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Armchair Football League (AFL) Est. 2022
FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1
T.J. Hockenson

TE MIN

College: Iowa | 5 years
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 248 lbs
Birth Date: 1997-07-03
2024 Bye Week: 6

Total Pts: 220
Avg Pts: 12.94
Rank: 4 TE

Deshaun's Masseuse

2024 RTSports Outlook

Hockenson had a huge first full season with the Vikings, setting career highs in receptions (95) and yards (960). Hockenson was fourth overall in fantasy tight end scoring. He was so consistent, having 12 of 15 games with double-digit fantasy points. Hockenson was a perfect fit for the Vikings offense. He will continue to be the starting tight end and likely the second most targets on the team behind Justin Jefferson. He is recovering from a major knee injury, though, and could be slowed some to start the season. Hockenson has two straight seasons with 85-plus receptions. Hockenson is a pretty complete tight end. Hockenson is a very athletic tight end that does it all at the position. He catches the ball well, can makes plays down the field and is a solid blocker.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Hockenson might see a slight regression because of a new starting quarterback and his injury, but should be considered a top-five option at the position. He should be very consistent once again. Hockenson can get around 90 receptions for 900 yards and six scores.

FreeDraftGuide.com

RotoBaller's Outlook

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson(back) has seen a significant jump in his 2023 fantasy ADP after a career-best receiving season (86/914/6) in 2022. The 25-year-old displayed a high floor after being traded away from the Detroit Lions, corralling six passes per game in Minnesota. Hockenson collected a substantial 14.1 full-PPR fantasy points per game with the Vikings from Weeks 9 to 17 en route to an overall TE2 season outside of standard settings. The two-time Pro Bowler also flashed a positional-best ceiling with multiple 30-point showcases. Plus, he had a huge effort (10/129) in Minny's Wild Card game last year. Hockenson fully consummated the hype he garnered as the 2018 John Mackey Award winner and a top-10 2019 NFL Draft pick. With Adam Thielen now out of the picture, his departure leaves behind 621 routes run and 22 red-zone targets from last year. While slot man K.J. Osborn and first-round rookie Jordan Addison battle for No. 3 weapon duties at wide receiver, Hockenson should function as quarterback Kirk Cousins' second-favorite target as a complement to superstar Justin Jefferson. Hockenson missed the majority of training camp with an ear infection and lower-back soreness. The fifth-year player was entering the final year of his rookie deal before bagging a four-year, $68.5 million extension on Aug. 31. Any fear that Hockenson was perhaps holding out for a new contract can be quelled after he was nearly a full participant at practice on the same day. It's only a mild concern that the former first-rounder missed so much practice time ahead of his first full year with his new team. The potential for a slow start is not enough to displace Hockenson as a top-five fantasy TE this summer. The field-stretching pass catcher presents a rare blend of floor and ceiling at his position, certainly worthy of a fourth- or fifth-round fantasy choice in 10-team leagues as an every-week, set-and-forget TE1. Hockenson is a legitimate threat to lead TEs in catches; he was on pace for a 100-catch compilation over Weeks 9 to 17.

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson(back) has seen a significant jump in his 2023 fantasy ADP after a career-best receiving season (86/914/6) in 2022. The 25-year-old displayed a high floor after being traded away from the Detroit Lions, corralling six passes per game in Minnesota. Hockenson collected a substantial 14.1 full-PPR fantasy points per game with the Vikings from Weeks 9 to 17 en route to an overall TE2 season outside of standard settings. The two-time Pro Bowler also flashed a positional-best ceiling with multiple 30-point showcases. Plus, he had a huge effort (10/129) in Minny's Wild Card game last year. Hockenson fully consummated the hype he garnered as the 2018 John Mackey Award winner and a top-10 2019 NFL Draft pick. With Adam Thielen now out of the picture, his departure leaves behind 621 routes run and 22 red-zone targets from last year. While slot man K.J. Osborn and first-round rookie Jordan Addison battle for No. 3 weapon duties at wide receiver, Hockenson should function as quarterback Kirk Cousins' second-favorite target as a complement to superstar Justin Jefferson. Hockenson missed the majority of training camp with an ear infection and lower-back soreness. The fifth-year player was entering the final year of his rookie deal before bagging a four-year, $68.5 million extension on Aug. 31. Any fear that Hockenson was perhaps holding out for a new contract can be quelled after he was nearly a full participant at practice on the same day. It's only a mild concern that the former first-rounder missed so much practice time ahead of his first full year with his new team. The potential for a slow start is not enough to displace Hockenson as a top-five fantasy TE this summer. The field-stretching pass catcher presents a rare blend of floor and ceiling at his position, certainly worthy of a fourth- or fifth-round fantasy choice in 10-team leagues as an every-week, set-and-forget TE1. Hockenson is a legitimate threat to lead TEs in catches; he was on pace for a 100-catch compilation over Weeks 9 to 17.

