DeAndre Hopkins Injury Update Clouds Week 7 Fantasy Outlook
By Max Staley
Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is dealing with an ankle injury that could cause him to miss the team's Week 7 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. Though there's still nothing concrete about his status, fantasy managers are in a tricky spot due to the game's 8:20 pm kickoff.
Because of the importance of this NFC West divisional tilt, it's probably fair to assume that Hopkins will be active, but fantasy managers need a backup incase he's unable to suit up.
DeAndre Hopkins Fantasy Outlook
Fantasy managers would surely like to have Hopkins for this one, as this might be the best matchup he gets all year. The Seahawks are surrendering an NFL-high 370.4 passing yards per game, also allowing a league-worst 60.0 PPR points per game to opposing wide receiver. For reference, the Minnesota Vikings are the second-worst team in that category, surrendering 47.1.
Even if Hopkins isn't at 100%, he should be poised for a huge day, especially since Seattle will once again be playing without star safety Jamal Adams.
Fantasy managers will need to monitor his status prior to kickoff, though. If he's out, the rest of the Cardinals' pass-catchers could be looking at a massive boost in value.
Larry Fitzgerald Fantasy Outlook
Larry Fitzgerald is surprisingly rostered in just 10% of Yahoo leagues. If you're a Hopkins manager with a bench spot to burn, it's probably a good idea to add him as an insurance plan.
Fitzgerald hasn't done much of anything this season, posting just one game with double-digit PPR points. But he'll be worth a look off the strength of this matchup alone. Christian Kirk (53% rostered) would be the preferred add, of course, but chances are he's already rostered in your league.
Andy Isabella Fantasy Outlook
If you're looking for more of a high-ceiling option, Andy Isabella (2% rostered) could be the way to go. Kliff Kingsbury loves to dial up a few deep shots per game to this speedster, as he's got a massive 16.7 average depth of target (aDOT).
Against a defense this bad, Isabella has a real good shot to connect on one or two of those deep looks. But his floor is non-existent, as he could very easily finish this game with a goose egg. He's only worth a look if Hopkins can't go, but if you're desperate, he's a solid high-risk, high-reward option.
Having Fitzgerald and Isabella available in so many leagues makes this a relatively easy spot for fantasy managers to handle, as long as they can afford the bench space. You can plug Hopkins into your starting lineup, knowing that if he plays you can easily swap him out for one of Fitz or Isabella and still feel pretty good.
If you don't have a bench space, this situation comes down to how much of a risk you want to take. Hopkins' upside in this spot is high enough, though, that it's probably worth rolling the dice, especially since it sounds like he's on track to play.
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