Dallas has done a better job than we expected on defense this season, with opposing wide receivers averaging just 16.0 Fantasy points per game. However, this receiving duo has been productive so far, and we expect that to continue; they are averaging 138.3 yards per game through four games.
The Cowboys defensive backfield has held up well, but this receiving duo is too productive at this point to consider benching, especially in what could end up being a shootout. Jamey Eisenberg has Johnson ranked as low as 35th among wide receivers, but Dave Richard's ranking has Johnson inside the top-30. Consider Hopkins a solid starter, with Johnson more of a flex or No. 3 option.
Hopkins still isn't the top option in Houston, and it doesn't look like that is going to change anytime soon. Still, he might just be the best receiver there, as he topped 10 Fantasy points for the fourth straight game, with his 64-yard, one-touchdown performance. He is simply making the most of his chances, despite mediocre quarterback play.
Hopkins isn't going to keep scoring three touchdowns in every four games, so there will be some times when the scoring trickles. Still, he looks like the real deal, and has to be considered a solid No. 2 wide receiver, a nice return on your investment this season.
Hopkins hauled in a 35-yard pass late in the first half with relative ease after getting behind his defender and took it to the house for his third score of the season. While he didn't have much of an impact outside the touchdown, the second-year receiver has racked up 291 yards on 18 receptions and three touchdowns in his first four games. A favorable Week 5 matchup awaits when the Texans travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys.
Now, maybe that wouldn't mean much on its own -- Johnson still had the more targets of the two, after all -- but coach Bill O'Brien assessed Hopkins' performance this way the next day:
"He's having a really good year. We need to do a better job of getting him the ball."
That shouldn't be so difficult Week 4 against the Bills. They rank 26th against the pass, allowing 267.0 yards per game, and have given up the 10th-most Fantasy points to wide receivers.
Dave Richard's ranking, 17th among wide receivers, seems a little high to me, but Jamey Eisenberg's ranking, 27th, seems a low. Top 25 is probably just right and would make Hopkins an advisable starter in standard 12-team leagues.
O'Brien was impressed with Hopkins' one-handed catch that came off the board because of a penalty on offensive lineman Tyson Clabo.
"It was a fantastic catch," O'Brien said. "He's having a really good year. We need to do a better job of getting him the ball."
|5||10/5/14||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|7||10/20/14||@ PIT||8:30 pm|
|8||10/26/14||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/16/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ IND||1:00 pm|
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