DeAndre Hopkins was the No. 1 PPR receiver in 2018 and No. 2 in 2017, and we expect him to stay in that range again this season. He's worth drafting as the first receiver off the board in all formats with a pick toward the middle to the end of Round 1, likely as early as No. 6 overall. Hopkins is a star with a standout quarterback in Deshaun Watson, and he was exceptional in 2018. Hopkins was No. 5 in the NFL in targets (163), No. 3 in receptions (115), No. 2 in receiving yards (1,572) and No. 5 in receiving touchdowns (11). He could lose some production if Will Fuller and Keke Coutee both stay healthy for 16 games this season, but we still expect plenty of tremendous stats from Hopkins in 2019. He's well worth the investment with a first-round pick.
Hopkins revealed over the weekend that the shoulder injury he suffered in the playoffs involved ligaments tearing off the bone, but he nonetheless plans to be in top condition for the start of training camp, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. "I'm resting my body and healing," Hopkins said. "This is going to be the best I've felt. I feel like I'm going to be better than ever." Hopkins was a constant on the Houston injury report in 2018, listed with thumb, ankle, foot and hamstring issues throughout the regular season yet never missing a game. He then suffered an AC joint sprain in his shoulder during a playoff loss to Indianapolis, though it now sounds like the injury was a bit more serious than a typical sprain. After celebrating his 27th birthday last week, Hopkins doesn't sound even slightly concerned about his availability for training camp. He's missed one game through seven NFL seasons and has averaged 96.5 yards and 0.77 touchdowns in Deshaun Watson's 22 starts.
Hopkins (shoulder) isn't worried about his health and says he's excited to work with new offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports. "Oh man, I'm good," Hopkins said. "I got a long time until our next game, so I'll be fine." Hopkins was listed on every injury report after Week 1 in 2018, but he never came close to missing any games despite dealing with thumb, ankle, foot and hamstring injuries. He then hurt the AC joint in his right shoulder during a playoff loss to the Colts, referring to the injury as a Grade 3 sprain after the game. It isn't entirely clear the initial diagnosis was accurate, as Hopkins' ability to continue playing might be taken as a hint that he actually suffered a Grade 2 sprain. In any case, it was probably an easy decision to withdraw from the Pro Bowl and focus on getting healthy before the Texans start their offseason program in mid-April. The team will have an offensive coordinator for the first time since 2016, with Kelly getting a promotion after coaching tight ends last season. Head coach Bill O'Brien still figures to run the show on offense and call plays.
Hopkins decided to withdraw from the Pro Bowl on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, Pat McManamon of ESPN.com reports. Hopkins was banged up entering Houston's wild-card loss to Indianapolis and went on to sprain the AC joint in his right shoulder before the final whistle. It's no surprise he'll drop out of the Pro Bowl in favor of rest. Cleveland's Jarvis Landry will take Hopkins' spot.
Hopkins said he suffered a Grade 3 AC joint sprain in his right shoulder during Saturday's 21-7 loss to the Colts, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Hopkins' ability to play through such an injury indicates a certain level of pain tolerance. While he finished the game with five catches (on 10 targets) for 37 yards, he managed a 2-11-0 line on five looks after picking up the issue late in the first half. Hopkins will have the entire offseason to get healthy, but may be hard-pressed to fulfill his election to the Pro Bowl starting lineup on Jan. 27.
Despite being a limited participant again Thursday, Hopkins (ankle) does not carry an injury tag into Saturday's wild-card game against the Colts. Hopkins has made a habit of being limited in practice throughout the season for various reasons, but it hasn't prevented him from missing a game yet this season. He should be all systems go for the Texans' wild-card game and will look to continue a stretch of three straight games with at least nine catches and 100 receiving yards. He has faced the Colts twice already this season, notching a touchdown in each game while combining for 14 grabs and 200 receiving yards.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|3||09/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|6||10/13||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|13||12/02||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|16||12/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||163||96||1301||9||69||13.55||182|