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Fantasy Injury Updates: Which waiver wire TE should you pick up to replace Hunter Henry in Week 2?

Fantasy Injury Updates: Which waiver wire TE should you pick up to replace Hunter Henry in Week 2? 1

Hunter Henry might be out indefinitely because of a fractured left knee, the Chargers introduced on Wednesday afternoon. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported {that a} Chargers supply expects Henry to be out four-to-six weeks. The injury-plagued TE is coming off a four-catch, 60-yard Week 1 efficiency. He missed almost all of final season because of a torn ACL, although he returned to play within the postseason for the Chargers. Henry was one of many auto-start tight ends in fantasy soccer rankings, and his absence will certainly trigger his house owners to move to the waiver wire in the hunt for a Week 2 (and past) TE sleeper.

We’ll break down all of the fantasy fallout of Henry’s harm beneath. For extra updates, comply with us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy

Quarterback | Operating again | Extensive receiver | Tight finish | D/ST | Kicker

How lengthy is Hunter Henry out?

Primarily based on Schefter’s report, Henry’s absence is a tough one for fantasy house owners to deal with. You positively drafted him as your beginning tight finish, and that four-to-six-week timetable would carry him again between Week 6 and Week 8. For what it is price, the Chargers’ bye is not till Week 12, so you will not acquire every week of sport motion for Henry, as he’ll nonetheless have his bye developing when he returns.

For now, you must maintain on to Henry and discover a stopgap choice at TE. Due to the relative dearth of high quality TE choices, you will not be crushed on a week-to-week foundation with out Henry, and he’ll nearly definitely be your greatest tight-end choice when he returns.

Hopefully your league has IR spots to place injured gamers in, but when not, it is likely to be price sacrificing a backup quarterback or backup protection to stash Henry as an every-week top-10 TE upon his return.

Who’s the Chargers’ backup TE?

Enter Virgil Inexperienced. The 31-year previous tight finish has been across the league and is in his second yr with the Chargers. Will probably be the primary prolonged stretch of his profession as a beginning TE, so there aren’t too many examples to level to for the way he would possibly do. Inexperienced is not a complete plodder, averaging a good 11.2 yards per catch in his NFL profession.

Inexperienced can be a big-bodied, 6-5, 255-pound receiver, who ought to present Rivers a good goal within the crimson zone. 

Henry’s absence ought to elevate the worth of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams barely, together with the pass-catching utilization of Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. L.A.’s third receiver, Travis Benjamin, might also see the sphere a bit extra, though he would not have fantasy worth besides within the deepest of leagues.

Hunter Henry fantasy replacements

Inexperienced is not your best option to interchange Henry long-term, although. This is an inventory of choices which might be lower than 50-percent owned in Yahoo leagues:

  • Jack Doyle, Colts
  • Noah Fant, Broncos
  • Jason Witten, Cowboys
  • Vernon Davis, Redskins
  • Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
  • C.J. Uzomah, Bengals

The most effective overlap with Henry’s absence might be Davis, who will fill in for Jordan Reed so long as the Redskins’ starter is out with concussion points. Possibly Reed ultimately returns and supplants Davis, however till then, the veteran is at worst the third-best receiving goal Washington has. You might additionally stash Chris Herndon or Benjamin Watson, each of whom are suspended till Week 5. Clearly, they will not assist the subsequent three weeks, however they might be useful contributors if Henry is out for longer than anticipated.

If you are going to play the matchups on a week-to-week foundation, a few of our favourite under-the-radar Week 2 performs are Davis (vs. DAL), Uzomah (vs. SF), and Ryan Griffin (vs. CLE).


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