Player Outlook
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.

Fantasy Stats

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Year rec
Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 61 583 9.56 4 0.00 847
2020 67 723 10.79 6 0.00 1086.8
3y Avg. 53 558 10.53 4 0.00 816.2
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Fifth-year option picked up

    Hockenson (thumb) had the fifth-year option on his contract for 2023 picked up by the Lions on Tuesday, Eric Woodyard of 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.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Fifth-year option to be exercised

    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.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Should be healthy soon

    Hockenson (thumb) recently said he'll be healthy for the start of the Lions' offseason program, Kyle Meinke of 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.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Moved to IR

    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.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Undergoes season-ending surgery

    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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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Absent from practice

    Hockenson (hand) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Since turning in a limited session last Wednesday due to a left hand injury, Hockenson hasn't taken any reps in any of the Lions' subsequent four practices. He was listed as doubtful before being placed on the inactive list for last week's loss to the Broncos, and unless he gets back on the field in some capacity Friday, Hockenson will likely carry a designation into this weekend's contest against Arizona, if he's not ruled out beforehand. Backup tight ends Shane Zylstra (63 percent of offensive snaps, six targets) and Brock Wright (55 percent, five targets) saw similar workloads and involvement in the passing game while Hockenson was sidelined in Denver.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: No practice Wednesday

    Hockenson (hand) won't practice Wednesday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports. Hockenson couldn't suit up for Detroit's Week 14 loss to Denver, and though head coach Dan Campbell said he's "hopeful" the tight end will return for Week 15, Burke theorizes that Hockenson is trending in the wrong direction. In any case, Hockenson will almost certainly need to return to practice in at least a limited fashion by Friday to have a shot at suiting up in Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Doubtful for Sunday

    Hockenson (hand) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Denver, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Hockenson was a limited practice participant Wednesday before sitting out Thursday and Friday, with Detroit beat reporters noticing a heavy wrap over his left hand. The Lions are woefully thin for the upcoming contest, with around half the roster missing practice time this week due to some combination of injuries, a flu bug and COVID-19. With Hockenson likely missing the upcoming game, Brock Wright figures to step in as Detroit's top tight end.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Misses practice again

    Hockenson (hand) didn't practice Friday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Coach Dan Campbell acknowledged RB D'Andre Swift (shoulder) is unlikely to play this week but didn't make any similar comments about Hockenson. The tight end has now missed back-to-back practices after a limited session Wednesday, with Friday's injury report potentially revealing if he's in real danger of missing the game in Denver on Sunday.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Sits out Thursday's practice

    Hockenson (hand) didn't practice Thursday. During the portion of Thursday's session open to the media, Hockenson was spotted with a heavy tape job on his left hand, according to Justin Rogers of The Detroit News. Hockenson's downgrade from limited Wednesday to no activity one day later may merely be maintenance-related, but Friday's injury report will relay whether the tight end is in possible danger of sitting out this weekend.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Dealing with hand issue

    Hockenson (hand) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report. The hand injury is a new health concern for Hockenson after he avoided practice limitations since Week 8 prep. During that five-game stretch, he put together a 23-224-2 receiving line on 31 targets. Assuming he gets past the current issue by week's end, Hockenson again will serve as one of the Lions' top receiving options, but who will be throwing him passes is a question mark with Jared Goff unable to practice Wednesday due to an illness.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Snags another touchdown

    Hockenson caught four of eight targets for 49 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 29-27 win over Minnesota. Hockenson found the painted area for the second straight week as his up-and-down usage continues. Through 12 games, the tight end has seen eight or more targets eight times while seeing three or less targets in the remaining four games. If D'Andre Swift (shoulder) remains sidelined in Week 14, fantasy managers will need to hope that Hockenson doesn't get schemed out of the game plan by a decent Denver secondary.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Bounces back with six receptions

    Hockenson recorded six receptions on eight targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Browns. After failing to find the stat sheet against Pittsburgh in Week 10, Hockenson bounced back to record at least six receptions for the fourth time in his last five games. His biggest gain of the day came late in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard reception, though the drive ultimately stalled and concluded in a punt. While he was otherwise limited to short-area catches, Hockenson has now topped 50 yards in five contests this season heading into a Week 12 matchup against the Bears.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Blanked by Steelers

    Hockenson was targeted once but he did not record a catch during Sunday's 16-16 tie with the Steelers. It is not believed that Hockenson was dealing with any sort of injury. Instead, it seemed like he was yet again victim to Detroit's Jared Goff-led passing attack that generated 114 yards on the day. Since Hockenson entered the week averaging eight targets per game with 31 targets in his previous three games, fantasy managers should expect some sort of rebound in Week 11 against Cleveland, but this outing should be a reminder that the floor for even Goff's best pass catchers is apparently zero in any given week.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Snags double-digit receptions

    Hockenson caught 10 of 11 targets for 89 yards during Sunday's 44-6 loss to the Eagles. Seeing more than double the number of targets as the next closest player on the team, Hockenson was the only avenue through which the Lions were able to find success. Through eight games, the tight end has now seen at least eight targets six times, which is a claim that only one other tight end in the NFL (Travis Kelce) can make. While Hockenson won't have Kelce's upside as long as Jared Goff is throwing him the ball, his usage rate is elite and it's likely that Hockenson is just approaching his physical peak. The No. 8 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft will remain a top fantasy option when the Lions return from their Week 9 bye.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Cleared for Week 8

    Hockenson (ankle/knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Despite being listed on the injury report for much of the season, Hockenson has played at least 80 percent of snaps on offense in every game, with his 53 targets narrowly topping D'Andre Swift's 52 for the team lead. The third-year tight end should be a big part of Detroit's gameplan this Sunday against a slumping Philadelphia defense.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Remains limited at practice

    Hockenson (ankle/knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Despite a rotating cast of Lions wide receivers, Hockenson hasn't been incredibly efficient with his workload, with his 53 targets going at a clip of 6.8 YPT. He's also reached the end zone just twice in seven games. Assuming he puts his ankle and knee injuries behind him ahead of Sunday's game, Hockenson will look to exploit an Eagles defense that has given up the second-most catches (46, tied with the Ravens) to tight ends this season.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Dealing with ankle, knee injuries

    Hockenson practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday due to ankle and knee injuries. Hockenson has been saddled with a knee injury for most of October, and now an ankle issue has reared its head on the Lions' initial Week 8 practice report. In three games since the knee issue first surfaced, Hockenson has compiled a modest 16-144-0 receiving line on 23 targets. Hockenson again will look to ditch the designations before Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff against the Eagles, if not by the release of the Lions' final Week 8 injury report Friday.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Busy but inefficient

    Hockenson (knee) caught six passes for 48 yards on nine targets against the Rams on Sunday. The Rams were well aware that the Lions would try to feed Hockenson in this one and prepared accordingly, including setting elite corner Jalen Ramsey against Hockenson at times. Although Hockenson's efficiency was lacking Sunday and the struggles of quarterback Jared Goff might make that an ongoing risk, the nine-target usage for Hockenson is rather encouraging. It wasn't an easy matchup for Hockenson, yet the ball headed his way often. He'll face the Eagles in Week 8.
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  • Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Playing Sunday

    Hockenson (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Rams in L.A. For a third straight week, Hockenson is gutting out a knee injury on game day. During the first two contests, he hauled in 10 of 14 targets for 96 yards. Another semi-fruitful outing could be on tap against a Rams defense that has given up the ninth-most yards (364, tied with the Cowboys) to tight ends this season.
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