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What to do with DeAndre Hopkins on Thursday Night Football

DeAndre Hopkins put up a big game in Indianapolis in these teams’ first meeting. Will he come up big again on Thursday night?

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

DeAndre Hopkins has been a target hog with Will Fuller, or Kenny Stills sidelined. Since Week 6, Hopkins has 12 targets per game on average. In the five previous games, he averaged 8.8 targets.

This week could be the first time in a while that Fuller and Stills are healthy, but Fuller is still a game-time decision. If he can’t go, Hopkins should continue to see a boost in targets, but if Fuller plays, it could knock down Hopkins’ numbers a little. Of course, Hopkins is a stud, and you start him as long as he’s playing.

Fantasy football analysis: Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins

In their last matchup, Hopkins caught 9-of-12 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis. That was his second-best game of the season, and now he heads home to take on the same defense.

The Colts pass defense ranks 10th in DVOA, but they did just give up 104 yards and two touchdowns to D.J. Chark, albeit one was very much a garbage time score. The Colts won’t be able to stop Hopkins, but they could slow him down, which is the best they could expect. The question is, will Nuk have a huge game or an average one? The answer likely depends on game-script, as the last time these teams met, the Texans trailed all game and needed to hurry up and throw the ball to make up ground.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Hopkins as a WR1.