Noah Fant is a Fantasy Sleeper (21% Owned) Projected to Be the #21 TE Ahead of Greg Olsen

SCOUT ANALYST TAKE

Fant was the second TE drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft but don't be surprised to see Fant lead all rookie TEs in receptions and yards. Fant isn't quite the blocker that his college teammate T.J. Hockenson is, but he is a freak athlete that can catch almost anything coming his way. The Broncos brought in veteran QB Joe Flacco, who is used to utilizing his TE while playing in Baltimore. The Broncos have a couple of young receivers in Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton, but Fant offers athleticism at TE that the Broncos have been lacking since Julius Thomas. SportsLine projects Fant to finish with 48 receptions for 547 receptions and 4 TDs in 2019-2020. Those numbers should put Fant as a higher end #2 fantasy TE. I think 500 yards seems about right for Fant, but I expect more than 4 touchdowns from Fant who had 18 TDs in his past two seasons at Iowa.

DRAFT ADVICE AND POSITION RANK

Draft Noah Fant as a week-to-week fantasy spot starter in 2019. His 74 projected fantasy points puts him at #21 behind Cameron Brate and ahead of Greg Olsen. His projected per game average is 4.6 fantasy points. His rank based on avg proj (#22) is worse than his rank based on total fantasy points. He is slightly more valuable in PPR leagues where he is the #20 ranked tight end.

REST OF SEASON TE RANKPROJECTIONFANTASY STATS SINCE 2018
#19 Kyle Rudolph (70% OWN)75 FP, 4.68 per game87 FP, 16 gp, 5.5 per game (#16)
#20 Cameron Brate (48% OWN)75 FP, 4.68 per game63 FP, 15 gp, 4.2 per game (#23)
#21 Noah Fant (21% OWN)74 FP, 4.62 per game63 FP, 15 gp, 4.2 per game (#23)
#22 Greg Olsen (49% OWN)72 FP, 4.5 per game53 FP, 9 gp, 5.9 per game (#10)
#23 Dallas Goedert (14% OWN)69 FP, 4.33 per game57 FP, 15 gp, 3.8 per game (#31)

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks.

NOAH FANTFPPPRTARRECYDTDRUSHYD
2019 Projection7412165.347.55393.70.0
-- Per Game (16 Proj)4.67.64.12.9733.70.230.00
Week 1 @OAK5.38.44.43.1380.280.00
Week 2 vs CHI4.37.34.33.0310.220.00