Things fantasy managers absolutely love to see: DeAndre Hopkins is back like he never left. Done with a six-game PED suspension, Hopkins returned to the field for Thursday Night Football against the Saints in Week 7 and was immediately back to his alpha form.
Where shall we begin? Hopkins was targeted 14 times(!) for a 48% target share among Cardinals pass catchers (running back Eno Benjamin was second with five). He reeled in 10 of those passes to account for 50% of the team's receptions and totaled 103 yards — 51% of Arizona's receiving yards. Ease him back in? Nah, Hopkins managed all that while playing 92% of the Cardinals' offensive snaps.
Now if only he were one of the several players who recorded a touchdown in the 76-point TNF affair... Hopkins finished as the WR10 overall last week despite not scoring a TD, the only top-10 player at the position with that distinction. Anyway, you have to think some trips to the end zone are in his future after a showing like that. It's just good to see Nuk doing Nuk things again.
With the likes of Cooper Kupp, Stefon Diggs and Justin Jefferson back in the mix after all three had byes last week — seriously, let's never do that again — Hopkins checks in as the No. 7 WR for Week 8 in our analysts' weekly positional rankings. Arizona heads to Minnesota where passing yards can be had against a Vikings defense that's giving up the fifth-most (272.0) in the league, though they're in the middle of the pack (15th) when it comes to fantasy points allowed to receivers.
Slotting in behind the Big 3 to round out this week's top five receivers are Tyreek Hill and Ja'Marr Chase.
Here's the wide receiver position — check out where Hopkins and the rest of the WRs landed in our analysts' rankings for Week 8:
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