Starting the season without their star running back, Arian Foster, wasn’t what the Houston Texans wanted to hear just a month prior to their season opener. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they’ve started the season a disappointing 0-2. One of the few bright spots has been the play of the 3rd year wide receiver out of Clemson, DeAndre Hopkins.

After being drafted in the first round in 2013, it was apparent that the Texans were in search of their future replacement for Andre Johnson. Hopkins was everything they expected, and more. Last season he had a tremendous season, leading the team with 1,210 receiving yards and 6 TDs. Entering this season, he was faced with even higher expectations after Johnson was cut.

Hopkins got off to a scorching hot start in week one as he went for 98 receiving yards and 2 TDs for 23 fantasy points, 2nd among all WRs just behind Julio Jones. He suffered a concussion in week two’s loss against Carolina but wasn’t even aware until a day later. Bill O’Brien and the Texans have been optimistic that he will get through the league’s concussion protocol just in time for their week 3 matchup against the Buccaneers. O’Brien was quoted as saying, “He’s going through the concussion protocol but from what I’m told he’s looking pretty good.”

The Texans look to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2008. In order to do so, DeAndre Hopkins plays a big factor as he brings the only real source of offense to that unit. If he does indeed play, which is expected, he should have a big day through the air against a poor Tampa Bay secondary.

Should Hopkins sit out of Houston’s week three battle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wide receivers Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts III would both stand to see a major increase in targets.

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