Last season, Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught 111 passes and made his first Pro Bowl team with a combination of quarterbacks Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden throwing to him.
Although Hopkins should finally have a consistent quarterback throwing to him in Brock Osweiler, don't expect his numbers to take another step up in 2016, primarily due to the depth of the Texans' receivers and their new running back.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: 102.9 catches, 1458.2 yards, 8.8 touchdowns
Over or under: I’ll take the under on catches and yards (just barely), and the over on touchdowns. Hopkins was third in the league with 111 catches last season, but with the additional offensive weapons the Texans have in Will Fuller, Jaelen Strong and Lamar Miller, who caught 47 passes with the Dolphins last season, expect his totals to go down a touch from last season.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: 46 catches, 697.8 yards, 4.1 touchdowns
Over or under: There’s still a competition for the No. 2 receiver spot between the rookie Fuller and Strong, so look at them as 2A and 2B. If Fuller wins the starting spot opposite Hopkins (he did start in Sunday’s preseason opener), I’d take the over in all three categories. Nate Washington, the Texans' No. 2 receiver last season, had 47 catches for 658 yards, so Fuller could go over the projections even if Hopkins puts up big numbers again.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: 47 catches, 555.9 yards, 4.2 touchdowns
Over or under: Once again, this is contingent on whether Strong can separate himself from the deep receiving group and become the No. 2 receiver, but for now I'll take the under in all three categories. Aside from Fuller, third-round pick Braxton Miller could see a lot of playing time as well.
Who else could see time: Miller will likely be used a lot in the passing game. The Texans have additional solid depth in veteran Cecil Shorts III, Keith Mumphery and undrafted speedster Wendall Williams.