The gates have been shut on Hunter Henry’s breakout season, as he tore his ACL in his right knee when he was running untouched at OTAs on Tuesday afternoon. When the Chargers shut down the thought of bringing back Antonio Gates, we sky-rocketed Henry to our TE4 — this is a devastating loss to the 2018 fantasy season. Will the door now be open for an Antonio Gates reunion?
We were all-in on the thought of Henry as a top-five tight end in fantasy this season. The Wolf, a long-time Henry truther, even said he was in for an “Ertz-ian leap” in 2018. Unfortunately, that will be no more.
Henry’s absence may open the door for an Antonio Gates return in 2018. The 37-year old tight end still showed a pulse at the end of the 2017 season when he racked up 10 receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown during the final two games. If he were to be re-signed, he would have to compete with the nobodies that are Virgil Green, Sean Culkin, Ben Johnson and Cole Hunt.
Even if Gates returns, it’s tough to expect much from a 37-year old corpse. One would believe that the targets that would have gone to Henry will now go to the likes of Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Melvin Gordon, Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin. It’s also a possibility that the Chargers could venture into the trade market for a tight end.
Either way, this is a massive blow to an already thin fantasy positional group. Keep The Wolf in your prayers this week.