Fantasy football: Five tight ends to keep a close eye on in 2020

Noah Fant can be a weapon for Drew Lock. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Noah Fant can be a weapon for Drew Lock. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 01: Tight end Noah Fant #87 of the Denver Broncos warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High on December 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Noah Fant – Denver Broncos

While Noah Fant was only TE16 in 2019, he did flash some signs of brilliance for the Denver offense during his rookie season.

Last year, he was targeted 66 times (second-most) as he caught 40 of them for 562 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, he averaged 5.7 fantasy points in the 16 contests he played in for the Broncos’ young offense.

What stood out to me the most was the stretch he had between Week’s 9-15. During that period, he was TE9 and possessed the seventh-most receiving yards among tight ends. That’s pretty impressive considering how the Broncos had a very inexperienced rookie quarterback in Drew Lock at the helm.

Lock is emerging as a solid starter in the Rockies and he’s going to need to rely on a big 6’4″ target in Fant to be his security blanket.

Denver does have some pretty impressive weapons such as Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Melvin Gordon, and Phillip Lindsay heading into 2020. The plethora of options will make it easier for Fant to blend in and not be keyed in on by opposing defenses just like Tyler Higbee in Los Angeles.

Fant is primed for a breakout season and it will not be a surprise if he is a league-winner on several rosters by season’s end in 2020.