Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
3 days ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
2 weeks ago

Hooper collected nine of 12 targets, racking up 77 yards during Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

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 could provide high-octane production for Hooper once again, going up against a Tampa Bay secondary that's been torched for 9.4 yards per attempt in 2018.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
3 weeks ago

Hooper hauled in one of two targets, collecting 19 yards in a 37-36 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

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 receiving yards three times in 33 career games. Next week provides reason for optimism that Hooper may be able to find the end zone, with the Steelers allowing the fourth-most PPR points per game to opposing tight ends.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
4 weeks ago

Hooper hauled in three of his four targets for 24 yards, as the Falcons fell to the Saints in overtime 43-37 on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

The third-year tight end boasts an outstanding catch rate thus far in 2018 (11 receptions on 13 targets), but his touchdown-dependence is a very real inhibitor to his value. Hooper has produced a double-digit fantasy output just five times in his last 19 regular-season games (PPR scoring), with touchdowns in four of those outings. Next week provides hope for Hooper to realize his fantasy upside, facing a Cincinnati secondary that has allowed 7.7 receptions per game to the tight end position (third-most in the NFL).

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
1 month ago

Hooper (knee) was a full participant in the Falcons' practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though there hadn't been any reports that Hooper picked up an injury in the Falcons' season-opening loss to the Eagles, the 23-year-old ended up being limited by the knee issue during Wednesday's session. Hooper's advancement to full participation a day later suggests the injury was only a mild concern. Expect Hooper to see ample playing time once again Week 2 against the Panthers after he logged 59 of a possible 70 offensive snaps in the opener.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
1 month ago

Hooper (knee) popped up on the Falcons' injury report as a limited participant for Wednesday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Word of Hooper's ailment comes as a surprising development, given that reports of an injured knee were undisclosed prior to the release of Atlanta's Wednesday injury report. The third-year tight end is gearing up to face a formidable opponent should he be active for Sunday's NFC South showdown with the Panthers -- Carolina held Cowboys starting tight end Geoff Swaim to 18 receiving yards in Week 1.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
1 month ago

Hooper corralled three of his four targets for 24 yards in Atlanta's 18-12 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper is a sure-handed target but not an explosive player by any means, as he has now gone 16 consecutive regular-season contests without exceeding 50 receiving yards (averaging 26.4 yards per game during that span). The breakout performance is unlikely to come in Atlanta's Week 2 matchup against Carolina, facing a defense that allowed the fifth-fewest points to tight ends in PPR scoring last season.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
2 months ago

Head coach Dan Quinn said Saturday that Hooper is improving as a run blocker, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

If Hooper can adequately contribute in opening up running lanes for Atlanta's talented stable of backs, it will likely increase the third-year tight end's weekly snap count. His pass-catching abilities and athleticism are a proven commodity, but improvement as a blocker will only up his fantasy value by way of enhanced playing time. Hooper has potential low-end TE1 value within the high-powered Falcons' offense, as he'll frequently be facing single coverage given all the other weapons that opponents have to account for on the perimeter. The concern would be that with such an embarrassment of riches at the skill positions, Hooper might not get the requisite number of targets to be a starting-level fantasy asset in standard leagues.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
2 months ago

Hooper caught both of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper picked up 29 yards to convert a 3rd-and-11 on Atlanta's third snap, then hurdled over a defender for a four-yard touchdown to finish the opening drive. His talent, age and pedigree make him a reasonable candidate for a Year 3 leap, but he may struggle for volume when the Falcons have all their weapons healthy.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
7 months ago

At this week's NFL owners meeting, head coach Dan Quinn was asked to identify several players who the Falcons expect elevated performance from in 2018. Hooper is one candidate who the coaching staff anticipates will break out this season, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper increased his catch total from 19 during his rookie campaign to 49 in his sophomore season, but head coach Dan Quinn still sees substantial room for growth in the young tight end's game. "I'm really looking forward to where Austin Hooper is going to go," Quinn said this week at the NFL owners meeting, "In the run game, he can get better... (but) he's a really committed football guy. I think there will be a big jump." It is probable that improving as a blocker would help Hooper increase his snap count from last season (on the field for 76.6 percent of Atlanta's offensive plays ), but more consistent production as a receiver would also bolster the likelihood of him being a part of the Falcons' long-term plans. Hooper enjoyed a promising first half of the season in 2017, averaging nine fantasy points per game in PPR scoring through Week 10 before flatlining over the second half of the season with 3.2 fantasy points per game.