T.J. Hockenson may be just what the doctor ordered in a post-Gronk NFL world.The Lions’ first-rounder set the NFL’s modern record for a rookie tight end in his debut Sunday with 131 receiving yards on six catches. Suffice to say, his 21.8 yards per catch and 14.6 yards per each of his nine targets paced his fantasy position out of the gate.
But Hockenson of course plays a historically cruel position for rookie tight ends in fantasy, so he can’t possibly continue with more performances like Week 1 … can he? Probably not. But at what’s a watered-down position this year and particularly without Rob Gronkowski and once again Hunter Henry for a while, Hockenson’s early usage and obvious talents may signal he’s ready to mitigate some of the usual concerns regarding rookie tight end’s low floors.
Not only did he rarely leave the field but Hockenson’s YAC accounted for nearly half of his total and he was Matthew Stafford’s preferred deep threat from the seam in the opener. He also showed off his sticky hands, catching everything within reason and, lest we forget, was supposedly just getting his feet wet in the NFL. We knew he had a bright fantasy future, but suddenly Hockenson looks like a present-day TE force, which is hard to come by.
1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs at Raiders

2. George Kittle, 49ers at Bengals
3. Evan Engram, Giants vs. Bills
4. Zach Ertz, Eagles vs. Falcons

5. O.J. Howard, Bucs at Panthers
6. T.J. Hockenson, Lions vs. Chargers
7. Darren Waller, Raiders vs. Chiefs

8. Mark Andrews, Ravens vs. Cardinals
9. David Njoku, Browns at Jets
10. Austin Hooper, Falcons at Eagles

11. Jared Cook, Saints at Rams
12. Delanie Walker, Titans at Colts
13. Vance McDonald, Steelers at Seahawks

14. Vernon Davis, Washington vs. Cowboys
15. Jimmy Graham, Packers at Vikings
16. Greg Olsen, Panthers vs. Bucs

17. C.J. Uzomah, Bengals vs. 49ers
18. Tyler Eifert, Bengals vs. 49ers
19. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings vs. Packers

20. Gerald Everett, Rams vs. Saints
21. Tyler Higbee, Rams vs. Saints
22. Nick Vannett, Steelers at Seahawks

23. Noah Fant, Broncos vs. Bears
24. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins vs. Patriots
25. Cameron Brate, Bucs at Panthers

26. Eric Ebron, Colts vs. Titans
27. Jonnu Smith, Titans vs. Colts
28. Dawson Knox, Bills vs. Giants

29. Rhett Ellison, Giants vs. Bills
30. Adam Shaheen, Bears at Broncos
Not listed: Trey Burton, Jordan Reed

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