Hooper enters a Monday Night clash with the Giants in the midst of a likely soon-to-be career year, with 30 receptions on 37 targets for 273 yards and two touchdowns through six games. Matt Ryan has a 116.8 passer rating this season when targeting Austin Hooper, the second-highest among any quarterback-tight end duo in the league. Voluntary offseason workouts have paid dividends for Hooper, as he and Ryan built rapport over the offseason playing catch at a local high school. If Hooper's stat line through six weeks is extrapolated over a 16-game stretch, he is one pace to rack up 80 receptions for 728 yards and five touchdowns (previous career highs being 49/526/3). Week 7 brings a challenging matchup against a Giants defense that has shut down tight ends in 2018, allowing just 23 receptions and one touchdown to the position (among NFL's 10 best in both categories).
Hooper corralled nine of his 10 targets, while accounting for 71 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-29 win against Tampa Bay. The third-year tight end had exceeded six receptions in a game once in his career entering Week 5, but he's now pieced together back-to-back performances with nine receptions and 70-plus receiving yards against the Steelers and Buccaneers. With all the weapons to account for in the Falcons passing attack, Hooper is benefiting from single-coverage situations and putting up monstrous numbers in the process, hauling in a highly efficient 18 of 22 targets for 148 yards over Atlanta's past two games. Week 7 brings a Monday Night matchup with the Giants, and a defense that has thus far succeeded in containing opposing tight ends, allowing the ninth-fewest receptions (23) and only one touchdown to the position in six games this season.
Hooper collected nine of 12 targets for 77 yards during Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Steelers. The third-year tight end set new season highs in targets and receptions against Pittsburgh, while accounting for his highest output of receiving yards since Week 1 of last season. Hooper feasted on a favorable matchup against a Steelers defense that surrendered more PPR points to tight ends than any other team coming into Week 5. Sunday provides further opportunity for bountiful fantasy production, with Hooper facing a Tampa Bay secondary that's been torched for 9.4 yards per attempt in 2018.
Hooper hauled in one of two targets for 19 yards in a 37-36 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. The third-year tight end has now been held to 24 or fewer receiving yards in three of four outings to start the season, and has only eclipsed 50 yards three times in 33 career games. Week 5 does provide some reason for optimism, as the Steelers have allowed opposing tight ends to catch 30 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns on 42 targets through four weeks.
Hooper hauled in all five of his targets for 59 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-24 win over the Panthers. Hooper's performance on Sunday was his most substantial PPR-scoring output since Week 10 of last season (16.9 points). With 59 yards against Carolina, the former Stanford standout also eclipsed 50 receiving yards for the first time since putting up over 100 in Week 1 of 2017. Upcoming for Hooper and the Falcons is a Saints defense that has allowed 663 passing yards during the first two games of the season to Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyrod Taylor.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||15||6.00|
|12||11/23||@New Orleans Saints||1||3.40|
|14||12/09||@Green Bay Packers||6||5.00|
|17||12/30||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||12.60|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||46||34||398||3||17||11.71||57|