I had the choice of Hockenson or Austin Hooper in a trade I made on Friday night (Kittle and Larry Fitzgerald for Davante Adams and one of those TE's). I originally had Hooper in there, and then decided I wanted Hockenson instead. The other guy was fine with that. Now I need 24 points outta Allen Robinson tonight instead of 1 point out of Robinson. Fantasy hindsight is always, and I mean always 20/20.
I also traded Alshon Jeffery for Hockenson prior to Week 2. Jeffery's been out, but that isn't looking to good either.
But...for a position that is so volatile, did I (and others) jump the gun way too quick on a TE that appeared to be on his way to breaking the mold ( the mold being rookie TE's always struggle)?
Maybe, but the upside I (and others) saw after Week 1 was too good to pass up on. It was worth giving up a valuable asset at a position where I otherwise had plenty of depth in order to get a TE that (after Week 1) could potentially be on his way to a top 5 tight end season.
Let's hypothetically say Hockenson had 11 targets for 8 receptions and 100 yards and one touchdown over the last *two* weeks. I'd be content, knowing that I have a TE that has a decent floor and still with that big upside we saw in Week 1. Instead, after the last two weeks, we have a TE that is much more "bust" than "boom." The odds of him putting up 1 point seem to be much higher than him going for 25 points.
Am I giving up on him already? No way. I've now invested in him in two leagues (one of which I, fortunately, have Delanie Walker, but the other league I've got Jack Doyle as the other option). I'll sit him for Walker, but I'll keep him in there over Doyle and hope for the best.
Ultimately, the potential to have a very big advantage at the TE position (after Week 1) was worth giving up valuable assets in order to potentially have that type of production from a position that is trash outside of five or six players (Kelce, Kittle, Ertz, Engram, Andrews, Waller).