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Wisdom of the Writers: This Season's Cooper Kupp is _____?

By Mike Krueger | 8/26/22 |

I asked a group of the FFToday writers to assume the following when answering the question below…

- Re-draft, PPR league
- 12 Owners
- Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 Flex, 1 D/ST
- Draft: 18 Rounds

This Season’s Cooper Kupp is ____________?

Michael Pittman Jr. Transitioning from Carson Wentz to Matt Ryan means the Colts' pass-catchers are in for a big upgrade under center. Ryan has a long history of peppering his top receiver with targets (Roddy White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, Calvin Ridley), so Pittman should be in great shape to see a career high in targets AND get more accurate balls thrown his way than he did last year. – Doug Orth

Deebo Samuel. when you look at combined numbers, there wasn’t a huge gap between Kupp (1,965 combined yards, 16 TDs) and Samuel (1,770, 14) last year, and that was with game manager extraordinaire Jimmy G at the helm. Trey Lance’s athleticism adds another gear to that offense, and Samuel should be the focal point. – HC Green

Allen Robinson. Robinson was missing in action last season through no fault of his own (horrible quarterback play), but with all defensive eyes on the record-setting Kupp, the Matthew Stafford-to-Robinson connection could be a 1,200-yard, 10-TD fantasy play. – Steve Schwarz

Keenan Allen. It would have to be someone who could command nearly 200 targets, as Kupp did last year. The Chargers great was targeted nearly 10 times per game and is the most reliable wideout for one of the league’s most talented young slingers. – Joseph Hutchins

JuJu Smith-Schuster. Look, the chances of someone actually being "this season's Cooper Kupp" and finishing as one of the top-scoring wide receivers of all-time after being drafted in Round 4 are minuscule. But Smith-Schuster is a player who could significantly outproduce his ADP due to similar circumstances, including a massive quarterback upgrade, and he's been a WR1 for fantasy before. – Nick Caron

Justin Jefferson. He's already produced two elite seasons so far in his short NFL career, and he'll be practically cosplaying as Kupp in a new offense brought in from former Rams offensive coach Kevin O'Connell. Plenty of negative game scripts and a quarterback not afraid to cut loose also helps. – Colby Cavaliere

Allen Robinson. The 29-year-old is physical, fast, smart, and durable and has averaged over 900 yards per season and nearly 6 TD’s per year in his seven full seasons on very bad teams without a legitimate QB. Now he joins a prolific passer in QB Matthew Stafford, in a wide-open offense where Cooper Kupp will likely draw coverage, leaving Robinson with favorable matchups and a big role as a red zone target. – Ken Ilchuk

Rashod Bateman has a chance to be a Tier 1 fantasy WR this season. I don’t think he’ll get in the statistical stratosphere as Kupp since the Rams WR was already so good and his breakout campaign was more of a coronation, but he could be looking at 125+ targets if things go as well. He may be a raw and largely unproven asset but 90-plus catches, 1,200-plus yards and 8-10 TDs are within reach. – Antonio D’Arcangelis

CeeDee Lamb. It's not so much that Lamb will in any way equal what Kupp produced last year, but I think he is set for a leap forward that is at least reminiscent of what Kupp did in 2021. With Cooper and Wilson no longer in Dallas, he'll be targeted early and often. – Kirk Hollis

CeeDee Lamb. No Cooper and no Gallup (to start) and this offense will throw a lot. Look for 10 targets per game with Lamb moving all over the formation. – Bill Anderson

Courtland Sutton. The AFC West is loaded with offense giving the Broncos six potential shootout contests included in their relatively soft schedule (Seahawks, Texans, Jets, Jaguars, Panthers). Can Nathaniel Hackett and OC Justin Outten orchestrate an offense to make this happen? – Mike Krueger

CeeDee Lamb

If you’re scoring at home, that’s CeeDee Lamb: 2, Allen Robinson: 2, Michael Pittman Jr.: 1, Deebo Samuel: 1, Keenan Allen: 1, JuJu Smith-Schuster: 1, Justin Jefferson: 1, Rashod Bateman: 1, Courtland Sutton: 1

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