WR Cooper Kupp - Los Angeles Rams
|6-2, 204||Born: 6-15-1993||College: Eastern Washington||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
Week 15: at Dallas Cowboys
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Los Angeles Rams, fresh off of back-to-back impressive performances against NFC West competition, bring their high-volume passing attack into Dallas to face off with the Cowboys' struggling defense. Both of Jared Goff's last two games rank in his five most efficient passing days of the 2019 season, according to net yards per attempt, and in a high-volume passing attack like the Rams', Goff's efficiency can put their offense over the top, as a whole. In recent weeks, the Rams have utilized two-wide-receiver sets more than ever under Sean McVay. This change in tendency has led to decreased playing time and utilization for Cooper Kupp recently, with six or fewer targets in four out of his last five games. Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee have emerged as Goff's top-two targets in recent weeks. Woods has posted at least 9 targets and 95 receiving yards in 4 straight, while Higbee has registered back-to-back 7-catch, 100-yard games. On the whole, the Rams' passing attack has posted impressive totals, but the team's struggling offensive line does not make it easy on Jared Goff, whose numbers have rebounded in recent weeks after a significant midseason slump. The Dallas Cowboys' pass defense opened the season very strong, but a handful of poor recent performances have left many skeptical that this team has effectively quit on head coach Jason Garrett. Overall, the Cowboys have faced medial volume on the ground, allowing impressive yardage and touchdown totals, but their inability to force turnovers (only five interceptions this season) is worrying. While their season-long numbers are impressive, allowing the 13th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, recently, they have drifted off, allowing the 8th most to opposing quarterbacks over the last month. They have not faced particularly stiff opposition in recent weeks, losing to Mitchell Trubisky and Josh Allen in disappointing fashion, and they may be in trouble once again this weekend against the Rams' high-volume passing attack. Along the defensive line, Demarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn have been extremely impressive this season, disrupting the pocket, and their performance this weekend will be critical to the team's pass-defending efforts. In the secondary, cornerback Byron Jones and the team's number-one safety Xavier Woods have been vital to limiting big plays through the air. On the season, the Cowboys have allowed only 3 100-yard receivers, and they will need a strong bounceback performance this weekend to keep the Rams from shredding them for a third straight week.
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
2019 Week 14 vs SEA (4 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)
Kupp did not see a target until the second quarter and was a clear secondary option to Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee in the Rams passing game. Kupp was red-hot in the second quarter but saw only one reception the rest of the game. Kupp's production included a third-down conversion and later a laser deep in-cut for a touchdown as the Rams surged to a big first half lead. Kupp has scored in back to back weeks and is closing in on 1,000 yards for the season.
2019 Week 13 vs ARI (6 / 6 / 65 / 1 rec)
Kupp made the most of his tepid six targets despite the Rams throwing for more than 400 yards in the blowout win over Arizona. Kupp added a deep out touchdown in the second half to a chunk deep over route reception for more than 25 yards in the first half of his notable plays. Robert Woods enjoyed a career day, overshadowing the typically high volume Kupp. Seattle offers another quality matchup for Kupp and the Rams passing game next week.
2019 Week 12 vs BAL (10 / 6 / 35 / 0 rec)
Kupp saw a hearty 10 targets against Baltimore, but his struggles continued to parallel the Rams offense overall the past three weeks. Kupp had four quick out routes in the fourth quarter alone to pad his otherwise poor stat line as one of his earlier receptions was a give up play on third-and-long. Kupp added a drop turned interception in the closing minutes to cap off the disappointing performance by the Rams offense.
2019 Week 11 vs CHI (3 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Kupp saw a mere three targets after his no-show box score from a week ago. The Rams' ball-control offense and only 18 pass attempts siphoned a potential bounce-back for Kupp, who did not see a target until nearly halftime. Kupp nearly scored on his lone notable big play, coming wide open on a deep route and stretching for the end zone. Kupp was originally ruled a touchdown but on review stepped out at the one-yard-line, fortunate for Kupp as he also fumbled as the play was completed. Kupp fumbled on a screen reception, but the Rams recovered and Kupp logged a false start penalty in the game. Despite all the missed opportunities, Kupp had a deep crossing route reception called back by penalty which would have pushed him close to 80 yards on the game.
2019 Week 10 vs PIT (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Kupp was a surprising no-show for the Rams' box score in Week 10 as the Rams offense stumbled to a low-scoring road loss to Pittsburgh. Kupp dropped two passes of note, including one in the red zone and failed to create separation throughout the game. Kupp did draw two defensive pass interference penalties beyond the box score amidst his forgettable output.
