Cooper Kupp was the No. 2 Fantasy rookie receiver in 2017 and scored the most Fantasy points among the Rams receivers last year. He will look to build on that performance, and he should be considered a solid No. 3 Fantasy option on Draft Day. Kupp finished behind Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster among rookie receivers in 2017 in standard leagues, but he had more Fantasy points than Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins. Part of that was Woods missing three games due to injury, but Kupp had a solid campaign in his NFL debut. Playing the slot for Sean McVay and Jared Goff, Kupp scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in six of 15 games (he rested in Week 17 for the playoffs). He also had eight catches for 69 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets in the wild-card playoff loss against Atlanta. Goff and Kupp had a solid rapport in 2017 (Kupp was fourth in red-zone targets in the NFL with 23), and he should play well again this year, even with the addition of Brandin Cooks. Plan on drafting Kupp with a mid-round pick in the majority of leagues.
Kupp is part of a deep receiving corps that also includes Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds, Pharoh Cooper and Mike Thomas, ESPN.com's Lindsey Thiry reports. Reynolds, Cooper and Thomas had a few nice moments, but there's no question Cooks and Woods will be the starters outside, with Kupp locked in as the slot man for an offense that had three or more wideouts on the field for a league-high 84 percent of its snaps last season. Cooks figures to see more passes than Sammy Watkins did, but there should still be plenty of opportunity for both Woods and Kupp, considering tight ends accounted for only 17 percent of the team's targets in 2017. While a breakout season from Tyler Higbee or Gerald Everett might change things, it appears coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff will focus on getting the ball to the trio of starting wide receivers and RB Todd Gurley.
Kupp caught eight of 13 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 26-13 loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round. The rookie finished the regular season with 62 receptions, 869 yards and five touchdowns, and he was heavily involved in the passing attack again Saturday. Los Angeles turned the ball over twice on returns in the first quarter, so the offensive gameplan was disrupted early, and Kupp benefited from head coach Sean McVay leaning on the passing attack in an attempt to keep this game close. Kupp showcased upside as both a possession receiver and a red-zone target throughout his debut campaign, and he projects to remain a key cog in the offense heading into the 2018 season.
Kupp (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the 49ers, Kristen Lago of the Rams' official site reports. The Rams didn't give any indication they'd risk the health of one of their starting wideouts, especially in a game in which Jared Goff and Todd Gurley (coach's decision - inactive) aren't taking the field. Meanwhile, Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins also didn't land on the inactive list, but the snap counts for the trio are expected to be minimal, at best. Such a reality should allow Josh Reynolds, Tavon Austin, Pharoh Cooper and perhaps even Mike Thomas to get in the act with backup QB Sean Mannion.
Kupp (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Kupp might actually be healthy enough to play, but the Rams obviously aren't going to take the risk when they already plan to rest a number of key players. Josh Reynolds and Pharoh Cooper are primed for significant playing time alongside Sean Mannion on Sunday, while Kupp should be ready to return for the wild-card round of the playoffs.
Kupp missed Wednesday's practice with a sore knee, Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times reports. Though he wasn't listed on the injury report until this week, Kupp apparently has been bothered by his knee for a while. He aggravated it on a touchdown catch in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Titans, yet still managed to play a season-high 94 percent of the snaps on offense. Rams head coach Sean McVay didn't mention Kupp when listing the players who will be held out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, but it's safe to assume the rookie wideout is in some danger of missing the contest. Given that Jared Goff and Todd Gurley already have been ruled out, Kupp figures to handle a limited workload even if he ends up playing. McVay clearly doesn't care about the difference between the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|7||10/22||@San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|9||11/04||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|11||11/20||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|17||12/30||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||95||62||869||5||42||14.02||114|