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| Hunter Henry finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end as a rookie despite competing for playing time with a future Hall of Famer. Of course, much of Henry's production came when Antonio Gates was out of the lineup or hindered by injury early in the season, but he did catch five touchdowns in the second half of the season as well. Henry's upside is limited by Gates being on the roster as both are big touchdown threats, and there are a lot of mouths to feed in this offense, particularly in the red zone.
An injury to Gates would immediately catapult Henry into the high-end TE1 conversation. He performed at that level when Gates was out and with the lack of true high-end talent at the position, Henry is likely to finish in the top 12 even if he and Gates are competing for playing time. Henry did deal with a minor knee injury and a concussion a year ago so he is not necessarily an iron man himself, but he's a young, talented player who can get on the field in both running and passing situations which is going to be a big asset on a team coached by Anthony Lynn.
| Hunter Henry lands on IR|
Small laceration on his kidney
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Dec 19, 4:30 pm
|The Los Angeles Chargers announced on Tuesday that tight end Hunter Henry has been placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a small laceration on his kidney. In corresponding moves, the Bolts promoted guard Brett Boyko to the active roster and signed T Andrew Wylie to the practice squad. (Chargers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Henry had become a semi-reliable tight end option over the last month with three TE1 finishes over the last four weeks. In his absence, expect Antonio Gates to increase his snap rate and be a viable low-end TE1 option in Week 16 against the Jets.
| Hunter Henry may miss final two weeks of season|
By: Doug Orth | Mon Dec 18, 8:05 pm
|Chargers TE Hunter Henry has a small laceration on his kidney. "Up in the air" whether or not he plays the final two (games). (LA Daily News - Jack Wang)|
FFToday's Take: Henry has been underutilized in 2017, especially whenever the Chargers lose. In seven wins, the second-year tight end is averaging 4.3 catches for 62.4 yards and a touchdown about every other game. In seven defeats, those marks drop to 2.1 and 20.3 with only one touchdown. Antonio Gates would likely be a touchdown-or-bust option for Henry owners if the 23-year-old cannot go in Week 16 or Week 17.