NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's "read" is that Jameis Winston has the "leg up" on the Saints' starting QB job. Rapoport adds that there will be a competition between Winston and Taysom Hill this summer but that Winston "really impressed in practice" last year. Hill reportedly stepped in when Drew Brees went down only because HC Sean Payton had promised Hill that he'd get an opportunity. This will be 1 of the biggest training camp battles to track -- not only for Winston and Hill's fantasy values, but also Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara's.
QB Jameis Winston has inked a 1-year deal with the Saints that's worth "up to" $12 million, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. This move has been the league's worst-kept secret. Winston attempted just 11 passes for the Saints last season, but HC Sean Payton must have liked what he saw from the former #1 overall pick throughout the year. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said yesterday that Winston is the Saints' "likely starter" this season -- but ESPN's Dianna Russini reported earlier today that Winston and Taysom Hill will compete for the starting job. Whoever is under center in New Orleans will have easy QB1 upside.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Saints have been working with QB Jameis Winston on a new contract and that he's hearing Winston will be the "likely starter" for New Orleans in 2021. The 2 sides obviously have to actually consummate that with a deal, but this is enough to make us push Winston up the QB rankings a bit -- and Hill down -- for our best-ball drafts.
The Athletic's Larry Holder believes there's a "strong likelihood" that QB Jameis Winston will be the Saints' starter in 2021. It's an opinion, rather than a report -- but noteworthy nonetheless from a long-time Saints beat writer. New Orleans opted to start QB Taysom Hill instead of Winston when QB Drew Brees missed time this past season. But Holder says the Saints love Winston's arm talent and football IQ and believe HC Sean Payton can "mold" Winston to fit the system. We're a bit skeptical that Hill won't get a shot in 2021 considering he's due to make nearly $11 million. Winston, meanwhile, is set to become a free agent in March, so we'll see how aggressive the Saints are in bringing him back.
"Signs are pointing towards" Saints QB Taysom Hill getting the start against the Falcons this weekend, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hill has taken starter reps in practice this week. It's a mild surprise only because the Saints figure to drastically alter their offense moving from a pure pocket passer in Drew Brees to a dual-threat in Hill. There's still a chance New Orleans mixes in QB Jameis Winston, but Hill has suddenly become a super intriguing Week 11 fantasy play. He brings big rushing upside -- and the matchup is sweet vs. Atlanta's 32nd-ranked QB defense. The move to Hill is a major downgrade for WR Michael Thomas and the rest of New Orleans' pass catchers.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Hill "will start" vs. Atlanta after taking "all the starter reps" at practice this week. Winston will back him up.
The 2nd opinion confirmed that Saints QB Drew Brees suffered multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung, with no new findings. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Brees is likely to miss at least 2 games, with re-evaluation after that. ESPN's Ed Werder reports that doctors have not yet determined a timeline for his return. It sounds like we need to plan for Brees being out at least the next 2 weeks. We'll see beyond that.
ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Saints QB Drew Brees has multiple rib fractures on both sides and a collapsed right lung. Brees reportedly entered Week 10 with a rib fracture and wore a flak jacket during the game. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds that Brees has been battling injuries "for several weeks." It seems like Brees will at least miss the Week 11 clash with Atlanta. We'll see beyond that. Jameis Winston looks like a waiver-wire add in fantasy football this week.
Update: ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that a source told him "the most optimistic recovery time would be 2-3 weeks; emphasis on optimistic. ... There is hope he's back in time for the playoffs." Rapoport reported earlier that the team isn't currently considering IR for Brees, which would force him to miss at least 3 games.
Saints QB Drew Brees suffered a rib contusion in Sunday's game against the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brees is getting an MRI on Monday to check for cartilage damage. "New Orleans is bracing for Brees to miss some time to fully heal," Rapoport adds. We'll see exactly how long Brees will be sidelined, but expect QB Jameis Winston to get at least 1 start. The Saints have a great passing schedule upcoming: vs. Atlanta, at Denver, at Atlanta.
The Saints have signed QB Taysom Hill to a 2-year, $21 million deal with $16 million guaranteed. We know HC Sean Payton loves Hill, but this is still a surprising amount of money -- especially with the Saints expected to sign QB Jameis Winston. It's still unclear whether Payton views Hill as a potential heir apparent to Drew Brees, but he's at least set to continue playing a significant gadget role in 2020.
QB Jameis Winston is set to sign a 1-year deal with the Saints, according to Yahoo's Charles Robinson. Winston reportedly turned down more money from another team, choosing instead to learn from QB Drew Brees and HC Sean Payton. Smart move. Winston is obviously off the 2020 fantasy radar, barring a Brees injury. But the 26-year-old remains a dynasty hold. Brees is 41 and taking his career season-to-season at this point.
Update: This move has finally become official.
Tom Brady has agreed to a contract with the Buccaneers, according to multiple outlets. Tampa Bay has been rumored to be a finalist for a while now and holds the upside of 1 of the league's top WR duos in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Brady will also work with longtime NFL coach Bruce Arians. It's tough to say whether Brady impacts the fantasy outlooks for his new receivers, given that we've never seen him outside of New England. Reagardless of QB play, though, it's unlikely that both Evans and Godwin continue to deliver fantasy points at the WR1 level. Brady's arrival officially means we'll see Jameis Winston don a new uniform. His departure from New England also leaves Jarrett Stidham at the top of the current depth chart. We'll see if/how the Patriots choose to address the position further this offseason.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston underwent surgery this offseason to repair a torn meniscus, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Winston never appeared on the injury report with a knee last year, so it's unclear when the injury occurred. We'll monitor his rehab, but this shouldn't impact his 2020. Winston, of course, is set to hit free agency if the Bucs don't use the franchise tag on him by March 12.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He only threw a football on Friday this week. But remember that he played through this thumb injury (and without WR Mike Evans) in the 2nd half of last week’s game, racking up 179 yards and 2 TDs. Winston comes with more risk than usual today but still boasts high-end QB1 upside.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) is listed as questionable but is fully expected to play against the Lions this weekend. Winston didn’t throw on Wednesday, threw with a tennis ball on Thursday but graduated to a football on Friday. “He threw fine,” HC Bruce Arians said after Friday’s workout. “He'll be ready to go.” Winston carries elevated risk in Week 15 fantasy lineups but still boasts big upside.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) was limited in Wednesday's practice. QB Rya Griffin took all the 1st-team reps, according to insider Rick Stroud. Winston played through this injury last week and is still expected to play against the Lions on Sunday. But his status is worth monitoring over the next few days.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) has been cleared to play against the Lions this weekend. He suffered a hairline fracture to his throwing thumb in the 1st half of Sunday's win over the Colts. But after missing the 1st series of the 2nd half, Winston returned to throw for 179 yards and 2 TDs the rest of the way. He'll remain a QB1 for Week 15's plus matchup vs. Detroit.
Bucs HC Bruce Arians said after Sunday's win over the Colts that QB Jameis Winston has a "small fracture" in his right (throwing) thumb. He suffered the injury at some point in the 1st half, missed the 1st series of the 2nd half but returned for the rest of the game and didn't seem hindered. We'll keep an eye on Winston this coming week but would expect him to play against the Lions on Sunday.
The forecast for today's Bucs-Jags game calls for a slight chance of rain with winds of 17-20 mph. Gusts could come in at 25-30 mph. That's enough wind to impact the passing and kicking games. QBs Jameis Winston and Nick Foles come with increased risk in Week 13 fantasy lineups. Try to avoid Ks Matt Gay and Josh Lambo.
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