Fantasy football aficionados and Los Angeles Rams fans alike have been fixated on the status of Cooper Kupp as Week 1 approaches. Known as “Ol’ reliable,” Kupp’s reliability has been in question recently. After missing the majority of the 2022 season due to injuries, the receiver again suffered a hamstring injury. With the regular season approaching, let’s break down the 2023 fantasy outlook, and whether Kupp is worth pick-up.
The Ups and Downs of Cooper Kupp’s Career
Cooper Kupp is an experienced player, who has an impact on the field. Kupp as a receiver is one of the top NFL’s top wideouts. His exceptional game-changing performance has placed him on the top of many fantasy draft boards. However, the injuries, have put him back, even though this is the second time he has played fewer than 10 games in the last five seasons. So, his year most of the fantasy owners might hesitate to pull the trigger on him this year.
The Injury Conundrum
Cooper Kupp’s current injury woes started in early August when he left practice with a hamstring injury. While the situation initially seemed dire, Rams head coach Sean McVay had a more optimistic outlook, saying Kupp looked “really good” in late August practice sessions.
However, just when everyone thought he was back on track, Kupp suffered a setback. The day-to-day status leaves fantasy owners in limbo, eagerly waiting for Wednesday’s update, which promises more clarity on his Week 1 status.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport suggested that the Rams are expected to exercise caution when it comes to Kupp’s early-season usage. This conservative approach indicates that Kupp’s Week 1 participation is far from guaranteed. Rapoport’s report implies that the Rams might opt for a more cautious approach, prioritizing Kupp’s long-term health over immediate game availability.
The Fantasy Impact
So, what does this mean for your fantasy team? If you’ve already drafted Kupp, you should closely monitor updates from the Rams and consider benching him for Week 1 if he remains questionable. If you’re in the middle of your fantasy drafts, it might be worth considering other reliable WR options in the early rounds.
However, don’t write off Kupp entirely. If he slips to later rounds because of the injury scare, he could represent massive value. Remember, a healthy Cooper Kupp is a fantasy football machine. The “day-to-day” designation also suggests that even if he misses Week 1, he may not be out for an extended period.
Fantasy football is often a game of calculated risks, and drafting Cooper Kupp this year certainly falls into that category. If you’re comfortable navigating through the first week or two without him, Kupp can offer high-end WR1 production for the rest of the season. It all boils down to your risk tolerance and how you construct the rest of your roster.
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