Does TJ Hockenson play today against. The Vikings?
The question of whether TE Lions TE TJ Hockenson will play in Week 3 has been dragging on since he appeared on the injury report on Wednesday. As Hockenson deals with his hip injury, should we expect to see him today, and what does that mean for fantasy football managers?
Is TJ Hockenson playing today?
After Hockenson was restricted all week in training, he was listed as questionable heading into the weekend. However, the general sentiment coming out of Detroit was that he should be able to dress up as the Lions took on the Vikings this week.
That sentiment was further reinforced Sunday morning by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, who tweeted that Hockenson should be active this week, alongside D’Andre Swift, Frank Ragnow and Aidan Hutchinson. With Hockenson now expected to play, can fantasy managers rely on him in their Week 3 roster?
Should fantasy managers start Hockenson in week 3?
It’s been a frustrating season for Hockenson’s fantastic managers. Although he saw 14 targets in the first two weeks, he seemed out of sync with Jared Goff. He has just seven receptions for 64 yards and hasn’t found the end zone. In non-PPR leagues, this equates to just 3.2 fantasy points per week, reaching 6.7 fantasy points in PPR.
Therefore, even with Hockenson healthy this week, there are still question marks over whether he should be started. He played 90% of Lions snaps in the first two weeks and struggled to produce for fantasy managers.
So if being limited means he’ll see less playtime, that’s a concern. This could be a week where if you have a roster or can stream a solid starting option, it may make sense to do so.
Who could benefit from the Lions attack if Hockenson is restricted?
The Lions attack is intriguing in terms of targets. Amon-Ra St. Brown leads the team with 24 targets, Hockenson is second at 14, then DJ Chark is third with 12. Therefore, we could see Swift picking up a few more targets per game if Hockenson isn’t able to. be that solid option.
The concern is that Chark has only caught four of his 12 targets so far. If he hadn’t caught a touchdown in Week 1, his fantastic returns would be even more disappointing than Hockenson.
The other person who might see more work is Swift. After being limited last week, he should play a bigger role in Week 1. He’s already seen five of his eight targets last week, and that number could increase with Hockenson limited. Plus, we might see more Josh Reynolds as a third WR option.
The problem with all of this is that with Hockenson’s role uncertain this week, it’s hard to judge how much these values will rise. We know Swift and St. Brown start in almost every format, but about Chark and Reynolds. Chark is a marginal flexible starter in 14-team leagues in this game, while Reynolds’ value is limited in 18- or 2-team league formats.