In The Blitz, RotoViz writers react to the latest news and help you place it within the context of our 2020 research and recommendations.
In previous pieces, I’ve mentioned the value and importance of practicing patient in fantasy football, particularly in dynasty leagues and when dealing with young tight ends. The tight end position is notoriously tricky to learn and understand at the professional level, and it takes more than just an imposing physical frame to experience fantasy success. For one young tight end, injuries and upside have combined to create a blurry picture. Now, with a new quarterback under center, Hunter Henry is poised to unleash his true potential.
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry scored his second touchdown of the season versus the Miami Dolphins in Week 10. Henry was also targeted six times on the evening and caught four balls for 30 yards. Henry has become touchdown dependent, but still remains a low-end TE1 at a position that has been tough on managers this season. Henry will look to help his managers against the New York Jets in a favorable matchup in Week 11.
A Tumultuous Start
Henry broke onto the tight end scene as a rookie back in 2016 for the then-San Diego Chargers by scoring eight touchdowns in 15 games. He followed that up with a four-touchdown campaign and 500-plus receiving yards as a sophomore but went on to miss the entire 2018 season. He recovered to finish as a top-10 tight end (TE9) last season and set career-high marks in targets, receptions, and receiving yards.
Despite the mid-tier production, Henry always left fantasy managers wanting more. His athletic profile and dominant presence on the field suggested there was more for him to give. However, injuries and lagging quarterback play only helped to hold him back. Now, with a budding star in rookie quarterback Justin Herbert under center, Henry seems ready to elevate his game to the next level.
A Must-Buy In Dynasty
Nine games into this season, Henry has been healthy and productive. He’s received at least six targets in all but two games and has provided fantasy managers with a decent floor to go along with a few splash games. His 13 fantasy points in Week 10 was the fifth instance in which he broke double-digit fantasy points.
After two weeks of this season, our own Stefan Lako from RotoViz tabbed Henry as someone fantasy managers should immediately buy before it was too late. He highlights the mid-tier ADP that Henry, and so many other tight ends, found themselves in before this season. Tyrod Taylor was the projected starter for the season, which likely depressed Henry’s value a bit, but everyone knew Herbert was the future eventually. At just 25 years old, Henry is in a prime position to surpass his pre-season ADP and cement himself as a legitimate option at the position moving forward. I would encourage managers to buy him in every dynasty league before his inevitable string of massive games.