Fantasy WeekPts
Scoring
Week 111.50T.J. Hockenson 35 receiving yds (3.50 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 8 receptions (8.00 pts)
Week 225.60T.J. Hockenson 66 receiving yds (6.60 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 7 receptions (7.00 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 2 receiving TDs (12.00 pts)
. . . T.J. Hockenson 5 yd TD pass from Kirk Cousins
. . . T.J. Hockenson 5 yd TD pass from Kirk Cousins
Week 314.80T.J. Hockenson 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 78 receiving yds (7.80 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 8 receptions (8.00 pts)
Week 44.40T.J. Hockenson 24 receiving yds (2.40 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 510.10T.J. Hockenson 51 receiving yds (5.10 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Week 611.00T.J. Hockenson 50 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 6 receptions (6.00 pts)
Week 719.60T.J. Hockenson 86 receiving yds (8.60 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 11 receptions (11.00 pts)
Week 820.80T.J. Hockenson 88 receiving yds (8.80 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 6 receptions (6.00 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . T.J. Hockenson 2 yd TD pass from Kirk Cousins
Week 913.90T.J. Hockenson 69 receiving yds (6.90 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 7 receptions (7.00 pts)
Week 1030.40T.J. Hockenson 134 receiving yds (13.40 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 11 receptions (11.00 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . T.J. Hockenson 28 yd TD pass from Joshua Dobbs
Week 119.50T.J. Hockenson 55 receiving yds (5.50 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Week 1216.00T.J. Hockenson 50 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . T.J. Hockenson 17 yd TD pass from Joshua Dobbs
Week 13
Week 1410.30T.J. Hockenson 53 receiving yds (5.30 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Week 1512.30T.J. Hockenson 63 receiving yds (6.30 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 6 receptions (6.00 pts)
Playoff Week 19.80T.J. Hockenson 58 receiving yds (5.80 pts)
T.J. Hockenson 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Playoff Week 2
Player Notes
May 17 9:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (knee), who tore his ACL and MCL in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions last year, isn't putting a timeline on his return in 2024. "They haven't really put a timeline on it," Hockenson said. "We're just kinda taking it day by day, week by week, there's just so many variables that you can go through in this process. I'm doing really good right now. We're attacking each process. I'm attacking each one and it's been awesome, the progression has been incredible." Even if Hockenson isn't available for the Week 1 season opener this fall, he should be drafted in all fantasy leagues as a surefire, high-end TE1 when healthy, although he will be taking passes from either quarterback Sam Darnold or rookie J.J. McCarthy in 2024. In 15 games last year, Hockenson had 95 catches for 960 yards and five touchdowns.

From RotoBaller

May 2 2:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (knee) is ahead of scheduled in his rehab this offseason, but the Vikings are committed to ensuring he is fully healthy before he plays. Last year's contract cemented the team's belief that he is one of its cornerstone players when he's healthy, and they aren't just going to rush a player like that back from a severe injury. Josh Oliver and Johnny Mundt will fill in if Hockenson needs to miss the first couple weeks of the 2204 season. Hockenson suffered a torn right ACL and MCL in late December last year, and his recovery this offseason will be a big storyline for Minnesota's offense as they move to a new era without quarterback Kirk Cousins. When healthy, Hockenson is a high-end TE1 in fantasy, but he'll come at a discounted price in drafts this fall if it's looking like he won't be ready to start the year on time.

