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What to do with DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald in Week 16 of the fantasy football playoffs

We go over the fantasy football outlook of DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald ahead of the Cardinals Week 16 matchup against the 49ers.

DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals makes the catch and scores during the fourth quarter against Michael Jacquet #38 and the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 33-26. Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

We know DeAndre Hopkins is a must-start but can fantasy managers trust Christian Kirk or Larry Fitzgerald in a pinch for a start in a crucial week? We break down the analysis below.

Fantasy Football analysis: Cardinals WRs DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald

DeAndre Hopkins is the WR5 in standard-scoring formats on the season — you start him regardless of matchup.

Christian Kirk had a bit of a hot streak in Weeks 5-9, but recently, he’s been ice cold, averaging just 24 receiving yards per game since then. Over the past five weeks, Kirk has accumulated fewer non-PPR fantasy points than Mack Hollins, Chad Beebe and Gunner Olszewski. Hard pass.

Similarly, Larry Fitzgerald’s upside is capped by his unstable target share. He’s a touchdown-dependent play; don’t roll the dice.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start DeAndre Hopkins as a WR1. Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald are dart throws at best.