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The Spotlight Series
A Footballguys Spotlight is an in-depth look at a player. His plusses and minuses are examined, and we give you our bottom-line stance on his 2022 prospects. If a player listed below doesn't yet have a link, don't worry. It's coming soon.
Cooper Kupp is Ready for His Encore
Cooper Kupp blew away even the most optimistic expectations last year, en route to one of the best seasons by a receiver in NFL history. Everything clicked for him as the Rams upgraded at quarterback to Matthew Stafford, and they built an instant, pitch-perfect chemistry. Kupp’s season was so dominant that he enters atop the receiver rankings this year and is a consensus first-round pick across the industry. If you’re looking for a reason to avoid Kupp at his cost, you’re going about things the wrong way. Yes, he’s very likely going to regress in 2022. But most players regress after elite seasons, and Kupp’s 2021 was so dominant that even significant regression still positions him as the safest player at his position.
A Historic Season
Kupp’s season was one for the ages. We have to stop short of calling it a record-breaking season because the Rams star fell just short of a few all-time marks. But the totality of his production is easily among the very best in NFL history.
- Receptions – 145 (2nd all-time, behind Michael Thomas’ 149)
- Receiving Yards – 1,947 yards (2nd all-time, behind Calvin Johnson’s 1,964)
- Receiving Touchdowns – 16
- 100-Yard Games – 11 (Tied, 1st all-time)
He was named AP Offensive Player of the Year, joining only Jerry Rice and Michael Thomas as receivers to earn the honor. He also led the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns last season. That feat –the Triple Crown – has only been achieved by four receivers since 1970.
TABLE: NFL Triple Crown Receiving Winners (1970-2021)
A Record-Breaking Fantasy Season
While Kupp’s heroics fell just short of all-time NFL single-season records, he did set a new mark in the annals of fantasy football history. Kupp’s 2021 ranks as the best fantasy season in league history, whether you’re using traditional scoring or rewarding points per reception (PPR).
TABLE: Top 25 Fantasy WR Seasons (PPR), All Time
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