Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst has settled into a very up-and-down routine lately. Last week against the Saints, he had one catch on four targets for nine yards. That came a week after a four-catch, 48-yard outing that at least gave him some low-end fantasy usefulness. Oh, he got blanked in the game before that.
Fantasy Football analysis: Falcons TE Hayden Hurst
So two of Hurst’s last three games were duds, but it’s important to note that both of those games were against the Saints. Prior to his Week 11 disappearance, he had four games in a row with 50 yards or more and one touchdown. That passes for a useable tight end in fantasy this season.
We haven’t seen any big games from tight ends against the Chargers, but they are finding the end zone with regularity. The Chargers have allowed tight ends to score nine times this season, including a five-game streak that was just broken last week against the Patriots.
Hurst may not be a true TE1 this week, but it feels like he can at least get back to his regular outputs of 40 yards or more, making him a useable option.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Hayden Hurst.