Is Adam Shaheen a sleeper candidate at tight end for your fantasy squad? We discuss.
When Ryan Pace selected Adam Shaheen in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, everyone knew he would be a project.
Shaheen was out of a small school called Ashland and his game tape was clearly a man against boys. But jumping to the NFL’s talent level would be an adjustment for him.
Shaheen sat largely behind Zach Miller as a rookie and when Miller was injured against the New Orleans Saints in October, Shaheen saw his role increase and you could see the potential in “Baby Gronk.”
Entering Shaheen’s second season, there were high hopes, but an injury in the preseason landed Shaheen on the IR for most of the season and he only saw the field for six games.
In those six games, Shaheen showed improvement as a blocker, but didn’t get much separation on his pass patterns and certainly hadn’t shown any growth as a receiver.
Shaheen still has two years left on his contract, but with two seasons under his belt, if Shaheen is going to start to blossom into a legitimate NFL tight end, this will be the season.
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Unfortunately, the sample size is so small, it’s difficult to know exactly what the Bears have in the young tight end.
First of all, Shaheen isn’t a consideration as your TE1. If you are a strong fantasy player, you already know that, but don’t even think about taking a flier on him as a low-end TE1. Do not do it.
The question is if Shaheen is worth a role of the dice as your TE2, my answer to that is “maybe.”
If you have selected Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce or George Kittle as your tight end, that’s where you could roll the dice on Shaheen. Baring injury, you know you’ll be rolling out Ertz, Kelce and Kittle every week except their bye week.
If you have one of those guys, and you have enough bench space to keep a spare tight end, if Shaheen has a breakout season, you have yourself a nice little trade piece at what is always a shallow position.
Otherwise, I don’t think Shaheen has shown enough through two seasons to be a reliable TE2. If you are in a very deep league, Shaheen is an excellent value as a TE3.
Most likely, Shaheen will be left on your waiver wire. Although keep an eye on the health of Trey Burton. If he goes down for any length of time, although technically these two play different types of tight end positions, Shaheen should see his targets increase with Burton off the field.
Adam Shaheen 2019 stat projections– 25 receptions, 275 yards, 11.0 yards per catch, 2 TDs