with 115 receptions on 163 targets. These numbers do not appear to be in decline and the former 2013 first-round pick from Clemson will repeat as the best fantasy wide receiver in the NFL.
One important factor to keep in mind with Hopkins is he will be playing with a great quarterback in Deshaun Watson for many years to come. Hopkins, 26 years young, has only had one season under 1,000 in 2016 and we know why.
The quarterback for the Texans at that time was Brock Osweiler. The chemistry between the two could never seem to get on the same page. Now fast forward to 2017 and 2018 the former Clemson Tiger appears to have solicited his place among the best in the NFL and in fantasy football.
Hopkins had a 70.6 percent catch rate last year and dropped zero passes. Not only can Hopkins be a week in and week out bona fide starter in fantasy but he is reliable and should be the No. 1 overall pick.
Paired with Watson, his previous years stats and his future being 26 years old with a lot of quality years in front of Hopkins, it’s not a question if he is the best wide receiver in the NFL. It’s a question of: Are fantasy owners bold enough to take him with the first pick in the draft?
Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has dedicated Saturday’s game to Jazmine Barnes, a 7-year-old girl who was killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting in Houston.
“On Saturday, I will be playing in your honor, Jazmine,” the three-time Pro Bowler tweeted Thursday.
Hopkins said he will donate his $29,000 playoff check to help pay for funeral costs and said he would join in the effort to bring Barnes’ killer to justice.
“What I can do, that’s nothing, that won’t bring back a person,” Hopkins said Thursday. “I’m not trying to make it out about me or anything like that. It’s the least I could do.”
The girl was killed when a man in a pickup truck pulled up next to Barnes’ mother’s car and started firing. Jazmine’s mother and three sisters were injured in the seemingly random attack.
The Texans play the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game Saturday.
Hopkins also said he would join Shaun King, a civil rights activist in New York; County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez; and Mayor Sylvester Turner to help find Barnes’ killer. A reward has been offered for any information leading to an arrest. Services for Jazmine are Tuesday. Afterward, mourners will release purple balloons in her memory.
“I have 5-year-old daughter. That could have been anybody in that position,” Hopkins said. “Or anybody in the city. It’s just unfortunate.”