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What to do with Hunter Henry on Thursday Night Football

Hunter Henry has been a Top-3 tight end since returning from I.R. We take a look at his value for Week 10 on TNF.

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry signals a 1st down after making a catch on Indianapolis Colts cornerback Quincy Wilson in the 3rd quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Hunter Henry came off I.R. with a vengeance, putting up 100 yards and two touchdowns in his first game back. He hasn’t scored again since then, but still ranks as the No. 2 fantasy tight end in those four games and has averaged 5.8 receptions on 7.6 targets for 77.6 yards and .4 touchdowns since returning.

His PPR numbers have been excellent, as he’s only dipped below six receptions once against a tough Bears defense in Chicago. Last week against the Packers, he led the team in targets and receptions as he caught 7-of-10 targets for 84 yards.

Fantasy football analysis: Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry

Henry had a great matchup last week against the Packers, and it led to ten targets and excellent production. This week he gets an even better matchup against the Raiders, who are third-worst in fantasy points allowed to the position.

They’ve given up above-average games to Irv Smith, Eric Ebron, Jack Doyle, Jimmy Graham, Darren Fells, and T.J. Hockenson, along with an average big game to Travis Kelce. Henry also leads all tight ends in air yards since returning and the Raiders are a big play waiting to happen, as they’ve given up 46 pass plays over 20 yards this season, worst in the league.

Traditional Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start.

DraftKings DFS Recommendation

Henry is a safe play at a thin position and even saw his price drop in the Thursday-Monday slate from $6,000 last week to $5,500 this week. I’m down for that savings.

In the TNF Showdown, he’s at $8,400, the sixth highest price on the slate. That still feels slightly underpriced for this matchup. There are too many good plays for the Chargers on TNF, so somebody is going to underperform, but Henry is probably the safest play in the receiving core.