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at CAR, Sun 1pm EDT
Noah Fant
TE - DEN
Noah Fant
Noah Fant
TE - DEN
vs. TEN, Mon 10pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 29th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 5# 12-
Best Rank# 3# 7-
Worst Rank# 61# 22-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at CAR vs. TEN-
Matchup RatingThis is a 2 star matchup. TEs perform a little worse than their average vs CARThis is a 4 star matchup. TEs perform a litter better than their average vs TEN-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rec24.926.4
Rec Yds251.5287.1
Rec TD1.82.3
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total171.687.3-
Avg Game10.75.8-
2019 Average10.75.8-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Noah Fant
TE - DEN
Noah Fant
Noah Fant
TE - DEN
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at CAR vs. TEN
Week 2 vs. NO at PIT
Week 3 at NE vs. TB
Week 4 vs. BUF at NYJ
Week 5 at KCBYE WEEK
Week 6BYE WEEK at NE
Week 7 vs. TB vs. KC
Week 8 at CLE vs. LAC
Week 9 at LAC at ATL
Week 10 vs. DEN at LV
Week 11 vs. KC vs. MIA
Week 12 at ATL vs. NO
Week 13 at NYJ at KC
Week 14 vs. IND at CAR
Week 15 vs. LAC vs. BUF
Week 16 vs. MIA at LAC
Week 17 at DEN vs. LV
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Noah Fant
TE - DEN
Noah Fant
Noah Fant
TE - DEN
2020 Points 
Week 14.514.1
Week 216.513.7
Week 30.94.6
Week 46.83.5
Week 510.8
Week 6
Week 711.03.8
Week 82.74.7
Week 98.24.5
Week 103.71.8
Week 1114.85.5
Week 122.31.3
Week 1332.05.7
Week 147.50.0
Week 1521.012.8
Week 1611.26.5
Week 1717.74.8
Total171.687.3
Average10.75.8
Player Targets Comparison
 
Noah Fant
TE - DEN
Noah Fant
Noah Fant
TE - DEN
2020 Targets 
Week 186
Week 2165
Week 3410
Week 4116
Week 57
Week 6
Week 797
Week 869
Week 9103
Week 1057
Week 1175
Week 1272
Week 13177
Week 14100
Week 151211
Week 1669
Week 17106
Notes for Player Combination
 
at CAR, Sun 1pm EDT
Noah Fant
TE - DEN
Noah Fant
Noah Fant
TE - DEN
vs. TEN, Mon 10pm EDT
Expert 
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
The Panthers actually had a top-five tight end defense last season, although they will be shuffling in a handful of new defensive starters today. Darren Waller is always a sure bet to be involved in the offense, but there's some potential that the Raiders can just move the ball on the ground with Josh Jacobs at will against a poor run defense. If that's the case, a lighter passing load could ensue for Derek Carr, but Waller is always a safe TE1.The Titans allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends last season, so Fant should be able to take advantage of this matchup, but this game has one of the lower over/under totals on the week. I expect the Broncos to be looking to establish the run game after signing Melvin Gordon and the passing volume may be low in a grind-it-out game. However, with Courtland Sutton possibly limited or out with a shoulder injury, Fant will be Lock's most-proven target. He's a very talented player and should take advantage of this opportunity.
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
With Tyrell Williams' injury, Darren Waller looks like a lock for a TE1-level target share. He had the third-most targets among all tight ends last year (more than both George Kittle and Mark Andrews), and I'm confident about playing him in redraft and DFS. While Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs may sap some of his usage over time, it's Week 1, and Derek Carr should throw to players he has played with in the past.Noah Fant enters Week 1 in an interesting position fantasy-wise, but I'm still not a huge fan. Denver's best wide receiver, Courtland Sutton, suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the week, and he could be limited in Monday's matchup with the Titans. If he does miss time, expect him to get more looks than otherwise for Denver. That said, Fant didn't see a ton of attention from Drew Lock in his five starts. He never earned more than four targets in a single game, and he was targeted just twice on two separate occasions. So while Fant's speed and athleticism make him a high-upside pick, there's hardly any floor here. He's a big risk at TE2 this week.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
There are a lot of questions surrounding the wide receivers and running backs in the Raiders' offense and how they'll be deployed, but Waller is the lone constant. The Panthers were the No. 4 defense against tight ends last year, but not because they were so good against them or anything. In fact, the 8.99 yards per target they allowed was the second-highest number in the league behind only the Cardinals. The reason they allowed so few of fantasy points was because tight ends were targeted just 83 times all season (5.2 times per game) against them. Waller had just two games last year with fewer than five targets, including 10 games with seven or more targets. The yardage should be there, and given the new defensive scheme with more than a handful of new starters, Waller should offer a very stable TE1 floor in this game. He can be considered in cash games if you need to save some money from the elite options.For those counting at home, Fant averaged just 2.8 targets per game with Fant under center after averaging 4.7 targets per game with Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen. There is a new offense installed, but there are also a bunch of other weapons that have been added, highlighting the concerns about his volume. The matchup this week is a great one though, as the Titans allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends last year. There were 12 different tight ends who finished as top-15 options against them, meaning three-quarters of the time, they allowed a streaming-worthy performance. Keep in mind there were only two times a tight end saw more than eight targets, too. Unfortunately, Fant was one of the tight ends who failed to finish as a top-15 tight end against them, as he caught 2-of-3 targets for a measly 16 yards in their Week 6 matchup that was with Flacco under center. Still, tight ends grow rapidly in their first three years, so we should expect him to take a step forward this year. There are a lot of unknowns, but Fant should be considered a high-end TE2 for this plus-matchup.
Zachary Hanshew
FantasyPros
Las Vegas will start the year with Waller and a pair of rookies as the top pass-catching options for Derek Carr. While Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards are strong plays in their own right, it's entirely plausible to see Waller lead the team in targets this season. The Raiders get a comfortable matchup against Carolina in Week 1 that should be a boon for Waller's fantasy value. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Panthers were 6th against fantasy tight ends last year, but Waller was one of the best fantasy tight ends in the league last year and the Panthers have over gone a lot of changes since last season. Waller should still be a TE1 in the opener.The Titans were 29th against fantasy tight ends last year, but Fant had only 2 receptions for 16 yards when they played last year. This offense has much more promise this year with several big additions, Fant is a boom / bust TE2 in the opener.