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)
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)
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
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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