What DeAndre Hopkins Trade Means For His Fantasy Football Outlook, Kyler Murray & Cardinals WRs

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Mar 16, 2020, 06:30 PM EDT

Fantasy football lost one of its most explosive quarterback-wide receiver duos when the Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals within hours of the new league year opening. Now Hopkins will have to form a new connection with Kyler Murray.

The deal — which includes shipping David Johnson to the Texans — has fantasy implications for skill players on both teams, but let’s focus on how it shifts expectations for Arizona’s passing game.

Our trio of fantasy football experts — Sean Koerner, Matthew Freedman and Chris Raybon — analyze the outlooks (and their initial rankings) for Hopkins, Murray, Larry Fitzgerald and more.


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What It Means for DeAndre Hopkins

Koerner

Hopkins is arguably the best wide receiver in the game, but his fantasy football value will take a decent hit as he goes from an offense ran by Deshaun Watson — who Hopkins has formed chemistry with over the past three years — to a new system and quarterback.

The Cardinals run a fast-tempo Air Raid-style offense that often uses four WRs. I have no doubt Hopkins will lead them in target share, but they’re more likely to spread the ball around, negatively impacting his overall numbers.

Koerner’s Post-Trade Projections for Hopkins:

  • 94 receptions
  • 1,266  receiving yards
  • 8.3 receiving touchdowns
  • Koerner’s fantasy WR5

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