You won't need much convincing to take DeAndre Hopkins as a No. 1 Fantasy receiver. After all, he blew away expectations last year by keeping up with the high target pace he had in Houston while improving his metrics in catch rate, yards per catch and broken tackles. He got off to an especially hot start in his first 10 games (18.2 PPR per game) before an injury to Kyler Murray took Hopkins' stats down a notch (16.5 PPR per game). The real hidden value in Hopkins' 2021 outlook is his schedule -- aside from two dates with Jalen Ramsey, there truly isn't a specific matchup that would make you flinch. Hopkins remains one of Fantasy's top receivers worthy of a pick in Round 2.
Hopkins was able to build on-field chemistry with quarterback Kyler Murray during the Cardinals' offseason program, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports. Murray was banged up at the end of last year, but he and Hopkins returned healthy for the start of the offseason program, participating in both voluntary OTAs and mandatory minicamp. The 29-year-old wideout accounted for 29.4 percent of Arizona's targets last season, ranking third in the NFL with 1,407 receiving yards and tied for second with 115 receptions. A better rushing attack or a bounce-back season from offseason acquisition A.J. Green could cost Hopkins a few targets this year, but he's still among the handful of favorites to lead the league in the category.
Hopkins caught four of his 10 targets for 35 yards during Sunday's 18-7 loss to the Rams. Hopkins still attracted a robust number of offensive looks in what turned out to be the Cardinals' 2020 finale, but a first-quarter injury to Kyler Murray (ankle) put a dent in the star receiver's output. With Murray unavailable for more than 40 minutes of game action before his fourth-quarter return, Hopkins produced his second-lowest yardage total of the 2020 campaign. Despite a down performance to close out his eighth pro season, Hopkins carries a fourth consecutive Pro Bowl nod, 115 receptions, 1,407 yards and six touchdowns out of his debut campaign with the Cardinals. He's under contract with Arizona for four more seasons, providing ample time for him and his 23-year-old signal-caller to continue strengthening chemistry.
Hopkins (hip) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Rams, Katherine Fitzgerald of The Arizona Republic reports. Hopkins steadily increased his involvement in practice throughout the week, advancing from no participation Wednesday to limited activity Thursday before turning in a full workout Friday. With the Cardinals choosing not to put a designation on his name, Hopkins should be in the clear to serve as Kyler Murray's top target in Week 17. Expect Hopkins to draw shadow coverage from elite cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who held the wideout to eight receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets back in Week 13.
Hopkins (hip) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. After sitting out Wednesday's session due to a hip issue, Hopkins made some progress with an appearance on the field Thursday. He's regularly received days off in his first season with the Cardinals, so the increase in reps is consistent with his weekly preparation. Friday's injury report could clear up Hopkins' status entirely for Sunday's game with the Rams in L.A.
Hopkins was held out of practice Wednesday with a hip injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Just before halftime of last week's loss to the 49ers, Hopkins went to the locker room after failing to haul in a pass in the back left corner of the end zone. He continued to play through what was believed to be an upper-body injury, logging 91 percent of the offensive snaps while finishing with 48 yards on eight catches and 12 targets. Hopkins will look to get past the hip concern in advance of Sunday's road matchup with the Rams.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|5||10/10||San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|9||11/07||@San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|14||12/13||Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
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|3 Year Avg||158||111||1381||8||75||12.44||184|