DeAndre Hopkins becomes Texans WR1

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Last season, Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins began to earn respect around the NFL as an elite receiver, catching 76 passes for 1,210 yards (15.8 average) and six touchdowns.

Part of what made Hopkins' performance so impressive was playing with four quarterbacks, including three starters.

No matter who wins the starting job this season, Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett, the coaches are hoping he brings stability to an offense that should feature Hopkins in the passing game.

"I do have higher expectations," Hopkins said. "I'm in a role where I should catch more balls. I've got to capitalize on those opportunities."

Fantasy Impact: 

With Andre Johnson out of the picture, Hopkins becomes the focal point of the defense, which means he's going to draw a lot of double coverage. In the offseason, Hopkins was unable to step on the practice field except as a spectator. He was recovering from surgery to repair ligament damage in his wrist. It was an unfamiliar situation for him. Hopkins is 13th on our WR list and should collect more targets as the team's WR1. Some stability at QB will also help Hopkins.

Filed Under: 2015, Preseason

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