Dustin Hopkins
Dustin Hopkins
28-Year-Old KickerK
Washington Redskins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Reliable on short kicks and capable of hitting long ones, Hopkins is no worse than league-average and perhaps even a bit better. The issue is opportunity, as the Redskins have minimal talent at wide receiver while heading for a three-way competition at quarterback. Even the best-case scenario doesn't involve a prolific offense; Washington likely will rely on its running game and defense. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $7.45 million contract with the Redskins in March of 2018.
Not facing competition
KWashington Redskins
June 14, 2019
Hopkins is locked in as Washington's kicker, according to the team's official website.
Washington didn't even bother adding another kicker to the 90-man offseason roster. Hopkins has made just nine of 18 kicks from 50-plus yards through four NFL seasons, but he's been excellent on shorter field-goal attempts, converting 28 of 34 (82.4 percent) from 40-49 yards and 62 of 64 (96.9 percent) inside of 40. There are at least 20 superior options for fantasy purposes, as the Washington offense isn't likely to provide a plethora of kicking opportunities.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After missing eight games with a hip injury last year, Hopkins will look to pick up where he left off in 2016, when he was third among kickers in fantasy points. He's been reliable on short field goals and decent on PATs, but has made just five of 13 attempts from 50 yards and out. While Alex Smith should keep the Washington offense respectable, he's unlikely to elevate Hopkins beyond bye-week replacement status.
Hopkins led the league in field-goal attempts last season, but his 81.0 percent success rate ranked 21st. Nevertheless, he still ranked third at the position, as only three others made more field goals, and his 36 made PATs were good enough to keep him competitive. If Hopkins can come close to matching the 89.3 percent field-goal accuracy from his 2015 campaign, and if the Redskins provide him with plenty of attempts again, he could compete for the title of top-scoring kicker this season.
Hopkins is coming off a solid rookie season, which coincided with the Redskins' improvements on offense that saw them finish 10th in overall scoring and 13th in kicker scoring after failing to crack the top 20 in either category in the prior two seasons. Hopkins' 40 PAT attempt tied him for eighth in the league, though his 28 field-goal attempts tied him for 17th. Washington added a few key pieces to help the offense be even better in 2016, and if it does improve, Hopkins figures to benefit just as much, even if he just maintains his ninth-ranked field-goal accuracy. He may not be an elite option, but he's certainly serviceable in most formats.
Hopkins and Zach Hocker will compete in training camp. Neither has NFL experience, but one will have a big opportunity this season with the Saints, who released last year's kicker, Shayne Graham (23rd in scoring). The Saints have had one of the better offenses in the NFL the last few years, but that cost Graham some field goals last season as he ranked sixth in PATs and 28th in field-goal attempts. The Saints made some major changes in the offseason, trading tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Kenny Stills. Quarterback Drew Brees is still under center, but if the Saints aren't as good in the red zone (60 percent TD efficiency last year), they could offer their kicker more field-goal opportunities.
He appears to be healthy now after an injury-filled rookie campaign. However, Hopkins was released by the Bills in August of 2014.
A sixth-round selection out of Florida State, Hopkins will compete with incumbent Ryan Lindell for the Bills� kicking duties in training camp. The rookie connected on 5-of-6 field goals from 50-plus in his senior season and boasts a stronger leg than Lindell, who was rarely trusted from long range (1-for-2 last two seasons) by the previous coaching staff. While Hopkins will have to deal with the transition to cold weather, his growth potential may be enough for the rebuilding Bills to give him the job. Whoever wins the gig likely won't put up elite point totals given the team's murky quarterback situation.
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Hopkins did attempt a field goal during Sunday's 24-0 loss to the Eagles.
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Makes three field goals
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December 24, 2018
Hopkins made all three of his field-goal attempts and an extra point in Sunday's loss to the Titans.
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Tallies 10 points
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December 17, 2018
Hopkins made three field goals and an extra point during Sunday's 16-13 win over the Jaguars.
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Ghost-like outing in blowout
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December 10, 2018
Hopkins finished Sunday's game against the Giants without any kicking attempts.
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Perfect Monday
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Hopkins made both of his field-goal attempts and converted his only extra-point try in Monday's loss to the Eagles.
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