Fantasy football experts seem to be high on Denver Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse heading into the team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Need a fantasy football tight end this week? Or just in general? You might like Matt LaCosse of the Denver Broncos.
Who the heck is Matt LaCosse?
Well, for Denver Broncos fans, Matt LaCosse is the backup tight end who just helped the Broncos take a victory from the Pittsburgh Steelers with his first career regular season receiving touchdown.
LaCosse was poached by the Broncos off of the New York Giants’ practice squad at the end of the 2017 season. Prior to signing with the Broncos, LaCosse had been cut and signed to the practice squad and active roster of the New York Jets and giants a number of times, getting a regular season shot with the Giants in 2015.
He would not taste regular season action until last season with the Broncos when he played in the final five games of the season, including one game in which he was technically a starter. That was the first start of his career, and he has played in 11 games this season with another start.
Sunday against the Bengals will be the third in LaCosse’s career, and he has a chance to do some serious damage against the Cincinnati Bengals when it comes to fantasy football.
This year has not been a good year for the tight end position in fantasy football in general. Many probably selected Rob Gronkowski very early in their respective draft classes, and unless you got Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, George Kittle, or Eric Ebron, you have likely struggled to find consistency at the position.
The Denver Broncos have been one of the most productive teams in the NFL at the tight end position. Jake Butt, Jeff Heuerman, and Matt LaCosse have combined for 53 receptions for 537 yards and three touchdowns so far this season, and put together that would make the number seven overall tight end in standard fantasy scoring.
The Bengals come into week 13 ation having allowed the second-most points to fantasy tight ends this season.
When you combine a team that likes to get the tight end the ball and get them involved in the passing game with a defense that surrenders a lot of points to tight ends, you have the perfect recipe for a breakout game.
The Broncos should be looking into exploiting this weakness in Cincinnati’s defense early and often. In fact, the Bengals are probably looking at Denver’s film this season and figuring out ways to get their own tight end, CJ Uzomah, involved more in the offense.
LaCosse has shown over the course of this season that he’s ready for a bigger workload. He had a 44-yard catch earlier in the season and in a limited sample size is averaging more than 12 yards per catch with the aforementioned touchdown against the Steelers.
With an increased snapcount, LaCosse’s usage this week against Cincinnati could be at a career high and he has proven himself a reliable target.