Hunter Henry just can’t seem to fight off the injury bug. During the LA Chargers week one game against the Colts, Henry suffered a tibial plateau fracture to his left knee.
This is terrible news for the fourth-year pro. However, it’s something that many fantasy players were worried about going into the season as Henry has a track record of injuries dating back to his rookie year. In fact, Hunter Henry has not played a full season in the NFL. He has suffered injuries such as a lacerated kidney in 2017, a torn ACL in 2018, and now a knee fracture.
His current expected return date is in four to six weeks. Even if he can come back on the early side of that timetable, there is no guarantee that the injury will not affect his play the rest of the season. As of now, the Chargers are working out a couple of free-agent tight ends, but no one that would merit a roster spot on your fantasy bench.
If you are a Hunter Henry owner, don’t panic. As it is Thursday, chances are your waivers have already processed and most of the desirable players from week one have been picked up. However, look at the remaining free agents. In our waiver wire column, we mentioned a couple tight ends that deserve a second look. T.J. Hockenson needs to be your first pickup. Prior to Wednesday, Hockenson was rostered in less than 32% of leagues. If Hockenson is off the table as suspected, chances are that either Darren Waller or Noah Fant will still be available. Waller had a quiet but effective fantasy performance, racking up 14 points off seven receptions for 70 yards while playing in 100% of the snaps. Opportunity is a fantasy football player’s best friend, and Waller saw just that. Although Noah Fant posted a minuscule 4.4 points, he did play in 81% of snaps, which should increase with time. Flacco loves his tight ends and it won’t be long until Fant is delivering solid fantasy outings.
As for the fantasy impact on the rest of the Chargers, expect more looks to go to Keenan Allen (and the rest of the receiving group), Austin Ekeler, and Justin Jackson. Ekeler and Allen will be must-starts going forward, while Justin Jackson serves as a manageable flex-start.
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