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Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has missed the first 2 days of practice this week with an ankle injury.  HC Bill O'Brien considers him "day-to-day" and a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Ravens.  We're expecting Hopkins to play, but the ankle injury and QB concerns make him a risky WR3 for Week 16.

The Texans will sign QB Case Keenum, according to insider John McClain.  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick broke his leg in yesterday's loss to the Colts, and QB Tom Savage suffered a knee injury that might keep him out the final 2 weeks.  Keenum started 8 games for Houston last year, completing 54.2% of his passes with 9 TDs and 6 INTs. He was with the team this offseason, so he has some familiarity with the offense.  Keenum looks like the favorite to start against the Ravens this weekend.  He's not a fantasy option, but he's serviceable enough to keep WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson (assuming he's cleared from his concussion) in starter territory.

Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is done for the season with a broken leg suffered in Sunday's game against the Colts. He was replaced by QB Tom Savage, who injured his knee near the end of the contest. He’s scheduled for an MRI on Monday. If Savage can’t play next week, Houston would be left with QB Thad Lewis. Regardless of which guy is under center, it's a concern for WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson. Expect tons of RB Arian Foster against the Ravens and Jaguars.

Texans.com's John Harris believes WR DeAndre Hopkins is "ready for the next step."  He's reportedly "starred" in training camp.  We're high on Hopkins' long-term outlook, but his true breakout might not come until 2015.  Houston will be a run-first offense this season, WR Andre Johnson will still be the clear #1 target and the QB play figures to be mediocre.  Consider Hopkins just a low-end WR3 in 2014 fantasy drafts.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins admits that it's been a challenge trying to learn a new offense for the 2nd straight offseason.  “It’s not been easy; I’m not going to lie,” Hopkins said. “It’s a new playbook, you have to refocus, you have to do everything you did your rookie year all over again, but I feel like I know how to prepare better than last year, just going out and learning from Andre (Johnson) and doing things like that, and I feel like I’m becoming a better player overall."  Between the new offense and Houston's shaky QB play, Hopkins might still be a year away from a breakout.  But we remain high on his long-term outlook.  He's a nice trade target in dynasty leagues.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Texans have reached a deal with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.  He ranked 17th in fantasy points per game as a Titan last season while starting 9 games and playing in 2 others.  That included 5 games of 20+ points.  Fitzpatrick also delivered plenty of starter-worthy weeks in Buffalo.  He won't be a target in fantasy football drafts this summer, but he's capable of useful numbers if Houston opens the season with Fitz under center.  Look for the veteran to provide a cushion in case the Texans don't land a rookie ready to start right away.

The Texans have tabbed Bill O'Brien as their new HC.  O'Brien spent the past 2 years at Penn State, where he led the Nittany Lions to a 15-9 record -- impressive considering all the sanctions after the Jerry Sandusky fiasco.  Before arriving at Penn State, O'Brien spent the previous 5 years as an assistant under Bill Belichick in New England.  O'Brien is regarded as one of the best young offensive minds in the game.  We like the hire for guys like Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was benched for part of Sunday's loss to the Raiders.  “Bottom line, DeAndre made a lot of mistakes early in the game, so we gave another guy a chance to play," HC Gary Kubiak said.  Hopkins finished with season lows in catches (1) and yards (7).  The rookie has a bright future but isn't a reliable fantasy option this season.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has been medically cleared from his preseason concussion and will play in the team's Monday night season-opener.  Hopkins will step right in as the #2 WR.  But after missing the past couple weeks -- and with Andre Johnson hogging targets -- the rookie isn't a recommended Week 1 fantasy starter.  He's more of a bye-week option.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins remains in "phase 1" of the league's 5-phase concussion protocol.  He sustained the head injury 4 days ago.  The rookie is fully expected to be clear before Week 1, but recovery from a concussion can be unpredictable.  Hopkins' status is worth monitoring over the next couple weeks.  He's capable of WR3 production this season.

Texans HC Gary Kubiak revealed after Saturday night's game that WR DeAndre Hopkins has been diagnosed with a concussion.  "He's fine," Kubiak said.  "Obviously, we'll put him through the protocol."  Hopkins will need to pass his baseline tests before returning to the field.  It's a minor obstacle for the rookie, but he'll move right back into the starting lineup as soon as he's medically cleared.  Hopkins remains a nice bench stash for your fantasy squad.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins left Saturday night's preseason game with what's being deemed a head injury.  That means Hopkins will be tested for a concussion, but it doesn't necessarily mean he sustained one (as we were reminded by with Doug Martin last night).  We'll update Hopkins' status when we learn more.

Texans HC Gary Kubiak says WR DeAndre Hopkins will be a "big part" of the offense this season.  "My expectations for him are tremendous. That’s why we drafted him. That’s why we put him in the position we put him in very quickly," Kubiak said.  "He’ll make us better and boy is he working toward doing that. He’s been exceptional.”  Kubiak went on to praise Hopkins' hands and physicality: "All the contested stuff is what he’s exceptional at. When it’s close and it’s him and another guy, he makes a play because he’s got big strong hands and he’s a very physical player."  Hopkins has impressed all onlookers this offseason.  We love his long-term upside.  But on Houston's run-heavy offense with WR Andre Johnson hogging targets, Hopkins will likely fall short of starter's fantasy value in 2013.

Lance Zierlein of the Houston Chronicle believes 52-60 catches is a “very reasonable goal” for rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins.  Zierlein adds that he expects more production if Hopkins’ rapport with Matt Schaub grows.  Houston’s 1st round pick has steadily built momentum all offseason.  A run-first attack might cap his upside, but he’ll carry spot-start fantasy value into year 1.  Visit our WR Projections page to see our numbers on Hopkins.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins flashed at rookie minicamp over the weekend.  Per insider Nick Scurfield, Hopkins "caught seemingly everything thrown his way" and made "at least one highlight-reel one-handed grab on all three days of practice."  HC Gary Kubiak wasn't shy about praising his team's new weapon.  “He’s special,” Kubiak said. “Ball skills are extremely special. Very long; long arms. Big hands; you saw the catch he made out here today. He’s going to help us early, and we know that, and that’s why we brought him here.”  We wouldn't read too much into rookie-camp performances -- guys are being hyped-up all over the internet right now.  But this buzz confirms that Hopkins is ready to step right into Houston's starting lineup alongside Andre Johnson.

Texans HC Gary Kubiak confirmed that the team is expecting rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins to make an immediate impact. “I’m expecting it right off the get-go,” Kubiak said. “He’s going in there, he’s gonna get the reps. It’s gonna be a very competitive situation, but we took him [in the 1st round] because we expect him to play very, very early and touch (the ball). This guy’s on his way to being a pro already, and we’ve got to help him get there real fast.” Hopkins is a polished and productive receiver. He should step right into the starting lineup alongside Andre Johnson. Can he be a starter for your fantasy team? Click here for our take on Hopkins' 2013 outlook!

The Texans selected Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins with the 27th overall pick of the draft.  They've finally invested in a WR to play alongside Andre Johnson.  Hopkins is one of the more NFL-ready WRs in the class, making him a good fit for a Houston team built to win now.  Hopkins isn't a burner, but he has good size (6'1, 214 pounds) and sticky hands.  We like his long-term fantasy outlook, although he'll struggle for WR3 value in 2013.  Houston will continue to be a run-first offense, and Johnson remains the clear-cut #1 WR.

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