The Atlanta Falcons are expected to lose tight end Austin Hooper for an undetermined amount of time with a knee injury. Hooper injured his knee in the fourth quarter of Week 10 and did not return after going to the locker room. He is getting an MRI on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport, and is “expected to miss some time.” The MRI will determine the length of his absence.
Hooper had four receptions for 17 yards and a touchdown at the time of the injury. Luke Stocker is his primary backup and will take the starting role.
Fantasy football analysis: Tight ends on waivers
Stocker is available in most leagues, but holds limited fantasy football value until we see how he looks in the offense. He won’t be anywhere near Hooper in terms of production, but it remains to be seen what Matt Ryan will do with a new starting tight end.
The waiver wire is not great at the tight end position, but some talent remains out there. Titans tight ends Jonnu Smith and Delanie Walker are available in a majority of leagues. Kyle Rudolph had a solid Week 10 and looks like a legit option while Adam Thielen is hurt.