Fantasy Football Dark Horse: DeAndre Hopkins

By Tristen Challe
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The Houston Texans have now earned themselves a title that no teams want to have attributed to their name: worst team in the NFL. In terms of fantasy football, it goes without saying that the Texans don’t have much to offer. In Week 14, one player has the potential to have a breakout game due to his sheer athletic ability and speed. That player would be DeAndre Hopkins who is a dark horse fantasy football option this week.

Early in the year, Hopkins found some success has he had 18 catches for 245 yards and one touchdown and he looked to be a viable fantasy option. Since the beginning of the season, Hopkins fell off drastically as he only recorded over four catches in one other game.

Week 14 has the makings for Hopkins to find success like he did early in the year once again.

Hopkins and the Texans face off against the Indianapolis Colts who are the 26th ranked defense against opposing wide receivers. They average 24.3 points to wideouts, and since their bye week in Week 8 they have allowed nine receiver touchdowns while only blanking one team twice in that six game set, the Tennessee Titans. Take out those two games against the Titans and opposing wide receivers have scored at least twice against the Colts in the other four games since the bye.

The last time these two teams met in Week 9, Texans receivers accounted for 306 yards and three touchdowns. Due to a huge output from receiving counterpart, Andre Johnson, Hopkins only had three catches for 54 yards in the game.

The Colts will enter Sunday’s game with a focus on stopping Johnson from having another monster game. Johnson has been hot as of late and don’t think that the Colts haven’t noticed. It’s a sure bet that they will do all they can to stop Johnson, and he should be blanketed by coverage all day long.

What does this mean for Hopkins? Success. With the top wide receiving option for the Texans the sole focus of the Colts defense, Hopkins will be an afterthought in the mind of the Colts defense. And thanks to his blazing speed, Hopkins should have no problem getting behind the defense.

The quarterback situation in Houston is a mess as either Case Keenum could start again or Matt Schaub could reclaim his starting role. While you may think it doesn’t matter who is under center for the Texans, let’s not forget Hopkins’ solid first three games of the season. Who was the quarterback slinging the ball to Hopkins in those weeks? Well it was Schaub of course. If Schaub is the starter for Sunday’s contest, he may rely on Hopkins more so than Keenum due to the chemistry they established early in the year.

Tristen Challe is a Fantasy Writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle or on Google

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