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Vikings TE T.J. Hockenson going on IR ahead of Week 17 vs. Packers

Vikings TE has torn his ACL and MCL and is heading to injured reserve going into Week 17 vs. the Packers. We break down the news for fantasy football and betting.

T.J. Hockenson #87 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 24, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Green Bay Packers in Week 17 of the NFL season. They will do so without star tight end T.J. Hockenson. He was ruled out for the remainder of the season with knee injuries and has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and MCL. Hockenson will be added to injured reserve and look to return in 2024.

T.J. Hockenson injury updates

Tuesday update: Hockenson has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and MCL and is done for the season. He is being added to injured reserve.

Monday update: Hockenson was unable to return to Sunday’s game, and initial MRIs were said to not be good, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Fantasy football analysis

Hockenson was the overall TE2 in half-PPR scoring this season. He had played in 15 games and brought in 95 of his 127 targets for 960 yards and five touchdowns. Hockenson lost quarterback Kirk Cousins early on but still managed to stay fantasy-relevant as Minnesota worked through backups Joshua Dobbs and Nick Mullens.

With Hockenson sidelined, backup tight end Josh Oliver will likely take over as the starting tight end. He has come down with 19 of his 23 targets for 165 yards and two touchdowns through 15 games. The Green Bay defense has allowed the 14th most points per game to opposing tight ends. Oliver could make for an interesting DFS play, but there should be a better option for fantasy football lineups in leagues with fewer than 16 teams.