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.
Dec 26, 2023 4:18 PM EST
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.
Dec 24, 2023 3:14 PM EST
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.
Dec 23, 2023 2:33 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson caught six of seven targets for 63 yards in the team's 27-24 loss to the Bengals on Saturday. Hockenson was second in line for targets behind Justin Jefferson (10) in this one, but fantasy managers can continue to treat him as an elite TE1 option moving forward as the Vikings look to continue their pass-heavy offensive scheme despite Nick Mullens being under center. The former Detroit Lion has a safe floor on a weekly basis and can be started with confidence no matter what other skill position players are active for the Vikings.
Dec 16, 2023 4:54 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson will look to take advantage of a great matchup in Week 15 as the Vikings take on the Bengals in Week 15, who rank 32nd against the tight end position in PPR scoring. Hockenson caught five of eight targets for 53 yards in the team's poor offensive performance last week, but fantasy managers can expect a bounce-back performance from the overall TE2 this year. The former Detroit Lion figures to act as a safety blanket for quarterback Nick Mullens in this one, and should be at worst second in line for targets behind All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Hockenson is an elite TE1 option in Week 15.
Dec 15, 2023 5:25 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson had a team-high five catches for 53 yards in Sunday's win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Despite both club's struggles offensively, Hockenson at least got some production for fantasy managers. Of course, the Vikings' instability at the quarterback spot isn't an ideal scenario. However, the 26-year-old is still a starting fantasy option for the Week 15 meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals, even more so if Justin Jefferson (chest) doesn't suit up.
Dec 10, 2023 7:44 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson will look to keep his strong season rolling in Week 14 as the Vikings take on the Raiders on the road. Hockenson has been a favorite target of quarterback Joshua Dobbs since he arrived in Minnesota, but with Justin Jefferson returning to action on Sunday, Hockenson could struggle to maintain his average of 10 targets per game with Dobbs under center. Nonetheless, the former Detroit Lion figures to be at worst second in line for targets in the pass-heavy Viking's offense, so he will remain a must-start TE1 option whenever he is active.
Dec 9, 2023 3:58 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson posted his lowest target volume of the season during Week 12's tough 12-10 defeat to the division-rival Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, bringing in five receptions on six targets for 50 yards and one touchdown. Hockenson's first target didn't arrive until deep into the second quarter amid a dormant first half for the Vikings, who eked out just 76 yards of offense during this interval. The 26-year-old two-time Pro Bowler resurrected during the second half, recording all of his production in the final two quarters, which was highlighted by a late 13-yard score that gave Minnesota a temporary 10-9 advantage. Season-long fantasy managers will now need to find a one-week replacement for Hockenson, who finds himself on a bye in Week 13 before returning to action for a Week 14 interconference clash with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Nov 28, 2023 12:43 AM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson will look to keep his strong season going in Week 12 as the Vikings take on the Bears on Monday night. Hockenson's four receptions for 55 yards last week were a bit underwhelming considering the great matchup with the Broncos, but fantasy managers can once again treat him as an elite TE1 option against a Bears defense that has allowed the fourth-most passing yards this season. Justin Jefferson (hamstring) is listed as questionable once again, but it sounds like it would be a surprise if the All-Pro wideout were to be active in this one. Hockenson figures to once again be the top receiving option for quarterback Joshua Dobbs in a plus matchup, meaning he should be considered a must-start option.
Nov 25, 2023 5:53 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (ribs) was limited in practice on Friday for the second straight day this week. Hockenson continues to work through a rib injury that he's been dealing with for a few weeks, but it hasn't caused him to miss any time and he should be just fine to suit up on Monday night in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. In the last two games while dealing with the injury, the 26-year-old has piled up a healthy 15 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown with quarterback Joshua Dobbs now leading the offense. All-Pro wideout Justin Jefferson (hamstring) may remain out on Monday, too, so Hockenson remains a locked-in, high-end TE1 for fantasy managers. In the first meeting with Chicago in Week 6, Hockenson had six catches on eight targets for 50 yards.
Nov 24, 2023 5:26 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring) and tight end T.J. Hockenson (ribs) were limited participants during practice on Thursday. This was the Vikings' first practice of the week, so the fact that both players were able to get on the field in some capacity is a good sign. In particular, this is great news for Hockenson as it seems like he should be able to suit up on Monday night. Jefferson's status, on the other hand, is far less certain. Minnesota has made it clear that he won't be activated from injured reserve until he is 100 percent, which doesn't appear to be the case just yet.
Nov 23, 2023 1:01 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson recorded a team-leading 55 receiving yards and seven targets in Week 11's 21-20 defeat to the Denver Broncos. Hockenson was all alone on a jump pass from quarterback Joshua Dobbs for a 29-yard gain during the second quarter, which was his biggest play of the evening. The 26-year-old more or less functioned as a safety valve the rest of the way on a night where Minnesota clearly game-planned around Denver's cushy run defense. Hockenson's four receptions marked his fewest since Week 4, which happened to be Justin Jefferson's (hamstring) last full game played. It was also a very far cry from Hockenson's rousing 11/134/1 receiving line from last Sunday, but he remains one of fantasy's safest TE1 bets for Week 12 when the Vikings host the division-rival Chicago Bears, with or without Jefferson.
