• Hunter Henry
  • TE
  • , Los Angeles Chargers
  • 25
  • 250 lbs
  • 6' 5"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
An early-offseason ACL tear delayed Henry’s breakout at least one year. The good news is that he returned to practice late last year, so he should be fully healthy for all offseason activities. His career per game average immediately places him in the top 10, and his production in three games without Antonio Gates is higher than all but Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, George Kittle and Eric Ebron last season. Three games is an extremely small sample, so another way to ballpark Henry’s projection is to apply his career fantasy points per target (half-PPR = 1.90) to an expected number of targets. A not-in-his-prime Antonio Gates saw 6.9 targets per game from 2014-16, so if Henry maintains his per-target production with that sort of usage, he’s looking at 13.1 PPG, which is basically what Kittle averaged last year. Henry should be the fourth tight end off the board this summer.

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by Bob Harris

LAC TE Hunter Henry - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Hunter Henry missed the entire 2018 regular season after tearing his ACL on the first day of OTAs last May. In addition, he sat out the final two games of the 2017 campaign after suffering a lacerated kidney in Week 15 that year. So, his return against the Patriots in January's AFC Divisional Playoff game (Henry was on the field for 14 snaps) marked his first action in 57 weeks and three days. Given that, it's no wonder he's eager to start this season. "I'm pretty much full-go," he explained as this year's OTAs commenced. "Everything feels good." According to the team's official website, if you didn't know his history, you might not even realize Henry was returning from injury. Given all that, CBSSports.com believes if you were banking on Henry breaking out last year, you should simply reboot those expectations. "Henry is still just 25 years old and already has an eight-touchdown season on his resume," CBS contends. "Antonio Gates is no longer in the way and Philip Rivers has a long history of leaning on his tight end."

Fantasy Downside
ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams recently suggested, despite Henry's brief postseason appearance, that the Chargers might take a cautious approach with his return to full duty. Williams added he wouldn’t be surprised if Henry ends up posting a line similar to what he did in 2016 (36 catches, 478 yards and eight TDs). Whatever the case, Henry’s progress and handling in August will be worth watching.

2019 Bottom Line
While we'd be a little worried about Mike Williams eating up some of Henry's red-zone targets, at a fantasy position mostly bereft of consistent production outside the top-three, taking a shot on Henry at the top of the next tier doesn't seem like much of a reach.

2019 Strength of Schedule - LAC
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
31
IND
24
@DET
30
HOU
28
@MIA
17
DEN
20
PIT
1
@TEN
14
@CHI
19
GB
29
@OAK
32
KC
BYE17
@DEN
11
@JAX
10
MIN
29
OAK
32
@KC

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats
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11DEN--------------
12ARI--------------
13@PIT--------------
14CIN--------------
15@KC--------------
16BAL--------------
17@DEN--------------
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