Fant caught 40 of 66 passes for 562 yards and three touchdowns in 2019. He lost 12 yards on three carries and lost a fumble. It was an uneven rookie campaign for the 2019 first-round pick, as he struggled at times to track the deep ball and did not establish himself as a blocker. Still, Fant showed some serious upside as a catch-and-run target with a team-leading up 388 yards after catch. His 14.1 yards per catch this season ranked behind only New Orleans' Jared Cook among tight ends. If Fant is able to be more consistent with fellow now-sophomore quarterback Drew Lock in 2020, his existing big-play ability could push him toward being an upper-echelon player at his position.
Fant caught both of his targets for a total of 10 yards during Sunday's 27-17 win over Detriot. Both of Fant's catches came within the first 20 minutes of the game. The dinged-up rookie played a relatively low percentage of snaps, 41 of 71, and was unable to get downfield with Detroit playing a lot of deep zone coverages. Fant has been reliant on the deep ball this season, as 52.8 percent of his 373 yards over the past seven games came on just four plays. If he's able to round back into shape in time for the season finale, he couldn't ask for a better matchup. The Raiders have surrendered more pass plays of at least 20 yards (68) and 40 yards (16) than any other team this season.
Fant (shoulder) is active for Sunday's Week 16 tilt against the Lions. The rookie tight end managed to log limited practices throughout the week and now will enjoy active status for a favorable matchup. Fant has worked well with rookie quarterback Drew Lock during the latter's last two starts, bringing in six of seven targets for 169 yards and a touchdown over that span.
Fant (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports. Fant missed some time during the Broncos' Week 15 loss at Kansas City with a right shoulder injury. Afterward, X-rays were returned negative, and coach Vic Fangio told Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic that Fant "should be fine." Fant maintained limited practices throughout the week, but with a 'questionable' tag for Sunday, his status for Week 16 won't be confirmed until 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff.
Fant (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. Though Fant's reps were capped for a second day in a row, the Broncos are optimistic he'll be ready to play when Sunday's game against the Lions rolls around. Ideally, Fant would eliminate ambiguity about his status by practicing fully Friday, a development that would likely allow him to enter the weekend without an injury designation. Fant ranks second among all qualified tight ends this season with 14.8 yards per reception, but his relatively low volume -- he's only exceeded five targets twice in 14 games -- makes him a rather boom-or-bust fantasy option.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||7.63|
|4||10/02||@New York Jets||4||5.13|
|5||10/11||@New England Patriots||12||6.35|
|7||10/25||Kansas City Chiefs||21||7.32|
|10||11/15||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|11||11/22||Los Angeles Chargers||11||6.25|
|12||11/29||New Orleans Saints||8||6.12|
|13||12/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||7.32|
|16||12/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||11||6.25|
|17||01/03||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|3 Year Avg||66||40||562||3||23||14.05||72|