TE Nick Vannett - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-6, 257||Born: 3-6-1993||College: Ohio St.||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2016|
2019 Week 1 vs CIN (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Both of Vannett's receptions were garbage plays -- medium gains on third and long, both as pure outlet passes when Wilson ran out of options.
2018 Week 3 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Vannett tipped the scales and took over his expected role as the primary pass catching TE. He was reliable, but was never targeted on a play that might have gone for a lot of yards, or in the red zone. Vannett likely continues this role, which severely limits any fantasy upside.
2018 Week 4 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Vannett was an end zone target in the third quarter, when his diving attempt at the ball drew an important Pass Interference call. But even with Will Dissly out of the game, Vanett was never a true receiving threat in this offense.
2018 Week 5 vs LAR (4 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Let's be clear: Vannett is not a fantasy starter. He may be a spot-starter to cover a bye week, at most. But he is the starting TE for the Seahawks, and is proving to be a reliable safety valve for Russell Wilson, who looks his way enough that he could be relevant on weeks that he's able to score. His biggest pickup against the Rams was on an impromptu shovel pass that he turned into a 32 yard gain.
2018 Week 8 vs DET (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Vannett isn't anything more than a bye week flyer, but he looks to have gained the trust of Russell Wilson. On a couple of plays, Wilson went to him while scrambling, which is a good indicator of that trust. And on the second of those, he caught what looked to be a touchdown before replays showed that he had a toe (yes, a toe!) out of bounds prior to the catch, negating the reception.
2018 Week 9 vs LAC (8 / 6 / 52 / 1 rec)
Vannett was Wilson's security blanket, catching a number of short passes over the middle. One of these was a tough catch in the end zone, in which Wilson threaded the needle to get the ball in between two converging defenders. Vannett has proved himself reliable so far this season, in short spurts. While the eight targets was a bit of an outlier rather than a trend, he has definitely earned the confidence of his QB, so we should expect a slightly higher floor for Vannett from here on out.
2018 Week 10 vs LAR (2 / 1 / 8 / 1 rec)
On the opening drive, Vannett had a defender on him but showed great hands and concentration to snag a diving TD catch. Then, with only one target the rest of the game, he basically disappeared from the passing game entirely. No one in this passing game can be counted on consistently, perhaps with Vannett's role from week to week being the least predictable.
2018 Week 11 vs GB (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Relying on the Seahawks TE position in fantasy football is a gamble of epic proportions. On one hand, the TE has a TD in each of the last four games. On the other, Vannett and Dickson have two each. Dickson is averaging barely over a single target per game; Vannett had an outlier of eight targets in one game, but otherwise is averaging barely over two targets per game. Both Dickson and Vannett continue to show reliable route running and hands, to go with their shared, low volume, red zone dependent role.
2018 Week 12 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Vannett had two targets, and though he showed excellent hands, and vision after the catch, he's sharing targets with Ed Dickson, so the volume is just not enough to depend upon. He's an absolute desperation play going forward, who may get you a score if you feel like rolling the dice.
2018 Week 13 vs SF (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Vannett as a receiver was an afterthought in a game which featured the run from the get-go. His lone target was an easily caught checkdown pass for a short gain.
2018 Week 14 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Since his eight target explosion in Week Nine, Vannett has come back down to earth, with no more than two targets in any week since. On a day in which the whole passing game amounted to 72 yards, he hauled in a 12-yard first down conversion early in the game, and then wasn't looked to again. Unless your pool has a 'Percentage of Team's Passing Yards to Tight Ends' stat, you can safely move on.