Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Replacements for Hunter Henry Following Tibial Plateau Fracture Injury

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on prior to the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Hunter Henry is one of the most talented tight ends in football, but his career has unfortunately been plagued by injuries. Since entering the league in 2016, Henry has played in just 30 of a possible 49 games.

After turning five targets into four receptions and 60 receiving yards in the Chargers' season opener, it appears Henry will miss a significant portion of 2019 due to a tibial plateau fracture suffered during that Week 1 contest.

It's unclear exactly how much time Henry will miss, but the Chargers announced that they aren't placing the tight end on injured reserve. Even though that might be the case, if you own Henry in fantasy football, you'll likely be heading to the waiver wire looking for a replacement. With that in mind, here are a few options Henry fantasy owners should consider that are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues.

3. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (12% Owned)

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 08: Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys runs to the end zone to score a touchdown during the second quarter of the game against New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Jason Witten is not a flashy choice. In fact, he's pretty much the furthest thing from it. But Witten proved that he still has something left in the tank in Week 1, and he looks to be serving as Dak Prescott's safety valve in an explosive Dallas Cowboys offense. Witten hauled in three of his four targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against the New York Giants. He's likely going to be more productive in PPR leagues, and may be touchdown dependent, but he could be a solid plug-and-play option against the Washington Redskins in Week 2.

2. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals (8% Owned)

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 4:  Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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Like Henry, Tyler Eifert is one of the most talented players at the tight end position when healthy. Problem is, he rarely is – having missed at least eight games in three consecutive seasons. But he was on the field in Week 1 and hauled in five receptions for 27 yards. Eifert's six targets were the third-highest mark on the Cincinnati Bengals, so it looks like he's going to be an integral part of this offense when on the field. If Andy Dalton looks like he did in Week 1 (418 passing yards) and Eifert's target share remains high, the tight end could prove to be a solid option in Henry's absence.

1. Jordan Reed (37% Owned) and Vernon Davis (8% Owned), Washington Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 13: Tight end Vernon Davis #85 of the Washington Redskins celebrates with teammate tight end Jordan Reed #86 after scoring a second quarter touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at FedExField on November 13, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Another oft-injured tight end, Jordan Reed missed Week 1 with a concussion, but he's one of the most lethal pass-catchers in football when he's right. His status remains in flux, but as long as he's out, Vernon Davis is another serviceable tight end option. Davis caught four of his seven targets for 59 yards and a TD in Week 1 and his TD reception was one of the best plays of the week. If Reed is active in Week 2 and beyond, then he's the tight end you want. But as long as he remains sidelined, Davis is a high-floor TE play if you need a replacement for Henry.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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