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Jameis Winston


#27 Quarterback

240 Projected Points

ADP: 13.9
Bye: 6
Experience: 6 Yr(s)
Age: 27
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 231
40 Time: 4.91

2021 Projections & Outlook


#27 Quarterback

240 Projected Points

ADP Comp/Att P Yds P TD INT Att R Yds Fum
13.9 266/410 3034 19 12 184

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What You Need to Know:

-The Saints signed Winston to a 1-year deal in April of 2020. He was coming off a hot/cold 2019 in Tampa Bay that saw him throw for 5,109 yards at 8.2 YPA … and chuck 30 INTs.

-He was surrounded by top talent including Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and O.J. Howard — plus a speed threat in Breshad Perriman who tallied a career-best 36-645-6.

-Winston underwent lasik eye surgery last offseason. Bullish news, we suppose.

-He was a reclamation project HC Sean Payton last fall. Drew Brees, of course, returned for another season.

-Brees suffered an injury in Week 10, and Winston took over for a half. He went 6 of 10 for 63 yards in the small sample vs. San Francisco.

-When Brees missed Weeks 11-14 due to injury, however, it was Taysom Hill who stepped in as the starter. Going 3-1, he held his own, completing 88 of 121 passes for 928 yards, 4 TDs and 2 INTs (16 games). He rushed 87 times for 457 yards and 8 scores.

-Winston re-signed with the Saints (1-year, $5.5 million). He said the following: "I just wanted a one-year to show that I can be an elite quarterback, that I will protect the football and that I’m a CEO. I’m ready to lead a team, ready to lead an organization and lead a community to happiness."

-This offseason, Payton has said that Winston and Hill will compete for the starting gig.

-NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported in March that Winston is the favorite for the starting job.

-We project Winston as the Week 1 starter, but even so, Hill will retain a role. He ranked 3rd among QBs in red zone rushes last year (28).

-The Saints are strong at WR1 (Michael Thomas) and RB1 (Alvin Kamara). But they’ll count on 2nd-year TE Adam Trautman and WR Tre'Quan Smith taking steps forward. Winston’s supporting casts with the Bucs were superior.

-Winston averaged 209 rushing yards across 5 starting seasons with the Bucs. He scored 1 TD in 4 of those seasons. Decent production — but nothing spectacular.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

We like Winston’s odds of becoming the Week 1 starter. But he’s still a wild card having barely played last year. Plus, the presence of Taysom Hill figures to be an upside-capper for fantasy.

Entering the summer, Winston’s just a QB3 option in best ball drafts.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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