TE Noah Fant - Denver Broncos
|6-4, 249||Born: 11-20-1997||College: Iowa||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2019|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Fant got free more than once with Drew Lock slinging it against Houston and should be a high ceiling TE1 against the Chiefs in Week 15.
General News (Thu Dec 12): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Dec 11): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Mon Dec 9): is reportedly dealing with a "minor" foot injury and should be fine, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Week 15: at Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Neutral matchup. While Drew Lock got off to a relatively shaky start in his first career NFL game, he put up a gem of a performance last week against Houston--finishing with 309 passing yards and three touchdowns while completing 81.5 percent of his pass attempts. He completed seven pass attempts of 20 or more yards and was not afraid to push the ball downfield. However, Fant did focus heavily on his tight ends as both Noah Fant and Jeff Heuerman scored touchdowns while the top receiving option for Denver, Courtland Sutton, finished with just 34 yards despite a team-leading five receptions from seven targets. Sutton rightfully received a ton of attention in coverage last week, and more of the same can be expected in this one as no Chiefs cornerback has the ability to cover him effectively without some help. With the added defensive focus on Sutton, more opportunities may open up for Tim Patrick and the Broncos tight ends. Noah Fant did leave last week's game in the second half with a foot injury, so keep an eye on his status coming into this week as the upside for Jeff Heuerman would increase should Fant be sidelined. The Chiefs pass defense continues to play well as they have held opposing quarterback to fewer than 230 yards in four of their last five games, including games against Kirk Cousins and Tom Brady. The past three weeks have been even more impressive for this secondary, as they have given up just three passing touchdowns while notching seven interceptions. Charvarious Ward has been their top individual cornerback, and he should draw most snaps against Tim Patrick this week--making for a more difficult matchup for Patrick. Bashaud Breeland has played better in recent weeks, but he has been susceptible in man coverage and, if not offered help from these Denver safeties, Breeland will create an opportunity for Courtland Sutton--who had six receptions for 87 yards in their last matchup. Chiefs linebackers have struggled to contain running backs though, as this team has allowed the most passing yards per game (61) to opposing running backs on the season. The Chiefs pass rush has been more consistent in recent weeks now that Chris Jones is back on the field, and they racked up a season-high nine sacks last time against the Broncos struggling offensive line. Putting pressure on a rookie quarterback is always a great game plan, and the Chiefs will likely do just that--especially if they can hop out to an early lead.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Noah Fant's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs HOU (4 / 4 / 113 / 1 rec)
Fant opened the game up with a huge catch and run down the right sideline for a 48 yard gain on Lock's first pass attempt. He capped the same drive with a beautiful leaping touchdown catch, towering over a defender in the end zone for the score. Fant caught a short checkdown pass in the 2nd quarter and turned it into a 28 yard gain with a nice run after the catch. Fant slipped a tackle and racked up even more yards after the catch on a 3rd quarter out route. Fant unfortunately left the game later in the 3rd with a foot injury. Backup tight end Troy Fumagalli saw snaps and targets in Fant's absence.
2019 Week 13 vs LAC (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Fant caught Lock's first NFL completion, a modest out route early in the 1st quarter. It turned out to be Fant's only reception of the day as he could not connect on either of his other targets. Fant got his hands on a corner route in the end zone later in the 1st quarter, but had it knocked away by a solid defensive effort.
2019 Week 12 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Fant managed the second highest target total with five, again trailing just Sutton, but it was a miserable day for everyone involved in this offense. Fant secured a few short checkdowns from Allen. He nearly lost a fumble on a screen pass that was blown up behind the line of scrimmage, but he was ruled down before the ball popped out.
2019 Week 11 vs MIN (11 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec, 2 / -7 / 0 rush)
Fant had an up and down day as he continues to showcase tough running after the catch. He got wide open up the seam on a play action pass from Allen early in the 1st quarter, gaining 31 yards on the play. Fant picked up another catch and run on an out route late in the 2nd quarter. Fant came up with a clutch 12 yard reception on a crossing route that converted 4th and 6 on Denver's final offensive drive of the game. Allen targeted Fant in the end zone on the final drive, but overthrew the tight end on the seam route. Denver tried not once but twice to get Fant going on an end-around sweep play, but the tight end got blown up behind the line of scrimmage on both plays. Fant drew a team-high 11 targets, including two looks in the end zone at the end of the game.
2019 Week 9 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 115 / 1 rec)
Fant topped 100 yards receiving for the first time in his NFL career, picking up most of it on a lengthy touchdown. He caught a short crossing route in the 1st quarter and broke no fewer than three tackles, turning up the left sideline for a 75 yard score. Fant made a nice play with a sliding catch on an out route for a 16 yard gain in the 3rd quarter. A few plays later in the same drive, he picked up 20 yards with a big catch up the right seam.