Nov 20, 2023 1:04 AM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson will look to stay hot in Week 11 after his performance a week ago against the Falcons. Hockenson caught 11 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, all while dealing with a rib injury. The former Detroit Lion was on the injury report through practice this week, but he will be a full-go on Sunday night in a juicy matchup against a vulnerable Broncos defense, who rank 31st against the position in terms of fantasy production. Hockenson figures to once again be a go-to target for quarterback Joshua Dobbs, but the potential return of All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring) could cut into his production. Nonetheless, the 26-year-old remains a must-start option as he has proven to be among the elite producers at the position since his arrival in Minnesota.
Nov 18, 2023 2:10 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (ribs) remained a limited participant during Thursday's practice. The big tight end has now been limited in back-to-back practices to begin the week. It's worth noting that Hockenson played through a ribs injury last week. It didn't seem to bother him as he hauled in 11 receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown last week. The expectation is that Hockenson should play in Week 11, barring any setbacks. He should again see heavy involvement in the offense, but could see slightly less targets if wide receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring) is activated from the injured reserve. Regardless, Hockenson is a must-start fantasy option in every format.
Nov 16, 2023 9:16 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (ribs) is still on the injury report in Week 11 and was limited in practice on Wednesday with a rib injury he suffered a few weeks ago. Hockenson hasn't missed any games, though, and had 11 catches on 15 targets for a season-high 134 yards and his fourth touchdown of the year in the Week 10 win over the New Orleans Saints in quarterback Joshua Dobbs' first start with the team. The 26-year-old should be just fine to play on Sunday night against the Denver Broncos. He could see slightly fewer targets if receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring) returns from Injured Reserve, but even then, Hockenson is a must-start, high-end TE1 in fantasy.
Nov 15, 2023 5:18 PM EST
Fantasy managers were worried about Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson's rest-of-season fantasy value when quarterback Kirk Cousins went down with a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 8. But little did they know, Hockenson would post the best stat line of the season just two weeks later in quarterback Joshua Dobbs' first start with the team in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints. The 26-year-old tied his season-high with 11 receptions on a season-high 15 targets for a season-high 134 receiving yards and his fourth touchdown of the year in Sunday's 27-19 win. Hockenson has quickly developed some strong chemistry with Dobbs and will maintain high-end TE1 fantasy value moving forward, although the impending return of All-Pro receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring) will undoubtedly take some targets away.
Nov 13, 2023 1:32 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (ribs) is officially active in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Hockenson injured his ribs in the Week 9 win over the Atlanta Falcons but stayed in the game and was never really in doubt to play this weekend after practicing all week. Still, it's good news for a Vikings team that is still without All-Pro receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring). K.J. Osborn (head) will also be out this Sunday, so Hockenson and rookie first-rounder Jordan Addison will be quarterback Joshua Dobb's top targets for this one. Hockenson may have his snaps limited somewhat, but he should remain in all starting fantasy lineups now that he's officially active.
Nov 12, 2023 11:37 AM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (ribs) is expected to play versus the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. However, he continues to be affected by his injury and will have a limited role. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Hockenson "won't play as many snaps as normal but will be on [the] field in key situations." As a result, the tight end's fantasy value takes a hit, though his talent keeps him in the TE1 tier. Fantasy managers should still start Hockenson in most scenarios, but temper expectations.
Nov 12, 2023 8:41 AM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (rib) is expected to play in Week 10 versus the New Orleans Saints, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He had been listed as questionable, though the expectation was that he would be able to play. Hockenson has been an enormous contributor this season, catching 60 passes for 547 yards and three touchdowns. Even as the Vikings hand over the reins to Joshua Dobbs, he still has high-end TE1 allure. After all, he and Dobbs connected for seven completions and 69 yards in Week 9. Continue to start Hockenson in every fantasy league going forward.
Nov 12, 2023 8:24 AM EST
Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (ribs) is questionable to face the visiting New Orleans Saints this Sunday in a Week 10 matchup. Hockenson injured his ribs in the Week 9 win over the Atlanta Falcons but stayed in the game. The 26-year-old plans on playing this weekend and was able to practice on a limited basis this week, so fantasy managers should leave him locked into their starting lineups in quarterback Joshua Dobb's first start in Minnesota. Hockenson caught a healthy seven passes on 12 targets for 69 yards in his first game without Kirk Cousins (Achilles) under center. He remains a high-end TE1 in fantasy, but check back Sunday morning to confirm that he's active. Hockenson should be heavily targeted again this week with both receivers Justin Jefferson (hamstring) and K.J. Osborn (concussion) on the wrong side of questionable.
Nov 10, 2023 2:43 PM EST