Noah Fant Fantasy Outlook Climbing With Expanded Role Following Emmanuel Sanders Trade

Zach Brunner
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A couple weeks ago, the Denver Broncos traded veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to the San Francisco 49ers, leaving a big hole in the offense. Over the past two games, that void has been filled by rookie tight end Noah Fant, raising his fantasy outlook the rest of the way.

Someone needed to replace Sanders in the offense, and although he plays a different position, Fant has been a big beneficiary. He has seen the field for 82 percent and 86 percent of the team's offensive snaps the past two weeks, which has led to two impressive games.

In Week 8, Fant's fantasy point total didn't look like much on the surface, but digging deeper, we see that Fant led the team with nine targets, which was three more than the next WR or TE. In Week 9 against the Browns, Fant put his athleticism on display with a 75-yard catch and run for a touchdown. He finished the day with 115 yards and the one touchdown.

With targets up for grabs from the Sanders departure and the offense running differently with Joe Flacco now on IR, the rookie tight end has been the player to step up. Denver is on bye in Week 10, but Fant is a player to add now, as he should continue to see a heavy workload, making him a viable tight end streaming option moving forward.

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