Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams
Wide Receiver #18
Los Angeles Rams
Wide Receiver #18
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Cooper Kupp News

MVP performance in Super Bowl

Kupp brought in eight of 10 targets for 92 yards and two touchdowns and rushed once for seven yards during the Rams' 23-20 win over the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday. He was also named Super Bowl MVP.

Analysis: Kupp delivered handsomely when it mattered most after what many felt was an MVP-worthy season, snagging a game-winning one-yard touchdown grab with 1:25 remaining. However, that memorable catch tells only part of the story for the fifth-year pro, who missed his first career opportunity to play in the Super Bowl after the 2018 season due to a torn ACL. Kupp also recorded an 11-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter to give the Rams a two-possession lead at the time, and prior to his championship-clinching score, he had a clutch seven-yard rush on fourth down and catches of eight, 22 and eight yards on that final drive, as well as a four-yard touchdown reception nullified by offsetting penalties. Kupp could have arguably had an even bigger performance had Odell Beckham, who was commanding a good bit of attention with strong early-game play, hadn't exited for good in the first half with a knee injury. The Super Bowl MVP award Kupp earned with the performance is a fitting cap on a season that also saw him named Offensive Player of the Year and put together a stellar three-game playoff run in which he logged 25 receptions for 386 yards and four touchdowns.

Feb 13, 2022 7:36 PM EST

Top offensive player

Kupp was named the 2021 Offensive Player of the Year on Thursday.

Analysis: Kupp led receivers in all major categories, including receptions, yards and targets. He was also remarkably consistent, as he posted no performances with fewer than 64 yards or five receptions. In contrast to past seasons, Kupp combined both superior volume with big plays, as he averaged 13.4 yards per reception and also chipped in 30 catches that went for gains of 20 or more yards. Next up, Kupp will look to add the ultimate award and help lead the Rams to a Super Bowl victory over the Bengals on Sunday.

Feb 10, 2022 7:55 PM EST

Dominant effort to clinch SB berth

Kupp brought in 11 of 14 targets for 142 yards and two touchdowns and rushed once for minus-2 yards during the Rams' 20-17 win over the 49ers in their NFC Championship Game matchup Sunday.

Analysis: As he frequently did during his record-setting regular season and in the divisional-round win over the Buccaneers, Kupp dictated to an opposing defense to the tune of a dominating performance. The star wideout's afternoon did start on a sour note when a pass that partially glanced off his hands was intercepted by the 49ers' Jimmie Ward at the goal line to short-circuit the Rams' second drive. That would be about the only blemish on Kupp's performance, however, as he eventually complemented his 12th 100-yard effort since the start of the regular season with touchdown grabs of 16 and 11 yards in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. The fifth-year pro's 25- and 12-yard catches on what would be Los Angeles' game-winning drive proved a fitting cap to his stellar effort, one he'll now look to reprise in Super Bowl LVI against the Bengals on his home field Feb. 13.

Jan 30, 2022 7:07 PM EST

Goes off for 183 plus TD

Kupp finished with nine receptions (11 targets) for 183 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Kupp was in prime form against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that was at full strength for the first time since Week 1. The MVP candidate got momentum going for the Rams in the first half when he took a deep pass from Matthew Stafford and then made a sharp juke to make two defenders miss en route to a long TD score. Kupp then put his signature on this playoff win when he burned the entire Bucs secondary on the final positive gain of regulation to set up kicker Matt Gay for the game-winning score. The 28-year-old did cough up a fumble that allowed Tom Brady to tie the game late, but the turnover barely puts a dent in what was a monster final fantasy line. Kupp and the Rams will now advance to the NFC Championship Game to take on the 49ers. The elite DFS option will surely weigh in as one of the most-expensive picks next weekend after he torched San Francisco's weak secondary for 118 receiving yards, one touchdown and 18 rushing yards in the final game of the regular season.

Jan 23, 2022 4:35 PM EST

Scores in wild-card win

Kupp caught five of seven targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 34-11 wild-card win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Kupp was uncharacteristically quiet in the first half, hauling in just one pass for five yards. The regular season's leader in catches, yards and touchdowns through the air got on track to begin the second half, though, scoring from seven yards to cap the Rams' first series. Kupp then showed off his run-after-the-catch ability on a couple grabs late, adding to his totals. Even though his overall output was still well below his regular-season standard, Kupp could grow in importance if Sunday's NFC divisional-round game versus the Buccaneers is more tightly contested than Monday's runaway victory.

