• Brian Wentworth II

Austin Hooper is the Best Tight End Sleeper for 2019

Austin Hooper is going to be a viable fantasy sleeper and you need to draft him if you’re going for a late round TE, he's currently being drafted in the 11th round as the tight end 14th, behind Kyle Rudoplh who finished in 2018 as the TE7 but only averaged 9.5 PPR points per game. He's also being drafted behind Rob Gronkowski, who is still being drafted in Best Ball leagues by people who believe he might still play in 2019 (yes, they exist).

I said I was out on the running backs, but not the pass catchers. If you combine what Cameron Brate and OJ Howard did under Dirk Koetter (in their separate times as starters as Howard missed half the season with injury), they would have combined for 62/795/11 which would have been a combined total of 207.5 PPR points. This would be a finish of the TE4 in PPR formats through week 16. Hooper in 2018 finished as the TE6 without Koetter being the OC, and I currently have him ranked at 4 only behind Kelce, Ertz and Kittle.

Jones, Ridley, and Sanu will also be there but Tampa was able to make Brate, Godwin, Evans, and Humphries all viable fantasy starters in 2018, we have nothing to worry about. Koetter’s presence alone increases the ceiling of the passing offense. If this wasn’t enough, he gets to play the Panthers and Bucs twice who were 7th and 8th amongst most points allowed tight ends, along with the Colts, Texans and Rams who were 3rd, 6th and 10th in points allowed. Austin Hooper is on my draft board and should be on yours too for this upcoming season.

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