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Chargers fantasy football: Who should you draft?

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Chargers tight end Hunter Henry (ADP: 67, Tight End 6): Take, but only if you can’t get one earlier

The tight end is a real tricky position in fantasy in any year, and much more difficult this year. Most projections see a big three (Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and George Kittle) and then a huge drop-off. In that way the tight ends this year are similar to the quarterbacks. Does one take an early quarterback knowing the significant benefit of having someone within the top tier, or should they wait until the later rounds knowing they can probably stream a decent option and get serviceable production from them. In short, look to draft one of the big three. It’s tough to stomach taking a tight end that early, but the TE1 (Kelce) is expected, per FantasyPros, to outscore the TE11 (Austin Hooper) by over a hundred points in PPR leagues. Compare that to wide receiver, where Hopkins (Proj: 203) looks to outperform WR11 T.Y. Hilton (166) by only 37 points. Bite the bullet, draft TE early. If those options are gone when you are on the clock don’t hesitate to take Henry.  Certainly the injury concerns are potent for the Chargers’ young tight end, but if he can stay healthy he is a clear top-five option at the position, and has a much better ceiling than some of those being drafted around him.

Take him over: OJ Howard (Tight end TB), Jared Cook (Tight end NO), Evan Engram (Tight end NYG)

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