The Denver Broncos watched their season go sideways before the midpoint, but they have begun to show signs of life. Quarterback Drew Lock, who missed time earlier in the year with a shoulder injury, just delivered back-to-back games of multiple passing touchdowns for the first time all season. Meanwhile, wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick have shown steady improvement in the absence of lead wideout Courtland Sutton.
Now, the Broncos must find a way to better deploy their starting tight end: Noah Fant.
Fantasy Football analysis: Broncos TE Noah Fant
The ankle injury Fant picked up during last week’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons hasn’t seemed to hinder the second-year tight end too much. After practicing in a limited capacity on Wednesday, Fant fully participated Thursday and Friday, removing any question about his availability for this weekend.
While Fant has established himself as a meaningful part of the Broncos’ passing game, his workload can fluctuate wildly week to week even if his volume statistics don’t always show it. Fant saw just three targets last week after receiving nine the week before. He also hasn’t reached the end zone since Week 2 despite playing several defenses that struggle to contain tight ends.
Denver’s opponent this Sunday, the Las Vegas Raiders, have done a decent job defending tight ends, which further hurts Fant’s projections. The unit averages approximately four catches for 46 receiving yards per week and has yielded just three touchdowns to tight ends all year. Fant has the tools to do better, but he needs more targets to make a difference.
Still, the position group lacks depth and Fant possesses upside. That combination of factors merits serious consideration.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Fant as a low-end TE1.