T.J. Hockenson

T.J. Hockenson

Height: 6' 5"Weight: 251 lbsAge: 22College: IowaDrafted: #8 (1st Rd. by Detroit)

2019 Outlook

Strength of Schedule
TE Rank: 22nd
Draft Rank (ECR) #187
Best / Worst #79 / #291
ADP #133



Don't trust a rookie TE. Simple as that. They are historically entirely untrustworthy, so it is a losing proposition.


The only rookie TE to end top-12 in recent memory was Evan Engram and that was because he was force fed the ball with injuries all around him. Stafford has never thrown to TEs either. Maybe next year.

A rookie tight end in fantasy football? That usually amounts to fantasy owners being let down. There have been 70 tight ends who've been drafted inside the top six rounds of the NFL Draft since 2013. Just one of them went on to finish as a top-12 fantasy tight end. That was Evan Engram who needed injuries to Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard to get there. If Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay were to go down with injuries, then it's okay to rely on the rookie Hockenson

Hockenson is going to be a great TE in this league. He's going to have some great seasons for fantasy, and he's likely to make an impact right out of the gates. The problem is, he's a rookie TE on a run first offense. The Lions are a terribly coached football team, and that isn't going to change this season. They are running a prehistoric offense, even though they have the pieces to put together an elite modern offense. It's tough enough for TE's to produce in their first season as a pro. It's even more difficult if they have to overcome bad coaching as well. Wait a season before drafting Hockenson.

It is easy to get excited about rookies, especially one drafted as high as Hockenson was, but rookie tight ends rarely add up to anything whatsoever unless they play in an offense without competition. That won't be the case in Detroit with Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay still present. Avoid Hockenson in standard 12 team leagues this year.

Hockenson landed in an ideal landing spot. The Lions are in dire need of a sure handed target in the middle of the field, and T.J. provides all of that in a big body. Hock is a TE1.

Will take time to develop