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Cooper Kupp Fantasy Football Outlook Ahead of 2019 NFL Season

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 4:  Cooper Kupp #18 of the Los Angeles Rams runs the ball after catching a pass during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Rams 45-35.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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In an offense that features stars like Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, and Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp is often the odd man out. The 6-foot-2 wide receiver has quietly been a valuable cog in a Los Angeles Rams' offense that finished in the top two for points per game (PPG) in each of the last two seasons.

However, after tearing his ACL in Week 10 last season, fantasy owners don't exactly appear bullish on Kupp, who is currently being drafted as WR24, according to FantasyPros.com.

Kupp is being selected behind both of his teammates, Woods (WR17) and Cooks (WR18), despite the fact that he was more productive than the two when he was on the field last season.

In fact, Kupp was actually WR10 on a per-game basis in standard leagues last season, averaging 11.9 PPG, which tied him with Michael Thomas. Touchdowns were a major reason Kupp was so effective, as he scored six times despite missing roughly half the year.

While touchdowns can be fluky, Kupp's usage in the red zone suggests he could continue to be a TD machine in 2019. Kupp was targeted inside the 10-yard line seven times last season, which is just one less time than Woods, Cooks and Gurley (eight).

With Gurley's usage expected to be limited due to a lingering knee issue, Kupp could actually see an uptick in red-zone targets as well as scoring in 2019. If he proves that he's healthy, Kupp's red-zone usage could make him a steal at his current ADP of WR24.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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