• Jake Butt
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  • , Denver Broncos
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  • 250 lbs
  • 6' 6"
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Scouting report

by Scot Berggren

DEN TE Jake Butt - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Potential continues to be the best word to describe Jake Butt. He started the first three games last season, finishing with eight catches on 13 targets for 85 yards before missing another year due to an ACL injury. If he’s able to stay healthy and prove he can be the player he was drafted to be in ’17, Butt will compete with Jeff Heuerman for the No. 2 TE spot once Noah Fant takes over the No. 1 slot.

Fantasy Downside
Fant was drafted in the first round and is the Denver TE of the future. Butt has had three ACL injuries since his final game in college and, despite being just 24, you’ve got to wonder how much his knees have left.

Bottom Line
Similar to Heuerman, Butt may see most of his playing time during the preseason and early part of the regular season, until Fant is familiar enough with both the offense and how to get open in the NFL. Butt should not be part of your fantasy roster on draft day, but if he can return to his old self, may be worth consideration if Fant has trouble with the pro game or succumbs to injury.

by Scot Berggren

DEN TE Jake Butt - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

UPDATE: Butt has suffered an ACL tear that will end his season.

The Broncos offense was sluggish last week in the Baltimore rain, with Jake Butt registering only two receptions for eight yards. Butt and fellow TE Jeff Heuerman combined to receive seven looks from Case Keenum, but neither player has done too much this season to warrant a fantasy roster spot. Things may be better on Monday night versus a terrible Chiefs pass defense, however, Butt should be used as no more than a TE2 play.

by Scot Berggren

DEN TE Jake Butt - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Baltimore Ravens

Versus Oakland last Sunday, Jake Butt was targeted six times, leading to four receptions for 48 yards. He appears to have taken over Denver’s No. 1 TE role and will continue to be an integral part of the passing attack moving forward. If he’s available on the waiver wire, Butt is worth picking up, but he is more of a TE2 option at Baltimore this week.

by Scot Berggren

DEN TE Jake Butt - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Oakland Raiders

Playing in his first career regular season game, Jake Butt was targeted four times by Case Keenum, leading to two grabs for 29 yards. The Broncos' other TE, Jeff Heuerman, received just one look in the win versus Seattle. As the season progresses, expect Butt to be Denver’s primary TE, but you’re better off keeping him on the shelf for now.

by Scot Berggren

DEN TE Jake Butt - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

After tearing his ACL in his final college game at Michigan in January 2017, Jake Butt missed his entire rookie season but is now fully recovered. Without the injury, he would have been selected much earlier in the draft (fifth round), as Butt had a stellar career with the Wolverines, snagging 97 passes for 1,200 yards and seven TDs during his final two seasons. He is a proficient route runner with good size—6-foot-6 and 250 pounds. Throughout the preseason there will be a competition for the starting Broncos TE between Butt and Jeff Heuerman, however, Butt is faster, more athletic and a has better hands. While neither player is known for his blocking ability, the edge goes to Butt as well.

Fantasy Downside

The TE spot has been nearly invisible for Denver the past couple seasons and this will be Butt’s first professional campaign, so you can expect to see some rookie mistakes. While the coaching staff has been impressed with what they’ve seen so far, expectations should be tempered for Butt in the slightly re-tooled offense.

2018 Bottom Line

Butt is a dynamic player and the type of TE that defensive coordinators have to game plan for. He will keep defenses more honest, forcing secondary players to ease up on their ideas of double-teaming WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, which should help all the Broncos pass-catchers. While he’s not worthy of a fantasy draft selection, if Butt turns into the reliable weapon he was in college, he could be worth picking up via the waiver wire later in the season.

by Scot Berggren

DEN TE Jake Butt - 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

After tearing his ACL in the Orange Bowl last December, Jake Butt slipped to the fifth round, where the Broncos gladly snagged him. At Michigan, he showed superb hands, catching 97 passes for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns his final two years. He has good size, at 6-foot-5 and 246 pounds.

Fantasy Downside

Butt is still recovering from his torn ACL and will, therefore, miss out on at least some of the team’s practices and first couple preseason games. When the regular season starts, he will be behind (no pun intended) a couple of veteran TEs on the depth chart in Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman.

2017 Bottom Line

There is no reason for Butt to be on your fantasy roster at the beginning of the season. However, if the Broncos fall out of the playoff race, he could start seeing more playing time, making him a surprise free agency pickup for your championship run.

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