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WR DeAndre Hopkins - Houston Texans

6-1, 214Born: 6-6-1992College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 27

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Hopkins might not get as many end zone shots with Deshaun Watson, but Watson knows to target him in key situations, so his PPR floor will stay intact as Watson learns the ropes.

General News (Fri Sep 22): said the chemistry between he and Deshaun Watson is improving every day. "We're growing, we're getting to know each other, and it's getting better, I can say," Hopkins said.

Week 3: at New England Patriots

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FBG says: Tough matchup. New England's secondary can absolutely be exploited, but even that is a tall order for Deshaun Watson and the Houston passing game. Watson looks out of his depth thus far, the receiving corps is badly banged up, and the scheme isn't doing them any favors. Watson's college career was carefully managed with quick, simple reads through short progressions, yet he's being asked to captain a traditional, pro-style offense in Houston. It's not working: through 6 quarters, he's averaged a pitiful 4.30 adjusted yards per attempt, taking 7 sacks in the process. It's not all his fault, of course. The team is badly missing second-year wideout Will Fuller, as well as its three (yes, three) concussed tight ends. With C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin, and Stephen Anderson all sitting for Week 2, Houston ran just 16 plays that featured a tight end. That asked a lot of limited receivers Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong, neither of whom had any noticeable impact. Griffin and Anderson are tentatively expected to return Sunday, but they're complementary guys at best. Strong was waived this week, leaving the receiving corps undermanned and in complete disarray. DeAndre Hopkins will continue to be as busy as he can tolerate, but the outlook isn't good for efficiency, with a raw and shaky rookie passer testing him in heavy coverage. The Patriots are clearly concerned over the slip in cornerback Malcolm Butler's play. Butler has been beaten consistently since the preseason, and he didn't play in the team's base defense in Week 2, logging a below-average 49 snaps. He'll likely return to his prominent role sooner rather than later, but he's rarely used against big wideouts, so new addition Stephon Gilmore will likely draw most of the DeAndre Hopkins coverage this week. In fact, the team is loaded with young, situational talent at cornerback, so the downfield outlook is especially glum for Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. He'll likely test the flat and slant zones Sunday, so the Patriots' goal will be to keep the short throws in front of them and tackle well. That's not optimal; no team allowed more yards after the catch in 2016. But with such an advantage in downfield coverage and pushing the pocket, the Patriots should win this matchup going away.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs JAX 79 0 0 0 16 7 55 1 0 11.5
2 at CIN 66 0 0 0 13 7 73 0 0 7.3
3 at NE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
3 at NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 8 * * * *
3 at NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs CIN (13 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec)

The passing game went through Hopkins and only Hopkins because of Deshaun Watson zeroing in on him practically evey play. Hopkins did not have much vertical game and worked underneath majority of the game and out on an island in single coverage. Hitches and comebacks is what he was asked to do and caught 7 passes. His best repletion of the day came when he ran a quick slant to the middle of the field and Watson hit him in stride for a 25 yard catch and run. He did have a drop and two questionable passes that hit him in the hands get knocked away by a defender. Hopkins is getting volume targets and every chance to make plays in the offense.

2017 Week 1 vs JAX (16 / 7 / 55 / 1 rec)

16 total targets on the day and coming down with seven sound like a solid day but it could have been way better. Hopkins did have a four yard touchdown catch off the arm of Deshaun Watson but his lack of hauling in the ball resulted in four drops on the day. One was one well thrown ball from Savage on a deep ball down the left sideline and the torahs were just simple routes that had no real traffic that he just did not complete. Hopkins struggled last year with consistently catching the football last year and it carried over to this game. He left so many yards on the field but they forced fed Hopkins the football and it was not the best results.

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Latest News

Texans | No hiding DeAndre Hopkins (Sat Sep 23, 12:54 AM) - Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has been facing double-teams all season because 'everyone in the league knows we're going to throw the ball to Hopkins,' head coach Bill O'Brien said.

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Texans | Chemistry growing for DeAndre Hopkins (Thu Sep 21, 09:55 PM) - Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said the chemistry between he and QB Deshaun Watson is improving every day. 'We're growing, we're getting to know each other, and it's getting better, I can say,' Hopkins said.

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Texans | DeAndre Hopkins leading NFL in targets (Tue Sep 19, 10:31 PM) - Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has 29 targets through Week 2, making him easily the most targeted receiver in the league through two games.

Our View: That makes a lot of sense as the other WRs for the Texans are either hurt or avergae at best. Feed the machine, and rookie QB Deshaun Watson should have an absolute mandate to feature Hopkins early and often when going to the air.
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Texans | Plenty of looks for DeAndre Hopkins (Thu Sep 14, 11:53 PM) - Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins caught seven of his 13 targets for 73 yards in a 13-9 win over the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, Sept. 14.

Our View: Hopkins should get enough volume to maintain value in PPR leagues, but the Texans offense will be anything but high-scoring this year, so his outlook is down in nonPPR and .5 PPR leagues.
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Texans | Houston's Wednesday practice report (Wed Sep 13, 06:25 PM) - Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue (ankle), WR Bruce Ellington (concussion), WR Will Fuller (shoulder), TE Stephen Anderson (concussion), TE Ryan Griffin (concussion) and OG Jeff Allen (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 13, and have been ruled out for Week 2. LB Benardrick McKinney (knee) and CB Kevin Johnson (knee) were limited during practice but are not on the injury report. QB Tom Savage (finger), QB Deshaun Watson (ankle), RB Tyler Ervin (knee), WR DeAndre Hopkins (wrist), C Nick Martin (ankle), OT Breno Giacomini (thigh), DE Jadeveon Clowney (foot), DE Joel Heath (knee), DE J.J. Watt (finger), DT Brandon Dunn (abdomen) and FS Andre Hal (hip) fully participated in practice and are not in the injury report.

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Schedule

3@ New England Patriots
4vs Tennessee Titans
5vs Kansas City Chiefs
6vs Cleveland Browns
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8@ Seattle Seahawks
9vs Indianapolis Colts
10@ Los Angeles Rams
11vs Arizona Cardinals
12@ Baltimore Ravens
13@ Tennessee Titans
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15@ Jacksonville Jaguars
16vs Pittsburgh Steelers
17@ Indianapolis Colts