Player Outlook
Two seasons with the Browns did more for Hooper's bank account than it did for Fantasy managers. Perhaps there's sleeper potential for Hooper now that he's moving on to Tennessee. The Titans have been known to utilize multiple tight ends in their offense, but the hope is for Hooper to pick up a big target share given the Titans' significant change in their receiving corps. It won't take much: Hooper averaged 4.5 targets per game in two years with the Browns. Playing in the AFC South also helps, not to mention early-season matchups against the Raiders, Commanders and Giants in Week 1. Hooper is one of the answers for those Fantasy managers who prefer to take a late-round streamer at tight end.

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2021 38 345 9.08 3 0.00 543.4
2020 46 435 9.46 4 0.00 675.2
3y Avg. 53 522 9.85 4 0.00 785.6
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Fantasy News

  • Titans' Austin Hooper: Building rapport in Tennessee

    Hooper has made a strong impression on quarterback Ryan Tannehill during offseason practices, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports. The Titans have overhauled their pass catchers this offseason, moving on from A.J. Brown but also adding rookie Treylon Burks and Robert Woods. Hooper is a more under-the-radar addition, particularly after a couple uninspiring seasons in Cleveland. However, he has earned praise from Tannehill regarding his feel for running routes and ability to get open out of breaks. Though Hooper is entering his seventh season in the NFL, he still is only 27 years old and could be heavily involved in the Titans offense in 2022.
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  • Titans' Austin Hooper: Joining Titans

    Hooper is slated to sign a one-year, $6 million deal with the Titans, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Hooper is coming off a 2021 season in which he logged 38 catches (on 61 targets) for 345 yards and three TDs in 16 games for the Browns. The 27-year-old put those numbers up in the context of working in a time-share that involved David Njoku and Harrison Bryant, to a lesser degree. With the Titans, he'll have Geoff Swaim to contend with for targets, but we nonetheless expect Hooper -- a 2016 third-rounder -- to see an uptick in looks this coming season, and with that, a corresponding increase in fantasy utility.
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  • Austin Hooper: Set to be released

    The Browns are slated to release Hooper on Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Rumors had been percolating about Hooper's release, especially after the team used a franchise tag on fellow tight end David Njoku. Though a report last week suggested the Browns would keep Hooper, the team now sounds likely to move on from the veteran two seasons in to his four-year, $42 million contract. The 27-year-old caught 84 passes for 780 yards and seven touchdowns in 29 regular-season games with Cleveland the past two seasons.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Likely back in Cleveland

    The Browns plan to keep Hooper for the 2022 season, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports. There was speculation that Cleveland would move on from Hooper, whose hefty contract has not been commensurate with the tight end's production over his first two seasons with the team. That notion grew after the Browns put the franchise tag on fellow tight end David Njoku on Monday, but Fowler's report appears to end that speculation. Hooper is due $9.5 million and carries a $13.2 million cap hit in 2022, per Spotrac.com. The team would save only $2 million if they moved on, so it might be best to keep Hooper around in case Njoku doesn't live up to his $10.9 million salary.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Goes untargeted in win

    Hooper was not targeted in Sunday's 21-16 win over the Bengals. Hooper took a step back in his second year with Cleveland, but he remains a big target and blocker at tight end. He had fewer targets (61), catches (38), yards (345) and touchdowns (three) relative to 2020. The 27-year-old tight end carries a big contract entering 2022, but the money isn't guaranteed per Zac Jackson of The Athletic, although he would cost the Browns $11 million against the cap if they chose to move on. While the return on investment is not commensurate with his salary, Hooper is a frequent target and a good blocker for a team that earns its wins mostly by running the ball. If the Browns don't re-sign David Njoku -- there's reported interest on both sides -- then Hooper could reclaim all the targets and then some that he lost in 2021.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Targeted five times in loss

    Hooper caught two of five targets for 28 yards in Monday's 26-14 loss to Pittsburgh. While it was position mates David Njoku's and Harrison Bryant's night to shine -- each scored a touchdown Monday -- Hooper remains heavily involved in the passing attack. He's been targeted at least five times in eight games this season, including five of the last six contests. His 61 targets are second on the team behind No. 1 wideout Jarvis Landry.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Quiet yet again

    Hooper caught three passes for 26 yards on five targets against Green Bay on Saturday. When the Browns made Hooper one of the league's highest-paid tight ends as a free agent in 2020, it was assumed he'd be a focal point of the Cleveland offense, but through nearly two full seasons he has been both lightly used and highly inefficient, and he heads into the final two weeks of 2021 at risk of finishing with an average of less than 6.0 yards per target despite catching just 58.9 percent of his targets to this point. He has surpassed 42 yards in a game just once this year, so he might be touchdown-dependent for fantasy viability against the Steelers in Week 17.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Activated from COVID list

    The Browns activated Hooper (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Hooper was unable to gain clearance to play in Monday's loss to the Raiders, but he's now poised to return to action for this Saturday's game against the Packers. In his last contest Dec. 12 versus the Ravens, Hooper played every snap on offense and caught five of his six targets for 30 yards and a touchdown. His return will bolster the Browns' tight end corps, which also includes David Njoku (knee) and Harrison Bryant (ankle). He may not see a 100-percent snap share like he did Week 14, but Hooper could be in store for a solid dose of targets against Green Bay, especially if wideout Jarvis Landry (illness) isn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of the contest.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Won't play Week 15

