Is Hayden Hurst a Tight End Sleeper? (2022 Fantasy Football)

It’s never too early to catch up on player news ahead of the 2022 season and our newsdesk will keep you up to date. Let’s take a look at the latest news and notes surrounding the NFL. Reports from the Bengals camp indicate that Hayden Hurst is extremely motivated. Should he be on your radar as a 2022 tight-end sleeper?

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Hayden Hurst is considered a sleeper in 2022

The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. believes Cincinnati Bengals’ Hayden Hurst should be considered a sleeper at the position in 2022. He writes that Hurst, who signed with the Bengals last offseason, “arrived remarkably motivated, still a first-round-pick caliber athlete and just 28.

Fantasy Impact: Hurst replaces CJ Uzomah, who left for the New York Jets during the offseason. Hurst consistently played behind Mark Andrews and Kyle Pitts in Baltimore and never got a real chance to break out. However, he should have this opportunity now. As Dehner notes, “Hurst offers a higher passing ceiling than Uzomah, and the solid numbers Uzomah presented last year should be taken as a basis for expectations.” For reference, Uzomah totaled 49 receptions, 493 yards and five touchdowns and ended up as TE17 in standard fantasy leagues. Hurst should be viewed as a late riser with a top 12 tight end on top.

By Andersen Pickard

Hayden Hurst Fantasy Football Outlook 2022

Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst is hardly a world champion, but it’s hard not to see him as a post-draft winner. Solely owned by CJ Uzomah’s vacant role from last season, the former Falcon offers a certain fantasy appeal.

Uzomah’s 78% track attendance ranked fourth highest among tight ends in 2021

Tight ends on the pitch, often stumbling in high-scoring environments in fantasy scoring. It’s a highly coveted role designed to exude fantasy points. However, being on the field doesn’t always mean the required fantasy production, especially in offenses loaded with other weapons. Uzomah’s 13% target rate per route placed last among tight ends with at least 40 targets in 2021. Hurst’s target rate of 15% wasn’t much better.

It doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that Hurst 2022 is the definitive late-round finisher to target, but he’s worth targeting late in drafts. Hurst is just a year away from a TE9 overall in 2020.
— Andrew Erickson

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