Jan 17, 2022 8:37 PM EST

Finishes reg. season on high note

Kupp corralled all seven of his targets for 118 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 18 yards on his lone carry in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Kupp tied his season-low mark of seven targets that was set a week prior, but the talented wideout was still able to turn in a monster fantasy day. The 28-year-old finishes the regular season with 145 receptions, 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns, placing himself firmly in the league's MVP discussion. Kupp's recent lowered target rate (by his gaudy standards) may have been tied to the Rams locking up a playoff spot two weeks ago and not wanting to burn out its star player. That said, it would make sense to see Kupp featured heavily in the first round of the NFC Wild Card round.

Jan 9, 2022 5:23 PM EST

Another big game

Kupp caught six passes for 95 yards and one touchdown on seven targets against Baltimore on Sunday.

Analysis: The Ravens succeeded in limiting Kupp's target volume -- his seven targets were tied with Odell Beckham behind Tyler Higbee's team-leading nine targets -- but they couldn't stop Kupp on the targets he did draw. Normally Kupp crushes both in regard to volume and efficiency, so it's something of a down game by his exceedingly high standards in this historic season for the wideout. Although Kupp (1,829 yards) finished his 16-game schedule a bit short of the single-season yardage record set by Calvin Johnson in 2012 (1,964 yards), Kupp heads into Week 18 with a chance to pursue Megatron's record as the Rams take on the 49ers.

Jan 2, 2022 1:20 PM EST

Reaches pair of milestones

Kupp recorded 10 receptions on 13 targets for 109 yards in Sunday's 30-23 win over Minnesota.

Analysis: Kupp failed to reach the end zone for the first time in his last three games, but that didn't stop him from another big performance. As has been the case, he was peppered with targets and was able to log double-digit receptions for the fifth time in 16 contests while also surpassing 100 receptions on the season. He made good use of that opportunity by turning in big gains of 37, 19 and 11 yards to top 100 receiving yards for the fourth consecutive game while also topping 1,000 receiving yards for the campaign. Kupp should be in line for continued prolific production in a Week 17 matchup against a depleted Baltimore secondary.

Dec 26, 2021 2:02 PM EST

Outstanding season continues

Kupp had nine receptions (13 targets) for 136 yards and two touchdowns in Tuesday's 20-10 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Seattle's defense had no answer for the Stafford to Kupp connection, resulting in yet another monster fantasy showing from the breakout superstar. Kupp has now posted three straight games with both 100-plus yards and a touchdown, his second such streak this season. Odell Beckham's presence (1-7-0) continued to not affect the Rams' true top offensive weapon either. Kupp will carry spectacular averages of 8.7 receptions, 116.1 yards and a touchdown per game into next Sunday's tilt against the Vikings.

Dec 21, 2021 7:37 PM EST

Rams-Seahawks moved to Tuesday

Kupp and the Rams will no longer play the Seahawks on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Rams organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, Los Angeles will be able to restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. After Tuesday's game, the Rams will face a quick turnaround for Week 16 with a Sunday game in Minnesota on Dec. 26.

Dec 17, 2021 12:47 PM EST

Career high in win

Kupp caught 13 of 15 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 30-23 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Kupp once again led the Rams in all major receiving categories, setting a new career high in receptions in the process. The wideout did his usual work moving the sticks in the first half, but saw teammates Odell Beckham and Van Jefferson find the end zone before he hauled in a four-yard touchdown during the third quarter. Kupp was then leaned on more heavily in the fourth, when he also made a 44-yard catch on a perfectly placed ball by quarterback Matthew Stafford. With that gain helping him top 100 yards for an eighth time this season, Kupp continued what's been a remarkably consistent and productive campaign. He'll strive to add another standout showing to his name in Week 15 versus the Seahawks.

Dec 13, 2021 8:24 PM EST

Full practice Friday

Kupp (toe) was a full practice participant Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Kupp's first appearance on the injury report all season entailed one limited practice before returning to full participation. He's seen at least nine targets in every game this year and should see plenty of looks Monday night against the Cardinals.

Dec 10, 2021 4:43 PM EST

Dealing with toe injury

Rams head coach Sean McVay said Kupp will be limited in Thursday's walk-through practice due to a toe injury, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: Kupp will make his first appearance on the injury report all season, as he's otherwise either been a full participant in every practice or sat out for rest purposes through the first 13 weeks of the season. The fifth-year wideout didn't show any obvious sign of being hurt in the Rams' Week 13 win over the Jaguars, rolling to his seventh 100-plus-yard receiving outing in Los Angeles' 37-7 win. So long as Kupp maintains limited activity or upgrades to full participation Friday and/or Saturday, he'll likely be in little danger of missing Monday's game against the Cardinals.

