Is Noah Fant the next great Fantasy TE?

Noah Fant had a solid rookie year for the Broncos, but was never able to produce consistently as a fantasy TE. Fant finished the season as TE 16. Which is about where he was drafted amongst TE. Fant was rostered more and more frequently as the season came to an end, in a large part due to injuries at the TE position. There’s no doubt the young TE is on the rise, with room to improve in year 2, but I’m not buying at his current price.

In 2020 mock drafts (yes they are already happening), Fant is being selected at TE9, with an ADP of 91.2. and while some people think he should be drafted in the top 10, I beg to differ, and the big reason is Drew Lock. Lock had a solid rookie season, and in what was a lost year for the Broncos, he appears to be a bright spot. His connection with Courtland Sutton is one many fantasy fans should be excited for. Here’s the problem, Fant’s statistics took a significant dip once Lock took over as QB1.

WeekRECYDSAVGTDTARFPTS
1-122.733412.250.184.736.93
13-171.4326.8610.040.1424.97
Noah Fant with and without Drew Lock at QB

Drew Lock got his first start in week 13. From that point forward, Fant took a drop in EVERY major statistical receiving category. In addition, he lost almost 2 fantasy points per game worth of production. While I expect Fant to better than 5pts per game next year, I don’t anticipate him being TE9. He has all of the skill set, but if the Broncos offense looks anything in 2020 like it did in 2019, it could be a frustrating year for people dependent on Fant as their starting TE. So long story short, Fant has potential, but I don’t think 2020 is the year he breaks out.

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