entertaining and even matchup in the trenches though, as what is arguably the league's top defensive line squares off against one of the league's most talented offensive line. Expect for all three Rams wide receivers to be covered fairly well by this top tier secondary with Brandin Cooks having the best matchup amongst the three due to the risky play exhibited from Prince Amukamara at times this season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Cooper Kupp's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Kupp had maybe the prettiest catch of his career so far on the second drive, a fully-extended toe-tap grab along the sideline that was reminiscent of AJ Green. He was unfortunately injured while running a route in the 4th quarter and will be lost for the remainder of the season with an ACL tear.
2018 Week 9 vs NO (6 / 5 / 89 / 1 rec)
Kupp did not get targeted until 6:00 remaining in the second quarter. He beat his defender on the perimeter in man coverage for a 26 yard gain on a corner route. He had the biggest play of the game - a catch and run 35 yard touchdown off a Shallow Cross on 3rd and 1 that brought the score to 35-33 (the Rams would tie on the 2-point attempt on the next play).
2018 Week 6 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Kupp was left the game with an injury for the second straight week. He injured his knee on a Jet Sweep for a 10 yard gain in the second quarter. He was horsecollar tackled by the defender, who was penalized.
2018 Week 5 vs SEA (9 / 6 / 90 / 1 rec)
Kupp was tearing the Seahawks defense up in the first half - running into wide open voids in the middle of the field and in underneath zones. He did have a drop that was popped up into the air on a tip drill after Kupp got hit during the catch attempt - and was bailed out by Higbee catching it off the deflection. His TD reception came off of PA Boot, where he faked as the backside slice blocker before releasing into the flat as he often does. He broke a diving tackle attempt at the 5 and scampered into the endzone. Did not play during the second half because of an apparent concussion sustained during the 2 minute drill to close out the first half. He was hit making a catch over the middle, but finished the drive.
2018 Week 4 vs MIN (11 / 9 / 162 / 2 rec)
Kupp actually got some vertical usage in this game instead of just being the Rams' de-facto tight end. He had a huge 70 yard catch and run touchdown reception on the second play of the second drive. He lined up slot left to the Field and ran a drag that converted to a wheel once he got to the numbers on the Boundary side. As he came across the field on the drag, he got matched up on Anthony Barr and just ran right past him as he turned the drag into a wheel. He was wide open by the time he made the catch. His second TD reception came on a 20 yard throw where he split double coverage on a Deep Cross, and Goff led him perfectly into the endzone where only Kupp could make the catch.
2018 Week 3 vs LAC (6 / 4 / 71 / 1 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Kupp continues to work as a chain mover and underneath target in the Rams passing game. He had his biggest play of the season so far on the third play of Los Angeles' opening drive of the second half. He ran an Out route on 3rd and 8, and broke off upfield when he was Jared Goff started to scramble. Goff evaded pressure and hit Kupp downfield, He broke his man's tackle attempt and ran to the endzone for a 53 yard catch-and-run touchdown.
2018 Week 2 vs ARI (6 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)
Kupp continues his role as a hybrid slot WR/tight end for the rams. His first major value target came late in 3rd quarter, a drag from inside the 10. He made the reception, but was tackled short of endzone. Gurley converted for easy TD on the next play. His biggest play of the game was a 3rd down conversion, a double move inside for a catch-and-run of 29 yards. He and Higbee's willingness to be involved as a blockers really make the Rams' offense go.
2018 Week 1 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 52 / 1 rec, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
He is the de-facto tight end for this offense, and you can see it by his alignment, routes run, and use as a blocker in the run game. His opening target was dropped (a PA Drag that turned into a Wheel Route from Bunch). He had another drop again on a quick out that was thrown behind. He was targeted heavily in the redzone, although Goff almost had potential turnovers throwing to him. On one of the throws, he won on a inside-breaking double move that should have been his first receiving touchdown, but Goff threw it slightly behind him, allowing the defensive back to almost intercept it. On his touchdown, he faked a seal block on the CB before releasing to the flat off Play Action. The run block fake really helped sell the route.
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