Dec 9, 2021 12:04 PM EST

Keeps rolling

Kupp caught eight passes for 129 yards and one touchdown on 10 targets against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Analysis: The Rams passing game was a bit sluggish in the first half, but quarterback Matthew Stafford caught fire in the second half by throwing one touchdown each to Kupp, Van Jefferson and Odell Beckham in the Rams' first three drives in the second half. It's a reminder that a player of Kupp's usage level and abilities can smash for his fantasy investors even in games where the Rams offense sputters at times. Kupp goes to Arizona to face the Cardinals in Week 14 -- the one defense that managed to contain Kupp during his rampage of a 2021 season. He'll hope to fare better this time after catching just five passes for 64 yards on 13 targets in the Week 4 showdown.

Dec 5, 2021 4:26 PM EST

Racks up catches late

Kupp recorded seven catches on 10 targets for 96 yards in Sunday's 36-28 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Kupp recorded two receptions for 41 yards at halftime, both of which came on the team's final drive of the second quarter. He padded his stats in the second half as the Rams played from behind, and the end result was his fifth consecutive game with 90 or more receiving yards. Kupp narrowly missed a bigger day, as it appeared that he had thrown a touchdown to Van Jefferson prior to the play being overturned upon review. Though Odell Beckham got more involved in the offense Sunday, Kupp now has 18 receptions for 218 yards across two games since Beckham joined the team.

Nov 28, 2021 5:38 PM EST

Good numbers in defeat

Kupp caught 11 of 13 targets for 122 yards in Monday night's 31-10 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Kupp once again put up big numbers, but most his production came with the outcome of the game already decided. Nonetheless, the Rams being in catch-up mode enabled Kupp to haul in double-digit passes for the third time this season, while he surpassed 100 yards for the sixth time. Although it remains to be seen whether the loss of teammate Robert Woods (knee) will impact Kupp's sky-high stock at all, the Rams now entering their bye week will give them extra time to adjust ahead of Week 12's game versus the Packers.

Nov 15, 2021 8:12 PM EST

Monster PPR performance

Kupp corralled 11 of 13 targets for 95 yards in Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Kupp fell just short of extending his streak of 100-plus receiving yard games to four, but he did record his second double-digit reception day this season. The 28-year-old has arguably been the best wideout in all of football this year, totaling 74 receptions, 1,019 yards and 10 touchdowns through nine games. Kupp's fantasy managers will be delighted to see the 49ers on tap for Week 10's Monday Night Football matchup, as San Francisco's secondary has been a revolving door for opposing wideouts this season.

Nov 7, 2021 8:54 PM EST

Another big game

Kupp caught seven receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown on nine targets against Houston on Sunday.

Analysis: Kupp continues his pursuit of the WR1 title in fantasy for the 2021 season, logging his third straight game with 100 yards and a touchdown through the air. He's up to 63 receptions for 924 yards and 10 touchdowns on 90 targets through eight games -- already good for more fantasy points than he scored in 15 games in 2020. Kupp and the Rams should keep the gas pedal down in Week 9 as they take on a surging Tennessee game that figures to make for one of the highest over/under point totals of the week.

Oct 31, 2021 1:46 PM EST

Yet another big game

Kupp caught 10 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 13 targets against Detroit on Sunday.

Analysis: It's been clear for some time now that the change from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford created the conditions for Kupp to break out to an entirely new level, but it's still difficult to not be more impressed with Kupp each passing week. He's in the hunt for WR1 distinction in fantasy this year, and through seven games he's up to 56 receptions for 809 yards and nine touchdowns (69.1 percent catch rate, 10.0 yards per target). The Rams face the Texans in Week 8, so the sailing could remain smooth for Kupp in his next matchup.

Oct 24, 2021 4:37 PM EST

Prolific fantasy effort in win

Kupp brought in nine of 12 targets for 130 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams' 38-11 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Kupp easily paced the Rams' pass catchers across the board with his prolific effort, which included touchdown grabs of three and 13 yards in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. Kupp hadn't scored since Week 3 against the Buccaneers, a relatively brief but rare slump for him, and he's now recorded at least seven receptions in five of the first six games while seeing double-digit targets in every contest. Kupp's talent and level of involvement will continue keeping him in the upper echelon of the fantasy landscape in all formats going into a tantalizing Week 7 home matchup against the Lions.

Oct 17, 2021 1:41 PM EST

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