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What to do with Noah Fant in Week 1 fantasy football

Conditions are ripe for the Broncos tight end to have a big game in Week 1.

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant waits to warm up before a game against the Chicago Bears at Empower Field at Mile High. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Another part of a well-stocked Denver Broncos offense, second-year tight end Noah Fant has generated plenty of preseason interest as a potential breakout player this year. Setting aside the predictions for his overall ceiling this season, Fant has the potential for a big game this week in the season opener against the Titans.

Fantasy Football analysis: Denver Broncos, TE, Noah Fant

Fant finished his rookie season with 562 yards and three touchdowns. That effort included two games with more than 100 yards, both of those games happening after the team traded wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. It’s easy to see why expectations are so high for Fant this season. The problem, however, is going to be the sheer number of weapons in Denver’s offense. The team spent a first-round pick on wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and a second-rounder on KJ Hamler, both of whom will be competing for targets along with entrenched No. 1 receiver Courtland Sutton. The Broncos also brought in free agent running back Melvin Gordon to pair with Phillip Lindsay. It’s going to be hard for Fant top his rookie output this season with so many others commanding touches.

But this isn’t the week to fade Fant. Sutton hurt his shoulder in practice on Thursday, leaving his status for Monday’s game up in the air. That would leave the rookies in the top two receiver spots in the offense. In that case, Fant should be a bigger part of the game plan. Oh, there’s also the fact that the Titans were one of the weaker teams when it came to keeping tight ends from scoring last year—only two teams allowed more tight end touchdowns.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Noah Fant.