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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 7: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Case Keenum continues to struggle as the leader of this Broncos passing offense, but his coaching staff remains committed to him despite clamoring for rookie Chad Kelly to take over. Keenum has had decent stats from a fantasy perspective in half of his games this season, passing for multiple touchdowns and over 320 yards in those three outings, two of which have now come in back to back games. Keenum also has at least one interception in every start though, as he is tied for a league-leading eight interceptions while sporting one of the lowest completion rates and quarterback ratings among starters. Keenum leaned heavily on Emmanuel Sanders again last week as Sanders racked up over 110 receiving yards and a touchdown for the second time this season. Sanders now has 24 targets in the last two games compared to just 10 targets for the next receiving option over that span. Demaryius Thomas remains a downfield and red zone threat as he found the end zone for the second straight week while Cortland Sutton continues to put up decent numbers considering his low reception volume. Sutton has tons of talent to make big plays but has yet to haul in more than three receptions in a game. Regardless, Sutton has still put up over 50 receiving yards with 1 touchdown over his last three games. The Cardinals passing defense has been up and down this season with exceptional play from Patrick Peterson, but relatively unreliable coverage outside of that. Budda Baker looks to be better suited at safety than cornerback as he has flipped back and forth. Tre Boston has also played well in coverage at safety, but the linebackers for Arizona have proven to be very ineffective in coverage as Adam Thielen exploited them repeatedly last week. The stats for the Cardinals secondary are decent, but much of that can be attributed to Patrick Peterson and the lack of offenses needing to pass due to the weakness of the Cardinals' run defense. Their pass rush, however, has come alive in recent weeks with eight sacks in their last two games to help relieve some pressure from the secondary. Defensive end Chandler Jones, in particular, has found his groove after a relatively slow start, racking up at least one sack in four straight games with three sacks and two forced fumbles in his last two games. With Patrick Peterson locking down one side of the field, it will be up to Sanders to put up numbers out of the slot--an achievable feat considering what Adam Thielen did to this defense last week.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at BAL 35 2 8 0 0 0.8
7 at ARI 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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