• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Saints TE Ben Watson snags only three in Sunday win

    Saints tight end Benjamin Watson caught three passes on three targets for 30 yards in the Week 4 win over the Cowboys.Watson participated in 64 of 73 offensive snaps (88 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, compared to 34 snaps for backups tight end Josh Hill. It was Hill, however, who hauled in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees in the first quarter.The veteran has consistently out-snapped and out-produced Hill, but with only 12 total catches for 103 yards through the first four weeks, he has not proven to be much of a Fantasy option.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Luke McCown-run offense benefits Saints TE Ben Watson

    Saints tight end Benjamin Watson caught four passes on four targets for 42 yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. Watson continues to dominate the workload at tight end, garnering 86 percent of the Saints' offensive snaps, compared to 40 percent for Josh Hill, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. With Luke McCown starting at quarterback in Week 3, the Saints featured an offense that was heavily predicated on short passes, which suited Watson well. If McCown starts again in Week 4 against the Cowboys, it would not be surprising to see the team take a similar approach, which could bode well for Watson's prospects. Still, with only nine catches for 73 total yards on the season, Watson is probably not a high-upside play.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Sean Payton: TE Josh Hill 'is a player we value a lot'

    Saints coach Sean Payton on Wednesday talked up tight end Josh Hill, who should get more opportunities with the trade of Jimmy Graham to Seattle. "Josh Hill is a player we value a lot," Payton said, per the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Hill, 24, is a 6-5, 250-pounder who caught five touchdowns last season. He finished with 14 catches for 176 yards while playing every game. Hill and Benjamin Watson, 34, are the team's top tight ends following Graham's departure.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Saints get offensive contributions

    The Saints got myriad contributions in their Week 15 win in Chicago. Among them, wideout Nick Toon caught all four of his targets for 43 yards, but lost a fumble. Running back Khiry Robinson ran three times for 10 yards and caught two passes for 10 yards. Fullback Erik Lorig had a 1-yard carry. Tight end Benjamin Watson added a 5-yard grab. They'll all face Atlanta on Sunday.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Saints pass-catchers contribute little in lopsided loss

    Several Saints skill position players made minimal contributions in a blowout loss Sunday to Carolina. The only difference for tight end Benjamin Watson is that one of his two catches for eight yards went for a 7-yard score in the fourth quarter. The most prolific of the bunch was Nick Toon, who caught four passes for 45 yards. Travaris Cadet had two receptions for 13 yards and a run for five yards. Kenny Stills caught three for 23 yards while Joseph Morgan added two for 23 yards.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Benjamin Watson scores in Saints 35-32 win over Steelers

    Saints tight end Benjamin Watson found the end zone on Sunday for the first time this season in New Orleans' 35-32 win over the Steelers. Watson was only targeted twice and caught just the one pass for the score. Watson and the Saints will host the Panthers in Week 14.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Saints get offensive contributions Week 7

    The Saints received several offensive contributions in their Week 7 loss at Detroit. Among them, rookie wideout Brandin Cooks caught two of his three targets for 23 yards. Fullback Austin Johnson made a 13-yard touchdown grab and added a 5-yard rush. Tight end Josh Hill caught an 8-yard pass, and tight end Benjamin Watson had a 3-yard grab. Wideout Robert Meachem was targeted three times without a catch.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Saints TE Jimmy Graham likely a game-time decision for Week 7

    Saints tight end Jimmy Graham told reporters he's unsure if he'll play Week 7 at Detroit because of a nagging shoulder injury, according to ESPN. Graham told reporters Friday he believes his status will come down to the coach's evaluation during pregame warmups. Graham suffered a shoulder sprain Week 5 against Tampa Bay but returned to practice for the first time as a limited participant on Thursday. He was a limited participant on Friday as well and has been officially ruled as questionable. If he's unable to play on Sunday, the team will likely turn to Josh Hill and Benjamin Watson for all the tight end targets against the Lions.

  • by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Sizing up the Saints' tight end situation

    Although coach Sean Payton has been less than forthcoming about the situation, odds are Jimmy Graham misses Week 7 at Detroit with the shoulder sprain he suffered in Week 5, before the bye. The Saints will have to turn to others at tight end. Those others figure to be Josh Hill and Benjamin Watson. Jamey Eisenberg prefers one. Dave Richard prefers the other. Neither likes either enough to start in a standard 12-team league. Part of the problem is that both contributed about the same numbers in Week 5, when Graham suffered the injury. Watson got more than twice as many targets, but Hill actually got a little more yardage. Of course, Watson also played 86 percent of the team's snaps to Hill's 35 percent. To me, that's reason enough to side with Watson, but he'll get enough interference from Hill that we're talking only deep leagues here, as in 16 teams or more.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Josh Hill, Benjamin Watson fill in for injured Jimmy Graham Week 5

    Saints tight ends Josh Hill and Benjamin Watson each filled in for an injured Jimmy Graham (shoulder) in a Week 5 overtime victory over Tampa Bay at home on Sunday. Hill caught a 37-yard pass from Drew Brees in the second quarter for his longest gain of the afternoon. He caught all three of the passes thrown his way for 53 yards. Watson came down with catches for 12, 13, 5, 1 and 11 yards on the afternoon. He caught seven of the five passes thrown his way for 43 yards in a 37-31 overtime victory. The Saints have a bye week before facing the Lions at Ford Field in Week 7. If Graham is unavailable to play, the team will likely turn to these two tight ends at Detroit.