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Dec 24, 2023 4 58 24 0 5
Dec 16, 2023 6 63 16 0 6
Dec 10, 2023 5 53 26 0 5
Nov 27, 2023 5 50 17 1 11
Nov 19, 2023 4 55 29 0 5

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Player Outlook
Hockenson could be tough to trust this season coming off a serious knee injury toward the end of 2023. We recommend drafting Hockenson with a late-round pick in the majority of leagues, but he could be out in the early part of the year. Hockenson suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Week 16 last year, and he didn't undergo surgery until late January. There's a good chance Hockenson could be on the PUP list or injured reserve to open the season, and we might not see him until after Minnesota's bye in Week 6. Now, he could surprise us and be ready for Week 1, but that seems unlikely. Hockenson is more appealing in leagues with IR spots where you can potentially stash him, but don't draft him based on his production from last year when he averaged 14.6 PPR points per game. Keep in mind the Vikings have a new quarterback this year in J.J. McCarthy or Sam Darnold, and it could take time for Hockenson to develop a rapport with his new passer. We're hopeful Hockenson can return to form quickly and perform at a high level, but your best bet is to consider him a No. 2 Fantasy tight end to open the season and not overvalue him based on what happened before his knee injury in 2023.

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2023 95 960 10.11 5 0.00 1177.8
2022 86 914 10.63 6 0.00 1207.1
3y Avg. 81 819 10.11 5 0.00 1036.9
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: No timetable for return

    Hockenson (knee) said "they haven't really put a timeline on it" when asked Wednesday about a potential date for his in-season return to action, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports. Hockenson was specifically asked on the NFL Schedule Release '24 show whether he expects to be playing Week 5 versus the Jets in London. The standout tight end said of his recovery from a right ACL and MCL tear he's "kinda taking it day by day, week by week," and that "the progression has been incredible" even though a specific return timetable remains uncertain. Hockenson underwent surgery late January and doesn't seem likely to be ready for Week 1, but Week 5 could be within the realm of possibility. The Vikings have a Week 6 bye, however, so it's possible that a more realistic target for Hockenson's debut could be Week 7 and beyond.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Undergoes surgery

    Hockenson (knee) underwent successful ACL surgery Monday. Hockenson's season ended when he tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee on Dec. 26. Given how late in the season his injury occurred, the star tight end is presumably in danger of not being ready for the start of the 2024 season. He now will move forward with the rehab process as the offseason gets underway.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Officially on injured reserve

    The Vikings placed Hockenson (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday. This transaction was expected after head coach Kevin O'Connell revealed Tuesday that Hockenson suffered ACL and MCL injuries in his right knee during this past Sunday's loss to the Lions, per Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. Hockenson is slated for surgery at some point, and considering such severe injuries befell the tight end so late in the current campaign, he may be in danger of missing Week 1 of the 2024 season. The Vikings will hand over the position to Josh Oliver and Johnny Mundt for the last two contests of the regular season and any potential playoff games that follow.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Suffers torn ACL, MCL

    Hockenson will require season-ending surgery after sustaining a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee during Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Lions, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports. Hockenson is expected to be placed on injured reserve in the coming days, while the Vikings likely turn to Josh Oliver and Johnny Mundt to fill most of the available snaps at tight end for the remainder of the season. Given the late-December timing of the surgery, Hockenson could face an uphill battle to gain clearance for Week 1 of the 2024 season. He finishes his first full season in Minnesota with career highs in catches (95), receiving yards (960) and targets (127) in addition to scoring five touchdowns over 15 games.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Outlook for knee injury 'not good'

    Hockenson is slated to undergo an MRI on Monday after sustaining a right knee injury in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Lions, but the Vikings are bracing for the tight end to miss some time, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Hockenson's initial outlook is said to be "not good" after he took a helmet to his knee during the Vikings' opening drive of the third quarter Sunday. Even if no structural damage is detected, Hockenson still could be dealing with a ligament issue that might threaten his availability for the final two games of the regular season, as well as any potential postseason run. Through 15 appearances on the campaign, Hockenson has turned in a 95-960-5 line on 127 targets, with the reception and yardage totals both representing career-best marks.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Exits early due to knee injury

