Fantasy Football: DeAndre Hopkins will continue dominance in 2019
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been a dominant force in fantasy football, and don’t bet on a letdown in 2019.
There is no sure thing as a sure bet, but the closest thing to one is Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins as he’s been either the top or the second-best wide receiver in fantasy football the past two seasons.
Fantasy Pros has rankings of all wide receivers in the NFL, and with a consensus of No. 7 overall in the entire NFL (all players) and the No. 1 wide receiver in standard scoring.
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In 2018 scoring by CBS Sports Fantasy, Hopkins totaled 209 points last season, where in 10 games he scored double-digit scoring, including three times he scored at least 20 points in a game.
Week 15 was the best scoring day in fantasy for the Texans, with a 29-point effort against the New York Jets. In that game, Hopkins had 10 receptions (11 targets) for 170 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Hopkins also had a 22-point game against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4, and in Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins Hopkins had 20 points in fantasy scoring.
For the 2018 season, Hopkins was targeted 169 times, catching 115 passes for 1,592 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 13.84 yards per reception as he caught nearly 70 percent of passes that went his way in ’18.
In the CBSSports.com Fantasy Player Outlook on Hopkins, it states the following on the top-tier WR1 Hopkins:
"“He’s worth drafting as the first receiver off the board in all formats with a pick toward the middle to the end of Round 1, likely as early as No. 6 overall. Hopkins is a star with a standout quarterback in Deshaun Watson, and he was exceptional in 2018 … He could lose some production if Will Fuller and Keke Coutee both stay healthy for 16 games this season, but we still expect plenty of tremendous stats from Hopkins in 2019. He’s well worth the investment with a first-round pick.”"
All of that said, Hopkins does bring a little bit of worry to some in the world of fantasy football, not because of any decline of skills, but because of who his teammates are if they stay healthy.
Those teammates are Will Fuller and Keke Coutee, who are both very talented wide receivers in their own right, but they both also battled injuries last season, with Fuller having an ACL tear in Week 8 and Coutee battling hamstring issues pretty much all last season.
If all goes well for the Texans offense, Hopkins can still dominate fantasy football with the help of Fuller and Coutee because of the fact they are going to take away some coverage off Hopkins, plus if just one of the tight ends can make some sort of impact, that can help Hopkins’ cause as well.
There is no doubt in my mind if Hopkins is on the field in 2019 for all 16 regular-season games that he won’t have between 1,400-1,500 yards receiving once again for the Texans.
Hopkins is that talented of a player and is one on offense who has a chance — depending on the abilities of the offensive line — to surprise a lot of folks in 2019.