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T.J. Hockenson Exits Week 16 with Knee Injury, Status Moving Forward in Doubt

Initial reports on the injury are ‘not good’ for the star tight end, who was on track to finish as the overall TE1 in total points this season at his pace coming into the game. In a game where both he and WR Jordan Addison exited with injuries, QB Nick Mullens was left with Justin Jefferson as his sole target in the passing game. With Addison considered week-to-week with an ankle sprain of his own and Hockenson’s availability for the remainder of the season in serious question, fantasy managers should expect targets to be comfortably funneled to Justin Jefferson the rest of the way, regardless of who the Vikings have under center. Despite his four interceptions on the day, Mullens had the Vikings in position to steal a win against the Lions at the end of the game, and seeing as their offense has been the most dynamic it’s been with him under center since Kirk Cousins went down, there’s a chance it could be Mullens once again in Week 17 for the Vikings under center. Fantasy managers should monitor Hockenson’s status closely in the coming 24 hours – there could be some new teams combing the waiver wire for a starting tight end this week.


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