T.J. Hockenson Fantasy Football News 2019

The Lions on Monday placed TE T.J. Hockenson on IR with the ankle injury he suffered on Thanksgiving. The rookie disappointed fantasy owners after a huge opener but remains a terrific long-term prospect. His departure from this season leaves Jesse James and Logan Thomas as Detroit's top 2 TEs. Thomas has topped 2 catches in a game just once this year. James -- a high-priced free agent addition before the team drafted Hockenson -- has finished just 1 game all season with more than 1 catch (back in Week 2).

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson suffered a right ankle injury late in Thursday's loss to the Bears. He was reportedly in a walking boot and getting around on a scooter afterwards. We'll update his status when we learn more, but this looks like a significant injury. Hockenson's absence would leave Detroit with TEs Jesse James and Logan Thomas. Neither is worth adding to fantasy rosters right now.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Bears. It's not a surprise after he played last week and finished the practice week with a full workout. Hockenson carries upside, as Chicago has been weak in TE coverage. But he also comes with a low target floor.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Redskins. He was added to the injury report on Saturday, and there was a report this morning that Hockenson wasn’t doing much in warmups. He’s a risky fantasy play today.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson was added to the injury report on Saturday as questionable with a shoulder. We'll get his official status by noon ET today, but the shoulder issue obviously adds risk to his fantasy outlook. He wasn't a great option anyways with just 4 catches for 53 scoreless yards in 2 games with Jeff Driskel at the helm.

Lions QB Matt Stafford is considered week-to-week with the fractured bones in his back, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. A source told Schefter that Stafford could miss just "this week or 3 weeks." This injury reportedly dates back to last season. It nearly cost him the game against the Chiefs earlier this year and evidently flared up on him at some point this week. We'll keep a close eye on Stafford's status moving forward.

The Lions will hold QB Matt Stafford out of today's game against the Bears, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Stafford has fractured bones in his back, and it's unclear if he'll miss more time beyond Week 10. His absence leaves QB Jeff Driskel, who joined the Lions in mid-September, as today's starter. The 2016 6th-rounder made 5 starts for the Bengals last year, completing just 58.6% of his passes and averaging only 5.5 yards per attempt. He did post a 5-to-2 TD:INT ratio and ran for 81 yards. Driskel is a bottom-barrel QB2 and is a big downgrade for Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and T.J. Hockenson. Upgrade the Bears defense.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Lions QB Matt Stafford (back) is "hoping" to play against the Bears today, although some are trying to convince him to sit out. Stafford is reportedly a true game-time decision. We didn't hear any concern about his status throughout the week, but he's clearly dealing with a legitimate injury here. We'll get his official status around 11:30 am ET, but even a healthy Stafford was a shaky fantasy play in Chicago. QB Jeff Driskel will start if Stafford is out and would obviously be a big downgrade for the passing game.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson exited late in Sunday's loss to the Raiders after taking a big hit. HC Matt Patricia said Monday, though, that Hockenson isn't in the concussion protocol and just had the wind knocked out of him. The rookie will be available for this weekend's game against the Bears.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (concussion) is active for tonight's game against the Packers. The rookie has totaled just 10 targets, 5 catches, 35 yards and 1 TD over his last 3 games.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson cleared the concussion protocol Sunday and is expected to play against the Packers on Monday night, the Detroit Free Press reports. Hockenson suffered his concussion back in Week 4, before the bye. But he practiced in full this week and appeared on track to play. Congratulations if you waited for the rookie for Week 6.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (concussion) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Lions. He put in a full week of practice and is expected to be cleared by game time, according to Tim Twentyman of the team's official website. Hockenson has totaled just 10 targets in his last 3 games, so he shouldn’t be considered more than a low-end TE1.

Lions HC Matt Patricia said Friday that TE T.J. Hockenson is "trending towards playing" against the Packers on Monday night. The rookie has been "doing everything in practice," per Patricia, and just needs to gain final clearance. We should know Hockenson's status by Saturday afternoon.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (concussion) got in a limited practice on Thursday. So he's made some progress through the protocol but still has multiple stages to pass before being cleared for Monday night's game against the Packers. We'll get another update on the rookie's status tomorrow.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson left Sunday's game against the Chiefs after he tried to leap over a defender and hit the turf hard. He's certainly going for a concussion check and might have also suffered a shoulder injury. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: The Lions announced that Hockenson is out with a concussion.

Lions beat writer Kyle Meinke showered TE T.J. Hockenson with praise for his training camp performance. Meinke notes that the rookie “hasn’t put a catchable football on the ground,” while he’s also dominated red zone drills. Targets will likely be an issue for the run-heavy Lions, but it’s encouraging to hear Hockenson's playing like a top-10 pick. He's draftable around TE20.

The Lions selected Iowa TE T.J. Hockensen with the 8th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. After playing 2nd fiddle to Noah Fant in 2017, Hockensen emerged as Iowa’s top dog this past season. He led the Hawkeyes with 760 receiving yards, finishing 2nd to WR Nick Easley with 49 catches and 2nd to Fant with 6 TDs. A seam-stretching threat, Hockensen averaged 15.5 yards per catch and ranked 4th in this TE class in yards per route run, according to Pro Football Focus. He made a ton of catches in traffic and dropped just 1 pass all season. Hockensen boosted his stock by registering an 85th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He’s also a plus blocker and projects as an every-down TE for Detroit. Hockensen should at least be a spot-start fantasy option as a rookie and brings difference-making long-term upside.

Check out T.J. Hockensen's scouting report.

 
 
 

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