2020 fantasy recap
There wasn’t much outside of DeAndre Hopkins this year, to be blunt. Christian Kirk was sporadic as ever, and couldn’t take advantage of Fitzgerald being out due to COVID-19 for two weeks. Larry Fitzgerald finally broke his dry-spell of not catching a touchdown from Kyler Murray. Fitzgerald’s production took the biggest hit of his career due to Hopkins’ arrival. Past the top three, the combination of Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson and Trent Sherfield are minimal. Isabella disappointed, meanwhile Johnson and Sherfield are mainly backups or special teamers.
2021 fantasy predictions
For the last three years, Cardinals fans have been put on “Fitzgerald retirement watch” and each year have gotten the privilege of seeing the franchise’s best player for one more season. There’s always that potential again this year, especially if they don’t reach the playoffs. With Hopkins around, I don’t see his share of work improving.
As for Hopkins, he is a lock as always, despite the down week that Murray and the team might have. The amount of targets should lead to a great haul in PPR formats as well, as he’s had 8 games with double-digit targets. For next year, I would expect him to be featured quicker in the game, have more touchdowns, and to stop running so many short routes.
It’ll remain interesting to see if Christian Kirk will be featured in this offense, or a younger receiver is drafted for competition and a potential replacement. His struggles have been well documented and he’ll be entering a contract year once the 2021 season begins.
Who can you trust?
To no surprise, it’s Hopkins and him alone. For some reason Fitzgerald doesn’t get targets from Murray, and the others are just to dangerous to hope for consistent points, even in PPR and deep leagues. If Keim and Kingsbury can develop some depth from a rookie or a free agent, they would be the #3 receiver in a hurry.