Trautman is expected to step into a starting role this season, Katherine Terrell of the Athletic reports. After letting both Jared Cook and Josh Hill walk in free agency, New Orleans did almost nothing to replenish the tight end room this offseason outside of signing Broncos castoff Nick Vannett. The team's belief in Trautman may be the main reason why, as the all-around tight end followed up a 900-yard, 14-touchdown 2019 season at Dayton with an impressive rookie campaign that saw Trautman finish as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 blocking tight end in 2020. Should a jump in targets follow his likely surge in playing time this fall, Trautman could become a significant fantasy contributor before long.
Trautman hauled in 17 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown as a rookie in 2020 over 15 regular-season games. With Jared Cook operating as New Orleans' primary tight end for most of the season, Trautman was minimally involved in the receiving game as a rookie. His single-game high for receptions was just three (twice) and his high for yardage was 45, though his outlook for 2021 is a bit more encouraging. The veteran Cook is set to be a free agent, and after spending a third-round pick on Trautman in 2020, the team may be confident enough in him to let Cook walk. If Trautman is New Orleans' primary pass-catching tight end next season, he could be a productive fantasy player, though who's under center will certainly factor into his production.
Trautman caught his only target for five yards in the Saints' 33-7 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Trautman ends his rookie season with 15 receptions for 171 yards and a score. With Jared Cook set to be a free agent in 2021 and Trautman boasting a third-round pedigree, he has a path to meaningful production next season.
Trautman reeled in both of his targets for 45 yards in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday. Most of Trautman's production came on a 41-yard grab, but he was otherwise uninvolved. Trautman has little scoring upside, and the timeshare with Jared Cook leaves the former off the fantasy radar in most formats.
Trautman caught his lone target for 12 yards in the Saints' 24-21 loss to the Eagles on Sunday. Jared Cook has apparently been revived, as the veteran tight end has scored in each of his last two contests. As a result, Trautman remains a second-string option and a player best suited for dynasty rosters rather than redraft rosters at this point.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||Green Bay Packers||5||5.78|
|3||09/26||@New England Patriots||6||6.13|
|4||10/03||New York Giants||11||6.63|
|5||10/10||@Washington Football Team||9||6.47|
|8||10/31||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21||7.80|
|14||12/12||@New York Jets||32||11.25|
|15||12/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21||7.80|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||16||15||171||1||9||11.40||23|