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TE Jake Butt - Denver Broncos

6-5, 246Born: 7-11-1995College: MichiganDrafted: Round 5, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Butt appears to be the clear #1 receiving tight end for the Broncos. That might leave him with a low ceiling because of their wide receiver group, but it still puts him in deep league streamer consideration.

Week 3: at Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Case Keenum isn't a flashy passer - in fact, he's one of the league's least-efficient throwers of the deep ball. But with an imposing ground game and defense in place, he's been the game manager the team sorely needs. Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch were low-skilled guys who could seemingly only turn the ball over with precision. But Keenum is a smart passer who works well off play-action and works his receivers into big plays. He has thrown four interceptions thus far but keeps balancing them out with sharp situational throws and methodical drives. Most importantly, he's putting Emmanuel Sanders (231 yards on 14 targets) and his tight ends (128 on 16) in position to make plays. He and Sanders have an especially strong connection; the two were inseparable during camp and the preseason, and their bond looks rock-solid in real play. There won't be many fireworks in this passing game, but there's finally enough skill to keep Sanders and Demaryius Thomas involved and fantasy-relevant. The Ravens pass defense is, generally speaking, better than it looked last Thursday night. The pass rush, led by ageless Terrell Suggs and a crew of situational guys, remains powerful, and outside cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr are strong. This unit has suffocated its share of No. 1 wideouts over the past year-plus, including Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, and Adam Thielen. But there's a real deficiency in the slot, where Tavon Young and the team's lackluster safeties continue to struggle. Last week, Green's most egregious touchdown came by out-positioning Young for a soft, short toss and outmuscling him into open space. To be fair, Green did beat the other two for touchdowns as well. But that's just who Green is, and it doesn't absolve Young for being beaten consistently by Tyler Boyd over the rest of the evening. Overall, this is a tougher group than most to throw against. But there are situational gaps that can be and are exploited at times.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs SEA 36 2 29 0 0 2.9
2 vs OAK 26 4 48 0 0 4.8
3 at BAL PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
3 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
3 at BAL PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Jake Butt's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs OAK (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

Butt caught an out route for short gain on his first target in the 1st quarter. Keenum hit him again on a short crossing pattern that failed to convert third down at the end of the 1st. Keenum looked for him in the end zone in the 2nd quarter, but under threw the ball resulting in an interception right on the goal line. Butt hauled in a 22 yard seam route right up the middle of the field early in the 4th quarter. Butt hauled in one final catch during the last two minute drive of the game, moving the chains and helping to set Denver up for the game-winning field goal. Butt definitely looked like the preferred passing option in the tight end group. His 6 targets were the second most on the team this week. Jeff Heuerman was targeted twice but didn't do much with his catches.

2018 Week 1 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Butt split time at TE with Heuerman and was targeted twice in the passing game. He had a short catch on an out route in the 2nd quarter. He made his second catch down the left seam late in the 4th for a gain of 22, despite drawing a defensive holding flag on the play. It's hard to say which of the two starting tight ends is the best option in the passing game, and it looks as though the Broncos passing offense is going to run through the two top receivers and the running backs.


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