T.J. Hockenson Fantasy Football Analysis with Lions

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  • See Matthew Freedman's fantasy football analysis for tight end T.J. Hockenson, who was drafted No. 8 overall by the Detroit Lions.

T.J. Hockenson Fantasy Football Analysis

  • Height: 6’5” | Weight: 251 pounds
  • 40-yard dash: 4.70 seconds
  • School: Iowa | Class: Redshirt Sophomore
  • 2019 age: 22 | Draft position: No. 8 overall

Within three seasons, Hockenson could be the best tight end in the league.

Winner of the 2018 Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end, Hockenson has top-end potential as a mismatch weapon in the blocking and receiving game. Entering the NFL from the same institution that produced George Kittle, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Tony Moeaki, Scott Chandler and Dallas Clark, the young tight end will be a solid professional right away.

Last year, he was first on the Hawkeyes with 760 yards receiving and second with 49 receptions and six touchdowns through the air, and he led all tight ends likely to be drafted with 47.4 expected points added.

Over the past 12 years, only 10 tight ends have been selected in Round 1, and it’s rare for first-round tight ends to do absolutely nothing with their careers, but it does usually take tight ends at least a season to acclimate to the NFL.

I expect Hockenson to start right away for the Lions, but that playing time might not translate into many targets in his first season. As a rookie, Hockenson will likely be a matchup-dependent producer.

In dynasty, though, I want as much Hockenson as I can get. After the first couple of running backs and wide receivers, if you took him in the top half of the first round of a rookie draft, I wouldn’t fault you for it. That honestly might be where I try to get him.

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Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs. He has a dog and sometimes a British accent. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he’s known only as The Labyrinthian.

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