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What to do with Austin Hooper in Week 2 fantasy football

Can Austin Hooper bounce back from his disappointing Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2?

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

Austin Hooper was one of the most productive tight ends in the NFL in 2019 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, and the Cleveland Browns offered him a lucrative contract that made him the NFL’s highest paid tight end over the offseason. While Hooper got the big bucks, he was hardly utilized in his team’s season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Will things be different in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals?

Fantasy Football Analysis: Browns TE Austin Hooper

Hooper was surprisingly outplayed by David Njoku in Week 1. Njoku caught all three of the passes thrown to him for 50 yards and a score. Hooper, on the other hand, hauled in two of the two balls thrown his way for a mere nine yards. Njoku has been placed on injured reserve with a knee injury and is expected to miss at least three weeks, so Hooper could become more of a focal point. However, he’ll have to compete with Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt for touches.

Start/Sit Recommendation

I’d start Hooper in season-long fantasy because of the reduced competition at his position, but I’d stay away from him in DFS.