Fantasy football managers are already going through enough as it is, with so many key players missing major time with injuries already this season. While Tennessee Titans WR DeAndre Hopkins may not fall into the elite tier anymore from a fantasy perspective, he’s still a solid asset for rosters, and he’s needed desperately going into Week 3.
What’s the latest news regarding the veteran WR, and can fantasy managers expect to have him in their starting lineups this week?
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Latest News Surrounding DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins missed practice all of last week but still managed to make it back from an ankle injury for the Titans’ bout against the Los Angeles Chargers. Hopkins obviously wasn’t fully himself, but he did enough to be a decent full-PPR option for fantasy managers who needed to play him.
However, Hopkins has now reportedly missed practice on Friday this week after being a full participant on Wednesday and a limited participant on Thursday. His status for Week 3 is now very much up in the air.
Not spotted at practice on Friday for the #Titans:
WR DeAndre Hopkins
WR Kearis Jackson
OL Peter Skoronski
DB Anthony Kendall
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 22, 2023
Will Hopkins Play in Week 3?
All signs currently point to Hopkins making the trip to Cleveland and being able to suit up for the Titans, but this is a situation that fantasy managers will need to keep a close eye on this weekend.
If Hopkins suffers a setback in his recovery, this could result in the veteran WR quickly being inactive. Make sure to check back in frequently, as we’ll be keeping you updated with all of the latest news and information.
What Does This Mean for Hopkins’ Fantasy Ranking?
If Hopkins is able to suit up, he belongs in starting lineups as a mid-range WR3 this week. He proved that he doesn’t need a full week of practice to be a solid fantasy asset, and he should be able to see plenty of work in this matchup against the Browns to return that value.
If he doesn’t suit up, Treylon Burks would move up the rankings to be a solid low-end WR3 option that should inherit plenty of that target volume that Hopkins would demand. However, relying on Ryan Tannehill to provide anything more than low-end WR3 value for Burks is a risky game to play.