An injury to Drew Brees brought one of the biggest surprises of the 2020 season: Saints coach Sean Payton turning to Taysom Hill and not Jameis Winston as his replacement QB. Hill quickly burst onto the scene as a Fantasy option due to both the floor and ceiling that comes with his ability to run the football -- between the 20s, and specifically in the red zone. The Saints bring back both Hill and Winston for 2021, and therefore neither player will cost more than a late-round investment, but Hill's rushing upside makes him the type of late-round dart throw you're better off tossing. If you wait to draft your starting QB, Hill makes for an excellent backup to target at the end of your drafts given his upside to be a top-10 (and that might be conservative) Fantasy QB.
Hill said Tuesday that he's training exclusively at quarterback this offseason, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. Prior to logging snaps at six offensive positions in 2020, per Pro Football Focus, Hill said he spent previous offseasons by preparing to play in a variety of roles on offense and special teams. With Drew Brees having retired, there's an open window for Hill to secure the starting quarterback gig in New Orleans, and for seemingly the first time in his professional career, he's only going to be taking snaps under center. While the 30-year-old will face competition from fellow incumbent backup Jameis Winston this offseason, it was Hill whom the Saints chose to start when Brees was injured for four games last season. Accordingly, the job may be Hill's to lose, especially after coach Sean Payton previously expressed doubt in March that New Orleans will add another signal-caller to the mix through the 2021 NFL Draft.
Coach Sean Payton believes the Saints are done adding quarterbacks after they re-signed Jameis Winston to compete with Hill (knee) for the starting job, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Payton did say the team will still make some calls, and it would be easy enough to make an argument for drafting a quarterback in April. Winston is signed to a one-year contract, while Hill's "four-year, $140 million" contract extension is all voidable after 2021 (it just helped the team push some cap hit to 2022). The camp battle between these two QBs will be one of the major fantasy-football stories of the summer, with Hill offering upside thanks to his running ability, while Winston already has a 5,000-yard season on his resume. The Saints have lost a lot of talent this offseason, but they still have Sean Payton, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and one of the better O-lines in the league.
The Saints are restructuring Hill's (knee) contract into a voidable four-year, $140 million extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The grand total of Hill's extension appears enormous, but with all years being voidable it essentially serves as a means for the Saints to clear up cap space and potentially move dead money into future years. The restructure comes following the announcement of Drew Brees' retirement, a development which gives Hill's spot on the roster a new context, even if it wasn't completely unexpected. With Jameis Winston currently set for free agency, Hill stands atop the Saints' quarterback depth chart. In the four games he filled in for Brees last season, Hill averaged 209 passing yards, one passing touchdown and 0.5 interceptions per contest. He also boosted his totals with an average of 52 rushing yards and one score on the ground per game, numbers which would extrapolate to a high-end fantasy season across 16 starts. Of course, it seems probable that Hill will face some form of real competition for the No. 1 gig, whether Winston re-signs or New Orleans brings in another option.
Hill, who missed the team's final game due to a knee injury, finished the 2020 regular season with 928 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions as a passer while contributing 457 rushing yards and eight additional rushing scores. Hill got his first taste of action as a starter this season, filling in for Drew Brees in four games, throwing for 834 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also chipped in four rushing touchdowns in that span and finished the season with career highs in carries (87), rushing yards (457) and rushing touchdowns (8). The possibility of Drew Brees' retirement is very real, and if the future Hall of Fame quarterback does call it quits, Hill -- assuming his knee isn't a long-term concern -- will likely compete for the Saints' starting job in 2021. Jameis Winston is set to become a free agent, but if he sticks around, he'll surely be in the mix for the starting job, too.
Hill (knee) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Buccaneers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. This week, Hill didn't practice until Friday, when he put in a limited session. However, it wasn't enough for the Saints to clear the QB and gadget player to suit up in the divisional round. As a result, Jameis Winston will serve as the backup quarterback to Drew Brees on Sunday.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||Green Bay Packers||7||18.00|
|3||09/26||@New England Patriots||5||17.88|
|4||10/03||New York Giants||3||17.63|
|5||10/10||@Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|8||10/31||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|14||12/12||@New York Jets||29||24.75|
|15||12/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||68.9||349||1||1||270||4||87|