Austin Hooper
Austin Hooper continues to be an overrated fantasy tight end. Hooper has zero upside as long as he remains on the Browns roster. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

Austin Hooper Continues To Be An Overrated Fantasy Tight End

Austin Hooper has zero fantasy value in Cleveland. I don’t know how else to say it, but it’s true. Hooper was sneaky good with the Falcons but that quickly ended after signing a MASSIVE deal with the Browns. Look, Hooper is a fine player but we need to recognize his current situation with the Browns. There’s no upside here when you’re looking at Hooper as a reliable fantasy tight end.

Prior to last season, Hooper was on my Don’t Eat The Cheese list for fantasy tight ends. I also wrote a separate blog about how Hooper had ZERO fantasy value with the Browns. Both of those things were spot on. In 2020, the Browns tight end had 46 receptions for 435 yards and four touchdowns. Outside of getting lucky on a random bye week filler, Hooper was worthless.

I just don’t see how it changes. Odell Beckham was hurt all year and he’s coming back. Hooper is probably in line for FEWER targets than a year ago. A year ago, he had 70 which frankly just isn’t good enough to be fantasy relevant. Jarvis Landry still exists.

Furthermore, there are two other talented tight ends on the roster. Harrison Bryant is a former Mackey Award winner and looked damn good as a rookie. David Njoku is a former first round pick for a reason. Hooper not only has too much competition for targets, but he has too much competition at his own position.

I don’t know how fantasy owners view Hooper. Outside of a random bye week filler, I just don’t see how you can trust him. I will take my shot on fliers that I think have big upside if things go right. Hooper isn’t a terrible tight end but as long as he’s on this Browns roster, I’ll pass on him in fantasy every time.

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