DeAndre Hopkins will immediately assume the WR1 role and workload for the 2023 season, casting serious doubt on Treylon Burks’ fantasy prospects and the targets that will be available to him on a weekly basis.
Without the guaranteed volume, Treylon Burks looks to fall squarely out of the WR2 conversation and potentially even the WR3 conversation, especially in a run-first Titans offense. Hopkins showed that he has plenty left in the tank last year upon his return from his 6-game suspension, pacing the Cardinals in targets and finishing inside the weekly top-15 five times.
Hopkins becomes a safe WR2 as the clear alpha in the Titans offense, and any auxiliary receivers (Kyle Philips, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine) are completely out of the picture, if they weren’t already.
Despite added target competition, Chig Okonkwo shouldn’t see too great a disparity in his target projection for 2023, given that he plays a different position and is likely to be on the field in most, if not all, formations – something Treylon Burks may not enjoy.