TE Jeff Heuerman - Denver Broncos
|6-5, 254||Born: 11-24-1992||College: Ohio State||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2015|
Week 15: at Kansas City Chiefs - $4500
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
Jeff Heuerman's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 8 / 1 rec - 7.3 points, $4200)
Heuerman worked as the number 2 tight end and made his only target count, scoring in the 2nd quarter on an easy out route from Lock.
2019 Week 13 vs LAC (5 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec - 3 points, $4200)
Heuerman returned from a knee injury to draw just enough targets to kill Noah Fant's fantasy value. Heuerman pulled in a crossing route to convert 3rd down late in the 1st quarter. He picked up another 3rd down conversion late in the 4th quarter with an out route from the slot.
2019 Week 8 vs IND (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec - 1.6 points, $4300)
Heuerman had a nice catch in stride on a skinny post from Flacco at the end of the 1st quarter. He went down with a knee injury before halftime and did not return.
2019 Week 5 vs LAC (3 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec - 3.1 points, $4500)
Heuerman got open down the seam for a 26 yard gain on a play action pass to start the game. He was targeted once more in the 3rd quarter, but had the pass batted away by a defender.
2019 Week 3 vs GB (2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec - 3 points, $4500)
Heuerman saw plenty of snaps, but wasn't very involved in the passing game. He caught a short slant route for a 10 yard gain in the 1st quarter. He made another tough catch on a short curl route while breaking a tackle for a minimal gain in the 3rd quarter.
2019 Week 2 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec - 4.1 points, $4200)
Heuerman saw plenty of snaps in two TE sets with Fant. He drew five targets but wasn't able to get much going with his receptions. He had a short gain up the right seam in the 1st quarter, and then followed up with another short out route a couple of plays later. Heuerman got smacked hard on an out route that came up just short on 3rd and 5 later in the 1st. He collected one more short curl route early in the 3rd quarter.
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