Posted: 1/15/2020 12:09 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper likely will not receive the franchise tag this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
Huddle Up: Hooper likely will receive interest from multiple teams if he hits the free-agent market. He was one of the top tight ends in the NFL this season and probably will be a No. 1 fantasy tight end again next season.
Posted: 12/22/2019 10:14 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught seven passes for 82 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16. He was targeted nine times during the game.
Huddle Up: Hooper struggled in the two games after returning from injury but had a bounce back game this week. He continues to be one of the main targets in the passing game and should be a No. 1 tight end in all fantasy leagues.
Posted: 12/21/2019 3:11 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper faces the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16, and the Jaguars are allowing the second-best passer rating (126.9) to opposing quarterbacks when targeting tight ends.
Huddle Up: Hooper has been quiet in two games since returning from a knee injury, but a meeting with the Jaguars could be just what the doctor ordered. He's worth a look as a low-end TE1.
Posted: 12/16/2019 6:52 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper hauled in three of his six targets for 20 yards in Week 15 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Hooper has totaled five catches and 52 yards on 12 targets since missing three games with a knee injury and doesn't quite look he did earlier in the season. With that said, he had a late touchdown grab get overturned by replay that would have made his day look a lot better. Fantasy owners who survived this dud from Hooper should remain confident in his ability to perform like a TE1 again, however, as the Falcons get the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16.
Posted: 12/08/2019 11:36 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) caught two passes for 32 yards on six targets vs. the Carolina Panthers in Week 14 on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Huddle Up: The Niners, his Week 15 opponent, have been a difficult matchup most of the year for the position. They have, however, allowed two touchdowns in the last five weeks prior to facing Jared Cook in Week 14, but everything went wrong defensively in that contest. Don't be afraid to sit Hooper if there's a clearly better option.
Posted: 12/06/2019 11:36 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 6, but is not on the injury report for Week 14.
Huddle Up: Hooper was one of the top tight ends in the NFL before his injury and should be a main option in the passing game for the Falcons. He should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Posted: 12/06/2019 6:27 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) practiced again Friday, Dec. 6, and will play Sunday, Dec. 8, in Week 14, head coach Dan Quinn announced.
Huddle Up: Check back pre-game Sunday to be certain, but it appears as if it's an early Christmas for Hooper owners, who have been without fantasy's top tight end (10.8 points per game) since Week 10.
Posted: 12/06/2019 4:52 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) is practicing Friday, Dec. 6.
Huddle Up: It's unknown if it was a full practice, but he's trending toward returning after a month-long absence against the Carolina Panthers. It's an uninspiring matchup, but he'll be a low-end TE1 option.
Posted: 12/05/2019 11:18 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) remained limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: Hooper has been sidelined since Week 10, but he has ramped up practice activity this week. He'll need to be in lineups if he's able to return.
Posted: 12/05/2019 7:16 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) took part in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: Hooper was likely a limited again, but it's a good sign he'll end a three-week absence in Week 14 versus Carolina Panthers. The 25-year-old was the overall fantasy TE1 in many leagues until his injury, so he needs to be started in just about all leagues again, even though he could be operating in less than 100 percent.