    Hockenson won't return to Sunday's game against the Lions due to a right knee injury, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports. Hockenson suffered the injury on the Vikings' opening drive of the third quarter, when he took a hard shot to the knee following a reception, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. He'll finish the contest with four catches for 58 yards on four targets. The Vikings will likely provide an update on Hockenson's condition in the coming days, but for the time being, his status for the team's Week 17 game versus the Packers is uncertain.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Modest but productive day Saturday

    Hockenson caught six passes for 63 yards on seven targets in the 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals on Saturday. Hockenson was highly efficient and turned in a solid game for his fantasy investors, but it was easy to overlook his contributions in a game where he was overshadowed by Jordan Addison (six catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns on six targets) and Justin Jefferson (seven catches for 84 yards on 10 targets). Addison seemingly remains behind Hockenson in the overall target rotation, though, so Hockenson is a good bet to rank higher in the team receiving category when the Vikings play against Detroit in Week 17.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Leading receiver in Week 14 win

    Hockenson caught five of eight targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Raiders. The catches and yards were team highs on a day when both offenses simply couldn't get anything going. Four of Hockenson's five catches came in the fourth quarter after Nick Mullens had replaced Joshua Dobbs under center, however, which bodes well for the tight end in Week 15 against the Bengals if Mullens winds up taking over at QB on a full-time basis.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Finds end zone in Week 12 loss

    Hockenson secured five of six targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 12-10 loss to the Bears on Monday. Hockenson led the Vikings in receiving yards and recorded the game's only touchdown on a 17-yard grab with just under six minutes remaining in the game. The talented tight end overcame a rib injury to suit up Monday night, and he'll head into a Week 13 bye that will afford him some extra rest having scored three times in the last five games. Hockenson next faces the Raiders in an interconference road battle Week 14.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Clear to play Week 12

    Hockenson (ribs) does not have an injury status for Monday's game against the Bears. Hockenson practiced in full Saturday after beginning the week with a pair of limited sessions. He's been dealing with an injury to his ribs since early November, but the issue hasn't caused him to miss any games. Hockenson leads NFL tight ends with 75 catches and 736 receiving yards on the campaign, and he's also notched four touchdowns.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Limited with rib injury

    Hockenson (ribs) was a limited participant in practice Friday. Hockenson played through the rib injury the past two weeks and piled up 15 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown in his familiar three-down role. He'll likely be fine for Monday's game against the Bears, and might be looking at another week without WR Justin Jefferson (hamstring - LP) around to compete for targets.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Team-high receiving yards in loss

    Hockenson brought in four of seven targets for 55 yards in the Vikings' 21-20 loss to the Broncos on Sunday night. The productive tight end paced the Vikings in receiving yards and targets while tying with position mate Josh Oliver for the team lead in receptions. However, it was still an underwhelming night by Hockenson's lofty standards, as his catch total was his lowest since Week 4 while his receiving yards qualified as his fewest since Week 6. Hockenson has shown good early rapport with Joshua Dobbs despite Sunday's downturn, but he could see his overall target share take a hit with the potential return of Justin Jefferson (hamstring) for a Week 12 home matchup against the Bears on Monday night, Nov. 27.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Ready for Week 11

    Hockenson (ribs) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest in Denver. For a second straight week, Hockenson had a cap on his practice reps due to the injured ribs that he sustained back in a Week 9 win in Atlanta. The issue didn't stop him from playing this past Sunday against the Saints, when he put up 11 catches (on 15 targets) for 134 yards and one touchdown on a season-low 68 percent snap share. Now that he's in the clear to continue suiting up for game days, Hockenson may be welcoming back Justin Jefferson (hamstring) this weekend. If that doesn't come to pass, though, Hockenson and rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison will remain the top pass-catching options for quarterback Joshua Dobbs.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Another limited showing

