Hockenson will be a Draft Day delight for those Fantasy managers who choose to wait on their tight end. That's because he won't go anywhere near as high as he did in 2021 after his season ended with an injury. Most won't remember that he averaged 11.7 PPR points per game (sixth-best at the position), or that he had 10-plus PPR points in eight of his 12 appearances. They'll ignore his 7.0 targets per game. And some might be fixated on the additions to the Lions' receiving corps and not realize that Hockenson won't see tight coverage like he did before. Now that his price tag is a bit more manageable, Hockenson has potential to be a post-hype sleeper in 2022. Your goal is to get him in Round 7 if you miss out on tight ends earlier.
Hockenson (thumb) had the fifth-year option on his contract for 2023 picked up by the Lions on Tuesday, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports. General manager Brad Holmes indicated in late March the Lions would be picking up the option, and the team made that transaction official Tuesday. A long-term deal could still come to fruition, but Hockenson is now under contract for the next two years. The 24-year-old caught 61 of 84 targets for 583 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games in 2021 before undergoing season-ending thumb surgery. There hasn't been any concern regarding his availability for offseason workouts during the spring and summer.
General manager Brad Holmes confirmed Tuesday that the Lions will pick up the fifth-year option on Hockenson's (thumb) contract, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Expect the Lions to formally make the decision before the May 2 deadline, though it's possible that Hockenson could agree to a long-term deal before then. In any case, the Lions don't seem to have any concern that the tight end's season-ending thumb injury will affect his availability for offseason workouts this spring and summer.
Hockenson (thumb) recently said he'll be healthy for the start of the Lions' offseason program, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. "I'm almost there already, and it's only been a few weeks," Hockenson said. "Just a few more left, and I'll be 100 percent by the offseason." The tight end had surgery on his left thumb in mid-December, thus wrapping up the 2021 season with a 61-583-4 receiving line in 12 games (84 targets, 7.0 per week). Hockenson now enters the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, though the Lions presumably will exercise his fifth-year team option before the May 2 deadline. He should retain breakout appeal as he enters his age-25 season, especially if the Lions upgrade at other positions this spring. Hockenson is one of the core pieces of Detroit's rebuild and a true three-down tight end.
Hockenson (thumb) was placed on injured reserve Friday. The 24-year-old tight end had season-ending surgery Thursday on his left thumb, and he wraps up 2021 with 61 catches for 583 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games (84 targets). Hockenson should have plenty of time to recover before the offseason program, while Shane Zylstra and Brock Wright are left to take over at tight end for the final four weeks of the 2021 campaign.
Hockenson had season-ending surgery on his left thumb Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The first inclination that Hockenson may be dealing with a serious injury was last Thursday, when he was spotted with a heavy wrap on his left hand. He eventually was deemed doubtful for Week 14 action and inactive Sunday in Denver. Upon returning to Detroit earlier this week, coach Dan Campbell relayed hope that Hockenson would be able to play Week 15, but the ensuing procedure will bring his campaign to an abrupt conclusion, with the expectation he'll complete his recovery by the offseason program. Hockenson will end his third season as a pro with 61 catches (on 84 targets) for 583 yards and four touchdowns in 12 appearances. The Lions will turn to Brock Wright and practice squad member Shane Zylstra at tight end down the stretch.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/09||@New England Patriots||6||5.00|
|9||11/06||Green Bay Packers||22||7.67|
|11||11/20||@New York Giants||12||5.88|
|15||12/18||@New York Jets||27||8.82|
|18||01/08||@Green Bay Packers||22||7.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||81||53||558||4||30||10.53||81|