With the Titans, DeAndre Hopkins is expected to sign a two-year deal, though the question of where he will play this season has been answered. According to sources, the deal is worth up to $32 million with incentives.
It’s a good move for a team that needed a passing game, and it should make Hopkins a valuable asset in fantasy leagues, even if he’s not an “elite” asset. Of course, Titans fans may be dubious after signings of other “older” wide receivers in the past, such as Randy Moss, Andre Johnson, and, most recently, Julio Jones. However, as he demonstrated the year before, averaging nearly 17 points in nine games for the Cardinals, Hopkins still has a lot left in the tank going into his 30th season.
However, Hopkins will enter this year as the Titans’ undisputed alpha receiver, as the team had Treylon Burks and only a little else at wide receiver. Rather, they see him as the No. 2 option in an offense that ranks fifth in passing percentage in 2022.
They put him behind the likes of DeVonta Smith, Keenan Allen, and DK Metcalf but ahead of Marquise Brown, Terry McLaurin, Tyler Lockett, and Christian Kirk.
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As far as Burks is concerned, he’ll have a hard time having a true fantasy season now as a second choice in a run-based offense under new offensive leader Tim Kelly. In fact, he should now be seen as the No. 4 fantasy wide receiver in the draft.
Speaking of Kelly, during his time in Houston, he’s well aware of Hopkins’ skill set and will no doubt try to get him the ball as often as possible. He now has one of the best-running back-receiver pairings in the NFL in the form of Derrick Henry and Hopkins, and Kelly would be wise to give them opportunities in a felony that is otherwise lacking in talent.
Therefore, the move also bodes well for Ryan Tannehill, who struggled with injuries and a lack of passing talent last season. He’s still the No. 2 fantasy quarterback, but Tannehill can now fight for more statistical success with Hopkins on offense, respectively.