DeAndre Hopkins Injury Update Crushes Fantasy Outlook, Boosts Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore in Week 9

Jason Schandl
DeAndre Hopkins injury update boosts Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore fantasy outlook in Week 9.
DeAndre Hopkins injury update boosts Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore fantasy outlook in Week 9. / Norm Hall/GettyImages

As if his disappointing start to the season wasn't enough, DeAndre Hopkins brings even more frustration for fantasy football managers in Week 9.

After hurting his hamstring in Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers, Hopkins is not expected to suit up for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

This obviously crushes Hopkins' fantasy football outlook, but it's good news if you're counting on one the Cardinals' other pass-catchers.

A.J. Green and Zach Ertz were already in line for full workloads, and now Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore should get plenty of extra run as well.

Christian Kirk Fantasy

With Hopkins leaving early (25% snap share) in Week 8, Kirk saw his second-highest snap share (78%) and third-highest target total (6) of the season.

He's already been rolling lately, catching at least 4 passes in four straight games and averaging 13.0 fantasy points on 5.3 targets per game on the year. With Hopkins out, he's well positioned to top that total.

Rondale Moore Fantasy

Rondale Moore will be more of a boom-or-bust option, but the Rookie played a season-high 61% of the Cardinals' offensive snaps in Week 8. He was already clearly earning an increased role in this offense, topping 50% for the first time in Week 6 and doing it again in Week 7, so this opportunity comes at the fight time.

He still hasn't lived up to the hype he earned with his 7-reception, 114-yard, 1-TD performance in Week 2, but that kind of big-play ability gives him plenty of upside with what should be an expanded role today.

Of course, if Hopkins plays this situation will be more chaotic. He'd be hard to trust in what could be a limited role with serious re-injury risk, but the projected increase in volume for the rest of the offense would also be in jeopardy.

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