Dustin Hopkins
Dustin Hopkins
29-Year-Old KickerK
Washington Redskins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Accurate but not powerful, Hopkins has converted more than 80 percent of FGAs in each of his five seasons despite going 11 of 21 from 50-plus yards. There hasn't been any indication he'll face job competition in the final year of his contract, but we also don't have much reason to believe the Washington offense will provide steady volume. Any upside for Hopkins requires major growth from QB Dwayne Haskins. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $7.45 million contract with the Redskins in March of 2018.
Puts forth another solid season
KWashington Redskins
January 1, 2020
Hopkins converted 25 of 30 field-goal attempts (83.3 percent) and 21 of 22 PATs (95.5 percent) in 2019.
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The 29-year-old kicker played all 16 games for a second year in a row, and he's now gone five consecutive seasons converting at least 81 percent of his FGAs. Hopkins isn't among the league's elite at his position, but he's probably good enough to preclude serious competition for 2020, the final season of his three-year, $7.45 million contract. It remains to be seen if the new front office in Washington is interested in discussing an extension.
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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.
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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Attempts zero field goals
KWashington Redskins
December 23, 2019
Hopkins converted all five extra-points and did not attempt a field goal during Sunday's 41-35 overtime loss to the Giants.
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Connects on five kicks
KWashington Redskins
December 16, 2019
Hopkins made two field goals and three extra points in Sunday's 37-27 loss to the Eagles.
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Misses extra point
KWashington Redskins
December 9, 2019
Hopkins made his lone field-goal attempt but missed an extra-point attempt during Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Packers.
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Makes three field goals
KWashington Redskins
December 2, 2019
Hopkins converted three of four field-goal attempts and both extra-point attempts during Sunday's 29-21 win over the Panthers.
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Perfect on five kicks
KWashington Redskins
November 25, 2019
Hopkins made all four field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point attempt during Sunday's 19-16 win over the Lions.
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