The Corona Virus has basically stopped the country in its track, but it has not stopped NFL Free Agency. The Texans have kicked the NFL year off with a bang as they have traded their star WR DeAndre Hopkins in his prime to the Arizona Cardinals for star RB David Johnson and a 2nd round draft pick. The teams will also swap 4th round picks. This trade comes as there are rumors of Hopkins and Texans head coach/GM Bill O’Brien have been “at odds”.
Kyler Murray is a big winner as a result of this deal. He gets arguably the best WR in the league in a fast-paced offense to go a long with Christian Kirk and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald. Those weapons combined with his rushing ability make him a very attractive QB pick. He will be a borderline top 5 QB in ADP come draft season. Deandre Hopkins remains a top 5 fantasy WR. David Johnson being traded means Kenyan Drake will be the main ball carrier in Arizona. He was incredible after being traded last season, putting up 800 total yards and scoring 8 TDS in only 8 games with the Cardinals, so being drafted as a top 15 fantasy RB is not out of the question.
Deshaun Watson is the biggest loser in this deal, as he loses, by far, his best receiving weapon. He is left with oft-injured Will Fuller and Kenny Stills as his top WR targets. He still is a threat with his legs so his fantasy floor isn’t too negatively impacted, but his ceiling is much lower. He should remain a top 10 drafted QB come draft season. Will Fuller should see the biggest bump for the WR corps for as long as he is healthy. David Johnson will step into the starting RB role and will get all the touches he can handle. He is a very capable receiver out of the backfield as well, making Duke Johnson pretty much useless as long as David remains healthy.
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