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What to do with Hayden Hurst in Week 1 fantasy football

Can Hayden Hurst be the new Austin Hooper? I think so.

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Out goes Austin Hooper, and in comes Hayden Hurst.

The Atlanta Falcons have had a lot of moving parts on offense this past offseason, and while the addition of local product Todd Gurley is what gained headlines, the acquisition of Hayden Hurst might be the bigger move.

Hurst improved in his second year in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, doubling his touchdowns and receiving yards from his rookie campaign. Now, he’s going to replace the aforementioned Hooper in the Falcons offense, who had 787 yards and 6 touchdowns last year.

Fantasy Football analysis: Falcons TE Hayden Hurst

The Seattle Seahawks were second-worst in the NFL against opposing tight ends in 2019, averaging 12.2 points against per game. Considering a run game that will rely on Todd Gurley’s questionable knees, if the Falcons offense hopes to upset Russell Wilson’s Seahawks, they’ll have to do so on the golden arm of Matt Ryan.

The presence of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley shouldn’t scare away fantasy owners of Hayden Hurst too much - Hooper still saw the sixth-most targets as a tight end in the NFL last season on a similar Falcons team.

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