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Hunter Henry: Ready for a breakout – D. Pitts

by Dante Pitts

After missing an entire season due to an ACL tear, Hunter Henry is poised to start his 2019 campaign on the right foot. Henry’s injury happened early last season and he is on the right side of father time with being 25 years old, he should be able to recover quite well in his position.

With Antonio Gates no longer in the picture, we should be able to see big dividends in the TE. Historically, Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers is known to lean heavily on the tight end position. Henry has already boasted an 8 touchdown season before so he has the potential to be a breakout star at his position. Also, without Antonio Gates on the roster it should be no problem for Hunter to make a solid impact at his position.

The only concern for me is the amount of weapons that the chargers carry in their offense. With the departure of Tyrell Williams, the Chargers still have Mike Williams, Travis Benjamin, Austin Ekeler, Melvin Gordon, and Keenan Allen on the roster that could be concerning to those who decide to draft Henry. In 2017 Henry had a 45 receptions, 579 yard and 4 touchdown season, his touchdown number took a dip from 8 TDs in his rookie campaign, but we did see an increase in his yards and receptions.

There should not be much of an issue with Henry this season as he creates a match-up problem on the field for most defenses and this year should prove to be a bounce back year. I would even go as far to say that Hunter has the potential to end up as a top 5 TE in terms of fantasy production. I’d jump out on an even bigger limb and draft him higher than his projected 6th round ADP. Hunter could pay big dividends if others in your league are afraid to grab him off of the draft board!

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