2019 Week 8 vs CIN (10 / 7 / 220 / 1 rec)
Kupp logged his fifth 100-yard game of the season with a new career-high 220 yards. Kupp found wide-open zones of the defense regularly to fuel yards-after-the-catch for massive chunks of yardage. Among Kupp's highlights included adjusting to a throw behind him on a third down, a trick play 65-yard touchdown, and converting a well-covered deep ball target from Jared Goff. Kupp added a rare drop in the game to thwart an even bigger performance. As a centerpiece in the Rams passing game, Kupp is on pace for more than 1,500 yards this season and more than 110 receptions with a conducive schedule after the Rams' Week 9 bye.
2019 Week 7 vs ATL (8 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
Kupp has cooled since his three-game stretch of monster performances in Weeks 3-5. Kupp collected eight targets, most among the Rams' trio of central wide receivers, but was held in check by the otherwise questionable Atlanta defense. Kupp converted a third-and-long with a strong throw by Jared Goff on a deep in-cut route and turned a screen pass into more than 10 yards, However, Kupp was stuffed on his lone touchdown opportunity, a red zone screen pass.
2019 Week 6 vs SF (6 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Kupp led the team with six targets against the 49ers in the sound loss to their divisional rival. However, Kupp was stifled on his typical screen and short-range routes which rely on yard-after-the-catch acumen. Kupp added a fourth-down drop to his forgettable day, a lost effort for the entire offense. The Falcons offer a bounce-back matchup in Week 7.
2019 Week 5 vs SEA (17 / 9 / 117 / 1 rec)
Kupp had a quiet first quarter against Seattle but exploded over the rest of the game for his fourth straight 100-yard game game and adding his fourth touchdown over the past three contests. Kupp's target volume has been unstoppable as well with 63 over five games, including a season-high 17 this week alone. Kupp had three catches late in the fourth quarter alone and his touchdown came on a laser red zone throw by Jared Goff to close the first half on a high note. Kupp separated from coverage with easy on short-to-intermediate routes and was an after-the-catch maven.
2019 Week 4 vs TB (15 / 9 / 121 / 1 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Kupp surged in volume, along with the rising tide of the Rams voluminous passing game against Tampa Bay, to a season-high 15 targets and 121 yards. Kupp was uncheckable by defensive backs and produced three massive plays for 20 or more yards, including two for chunks of yards-after-the-catch and a long touchdown. Kupp has three 100-yard games in a row and if the Rams defense continues to struggle like they did against the Buccaneers, Kupp's elite target level will be stable going forward.
2019 Week 3 vs CLE (12 / 11 / 102 / 2 rec)
Kupp was uncoverable against the Browns, dominating all sections of the field. Kupp's lone missed target was an outright drop, otherwise being a automatic positive play when Jared Goff looked his direction. Kupp's array of receptions included an inside screen, multiple deep crossing routes, and two wide open touchdowns, his first of the season. Kupp has yet to see fewer than nine targets in a game this season and has looked outstanding following his 2018 season-ending injury.
2019 Week 2 vs NO (9 / 5 / 120 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Kupp nearly doubled any other Rams' passing game target in the Week 2 win over the Saints. Kupp looked far more comfortable than his lack-of-yards-after-catch effort in Week 1, his first game back from injury. Kupp made a diving reception over the middle, plus two highlight runs and a myriad of missed tackles down to the goal line, essentially a game-clinching play for the Drew Brees-less Saints. Kupp has yet to find the end zone but his 12 receptions over two games and after-catch uptick in Week 2 are positive signs to start the season.
2019 Week 1 vs CAR (10 / 7 / 46 / 0 rec)
Kupp's offensive involvement against the Panthers, his first game back from injury in 2018, was front-loaded to the early moments. Kupp had four receptions on the opening drive alone, adding two third-down conversions later in the game to bolster his volume-infused stat line. Kupp's targets were all close to the line of scrimmage and Kupp offered minimal yards-after-the-catch opportunity on his receptions.
Latest NewsRams | Cooper Kupp limited to 20 snaps in Week 14 (Tue Dec 10, 03:08 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp played only 20 of a possible 68 snaps in Week 14 versus the Seattle Seahawks. Our View: Kupp has scored a touchdown in back-to-back weeks now. His snaps were down but the passing offense as a whole is trending up. That makes Kupp at least a flex play for Fantasy GMs in Week 15.
link to story Rams | Cooper Kupp finds the end zone (Mon Dec 9, 02:36 AM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp caught all four of his targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 versus the Seattle Seahawks. link to story Rams | Six grabs for Cooper Kupp (Sun Dec 1, 10:44 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp caught all six of his targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in a 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13. link to story
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