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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 14: at San Francisco 49ers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Case Keenum and this passing offense have reaped the benefits of what has been a strong rushing game over the past few weeks. This was particularly true last week as Phillip Lindsay went off on the ground while Keenum was asked to pass the ball just 21 times--tied for his lowest attempts this season. Despite the low volume performance, Keenum still struggled as he completed just 57 percent of his passes--his third game in a row with a sub-60 percent completion rate. To his credit, Keenum is taking care of the ball with four straight turnover-free games after opening the season with at least one interception thrown in each of his first eight games. Courtland Sutton took the spotlight last week with a season-high 84 receiving yards and his third touchdown of the season. Sutton is a massive target, suited well for the jump ball passes that leverage his size and physicality to fight for the ball in the air. As such, this will limit him to a boom or bust option, which has been his guise all season long. Emmanuel Sanders suffered an Achilles injury during practice this week and will likely miss the remainder of this season. Sanders has been the central focus of this Denver passing offense, representing nearly 25 percent of the targets which will now be vacated. Courtland Sutton's role should be expected to increase, while Tim Patrick should slide into the second outside receiver role with rookie DaeSean Hamilton, who is coming off a recently sprained MCL, picking up the role as slot receiver. The 49ers may have limited Russell Wilson to 185 passing yards last week, but that was strictly by design as Wilson had his way with this defense by amassing four touchdowns on just 11 completions. Cornerback K'Waun Williams played particularly poorly as he gave up a couple of those touchdowns. Williams has played well at times this season but is allowing over two-thirds of the passes thrown his way to be completed. The matchup with Williams should present an opportunity for new slot receiver DaeSean Hamilton to make an immediate impact. Ahkello Witherspoon has played poorly in coverage also and should be a positive matchup for Courtland Sutton if the 49ers elect to keep Richard Sherman on his normal left side. Sherman has been effective for most of this season, but despite his solid play, this secondary is still giving up the fifth-most yards per reception to opposing receivers with a league-low two interceptions. The defensive line also lacks any true threat to opposing quarterbacks without an elite pass rusher, so the decent pass-blocking Denver offensive line should have no trouble protecting Keenum in a plus matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

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14 at SF PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

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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Schedule

14@ San Francisco 49ers
15vs Cleveland Browns
16@ Oakland Raiders
17vs Los Angeles Chargers