    Hockenson (ribs) practiced on a limited basis Thursday. Hockenson is operating with a cap on his practice reps this week due to the injured ribs that he sustained back in Week 9. While he played a season-low 68 percent of the offensive snaps this past Sunday against the Saints, he didn't seem worse for wear on his way to 11 catches (on 15 targets) for 134 yards and one touchdown. There's a chance that the tight end will be welcoming back Justin Jefferson (hamstring, IR) for the first time since Week 5 on Sunday in Denver, but Hockenson himself has just one more opportunity to log a full practice before the Vikings potentially hand him a designation for Week 11 action.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Limited on estimated report

    Hockenson (ribs) was estimated as a limited practice participant on Wednesday's practice report. Hockenson's practice reps were capped last week after offensive coordinator Wes Phillips told Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the tight end suffered two broken ribs during a Week 9 win in Atlanta. The injury didn't stop Hockenson from suiting up this past Sunday against the Saints, and though he visibly looked to be in pain at various points of the game, he still finished with 11 catches (on 15 targets) for 134 yards and one touchdown. Now that he's back on the injury report, Hockenson's status will need to be monitored, but the expectation remains that he'll continue to play through the pain this Sunday in Denver.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Playing Sunday, but may be limited

    Hockenson (ribs) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints. Hockenson gutted out a rib injury last Sunday in Atlanta, but he still played 85 percent of snaps and gathered in seven of 12 targets for 69 yards and no touchdowns. He proceeded to be a limited practice participant during the entirety of Week 10 prep, and while he's suiting up this Sunday, there's an expectation that he won't receive his typical workload, per Ed Werder of ESPN. With Hockenson handling fewer snaps than normal and WRs Justin Jefferson (hamstring) and K.J. Osborn (concussion) unavailable, rookie wideout Jordan Addison should be on the receiving end of plenty of passes from quarterback Joshua Dobbs, while Josh Oliver and Johnny Mundt are the available tight ends not named Hockenson.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Expected to take on Saints

    Hockenson (ribs), who is officially listed as questionable, is expected to suit up Sunday versus New Orleans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Hockenson has been limited in practice due to the rib injury he suffered in a 31-28 win over Atlanta in Week 9, but he doesn't look as though he'll be forced to miss any game action as a result. The tight end's expected availability is welcome news for Minnesota's passing offense, as wideout Justin Jefferson (hamstring) wasn't activated from injured reserve this week and receiver K.J. Osborn (concussion) is shaping up as a game-time decision. Official word on Hockenson's status will arrive when Minnesota releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Questionable for Week 10

    Hockenson (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Hockenson played through the injury after suffering it in Sunday's 31-28 win over Atlanta, finishing with seven catches for 69 yards while playing 85 percent of the available offensive snaps. He seems to have come out of the game with significant soreness but has a shot to avoid any absences after managing limited practice participation throughout the week. Fantasy managers will be glad to hear the Vikings and Saints have an early kickoff (1 ET) given that WRs Justin Jefferson (hamstring) and K.J. Osborn (concussion) also are listed as questionable.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Stays limited Thursday

    Hockenson (ribs) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday. Hockenson continues to operate with a cap on his practice reps as the Vikings navigate their way through Week 10 prep. A rib issue is to blame, but Hockenson told Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com on Thursday, "That's the plan," when asked about his chances to play Sunday against the Saints. That comment echoed one from coach Kevin O'Connell on Monday, but Friday's injury report will reveal whether or not Hockenson enters the weekend with an injury designation.
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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Hopeful to play against New Orleans

    Head coach Kevin O'Connell said Monday that he hopes Hockenson (ribs) will be able to play Sunday against the Saints, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Hockenson was the Vikings' leading receiver during Sunday's 31-28 win over the Falcons, but O'Connell revealed after the game that the tight end was tending to a rib issue. Hockenson is expected to be a limited practice participant to begin the week, but the team hopes that he won't be forced to miss any game action. A better idea of his status should come into focus as the week rolls along.
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