Top 3 Sleeper Tight Ends for 2022 Fantasy Football Season
Having one of the premier tight ends on your roster is a major advantage every fantasy football season. Though there's some names will that will be priority picks over others, managers can still find top-performing TEs at a major value later in drafts.
With that in mind, here are three of the best sleeper tight ends for 2022 fantasy football drafts.
Best Sleeper TEs 2022
Note: Only tight ends with an average draft position (ADP) of TE13 or higher were considered for this list. All ADP information is from FantasyPros.
3. Albert Okwuegbunam, Denver Broncos (ADP: TE21)
Albert Okwuegbunam is the main man at tight end after Denver traded Noah Fant this offseason, and his workload should explode as a result. Fant finished as TE12 last year while seeing 90 targets from the lackluster duo of Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater. Now Okwuegbunam, who garnered just 40 targets in 2021, will take over the starting TE role with only rookie Greg Dulcich as his competition and Russell Wilson as his quarterback. Wilson may not be as TE-reliant as his predecessors, but Okwuegbunam will benefit from Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy drawing most of the defense's attention. Tim Patrick's (85 targets in 2021) recent season-ending ACL injury also opens up a clear opportunity for Okwuegbunam to become a top-three passing option in this offense, especially given his ability to split out at wide receiver as well.
2. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (ADP: TE16)
David Njoku also heads into the 2022 with a clearly defined role following Austin Hooper's release. Njoku made the most of his 53 targets last season, finishing as TE22 in PPR scoring, but expectations are sky-high now that Hooper leaves behind 61 targets in his absence. Only six tight ends saw 100-plus targets in 2021, and every single one finished within the top eight scorers at the position. That kind of potential is certainly there for Njoku considering the volume Cleveland targeted its TEs last year. Further boosting the 26-year-old's case is the possibility Jacoby Brissett will be his starting QB for some, maybe even all, of the 2022 campaign. In Brissett's last full-time starting gig, tight end Jack Doyle almost led the team in targets at 108 looks. That bodes extremely well for Njoku breaking out in a more featured role this season.
1. Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (ADP: TE13)
Cole Kmet could go from streaming option to legit starter in 2022. The volume was certainly there last season, as he recorded 93 targets, converting them into 60 receptions and 612 yards. The one glaring weak spot is the 0 touchdowns he posted in 2021, but his 12 red zone targets led the team, so the opportunities will clearly be there. Kmet's fantasy profile gets a boost from the departure of veteran Jimmy Graham as well, who siphoned away 23 targets and 3 TDs from the youngster in 2021. The loss of Allen Robinson (66 targets in 2021) this offseason also should allow to Kmet to solidify himself as the No. 2 pass-catcher alongside Darnell Mooney considering Chicago's remaining lackluster weapons.
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