Coming off a three-touchdown game, Tennessee Titans WR DeAndre Hopkins gave fantasy football managers a scare when he was listed on the Titans’ injury report two days running. Thursday Night Football games can often see players limited in practice as they recover from Sunday.
Let’s take a look at the latest injury update for Hopkins, whether he is in danger of missing Week 9, and the fantasy implications.
Latest Injury Update on DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins is dealing with a toe injury which has seen him listed as an estimated limited participant through the first two days of Week 9. The reason the participation status is estimated is that the Titans have only held walkthrough practices so far as they prepare for the short week.
The potential key as to why Hopkins and a couple of other Titans’ players have been listed as limited early this week was perhaps divulged by Hopkins in the locker room before practice. “Recover, recover, recover. A game like this, whoever can recover the best will have a good possibility of going out and being their best. Just recover man,” Hopkins told reporters.
Hopkins didn’t address the toe injury directly, but it doesn’t seem like he’s really concerned about the situation right now. Wednesday’s practice report will hopefully give us a better idea of Hopkins’ status more than 24 hours ahead of kickoff.
Will Hopkins Play This Week?
At this point, there is no major reason to believe that Hopkins won’t be on the field on Thursday. When we reach this stage of the season, most players are dealing with something, and the short recovery time for Thursday Night Football is always likely to increase the count on the injury report a little.
On a normal week, players have Monday and Tuesday to recover before the first injury report is released Wednesday. On a short week, players have to be reported on just 24 hours after they played a game. So the seriousness of listings that early in the week is always tough to gauge. Hopefully, this is nothing major for Hopkins, and on Wednesday, we can see him back at practice in a full capacity.
The thing to watch for is any downgrade in his status on Wednesday. That would be a major concern with just over 24 hours to go before game time. Presuming he avoids a downgrade, Hopkins should be ready to go when the game begins on Thursday.
Fantasy Implications If Hopkins Is Out
If Hopkins ends up being ruled out this week, then it’ll be intriguing to see who benefits. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine caught a nice touchdown throw from Will Levis in Week 8. Westbrook-Ikhine is third on the team in targets this season with 25. He has been reasonably productive, with 17 receptions for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
The player to look at as potentially stepping up in Hopkins’ spot would be second-year WR Treylon Burks. Prior to Hopkins’ arrival, Burks was viewed as the No. 1 in this offense. So far this season, he has played just four games, seeing 15 targets with six receptions for 99 yards. He should see an expanded role if Hopkins is out, but can he make the most of it?
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The benefit of this game being on Thursday is that fantasy managers can look elsewhere for fantasy help in the event of players being ruled out. If this was a Monday Night Football game, the alert level would be higher. However, fantasy managers will have the full slate of Week 9 games to choose from if they do need a replacement for Hopkins.
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