What DeAndre Hopkins Trade Means For His Fantasy Football Outlook, Kyler Murray & Cardinals WRs
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images. Pictured: DeAndre Hopkins
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
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