LA Rams Cooper Kupp is hot, but Robert Woods warming up for Cards

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Since the two LA Rams wide receivers found themselves cooperating and competing for the football, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp have been excellent teammates. Woods has been the poster child of NFL consistency and dependability. He does everything asked of him by head coach Sean McVay, including blocking, serving as a decoy, and occasionally running with the football.

His counterpart, Cooper Kupp, is a bit more streakish. In some games, he can be a minimal impact. But in other games, he can appear to be virtually unstoppable. Right now, Kupp is in one of those hot streaks. Well, as in red-hot streaks. He is one of the hottest fantasy football receivers in the NFL so far and is the top receiver in the league in both yards and touchdowns.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer writes:

"Cooper Kupp’s 36.8 PPR fantasy points today were his second-most in 56 career games, trailing only the 37.2 he had in Week 4 of 2018. He has 20-plus points in back-to-back weeks, the first time he has done that since Weeks 3-5 of his big 2019."

But is that the way the 2021 season will turn out by the end of the year?

Well, Kupp has opened the first three games of 2019, 2020, and now the 2021 season, red-hot.  In 2019, he started the first three games of the season with 267 yards and two touchdowns. In 2020, his first three games resulted in 228 yards and one touchdown. Now in 2021, his first three games have begun with 367 yards and five touchdowns.

But Kupp is streakish. In 2019, he had 505 yards and four touchdowns by week 5. That year he ended the season with 1164 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2020, he had 363 yards and two touchdowns by week 5. He ended last season with 974 yards and three touchdowns. He has come out of the gates hot in the past three seasons.

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Of course, he is very productive this year thanks to LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford. But will history suddenly jump the rails of the past three seasons to turn out a different ending? Or is this simply the same story with amplified statistics?