The other big factor is where Hockenson falls in the pecking order of receivers. Without hesitation, wideout Kenny Golladay is the number one option. After that, though, there’s room for Hockenson because of several factors. Marvin Jones, Jr. turned 30 in March and hasn’t played a full season either of the last two years.
Even if Jones has a comeback, plays sixteen games, and has a big year after Golladay, Stafford is capable of putting up huge numbers, too. If Golladay had 1,300 yards and Jones had 1,100 yards, Stafford could still potentially still throw for another 2,500 yards.
Even assuming that Stafford’s year is more like 4,500-yards passing, that’s still another 2,000 yards for Hockenson, slot wide receiver Danny Amendola, and the Detroit Lions running backs who have never taken huge chunks through the air.
Amendola’s 678-yards receiving in 2019 is the second-best year of his career in yards at 34-years-old. Again, do the math and he has well over 1,000 yards worth of room if he can stay healthy for the Detroit Lions.
It seems that both his offense and his talent could shove him into an elite category and that has to make him a sleeper candidate in fantasy terms, too.
If T.J. Hockenson has near that 66 receptions, 857-yards, and 8 touchdowns year, that would’ve ranked him as the sixth-best tight end in basic fantasy scoring. It would be pretty good progress in real life, too. Go Lions!