2023 Fantasy Football Punting QB-TE Targets

by Dylan Clemons
2023 Fantasy Football Punting QB-TE Targets

Welcome back fantasy nerds, this time for the 2023 Fantasy Football Punting QB-TE Targets article. In this article, I will be focusing on players you can get within the last five or so rounds in your fantasy football drafts.

When you punt the quarterback and tight end positions you are able to build core roster strength around your wide receivers and running backs. For years they have been the easiest positions to punt so to speak. So now it is my job to find you the next Daniel Jones at the quarterback position or Evan Engram at the tight end position. Let's jump into some of my favorite punting QB/TE targets using Sleeper ADP.

2023 Fantasy Football Punting QB-TE Targets

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Quarterbacks

Derek Carr, New Orleans Saints (ADP 169.2 QB20)

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I understand that Derek Carr doesn't have a yearly QB1 one upside, as he has never finished as one. However, I believe there will be weeks depending on the matchup where he is very useful, especially being in the NFC South which projects to be weak.

Carr has a very solid group of weapons headlined by Chris Olave. In my opinion, these two are a match made in Heaven. Olave ranked fourth in deep targets, third in air yards, and 11th in yards per route run. Carr, last season ranked fifth in air yards, fifth in deep ball attempts, and second in air yards per attempt. Those numbers line up so nicely, they should have great chemistry.

The Saints also hope to have Michael Thomas back healthy this season. He was once considered one of the best wide receivers in football, but we will have to see what he has left in the tank. Rashid Shaheed is also a solid deep threat, plus a tight end sleeper Juwan Johnson who we will get into later in this article. Carr is rock solid high-end QB2 heading into this season in my opinion.

Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers (ADP 190.1 QB24)

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This Steelers offense has to be better this season. They had the training wheels on Kenny Pickett last season when they threw him into the fire in a tough part of their schedule. Last year in 13 games Kenny Pickett threw just seven touchdowns which just shows you that he is a prime candidate for touchdown regression in a positive way.

Pickett excelled in a couple of different categories last season according to playerprofiler.com. Kenny Pickett ranked first in both deep ball catchable and pressured catchable pass rates, showing that he was great under pressure last year.

The Steelers added to their offensive line by using their first-round draft pick on Broderick Jones. Plus, they added another weapon in Allen Robinson to already good weapons in Diontae Johnson, George Pickens, and Pat Freiermuth. Pickett should make a huge leap this season and should put up some top-12 QB weeks this season.

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (ADP 196.5 QB26)

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Matthew Stafford is being left for dead in fantasy drafts right now. It was a disaster for whoever drafted Stafford last season but we can't allow that to impact our views this season.

Let us not forget what Stafford did just two seasons ago when he finished as QB11 in fantasy points per game and threw 41 touchdowns which was the second most in all of the NFL. This Rams team is a shell of themselves on the defensive side of things, so there should be plenty of pass attempts to go around in the offense. Stafford will not be good every week, but if you can pick and choose the right matchup, he and Cooper Kupp can work their magic together once again.

Tight Ends

Irv Smith Jr., Cincinnati Bengals (ADP 194.4 TE22)

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We all loved Irv Smith's Athletic profile coming out of college. Unfortunately, it really hasn't translated into the NFL as he has struggled to get playing time and struggled to stay on the field. Smith has only been able to play 21 games over the past two seasons.

This season Smith has moved from the Vikings over to another outstanding offense in the Bengals. Smith will be battling the terrific wide receiver corps for targets. However, last season Hayden Hurst in this offense saw 70 Targets which was the 12th most at the position last season. Hurst finished as TE19 last season in fantasy points per game while only catching two touchdowns. We have seen Irv Smith be somewhat of a red zone threat in 2021 when he caught five touchdowns. If he can stay healthy he could be a solid tight end punting option.

Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints (ADP 202.9 TE24)

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Juwan Johnson is going entirely too late in drafts, most of the time being free. Johnson is a former wide receiver and flashed that at times last year. He lined up in the slot 185 times last season according to playerprofiler.com which was seventh most in the NFL. He also had the sixth-best ADOT at the position as well which we love.

Johnson will have an expanded role in this offense this season after scoring seven touchdowns while playing the third-fewest snaps by any top-15 tight end. There is more target competition with Michael Thomas healthy now, but Johnson should improve his efficiency with improved quarterback play and just playing more snaps. He is a great late-round dart throw.

Jake Ferguson, Dallas Cowboys (ADP 227.7 TE27)

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Jake Ferguson seems to be primed to take on the Dalton Schultz role in the Dallas Cowboys offense that saw 89 targets last season. In the Cowboys first preseason game Ferguson played 100% of the snaps with the starters. He also caught all three of his targets for 38 yards and had a highlight reel catch.

Dak Prescott is known to target tight ends at a high pace having the second-highest number of touchdowns thrown to the position over the last two seasons according to Eric Moody of ESPN. I know the Cowboys drafted Luke Schoonmaker in the second round of the NFL Draft this past April, but I do not expect him to eat into Ferguson's receiving work as a rookie. Get ahead of the curve and use a late-round pick on Ferguson before he pops off.

I hope you enjoyed the 2023 Fantasy Football Punting QB/TE Targets article and hope you attack a few guys in your draft.


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