TE Noah Fant - Denver Broncos
|6-4, 249||Born: 11-20-1997||College: Iowa||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2019|
Week 7: vs Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco has been far from spectacular this season, and he is coming off a couple of lackluster games with fewer than 190 passing yards and two interceptions to just one touchdown. Flacco has now thrown an interception in five straight games and has just one multi-touchdown game this season. With backup Drew Lock still sidelined, Flacco is all this passing offense has and will continue to lead the Broncos for the foreseeable future. His favorite and most consistent target continues to be Courtland Sutton. Sutton has led the team in targets for four straight weeks and has finished with over 60 receiving yards in all but one game this season. He has averaged over 20 yards per reception over the course of his last two games as Sutton has been getting open downfield and making some great catches. Emmanuel Sanders had been playing through a knee injury that limited him in the past two games, and while it appeared he suffered a setback last week, he has been a full participant in practice and should be ready for Thursday. Both Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay offer viable check-down options from the backfield, but the passing workload between them has been evenly split (26 targets each) and rather unpredictable so far this season. The Chiefs passing defense continues to play decent football considering how terrible they are playing against the run. Last week, they forced two interceptions for the second time this season while limiting Deshaun Watson to just one passing touchdown. They have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in just two of six games this season, however, last week was the first high-quality passing offense they had played thus far. Charvarius Ward has been their best cornerback in coverage while Bashaud Breeland has struggled on the other side. This duo did have success in limiting both T.Y. Hilton and DeAndre Hopkins to disappointing stat lines in the past two weeks, but they by no means are capable of consistently shutting down opposing WR1's. Both Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders should still have an advantage in this one, especially considering the lack of pressure a banged-up Chiefs defensive line is generating right now. It is also worth noting that this defense has given up the second-most receiving yards (72) and receptions (8) per game to the tight end position. While they have limited any one tight end from having a particularly massive game, they have consistently been allowing production to that position which could bode well for Noah Fant to have somewhat of a breakout game this week.
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 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 | One grab for Noah Fant (Fri Oct 18, 12:01 AM) - Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant caught one of his five targets for seven yards in a 30-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7. link to story Broncos | Noah Fant wants consistency (Thu Oct 10, 10:27 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant said he is focused on eliminating 'rough spots' from his play going forward, and offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello said Fant has shown 'flashes of greatness.' link to story
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