    Hooper (illness) wasn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and won't be available for Monday's game against the Raiders, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Even with the NFL pushing back Cleveland's Week 15 game an extra two days in addition to relaxing the return-to-play protocols for vaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19, Hooper and several other key Browns players weren't able to clear the necessary protocols prior to Monday's 5 p.m. ET kickoff. With Hooper and wideout Jarvis Landry (illness) both set to miss Monday's contest, fill-in starting quarterback Nick Mullens will likely have to make do with Donovan Peoples-Jones, Anthony Schwartz (concussion), Rashard Higgins and David Njoku as his top targets in the passing game.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Browns-Raiders moved to Monday

    Hooper (illness) and the Browns will no longer play the Raiders on Saturday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Monday at 5 p.m. ET. Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Hooper -- one of 24 Cleveland players and 12 starters who has been placed on the list over the past week -- tested positive for the virus Tuesday. The NFL's decision to push the Week 15 game back two days will give Hooper some time to clear the necessary protocols, but he's not a lock to be available Monday. David Njoku would be in line to start Week 15 if Hooper isn't ready to go.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Hits COVID-19 list

    Hooper was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. Last Tuesday, Cleveland added tight ends David Njoku and Stephen Carlson to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Hooper now joins them this week along with five others, including Jarvis Landry, that all tested positive for the virus, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The team has a quicker turnaround between games than normal with a Saturday matchup against the Raiders on tap, so the state of the TE room is in flux for Week 15. Currently, Harrison Bryant (ankle) and Miller Forristall are the members of the position group currently not on the COVID-19 list.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Scores in victory

    Hooper caught five of seven targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Ravens. Hooper tied for Cleveland's team lead in receptions and matched his season high in targets while fellow tight ends David Njoku (COVID) and Harrison Bryant (ankle) were both sidelined. Crucially, he also found the end zone with a one-yard reception during the second quarter. That marked Hooper's third touchdown of the campaign, and depending on the Browns' tight-end situation ahead of Week 15's Saturday game versus the Raiders, Hooper may have another favorable opportunity ahead.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Shut out in loss

    Hooper failed to catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Ravens. Hooper, who led Cleveland's tight ends in snaps Sunday, was shut out for the second time this season. As has been well documented, the Browns utilize their tight ends as receivers, so any one of Hooper, David Njoku (five targets) or Harrison Bryant (three targets) could set themselves apart in terms of production in a given game. When it comes to playing time, however, Hooper consistently tops the position group in snaps, and he leads in overall targets/touches. The Browns are off Week 13 and will return to action the following week at home against Baltimore.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Racks up 53 yards

    Hooper recorded four receptions on seven targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 13-10 win over the Lions. Hooper tied for the team lead with four receptions and was out-targeted by only Jarvis Landry. As has become customary, he worked primarily in the short areas of the field. On the other hand, he managed two receptions of exactly 20 yards after entering the game with only one gain of at least 20 yards on the campaign. In the three contests since Odell Beckham's departure, Hooper has seen a combined 14 targets for 10 receptions, 92 yards and a touchdown.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Finds end zone in blowout

    Hooper caught four passes for 25 yards and one touchdown on five targets against New England on Sunday. The touchdown was the first of the day but the Browns went into the tank almost immediately afterward in the 45-7 loss. As much as the touchdown is an encouraging sign, Hooper just doesn't seem like a great fit in the Kevin Stefanski offense, and his usage is rarely a given since the Browns rotate in David Njoku and Harrison Bryant so aggressively. It will likely remain difficult to anticipate Hooper's infrequent productive games.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Grabs two passes in win

    Hooper caught two of two targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 41-16 win over the Bengals. Hooper and the rest of Cleveland's tight ends shared seven targets with David Njoku, who notched an 18-yard-touchdown. It was the sixth straight game without a touchdown for Hooper, who had two red-zone targets Sunday (one called back by penalty) and leads the Browns with 10 such targets this season.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Season high in targets

    Hooper caught four of six targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 15-10 loss to Pittsburgh. The six targets were a season high for Hooper, who also had a pair of red-zone looks and leads Cleveland with eight targets inside the 20. Despite preseason talk of the Browns utilizing him more this season, Hooper is seeing two fewer targets per game than he did in 2020.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Team-high receiving yardage total

    Hooper brought in two of three targets for 42 yards in the Browns' 17-14 win over the Broncos on Thursday night. The seldom-used tight end was surprisingly the receiving yardage leader for the Browns on the night, with a game-long 34-yard grab fueling the majority of his production. Hooper had recorded just 101 receiving yards coming in -- including a meager 15 in his three prior games -- so Thursday's total equaled nearly half his production in that category to date. Hooper will try to continue his ascent in a Week 8 AFC North clash with the Steelers a week from Sunday.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Slump continues Week 6

    Hooper caught one of three targets for four yards in Sunday's 37-14 loss to the Cardinals. Hooper had another red-zone target, giving him a team-high six chances inside an opponent's 20-yard line, but he's been a non-factor since Week 3, managing just two catches on eight targets over the last three contests. He continues to play nearly 70 percent of the offensive snaps, so Hooper is positioned well on a team that typically uses its tight ends often. Unfortunately, the position group had just five targets in the loss to Arizona, totaling two catches for 10 yards.
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  • Browns' Austin Hooper: Goes untargeted

    Hooper was not targeted over 52 offensive snaps in Sunday's 47-42 loss to the Chargers. Quarterback Baker Mayfield did not look Hooper's way, leaving the tight end without a catch for the first time in 2021. Instead, David Njoku was targeted seven times and rolled up a career-high 149 receiving yards. With Harrison Bryant also in the mix, it's tough to predict which Cleveland tight end might make an impact in any given week, even in a favorable matchup.
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