football-player football-score football-helmet football-ball Accuracy Arm-Strength Balance Ball-Security Ball-Skills Big-Play-Ability Block-Deconstruction Competitive-Toughness Core-Functional-Strength Decision-Making Discipline Durability Effort-Motor Elusivness Explosiveness Football-IQ Footwork Functional-Athleticism Hand-Counters Hand-Power Hand-Technique Hands Lateral-Mobility Leadership Length Mechanics Mobility Pass-Coverage-Ability Pass-Protection Pass-Sets Passing-Down-Skills Pocket-Manipulation Poise Power-at-POA Progressions RAC-Ability Range Release-Package Release Route-Running Run-Defending Separation Special-Teams-Ability-1 Versatility Vision Zone-Coverage-Skills Anchor-Ability Contact-Balance Man-Coverage-Skills Tackling Lifted Logic Web Design in Kansas City clock location phone email play chevron-down chevron-left chevron-right chevron-up facebook tiktok checkbox checkbox-checked radio radio-selected instagram google plus pinterest twitter youtube send linkedin search arrow-circle bell left-arrow right-arrow tdn-mark filled-play-circle yellow-arrow-circle dark-arrow-circle star cloudy snowy rainy sunny plus minus triangle-down link close drag minus-circle plus-circle pencil premium trash lock simple-trash simple-pencil eye cart
NFL Draft

What’s Hunter Henry’s Value To Patriots, Fantasy Football Players?

  • The Draft Network
  • March 16, 2021
  • Share

So you thought the New England Patriots spent all their money and made all their major free agent splashes on Monday, right? Well apparently not, as they wasted little time making Tuesday’s first major deal, agreeing to a three-year, $37.5 million deal ($25 million guaranteed) with former Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry, per Adam Schefter.

While the Patriots were one of the favored destinations for Henry once the Chargers decided not to franchise tag him for the second year in a row, everyone not named Bill Belichick assumed they’d be out of the tight end market after inking Jonnu Smith to a four-year, $50 million deal agreed upon on Monday. But New England continues its spending spree and has now added the top two tight ends on the market.

Dating back to the Rob Gronkowski-Aaron Hernandez days, we know Belichick has a warm spot in his heart for not only tight ends, but dualing receiving threats at the position. It was an area of his offense the Patriots lacked entirely last season. New England’s 2020 tight end depth chart featured Ryan Izzo at the top (who caught a total of 13 passes) and two rookies who combined for only five receptions. Now, Belichick has not only massively improved the position group, but he’s also adding a player he has an affinity for.

Henry is a talented receiving threat who’s had to overcome his share of injury issues in his young career, including missing the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL. He’s never played a full 16-game season, but when he’s active he’s been very productive for both Philip Rivers and Justin Herbert. 

Henry will be a very solid underneath option for Cam Newton—the tight end caught the majority of his passes within seven yards of the line of scrimmage last season, per Sports Info Solutions—while Smith can serve as the big-play, run-after-catch option of the two. No, they are not Gronkowski and Hernandez in their prime, but Henry and Smith offer a massive upgrade at the position and could serve as two of the top three target-getters on the roster.

Fantasy Football Impact

This agreed-to deal has a significant impact on TE1 territory. Henry has finished as a top-10 fantasy tight end (PPR) in total points each of the last two seasons—he was the TE9 in 2019 and TE8 in 2020. However, his per-game production dipped to the bottom of TE1 territory (TE11, 10.4 points per game) last season. He’s downgrading at quarterback, but will be a little higher in the pecking order than he was in Los Angeles. He’d currently rank somewhere between TE10-12 for me next season in redraft leagues. As for Smith, his value has to drop slightly from where it was on Monday as he goes from a surefire featured role to a semi-main option with Henry alongside him. He was a clear top-10 player before Henry’s deal, but now he lands in that same TE10-12 territory.

Filed In

Related Articles

Written By

The Draft Network