2019 Week 8 vs IND (8 / 5 / 26 / 0 rec)
Fant saw an uptick of targets in Sanders' absence, drawing a team-high 8 looks. An injury to fellow TE Jeff Heurman in the 1st also boosted Fant's snaps. He made a nice catch up the right seam late in the 1st quarter for a 17 yard gain, his only official catch of the day that wasn't some sort of underneath route. Fant caught a pass from Flacco in the back of the end zone in the 2nd quarter, but couldn't bring it down inbounds. Fant picked up a short 1st down conversion with a shallow crossing route in the 3rd. Heuerman could miss at least a week, meaning more playing time for Fant.
2019 Week 7 vs KC (5 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Fant had a miserable day, leaving a lot of yardage on the field with missed passes. a had a good chance at a deep ball down the right sideline, but couldn't reel it in as a distressed Flacco put the pass a bit behind him. Fant should have had a huge gain up the left seam at the end of the first half, but he let the pass bounce off his hands. Fant missed another huge gain up the right seam with a pass that hit him in both hands in the 3rd quarter. Fant managed just one catch on a curl route for a short gain.
2019 Week 6 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Fant had a rough day as a receiver, catching 2 of his 3 targets for short gains on boring curl routes. His final target was a deep over-the-shoulder fade in the 3rd quarter, but Fant appeared to lose the ball in the sun and safety Kevin Byrad intercepted it while trailing in coverage.
2019 Week 5 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Fant had one catch on a shallow crossing route late in the first quarter. He was targeted once more on an out route in the 3rd quarter that Flacco underthrew.
2019 Week 4 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 31 / 1 rec)
Fant had a beautiful catch and run in the 1st quarter for his first career touchdown. Flacco threw him a delayed screen pass behind the line of scrimmage and Fant followed his blockers beautifully, breaking a couple of tackles on his way to a an impressive 25 yard score. Fant nearly had another big gain down the right sideline in the 2nd quarter, but Flacco underthrew the ball. He was quiet after that, securing just one catch for a short gain up the seam late in the 3rd quarter.
2019 Week 3 vs GB (3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Fant had some good highlights and some bad ones. He had a nice grab against double coverage on seam route early in the 2nd quarter. He also made a beautiful catch and run on an out route in the 4th quarter to convert 3rd and 14. His growing pains continued as he had the ball ripped from his hands for a fumble after catching a 3rd quarter pass from Flacco up the right sideline, with Green Bay recovering.
2019 Week 2 vs CHI (4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Fant didn't have any receptions until the 3rd quarter, when he reeled in a short out route in the 3rd quarter than converted 3rd and 4. He got wide open on a deep out route in the 3rd quarter that picked up 24 yards, Denver's longest play of the day. Fant managed to pull in a "dying duck" for a short gain from Flacco as the quarterback was tackled while throwing in the 4th quarter.
2019 Week 1 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Fant got the start at tight end alongside Heuerman in two TE sets, but he didn't secure a pass until the 3rd quarter, when he made a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch on a corner route for a 20 yard gain. He had one more short gain on an out route late in the 3rd quarter. Fant carried the ball once on a tight end sweep that was dropped for a five yard loss on the first drive of the game. No other tight ends were targeted in the passing game.
Latest NewsBroncos | Noah Fant limited (Thu Dec 12, 07:22 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant (foot, hip) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 12. link to story Broncos | Noah Fant misses practice (Wed Dec 11, 07:54 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant (foot, hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11. link to story Broncos | Noah Fant expected to be OK (Mon Dec 9, 01:13 PM) - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant (foot) is reportedly dealing with a 'minor' foot injury and should be fine, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Our View: Fant has turned in a strong rookie performance so far this year. He seems to have a good chemistry with fellow rookie Drew Lock, so Fantasy GMs can get him in there as a low-end TE1 in Week 15 against the Chiefs.
link to story Broncos | Noah Fant torches Houston (Sun Dec 8, 09:06 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant caught all four of his targets for 113 yards and a touchdown in a 38-24 win over the Houston Texans in Week 14. link to story Broncos | Noah Fant out of game (Sun Dec 8, 04:00 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant (foot) suffered a foot injury during the Week 14 game and is considered questionable to return. Our View: Fant's x-rays came back negative. Hopefully he'll be able to play against the Chiefs when he will be a TE1 if he is active with a budding relationship with his quarterback Drew Lock.
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