Arizona Cardinals' star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins missed practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday as he continues to deal with an ankle injury. His status remains up in the air for the team's Week 4 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
Hopkins' status is something to watch all the way up until game time on Sunday, as his absence would be a huge blow to both his fantasy value and the Cardinals' offense as a whole.
DeAndre Hopkins Fantasy Outlook
Hopkins was traded from the Houston Texans to the Arizona Cardinals this past offseason and has shined early in his first year with the team. He leads the league with 32 receptions and 356 receiving yards while scoring a touchdown this season as well. Hopkins has been quarterback Kyler Murray's favorite target, seeing at least 9 targets in every game so far.
The veteran receiver out of Clemson has shown throughout his career that he can play through all kinds of injuries and still perform at a high level. He has played a number of games while logging little to no practice time throughout the week prior. In this case, it will be noteworthy to see if Hopkins participates at all in the Cardinals' Friday practice.
Fantasy managers shouldn't go racing to bench Hopkins or start fellow wide receivers Christian Kirk or Larry Fitzgerald quite yet. However, in the unfortunate case that Hopkins doesn't suit up, Kirk and Fitzgerald receive a small increase in value due to the uptick in targets they would see.
Hopkins is a true professional and checks in at No. 1 among wide receivers in our Week 4 fantasy football rankings. Just make sure to monitor his status all the way up until kickoff on Sunday.
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