Noah Fant Fantasy Football Analysis with Broncos

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  • See Matthew Freedman's fantasy football analysis for tight end Noah Fant, who was drafted No. 20 overall by the Denver Broncos.

Noah Fant Fantasy Football Analysis

  • Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 249 pounds
  • 40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds
  • School: Iowa | Class: Junior
  • 2019 age: 22 | Draft position:No. 20 overall

Ever since Kirk Ferentz started at Iowa in 1999, the school has transformed itself into Tight End U. Fant has been groomed for professional success since his first day on campus.

Despite sharing the field with Hockenson, the supremely athletic Fant led the Hawkeyes with 11 and seven touchdowns receiving over the past two seasons.

An NFL-ready receiving tight end, Fant doesn’t have Hockenson’s strength as a blocker, and he dropped 11 of 80 catchable passes in his two final seasons (per Pro Football Focus).

But he has a real chance to be the more productive NFL player, especially early in his career, because unlike Hockenson, Fant will probably not be used heavily as a blocker.

He’s a willing blocker when asked to pitch in, but he will almost certainly be used much more as a receiver, perhaps as a big slot man. And if he’s asked to focus on only one aspect of his game — the thing he already does well — he could be a serviceable player rather quickly.

And it only helps that Fant was drafted by the Broncos. With Emmanuel Sanders recovering from a season-ending Achilles injury and Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton entering just their second seasons, the Broncos don’t have an established wide receiver to hog targets.

It’s very possible that even as a rookie, Fant could be one of the top receiving options for the Broncos.

And it doesn’t hurt that Joe Flacco will be the guy throwing to Fant. For all his faults, Flacco is one of the league’s most tight end-friendly quarterbacks: He has regularly relied on the position throughout his career.

As a rookie, Fant is probably best thought of as a volatile second tight end for best ball leagues. I expect him to have an up-and-down rookie campaign, which makes him hard to rely on in standard seasonal leagues. But I also expect him to have some big performances.

And in rookie drafts, I think he should go off the board shortly after Hockenson. Whenever I finalize my rookie rankings, Fant will definitely be a first-rounder and maybe in the top six.

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Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs. He has a dog and sometimes a British accent. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he’s known only as The Labyrinthian.

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