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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.