Welcome to our new feature where we recap a particular player’s journey in the 2022-2023 NFL Fantasy Football Season. This article features preseason expectations, draft expectations, overall season production, and critical moments during the season. We will do this for all 32 teams as we highlight a player per team.
Cade Otton was drafted in the 4th round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay was looking for other options to replace him in the tight-end position.
Not much was expected from Cade Otton as he was the 41st-ranked TE in fantasy. With this, he had an ADP of 290.7. So, he was most likely available after the draft. Other than being an unheralded rookie, he had two other teammates at TE who were ranked higher than him. These two are Cameron Brate and Kyle Rudolph.
OVERALL SEASON PRODUCTION
Shocking everyone, Cade Otton outdid himself. At the end of the year, he was ranked 26th for all TEs and was the highest-scoring TE from Tampa Bay. In 13 out of the 16 appearances he made, Cade played in more than half of the snaps which shows that the coaching staff is high on him. He had four top-12 TE fantasy point weeks which involves being the TE 1 in Week 13. Tom Brady does love his tight ends. Check out the QB situation to see if Cade Otton could be a steal for next season.
CRITICAL MOMENTS DURING THE SEASON
Week 5 vs Atlanta Falcons
Cade Otton’s fourth game of his career was his most productive to that point as he played his highest snap percentage with 94% of the game on the field. With his high snap percentage, he got plenty of looks from Tom Brady. He had seven targets and caught six of them for 43 yards. In 7 of the 13 games he played, he had a snap percentage of 80+%.
Week 9 vs Los Angeles Rams
A playoff rematch was set in Week 9 as the Rams faced Tampa Bay. It was a close game as the Rams led 13-9 with 8 minutes left. Cade Otton was the hero as he caught the game-winning TD with 13 seconds left. He caught five passes for 68 yards, the most yards in a game in his young career.
Week 13 vs New Orleans Saints
In a crucial divisional matchup with all teams having a chance to claim the division, the Saints played at Tampa Bay in Week 13. It was a defense-minded game as the score was 16-3 with 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Cade Otton was big in this game as he caught six passes out of 10 looks for 28 yards and a TD. That TD made it a 16-9 game.