Sam LaPorta

TE · Detroit Lions

Height 6'4" Weight 249
DOB 2001-01-12 Age 22.3
College Iowa
2023 Fantasy Rankings

TE # 26 (Tier 4) · ADP (12-team PPR): 16.05, 185th

Position Rankings

Tier 4
24Hayden Hurst, CAR729.818.076.1
25Trey McBride, ARI1423.519.122.9
26Sam LaPorta, DET922.316.05
27Luke Musgrave, GB622.822.11
28Foster Moreau, NO1126.137.014.7
1 NFFC (12-team PPR)
2 2022 season, Half PPR scoring

Fantasy News Last 90 Days

  • Sam LaPorta Puts On A Show At Rookie Minicamp

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    Detroit Lions rookie tight end Sam LaPorta was the best player on the field on Saturday at the team's rookie minicamp, and he got plenty of looks from quarterback Adrian Martinez. LaPorta was targeted early and often and caught everything that came his way. His versatility stood out. Detroit used him as an in-line tight end but also flexed him out to receiver over the weekend, something he did often at Iowa. LaPorta can hurt teams in a variety of ways, so expect the Lions to continue moving him around. The 22-year-old also showed impressive elusiveness and acceleration on the field. The No. 33 overall pick in this year's draft should be a great fit in this offense, but fantasy managers might want to be patient in terms of his 2023 production.

    May 15 · Source via Lions Sam LaPorta
  • Lions GM Expects Sam LaPorta To Produce Early

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    Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes said to "expect a pretty early impact" from rookie second-round tight end Sam LaPorta. The Iowa alumni caught 58 passes for 657 yards and one touchdown in his senior season and became the second tight end selected in the 2023 NFL Draft. Holmes spoke about LaPorta's versatility in the slot and out wide, so he could be utilized all over the field early in his career, especially while Jameson Williams (suspension) is absent from the team. While rookie tight ends take time to develop, LaPorta is seemingly polished and ready to help fantasy teams right away. A mid-level TE2 season is in his range of outcomes, but he could even exceed those expectations in one of the league's best passing offenses from 2022.

    May 10 · Source via NFL Draft Lions Sam LaPorta
  • Sam LaPorta Is A Versatile Tight End For Detroit

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    The Detroit Lions took tight end Sam LaPorta at No. 34 overall in the second round of this year's NFL draft, and NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell said that "LaPorta has the look and feel of a 10-year NFL TE with his compact route-running and his ability to work the middle of the field effectively, including the play speed to run the vertical seam and the deep corner and go routes." With T.J. Hockenson now in Minnesota, LaPorta has a path to substantial playing time as a playmaker all over the field for the Lions in his rookie season. He might not be a true matchup weapon because he lacks the size of a traditional tight end, but the 22-year-old will be a weapon eventually. Fantasy managers may want to be patient here in redraft leagues.

    May 2 · Source via Lions Sam LaPorta
  • Lions Find Starting Tight End In Sam LaPorta

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    The Detroit Lions selected Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta with the No. 34 overall pick, filling a void left by T.J. Hockenson last season after he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings. LaPorta will slot into one of the league's best offenses and could see more value while Jameson Williams (suspended for six games) is out. However, rookie tight ends often take time to develop, so expectations should be realistic for his rookie campaign. That said, his landing spot is a good development overall for his fantasy value.

    Apr 28 · Source via NFL Draft Lions Sam LaPorta
  • Sam LaPorta Visiting Carolina Panthers

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    The Carolina Panthers are hosting Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta this week. LaPorta caught 153 passes for 1,786 yards in four seasons at "Tight End U." He went for over 600 yards his junior and senior seasons and finished in the top ten in receptions and receiving yards in the Big Ten as a senior. PFF ranks LaPorta as the TE3 in this year's draft and the No. 43 prospect overall. The Panthers signed Hayden Hurst in free agency, but they still need to enhance their depth at the position. A 6-4, 249 pounder who excels at catching passes over the middle and adding yards after the catch, LaPorta could be a rookie quarterback's best friend.

    Apr 17 · Source via NFL Draft Panthers Sam LaPorta
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