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TE Jake Butt - Denver Broncos

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

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Week 11: at Los Angeles Chargers

All TE vs LAC

FBG says: Tough matchup. The Denver passing offense limped along to 290 passing yards in their first game without longtime receiver Demaryius Thomas on the field. From their last outing, it appeared the void left from Thomas' departure was filled by none other than tight end Jeff Heuerman, who led the team in all receiving categories with a whopping 11 targets. Heuerman had primarily been a red zone threat until last week, but it was clear that Case Keenum will not hesitate to look his way when Heuerman can get separation. It is unrealistic to expect double-digit targets on a weekly basis, but it is not out of the question for Heuerman to stay involved here--especially in the red zone. Courtland Sutton was the expected beneficiary from the Thomas trade, and he was used similar to expectations last week with a few deep shots as he led the team in air yards. Emmanuel Sanders remains relevant also, but these Denver receivers will all be at the mercy of their mediocre quarterback Case Keenum, who has struggled mightily this season. His fantasy numbers may be decent, but his play has not been as Keenum has been tough to watch at times. He will continue to limit the upside of this passing offense. The Chargers passing defense may rank near the middle of the pack in passing yards per game, but they have looked impressive in recent weeks. Over their last five games, this Chargers defense has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points (PPR) per game to wide receivers and fourth-fewest to quarterbacks. This is certainly embellished by squaring off against Derek Carr twice over that span, but this Chargers secondary has still looked solid with some key playmakers helping them out. Second-year slot cornerback Desmond King is playing an elite level as one of, if not the, best slot cornerback in football. Casey Hayward has been above average on the outside, while rookie safety Derwin James has been an outstanding addition to this group. The one matchup here to watch would be receivers lining up opposite Michael Davis, who is filling in for the injured Trevor Williams who was actually benched in favor of Davis even before officially declared inactive with the injury. With Hayward likely to shadow Sutton and King helping to lock down Sanders, it looks as if the likes of Tim Patrick as Denver's third receiver would be the beneficiary of this matchup opposite Davis.

Recent Stats and Projections

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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 3 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Butt caught a short out route early in the 4th on his first target of the day. He hauled in a nice toe-tapper on the sidelines late in the 4th that unfortunately only netted 5 yards on 2nd and 15. Butt was targeted on a 4th down out route with less than 3 minutes left in the game, but he couldn't hold on to the underthrown pass amidst heavy coverage from linebacker Suggs.

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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