Hunter Henry was in line for a breakout fantasy season in 2018, as Antonio Gates had retired, locking up the number one tight end spot on the depth chart. The torn ACL he suffered on the teams first activity of the summer last season really put a damper on even my own dynasty league lineup, but there is reason to be hopeful for the 2019 season.
While in his first two seasons, Henry played behind Antonio Gates and acted as an apprentice to the future Hall of Famer, as he learned and got better. Henry still performed as a decent tight end in fantasy football as he had 81 receptions for 1057 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons. Now obviously that’s not elite tight end numbers, but it’s a decent sample size of what we may get from Henry if he was the number one tight end on the roster. With nobody now ahead of him, he will be the Chargers top tight end and will be a great red zone option for Philip Rivers.
Henry’s current ADP is at 10.12, which is the 12th pick of the 10th round, giving us plenty of great value for a potential top 5 tight end. I would rather have Henry in the 10th than Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, or George Kittle in the second or third round. Henry is also still only 24 years old, and he should recover from the ACL injury fully. With plenty of youth left in him to become an elite tight end, I expect him to do just that this year.
Henry is finally back at 100% after playing in the playoffs late last season, and with tight end being a very thin and top heavy position, we can expect Henry to break out this season and he may be around the Ertz’s, Kelce’s, and Kittle’s of the world.
Stat Projection: 75/900/10