11 Personnel: Harrison Bryant
Welcome to 11 Personnel, a series highlighting my favorite 2022 offseason trade targets! There’s something for everybody here. Many of these players are names you know but are undervalued. Whether you’re looking to add one more guy, trying to fix some depth woes or trying to rebuild with some low-risk, lottery tickets. This series will give you the jumpstart you need.
Today we’re discussing… TE Harrison Bryant, Cleveland Browns
The point of highlighting Bryant here is not to promote him as a future top 8 tight end. Rather as the cheap yet valuable depth at a position where good help is so scarce. There is no league-winning upside here, but he may help you get by as an occasional spot starter, with added appeal in bestball leagues. The market for tight ends is all kinds of wonky. The top 3-4 guys hold all the value and after that, things become more open for debate. In 2021 (PPR), only 7 tight ends scored 12.0 or more points on a per-game basis. There were 8 who scored in the 10.0-11.9 range, and 7 more who scored in the 8.0-9.9 range. The point here is that it does not require a lot of production to be a fantasy-relevant tight end week-to-week. Those 3 groups comprised the top 22 weekly scorers at the position. A TE2 is in the 13-24 range. If a guy can maintain a semi-stable role in an offense and stay healthy, it doesn’t even take much to finish as a TE1 (top 12), let alone a TE2. Over the last three years, the #12 fantasy tight end has averaged 143.9 points per year. In a PPR league, 143.9 points are 50 receptions for 579 yards and 6 touchdowns. The #24 fantasy tight end over the same timeframe averaged less than 100 points over the course of a season at 92.2 points. 92.2 points equates to 33 receptions for 352 yards and 4 touchdowns. A modest uptick of Bryant’s career average stat line through two years of 23 receptions for 236 yards and 3 scores. Bryant is now a third-year player (we all know tight ends often take a few years to get spun up). The Browns run two-TE sets on over 25% of offensive snaps and, though I’m a fan of Donovan Peoples-Jones, is trotting out all unproven receivers outside of Amari Cooper. Yes, David Njoku got paid. Njoku has also struggled with consistency and staying healthy throughout his career. Cleveland also has a tendency of giving out bad contracts to tight ends. Looking at you, Austin Hooper deal… While Bryant will not outright win the starting snaps from Njoku. It’s not a reach to suggest that with Hooper now out of the picture, Bryant sees a much larger role in 2022. I was a fan of Bryant during the 2020 draft cycle, as an athletic oversized receiver-style tight end with good hands. He has flashed at times early in his NFL career, and 2022 is his opportunity to carve out a role for himself.
How to get him:
Float small offers of players like Ronald Jones or Rashaad Penny, or something like Jamaal Williams or Quez Watkins, and a 2022 4th. Or ask for Bryant as a throw-in on a larger deal. You may also be able to find him on waivers. He’s currently only rostered in 55% of leagues on Sleeper. I recently picked up a Bryant share in exchange for a couple of bubble players on my roster, Jamison Crowder and Kylen Granson. In another league, I moved Miles Sanders, Jonnu Smith, and a 2022 mid-3rd in exchange for Bryant and 2022 pick 2.02. Look for a TE2 finish for Bryant this year and next, before signing a deal to play a larger role elsewhere in 2024. Like I said, not a league winner, but solid depth who will come in handy, basically free. You can find me on Twitter @thedevydirtbag and also on YouTube @thedevydirtbag _ Thanks for reading, catch you in the next one!