From RotoBaller

Jan 29 8:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (knee) underwent successful surgery on Monday to fix his torn ACL. Hockenson tore both his ACL and MCL in a brutal hit to his right knee on Dec. 26 and missed the remainder of the regular season. With the injury coming so late in 2023, there's a chance the 26-year-old won't be ready to go for the start of the 2024 regular season this fall. Hockenson's rehab will be something to watch closely this spring and summer. When healthy, he's one of the better pass-catching tight ends in fantasy, although with quarterback Kirk Cousins a free agent, he could have a new QB throwing him passes in 2024. In his first full year in Minnesota in 2023 after being traded from the Detroit Lions in 2022, Hockenson caught a career-high 95 passes (127 targets) for a career-high 960 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games played.

From RotoBaller

Dec 27 11:13am ET

Dynasty | T.J. Hockenson tore both his ACL and MCL in the team's loss to the Lions in week 16 Dynasty Analysis: The injury drum beats on, now sidelining one of the top tight ends in the game. With just over nine months to go before the start of the 2024 regular season, Hockenson will be in a race to be back on the field in week one. Full rehabilitation from tearing both ligaments can be extended. Hockenson turns 27 next July and there's no reason to expect anything less than a full recovery but it's an unfortunate injury for the top playmaker. He's currently listed as DLF's TE1 but may slip in value heading into the offseason.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Dec 26 4:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (knee) suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the Week 16 loss to the Detroit Lions. He is expected to be placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season. Given the late-season injury, the 26-year-old could start the 2024 season on the PUP list. The former first-round pick signed a four-year, $66 million contract this offseason with Minnesota. Hockenson had career-highs in receptions, receiving, yards, and targets during his first entire season with the Vikings. He caught 95 of 127 targets for 965 yards and five touchdowns over 15 games in 2023. Hockenson will likely undergo surgery in the next few weeks and looks to recover fully in 2024. Josh Oliver is expected to be Minnesota's top tight end with Hockenson sidelined. Fantasy managers searching for tight end help or a replacement for Hockenson can look to add Oliver in most league formats.

From RotoBaller

Dec 24 3:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. The big tight end took a hit to the knee during the beginning of the third quarter. It didn't take long for the Vikings medical staff to rule out Hockenson for the rest of the day. The Vikings offense is shorthanded with wide receiver Jordan Addison (ankle) ruled out as well. That means, K.J. Osborn and Justin Jefferson should be looking at big roles in the second half.

From RotoBaller

Dec 23 2:40pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson will look to continue his strong season in Week 16 as the Vikings host his former team. Hockenson faces a Lions defense that ranks 23rd versus tight ends in PPR fantasy points allowed this season. The Iowa product saw seven targets last week, as he finished with six receptions for 63 yards. He figures to be second in line for targets from quarterback Nick Mullens, as Justin Jefferson led the team with 10 targets last week. Hockenson is a must-start TE1 option as we continue on in the fantasy playoffs.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 27-Dec-2023: T.J. Hockenson - IR - The Minnesota Vikings have placed TE T.J. Hockenson on injured reserve.
  • 01-Nov-2022: T.J. Hockenson - TRD - The Detroit Lions traded TE T.J. Hockenson to the Minnesota Vikings.
  • 26-Apr-2022: DET T.J. Hockenson - Exercised Option - Fifth-year option on rookie contract
  • 17-Dec-2021: DET T.J. Hockenson - On IR - left thumb surgery
  • 08-Aug-2020: DET - Reinstated
  • 29-Jul-2020: DET - Reserve, Non-Football Injury - COVID-19
  • 03-Feb-2020: DET - Off IR - ankle
  • 02-Dec-2019: DET - On IR - ankle
  • 09-May-2019: DET - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (fifth-year option)
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Week 3LAC14.8087801100001
Week 4@CAR4.402240300000
Week 5KC10.105510800000
Week 6@CHI11.006500800000
Week 7SF19.60118601200000
Week 8@GB20.806881900000
Week 9@ATL13.9076901200000
Week 10NO30.401113411500000
Week 11@DEN9.504550700000
Week 12CHI16.005501600000
Week 13bye
Week 14@LV10.305530800000
Week 15@CIN12.306630700000
Week 16DET9.804580400000
Week 17GB
Week 18@DET