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T.J. Hockenson - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsT.J. Hockenson's Basic Stats

T.J. Hockenson
ADP: 7.11
Bye: 6
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 24.9
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 247
40 Time: 4.70
Speed Score: 103.70
SPARQx (Rank): 115.20 (76%)
Burst Score (Rank): 127.10 (90%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.20 (88%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.28 (92%)

T.J. Hockenson's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#8 Tight End

107.6 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
7.11 71.5 744.1 5.7 1.1 0.5

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Basic StatsT.J. Hockenson's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Hockenson started hot last year, tallying 16 catches, 163 yards and 2 scores over the first 2 weeks.
  • He didn’t come close to performing as a TE1 over his final 10 games, though. From Week 3 to Week 13, Hockenson ranked as the TE15 in PPG. He scored only twice over that stretch and averaged just 42 YPG.
  • He played through an early-season knee injury, but it never cost him games.
  • The former 1st rounder did sit out the final 4 games with a thumb injury that required surgery.
  • Overall, Hockenson posted career highs in catch rate (75.3%), contested catch rate (78.6%) and drop rate (1.6%). His 73.6 PFF receiving grade was in line with 2020 as well.
  • Hockenson posted just 9.6 YPC — a career-low. But his 1.48 yards per route run ranked a respectable 11th among 25 TEs with 50+ targets.
  • Over 53% of his pass snaps came out of the slot. Hockenson’s expected to be used in more non-traditional ways under new OC Ben Johnson, formerly his TE coach.
  • Said Hock: "Ben has seen me do routes that most guys or coordinators wouldn't think that a tight end could do," Hockenson said at minicamp. "Splitting me out, running a comeback, splitting me out and running things that really only wide receivers do. "He's seen me run it and he's seen me run it well. Just being able to have that in his head – we're already seeing it now (with me) being split out and doing some things and showing what we got."
  • Jared Goff returns for year 2 in Detroit. He’s hardly an asset for Hockenson, but Goff’s penchant for hitting short routes bodes well for the TE’s involvement.
  • Don’t consider Hockenson a lock to repeat his 7 targets per game, though.
  • Detroit added 2 speed WRs in veteran DJ Chark and rookie Jameson Williams, although Williams is iffy for Week 1 following a December ACL tear.
  • We’ll also see more consistent usage from Amon-Ra St. Brown, who broke out down the stretch in ’21.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

We’ve now seen Hockenson for 3 pro seasons.

After a quiet rookie year, he’s finished as the TE7 twice in PPR points per game.

That’s a fine range for his fantasy floor. But the upside case for him has weakened, especially with his target competition looking significantly stronger.

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T.J. Hockenson, TE DET

8:09am EDT 6/8/22

Hockenson expects to be used more creatively

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson expects to be used more creatively this season in new OC Ben Johnson's scheme. Johnson was Hockenson's position coach the past 2 years. "Ben has seen me do routes that most guys or coordinators wouldn't think that a tight end could do," Hockenson said. "Splitting me out, running a comeback, splitting me out and running things that really only wide receivers do. He's seen me run it and he's seen me run it well. Just being able to have that in his head – we're already seeing it now (with me) being split out and doing some things and showing what we got." QB Jared Goff likes what he's seen with Hockenson's usage so far this offseason. "T.J. is a unique player and somebody that we need to take advantage of his full skill set," Goff said. "No one knows him better than Ben, so having him in that (OC) spot to make those decisions and draw things up is helpful. But he's doing a great job creatively with T.J." Hockenson is a safe pick in mid-range TE1 territory and might still have untapped upside beyond that.

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Lions TE T.J. Hockenson will miss the final 4 games of the season after undergoing thumb surgery on Thursday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Hockenson is expected to make a "complete recovery in time for the offseason program," Schefter adds. His absence leaves behind a team-high 7.0 targets per game. WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, who's tallied 12 targets in 2 straight, looks like the biggest beneficiary.

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Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (hand) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. The Athletic's Chris Burke confirms that it "doesn't sound overly" optimistic for Hockenson to play vs. the Cardinals this weekend. TEs Brock Wright and Shane Zylstra split TE duties with Hockenson out last week. Neither is a reliable fantasy play.

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Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (hand) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Broncos. Brock Wright figures to operate as Detroit’s lead pass-catching TE but isn’t a viable fantasy play. With Hockenson, D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams all out, the Lions’ WRs should pick up extra targets today.

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Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (hand) is listed as doubtful for this weekend’s game vs. the Broncos. He went from a limited practice on Wednesday to no practice on Thursday and Friday. He won’t play on Sunday, and his availability for Week 15 and beyond is unclear. Hockenson’s absence leaves Brock Wright as Detroit’s likely lead pass-catching TE, but you should be able to do much better in fantasy lineups.

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T.J. Hockenson, TE DET
Dynasty MVP 97.5
Position Rank #7 TE
3yr Projection
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10yr Projection
318
525
813
Dynasty Write-up
Due in part to a late-season injury, Hockenson took a step back in year 3. He still posted 60+ catches for the 2nd straight year. And we could be looking at a still-ascending talent at only 25 years old (in July).

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