Fantasy Football News: DeAndre Hopkins Passes Concussion Protocol

Fantasy football news has DeAndre Hopkins cleared to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This fantasy football news comes after Hopkins passed the NFL concussion protocol and has been fully activated for the Week 3 game. A report from CBS Sports had indicated that Hopkins would be a game-time decision for the Houston Texans on September 27, but the update is that he has been cleared to play.

In standard PPR leagues (assigning one point per reception), DeAndre Hopkins now projects to about 15.56 points in Week 3. Those are really good numbers, making Hopkins a must-start in all league formats. His numbers could be even better if he gets the ball in the end zone, something expected to happen against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary that hasn’t been very strong in recent NFL seasons.

Through the first two games of the 2015 NFL campaign, Hopkins has 14 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns. That puts him on a pace to potentially surpass the career-high numbers he posted in 2014. Last season, Hopkins started all 16 games for the Houston Texans, catching 76 passes for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns. The latest fantasy football news about him indicates that he could even have his first 100-yard game of the season in Week 3.

After a rough start to the 2015 NFL season, the Texans are currently 0-2. The team has been in both games, though, losing 27-20 to the Kansas City Chiefs and then 24-17 to the Carolina Panthers. It still makes the Week 3 game against Tampa Bay a must-win situation, with the team needing to make a move in the AFC South immediately. Starting out the season 0-3 would almost guarantee that the team doesn’t make the 2016 NFL Playoffs, showing why it is so important that Hopkins is back on the active roster.

Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will again lean heavily on Hopkins in the Week 3 game, possibly leading to an output of nearly 20 points in PPR leagues (or more) for the wide receiver. That is an impressive output in any format, with his projections even good for non-PPR leagues. Though hs is coming off a concussion that could have after effects, Hopkins remains a must-start in Week 3 action.

Game time for the Houston Texans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers is at 12 p.m. CT, so fantasy football owners need to act quickly to ensure he is in the active lineup. Regarding single day fantasy football leagues, DeAndre Hopkins could also be a very good choice as a receiver against a weak Bucs secondary.

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