Cooper Kupp Fantasy Football Outlook & Value 2019

Cooper Kupp was on pace for a very strong year before tearing his ACL. While the touchdown production was absurd, he was still on pace for over 1,000 yards and nearly 80-90 catches. He is one of the major injury guys worth taking in terms of the potential this season. The Los Angeles Rams have been one of the top offenses the last few years, and while there are a lot of mouths to feed, Kupp is an excellent wideout option in 2019.

2018 Fantasy Recap

Tier FPTS 2018 Rating GP SNPS/G TGT REC TGT/G YDS 100+ YDS YDS/REC TD Yahoo PTS/G
2 95.1 82 8 54.9 56 40 7 566 1 14.2 6 14.4

In 2018, Cooper Kupp had the eighth best average separation among wideouts and tight ends. This was over just eight games, where he upped about every stat from his rookie year. He had a 73% catch rate and averaged 10.3 yards per target. He saw 94 targets in 2017, and even with Cooks/Woods, Kupp can be in the range of 90-100 targets. If the catch rate is even remotely close to last season, and with the efficiency of this group it can be, he is in for a prime year. On pace for 12 touchdowns was a bit of a stretch for Kupp, although his red zone usage can be solid at times, we shouldn’t expect that moving forward.

2019 Fantasy Outlook

Position Ranking ADP Auction Value Bye Week Receptions Receiving Yards Touchdowns
WR24 4.11 $13 9 64.3 875.8 7.6

Cooper Kupp comes in as WR24 at the moment, and his upside is certainly higher than that. A 60-70 catch year is in his range of outcomes, and closing in on 900 yards is a comfortable projection. The touchdown projection is where we hit closer to his ceiling, and the way this offense moves and scores, it isn’t that much of a stretch. I am buying into Kupp returning for a big year, and would draft him as a WR2 after the first few rounds.

With Cooks and Woods going a round higher, Kupp is the bargain grab from this Rams offense, and a nice pairing with Jared Goff. There is a chance Todd Gurley is not as big of a factor out of the backfield because of his health. We will still need to monitor Kupp’s progress into camp and preseason, but all signs point to him being 100%. Any hiccup, we can start to readjust his risk, which is about medium right now.

Draft & Auction Value

The ADP and auction value of Cooper Kupp could be somewhat league dependent. There is a chance he slides a bit due to the risk, but he won’t go too far. Coming off an ACL tear is always risky, and as you can see the tweet above few have had fantasy value. Kupp is the one I don’t mind taking the risk on, mainly because everything around him is positive for fantasy value. Out of the many names coming back from significant tears this season, Kupp is one that will be on my fantasy teams.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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