Hopkins brought in seven of 13 targets for 73 yards in Thursday's 13-9 win over the Bengals. Unsurprisingly, Hopkins was rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson's top security blanket, especially with the team's top three tight ends all sidelined. The former Pro Bowler was particularly effective in the Texans' final scoring possession, bringing in three catches for 29 yards. Despite a below-average efficiency rate thus far (14 receptions on 29 targets), the encouraging sign for Hopkins' fantasy owners after a frustrating 2016 is that he's clearly going to see robust volume with Watson behind center, even when the offense returns to full health. The 25-year-old wideout's prospects should therefore only continue to brighten as his rookie quarterback gets increasingly acclimated to the pro game. Hopkins should once again play a pivotal role when the Texans hit the road to tangle with the Patriots in Week 3.
Hopkins turned 16 targets into seven catches for 55 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 29-7 Week 1 loss to the Jaguars. Hopkins saw plenty of balls thrown his way with Houston down by double digits for the entirety of second half, but his effectiveness was compromised by shoddy quarterback play. His four-yard touchdown reception came courtesy of rookie Deshaun Watson, who took over under center at halftime and will likely start at quarterback moving forward. If the two can form a rapport moving forward, Hopkins should be in for another productive campaign based on volume alone.
Hopkins (thumb) was removed from the Texans' injury report Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Hopkins was more or less shut down for the better part of three weeks due to what was termed a hand injury, but Wilson confirmed the nature of the concern after the wideout returned to practice Monday, citing his thumb. After the session, Hopkins said he would "definitely play" in Sunday's season opener against the Jaguars, and his removal from the injury report Thursday backs up his sentiment. With Will Fuller (collarbone) out until at least midseason and Jaelon Strong suspended for the first game of the campaign, quarterback Tom Savage will likely look Hopkins' way early and often in Week 1.
Hopkins (thumb) returned to practice Monday and is fully expected to play Week 1 against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Hopkins previously hadn't practiced since first suffering the injury in mid-August. The Texans' wideout corps is quite thin entering Week 1 with both Will Fuller (collarbone) and Jaelen Strong (suspension) unavailable, so a healthy Hopkins could be in store for an even higher volume of targets than usual in the season opener.
Hopkins (hand) reiterated Monday that he's ready for Week 1 against Jacksonville, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. Hopkins hasn't practiced since injuring his hand in the first week of the preseason, but he said last week that he was already healthy enough to play in a game. He'll likely be back at practice this week as the Texans prepare for a home game against the Jaguars.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||@New England Patriots||29||27.00|
|5||10/09||Kansas City Chiefs||25||25.00|
|10||11/12||@Los Angeles Rams||20||19.00|
|14||12/10||San Francisco 49ers||22||23.00|
|3 Year Avg||156||88||1228||7||65||13.95||164|