Dustin Hopkins

Dustin Hopkins

31-Year-Old KickerK
Los Angeles Chargers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Hopkins fell shy of an 80 percent FG rate for the first time last year, going 13 of 17 from 40-49 yards and two of four from 50-plus. He's hit only 13 kicks from 50-plus yards in six seasons as Washington's kicker, making up for it with solid work on shorter field goals and kickoffs. Fantasy utility partially depends on QB Ryan Fitzpatrick giving Washington a real offense to complement the top-5 defense. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.08 million contract with the Chargers in October of 2021.
Misses lone field goal
KLos Angeles Chargers
November 29, 2021
Hopkins missed his lone field-goal attempt but did make his only extra-point try in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Broncos.
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Hopkins isn't known to have a big leg so it wasn't exactly surprising to see the veteran miss a 52-yard field goal Sunday, his first miss since joining the Chargers. In fact, the 30-year-old is just 5-of-10 from 50-plus yards since 2019. The Chargers struggled mightily to move the ball against the Broncos, but with a number of high-octane matchups on tap, it's possible Hopkins could have some fantasy value in the weeks to come.
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Accurate but not powerful, Hopkins has converted more than 80 percent of FGAs in each of his five seasons despite going 11 of 21 from 50-plus yards. There hasn't been any indication he'll face job competition in the final year of his contract, but there is also not much reason to believe the Washington offense will provide steady volume. Any upside for Hopkins requires major growth from QB Dwayne Haskins.
Reliable on short kicks and capable of hitting long ones, Hopkins is no worse than league-average and perhaps even a bit better. The issue is opportunity, as the Redskins have minimal talent at wide receiver while heading for a three-way competition at quarterback. Even the best-case scenario doesn't involve a prolific offense; Washington likely will rely on its running game and defense.
After missing eight games with a hip injury last year, Hopkins will look to pick up where he left off in 2016, when he was third among kickers in fantasy points. He's been reliable on short field goals and decent on PATs, but has made just five of 13 attempts from 50 yards and out. While Alex Smith should keep the Washington offense respectable, he's unlikely to elevate Hopkins beyond bye-week replacement status.
Hopkins led the league in field-goal attempts last season, but his 81.0 percent success rate ranked 21st. Nevertheless, he still ranked third at the position, as only three others made more field goals, and his 36 made PATs were good enough to keep him competitive. If Hopkins can come close to matching the 89.3 percent field-goal accuracy from his 2015 campaign, and if the Redskins provide him with plenty of attempts again, he could compete for the title of top-scoring kicker this season.
Hopkins is coming off a solid rookie season, which coincided with the Redskins' improvements on offense that saw them finish 10th in overall scoring and 13th in kicker scoring after failing to crack the top 20 in either category in the prior two seasons. Hopkins' 40 PAT attempt tied him for eighth in the league, though his 28 field-goal attempts tied him for 17th. Washington added a few key pieces to help the offense be even better in 2016, and if it does improve, Hopkins figures to benefit just as much, even if he just maintains his ninth-ranked field-goal accuracy. He may not be an elite option, but he's certainly serviceable in most formats.
Hopkins and Zach Hocker will compete in training camp. Neither has NFL experience, but one will have a big opportunity this season with the Saints, who released last year's kicker, Shayne Graham (23rd in scoring). The Saints have had one of the better offenses in the NFL the last few years, but that cost Graham some field goals last season as he ranked sixth in PATs and 28th in field-goal attempts. The Saints made some major changes in the offseason, trading tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Kenny Stills. Quarterback Drew Brees is still under center, but if the Saints aren't as good in the red zone (60 percent TD efficiency last year), they could offer their kicker more field-goal opportunities.
He appears to be healthy now after an injury-filled rookie campaign. However, Hopkins was released by the Bills in August of 2014.
A sixth-round selection out of Florida State, Hopkins will compete with incumbent Ryan Lindell for the Bills� kicking duties in training camp. The rookie connected on 5-of-6 field goals from 50-plus in his senior season and boasts a stronger leg than Lindell, who was rarely trusted from long range (1-for-2 last two seasons) by the previous coaching staff. While Hopkins will have to deal with the transition to cold weather, his growth potential may be enough for the rebuilding Bills to give him the job. Whoever wins the gig likely won't put up elite point totals given the team's murky quarterback situation.
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Perfect in big win
KLos Angeles Chargers
November 23, 2021
Hopkins made both field-goal attempts along with all five of his extra points in the 41-37 victory over the Steelers on Sunday.
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Perfect in loss
KLos Angeles Chargers
November 16, 2021
Hopkins converted on both his field-goal attempts along with both extra points in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Vikings.
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Kicks game-winning field goal
KLos Angeles Chargers
November 9, 2021
Hopkins made both of his field-goal attempts while converting only one of his two extra points in Sunday's 27-24 win over Philadelphia.
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Perfect in Week 8
KLos Angeles Chargers
November 2, 2021
Hopkins made all three extra-point attempts and one field goal for 48 yards during Sunday's 27-24 loss against the Patriots.
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Inks deal with Chargers
KLos Angeles Chargers
October 26, 2021
Hopkins signed a contract with the Chargers on Tuesday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.
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