DeAndre Hopkins probably won't be the first receiver taken in your draft, but he'll probably be the second. The 6-foot-1 craftsman with big hands and a knack for making plays has topped 150 targets each of his last three seasons, topping the 90-catch, 1,300-yard and 10-touchdown marks in both. He would have made it three straight but ... you know ... Brock Osweiler. Entering his sixth season, Hopkins should have Deshaun Watson back under center and Will Fuller stretching defenses on the other side of the field, making it likely he'll dominate his competition based on his high target volume. The most consistent wideout in Fantasy last year, Hopkins will be a first-round pick in all scoring formats, likely right after Antonio Brown. If you're picking 10th or later, you're not going to get him.
Hopkins didn't play in Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. For the second exhibition in a row, Deshaun Watson will be without his top target in the Texans' passing attack. Hopkins' health isn't in question, so he likely will earn some snaps next Saturday against the Rams in order to refresh his rapport with Watson.
Coach Bill O'Brien relayed Thursday that Hopkins is on track to have a similar workload in Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers as he had in the team's first exhibition game, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Hopkins didn't suit up for the preseason opener, so he'll likely play just a drive or two if he dresses at all. O'Brien is looking to ensure his top pass catcher will be healthy come Week 1. Therefore, the sixth-year pro doesn't profile as a viable DFS option Saturday.
Hopkins (personal) returned to practice Thursday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. Hopkins has been away from the team for two days to attend to a personal matter, but as expected, is back in camp Thursday. It was an excused absence, and not a matter that is expected to affect his 2018 outlook.
Hopkins was excused from training camp Tuesday and will miss Wednesday as well due to personal reasons, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Head coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Hopkins' status. The All-Pro wide receiver is expected to return Thursday.
Hopkins (calf) said he expects himself and Deshaun Watson (knee) to be the best quarterback and wideout tandem in the NFL during the upcoming season, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. Hopkins actually managed just fine after Watson suffered a torn ACL in early November, but the rest of the Houston offense torpedoed, with the team ultimately losing nine of its final 10 games. While Watson's recovery will require close monitoring as the season approaches, Hopkins likely is back to full strength for the start of the offseason program, as the calf injury that sidelined him for Week 17 hasn't been mentioned since he used it as an excuse to skip the Pro Bowl in late January. Hopkins has only missed the one game in five professional seasons, averaging 82.6 catches for 1,173 yards and 7.3 touchdowns annually.
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