And New England strikes again: The Patriots are signing former Chargers' TE Hunter Henry to a three-year, $37.5 million deal, including $25 million guaranteed, per source.
Hunter Henry joins fellow free-agent TE Jonnu Smith in New England on a three-year deal. The former Charger has put up starting TE numbers in three of the past four seasons and finds himself on a team with a whole slew of new weapons. The Patriots were the favorites to sign Henry until they locked up Jonnu Smith. It turns out that they wanted both players, and it appears that the team is trying to recreate the Rob Gronkowski/Aaron Hernandez offense of several years ago. Henry's arrival throws some cold water on Smith's upside since he's another mouth to feed in what was a very run-heavy offense last year. It's clear that the Patriots are planning to throw the ball more, the question is how much. Neither player is a clear and obvious fantasy TE1 at this point.
LAC TE Hunter Henry - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 15 at Las Vegas
Henry bounced back last week against the Atlanta Falcons, as he caught six balls for 41 yards on eight targets. This was a welcomed sight for fantasy managers following a one-catch game the prior week. Henry has been mostly reliable this season, however with the injury and anticipated missed time to WR Mike Williams, Henry should see an uptick in targets and even possibly become the primary option in the red zone. With scarce options at the position in the fantasy semifinals, look toward Henry as a solid TE1 in his Thursday night matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.