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How to handle T.J. Hockenson injury in Week 6 fantasy football

Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson was listed as questionable, but has been cleared to play on Monday Night Football. We break down the fantasy implications.

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson scores a touch down during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Detroit Lions face the Green Bay Packers, and Detroit expects to have rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson back in action. Hockenson suffered a concussion in Week 4. The team had a bye in Week 5, and he worked his way back to practice this week. He was limited at Thursday practice, then a full participant on Friday and Saturday and listed as questionable for Monday. The Lions announced on Sunday that he had been formally cleared through the concussion protocol and was removed from the injury report.

Hockenson set a rookie tight end record when he debuted with six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown. He was quiet the next two weeks, catching two passes for eight yards. In Week 4, he had three receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown before suffering the concussion trying to hurdle a defender.

Fantasy football analysis, Lions TE T.J. Hockenson

The Lions and Packers are squaring off on Monday, so you’ve likely already made your start/sit decisions. If you rolled the dice on Hockenson playing, things worked out for you. If not, if he comes out of this game unscathed then you can plan on slotting him back next week. You can expect inconsistent performances from the talented rookie, but he has a ton of upside. He’s not a must-start, but considering how bad the tight end position is, he’s worth a roll of the dice most weeks.