24-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Houston Texans
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Finally decoupled from Andre Johnson's decomposing carcass last season, Hopkins quickly established himself as one of the NFL's superstar receivers. While Hopkins' efficiency (13.7 YPC, 7.9 YPT) was p...
DeAndre Hopkins Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $7.62 million deal with Houston in July of 2013.
Hopkins could see less double-team coverage as rookie receivers Will Fuller and Braxton Miller develop over the course of the upcoming season, the Houston Chronicle reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Year 2 is when receivers typically break out, and Hopkins did his part to reinforce that notion last season. Despite seeing 20 fewer targets than teammate Andre Johnson, Hopkins had 274 more yards and three more touchdowns than the likely Hall of Famer, thanks to robust 15.9 YPC (2nd) and 9.5 YPT (8th) averages. Johnson signed with the Colts this offseason, leaving Hopkins as the Texans' unquestioned No. 1 target. At 6-1, 207, Hopkins has decent size and makes up for a lack of elite speed (4.57 40) with route running, ball skills, quickness and athleticism. Of some concern is the unsettled quarterback situation — at press time it's a competition between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. But while Hoyer is a low-end option, Mallett is an unknown with possible upside, and in any event, Hopkins was paired with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick during last year's breakout. While Hopkins struck for more than his share of big plays last year — 20 catches of at least 20 yards (T-8th), six of 40-plus (T-4th) — he was rarely used in the red zone (only 13 targets, T-31st). Johnson, however, was tied for sixth in red-zone and inside-the-10 looks, and his departure should open scoring opportunities for Hopkins. The Texans did sign Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington and drafted 6-2, 217-pound Jaelen Strong in the third round to replace Johnson, but Shorts has struggled to stay healthy, Washington's a journeyman on the down side of his career and Strong is more likely to make only a modest impact as a rookie. Hopkins also underwent surgery on his right wrist in February, but should be healthy entering training camp.
Hopkins had an odd rookie year – he actually became less relevant as the season wore on. Usually, it’s the other way around, especially for a first-round pick. His disappearance coincided with Case Keenum taking over the starting job from Matt Schaub as Keenum locked in on Andre Johnson almost exclusively for eight games. Fortunately for Hopkins, the Texans brought in veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick who at press time is the favorite to start as the Texans did not draft a quarterback until the end of the fourth round. At 6-1, 207 and with good ball skills, quickness and athleticism, Hopkins is a downfield weapon even though his timed speed (4.57 40) was on the slow side. Even with the quarterback disaster in Houston last year, he averaged 8.8 YPT and 15.4 YPC. Things are looking up for Hopkins in Year 2. Run-first head coach Gary Kubiak is gone, and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien takes his place. Johnson also skipped team OTA’s and wondered aloud whether the Texans were the right fit for him. While it’s likely Johnson reports before too long, were he to be traded, Hopkins’ would see a big uptick in targets.
Of all the rookie receivers, it's possible Hopkins, the Texans' first-round pick, steps into the most ideal situation. For starters, he's got an excellent chance to start opposite Andre Johnson from Week 1, as there isn't anyone with a track record or pedigree with whom to compete. Second, he's working with Matt Schaub, an above-average veteran quarterback near the peak of his game. Third, Johnson has been injury prone the last several seasons, so Hopkins could see at least a few games as the team's top target. At 6-1, 200 and with excellent quickness, ball skills and eye-hand coordination, Hopkins is athletic and polished. He's not a pure burner, but he has the burst in short spaces to create separation and make plays down the field. The biggest negative is the Texans' strong run-first tendency near the goal line – even the great Andre Johnson has never had a season with double-digit scores.