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Consensus Tight End Sleepers (2022 Fantasy Football)

Aug 16, 2022
Cole Kmet

We polled over 75 fantasy football experts to get their top mid-to-late round sleepers ahead of the 2022 NFL season. Check out the top sleepers they’re targeting in fantasy football drafts.

Note: All ADP and ECR values are as of August 15

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Consensus Tight End Sleepers

Who is the player you expect to be this year’s biggest fantasy sleeper and why?

Cole Kmet (CHI)
“Cole Kmet has a chance to have a huge breakout season in 2022. Kmet was tied for eighth among tight ends last year in targets with 93, yet thanks to the team’s lack of wide receiver depth and the Bears having 218 vacated targets (ninth most in the NFL), he should see a large increase in targets this year. Kmet also had 0 touchdowns last year despite 12 red-zone targets, in his rookie season Kmet had two touchdowns with just six red zone targets, so his red zone efficiency will be much improved. It is rare to get the second receiving option of a team at this sort of ADP, and drafting him in the later rounds could save you the hassle of using an early pick on a tight end, which could result in him being a league winner.”
Ricky Lemon (The Fantasy Champions)

“Over the last 10 NFL seasons there have been 96 TEs who saw between 80 and 106 targets. Cole Kmet in 2021 was the only tight end in the data set to have 0 TDs, whereas a league average touchdown rate would have seen him score five TDs and a fringe TE1 finish. With no clear target competition aside from Darnell Mooney, Kmet is a clear candidate to finish as a low-end TE1 despite being drafted outside the top 10 at the position.”
Schuyler Malak (JWB Fantasy Football)

Albert Okwuegbunam (DEN) 
“Albert Okwuegbunam last year had just 40 targets, but among tight ends to hit that threshold he was seventh and ninth in yards per route (2.0) and routes per target (4.2). The target competition will be tough with WRs Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton and K.J. Hamler — but if Okwuegbunam becomes a regular contributor, he will likely smash market expectations, and rookie TE Greg Dulcich seems unlikely to challenge Okwuegbunam in a serious way this year given his third-round draft capital.”
Matthew Freedman (FantasyPros)

Evan Engram (JAC) 
“Evan Engram is yet-another example of extreme talent looking to benefit from a change of scenery. It isn’t just the location move that will help him, though. The Jaguars named Doug Pederson as their head coach, and in his five seasons with the Eagles, Pederson’s offense ranked in the top four in the league for tight end target percentage all five times. Engram’s glaring flaw has been too many drops, but he is built like a wide receiver, led the Giants in receptions last year and will be given another chance to develop in an offense that heavily features passes thrown in his direction.”
Mario Mergola (Sporfolio)

Mo Alie-Cox (IND)
“If you like waiting for your tight end, Alie-Cox is worth a shot. Matt Ryan is expected to provide a boost for the Colts offense, and Michael Pittman can’t catch every pass. Given the unknowns outside of Pittman at wide receiver, it only makes sense that Alie-Cox will see more looks than he has at any other point in his career. He barely hit 50 percent of Indy’s snaps last season, a number that could come close to 80 following Jack Doyle’s retirement, which is reason enough to see what he can do in a bigger role with a new quarterback.”
Adam Zdroik (RotoWire)

Tight Ends

PLAYER TEAM VOTES ECR ADP
Gerald Everett LAC 11 TE20 TE20
Cole Kmet CHI 11 TE12 TE13
Evan Engram JAC 7 TE22 TE21
Austin Hooper TEN 7 TE23 TE24
Irv Smith MIN 7 TE16 TE15
David Njoku CLE 6 TE21 TE18
Robert Tonyan GB 5 TE19 TE19
Albert Okwuegbunam DEN 5 TE17 TE14
Pat Freiermuth PIT 3 TE11 TE12
Hayden Hurst CIN 3 TE25 TE25
Mo Alie-Cox IND 3 TE29 TE32

Tight ends who received votes: Noah Fant (2), Hunter Henry (2), Donald Parham (1), Logan Thomas (1), Greg Dulcich (1), Jonnu Smith (1)


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Thank you to all the experts for naming their consensus sleepers. You can view each expert’s picks above and be sure to give them a follow on Twitter for more great advice. Also, please check out our latest podcast episode below.


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