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What to do with Austin Hooper in Week 1 fantasy football

He has competition on the offense for targets, but Hooper should still find success against the Ravens.

Tight end Austin Hooper of the Cleveland Browns works out during training camp on August 18, 2020 at the Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

To say the Cleveland Browns fell short of expectations last year would be like saying Patrick Mahomes is “decent” at playing quarterback.

To have an offense as loaded as Cleveland’s on paper, it’s almost embarrassing that the team couldn’t sustain success last year. This year, the offense might have only gotten better with the addition of Austin Hooper at tight end, and with a divisional showdown against the high-scoring Baltimore Ravens, this game could rival the Saints-Bucs game for most points scored over the weekend.

Fantasy Football analysis: Browns TE Austin Hooper

Sure, the Browns have Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt who can all catch passes. But Hooper is coming off a year with the Atlanta Falcons where Atlanta had Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, so he’s no stranger to having to find ways to get his quarterback’s attention.

This could be a game that sees Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield throw for over 350 yards to try to keep pace with former MVP Lamar Jackson, and despite a crowded offense, Hooper is good enough to still get a fair share of targets. Remember: There’s a reason the Browns signed Hooper to a 4-year, $42 million dollar deal this offseason.

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