DeAndre Hopkins Fantasy Outlook Could Skyrocket Following Trade to Cardinals

Jason Schandl
DeAndre Hopkins' fantasy football value could spike after being traded to the Arizona Cardinals.
DeAndre Hopkins' fantasy football value could spike after being traded to the Arizona Cardinals. / Tim Warner/Getty Images

While most of the sports world has shut down, there's been no shortage of action in the NFL. The same day that reports surfaced the Houston Texans may be willing to trade DeAndre Hopkins, the news became official. Hopkins was traded to the Arizona Cardinals as part of a deal that sent David Johnson to the Texans.

Hopkins has offered no shortage of fantasy football value in Houston, but his outlook could get even better in Arizona.

DeAndre Hopkins Fantasy Football Value

Hopkins has been, without question, one of the best wide receivers in the NFL over his career. Since being drafted in 2013, he ranks third among all players in receiving yards (8,602) and second in receiving touchdowns (54).

He's recently had the benefit of catching passes from Deshaun Watson, but he also eclipsed 1,500 yards and scored double-digits for the first time in 2015, when Houston's starting QB was a committee of Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden. We know Hopkins can ball with anyone throwing to him.

Kyler Murray showed some real promise in Arizona as a rookie, ranking 10th in adjusted yards per pass attempts (6.6) among the 41 passers to tally at least 300 attempts in their rookie season since 2000.

In addition to efficiency, Hopkins is all but locked in for a massive number of targets. In Arizona's first year with Kliff Kingsbury's air raid offense, they threw the ball on 60.4 percent of their offensive plays. That ranked 12th in the NFL, compared to just 22nd (57.9 percent) for the Texans.

Adding one of the most productive receivers in the NFL, who has already proven able to thrive with any QB, to an offense that wants to air the ball out is a match made in heaven for fantasy players. Look for Hopkins to be a unanimous first-round pick, likely even going in the top half of Round 1 when fantasy football season rolls around.

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