Dustin Hopkins
Dustin Hopkins
30-Year-Old KickerK
Washington Football Team
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $7.45 million contract with the Redskins in March of 2018.
Mostly mediocre
KWashington Football Team
January 11, 2021
Hopkins played all 16 games in the 2020 regular season, converting 27 of 34 field-goal attempts (79.4 percent) and 30 of 32 (93.8 percent) point-after tries.
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The FG percentage was a career low, but that's partially due to half his attempts (17) coming in the 40-49 yard range. Hopkins made 13 of those kicks and two of four from 50-plus, while he went 12 of 13 inside of 40 yards. The 30-year-old can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and his career 83.9 percent conversion rate on field goals should ensure he finds work.
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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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Makes all four kicks
KWashington Football Team
January 5, 2021
Hopkins made both of his field-goal attempts as well as both of his extra-point tries in Sunday night's 20-14 win over the Eagles.
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Rings up seven points
KWashington Football Team
December 28, 2020
Hopkins made both field-goal attempts and a lone extra-point try in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Panthers.
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Misses extra point
KWashington Football Team
December 21, 2020
Hopkins made a 48-yard field goal but missed his lone extra-point try in Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Seahawks.
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Rings up 11 points
KWashington Football Team
December 14, 2020
Hopkins made three of four field-goal attempts and both extra-point tries in Sunday's 23-15 win over the 49ers.
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Automatic Monday
KWashington Football Team
December 8, 2020
Hopkins went 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts and made both extra-point tries in Monday's win over the Steelers.
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