Virgil Green Fantasy Outlook Still Iffy With Move Up Chargers Depth Chart After Hunter Henry Injury

Jason Schandl
Indianapolis Colts v Los Angeles Chargers
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For the fifth time in as many years, Hunter Henry will miss a portion of the regular season due to injury.

Finally back in action in Week 1, after injuries limited him to just one playoff game last season, Henry suffered a tibial plateau fracture that will force the tight end to miss at least the next four-to-six weeks, likely more.

While Henry's fantasy owners will look to the waiver wire for a replacement at tight end, the Los Angeles Chargers' current backup tight end, Virgil Green, is an option, but a last-ditch one at best.

Never catching more than 22 passes through any of his seven seasons with the Denver Broncos, Green had a chance to break out with the Chargers playing without Henry in 2018. Green started all 16 regular-season games and failed to turn in a career year, tallying 27 targets, 19 receptions, 210 yards and one touchdown.

Clearly preferring to use Green as a sixth offensive lineman, the Chargers even coaxed Antonio Gates out of retirement to serve as their primary receiving tight end. And it wouldn't be outlandish to think the team could consider that again in 2019.

Chargers Depth Chart

With a tight end depth chart that currently lists Green behind Henry, along with Sean Culkin, a third-year player out Missouri, there's definitely a chance the Chargers go back to the well and try to get a 17th season out of the future Hall of Famer.

But that still likely wouldn't give the Bolts a fantasy-relevant option at the position. Playing all 16 regular-season games in 2018, the 39-year-old Gates caught 28 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns.

If you're looking for a fantasy football beneficiary in the Chargers' offense stemming from the Henry injury, consider upgrading the team's running backs and wide receivers instead.

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