Schedule

Opponent Game Opp RK Opp FPTS
@ 30 22
vs 24 20
@ 9 18
vs 21 20
vs 17 19
vs 14 19
@ 12 19
vs 22 20
vs 29 21
@ 20 20
vs 3 16
@ 13 19
@ 24 20
BYE
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vs 30 22
@ 10 19
@ 16 19
vs 9 18
Player Outlook
Winston figures to be the Saints' starting quarterback after fully rehabbing from the torn ACL he suffered at last season's midpoint. He'll be among the more popular No. 2 Fantasy passers in Superflex and two-QB drafts. Fantasy managers will remember his bonkers games from 2021 (38 points in Week 1, 33 points in Week 5), but Winston didn't give any memorable performances otherwise. That could change as he'll have a trio of new receivers -- a (hopefully) healthy Michael Thomas, sensational rookie Chris Olave and veteran slot maven Jarvis Landry -- at his service. With these pass-catchers, Winston has significantly more upside on a weekly basis than he had with lesser options in 2021 ... but not as much as other top-shelf passers around the league. It makes him a Superflex value pick beginning in Round 6 or 7 after the first 15 or so quarterbacks go off the board, but Winston could also be considered real late in leagues with seven-plus bench spots.

Fantasy Stats

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Passing Yards
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Touchdown Passes
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Interceptions Thrown
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Fantasy Points per Game
2022
2021 1170 14 3 166 1 14420.6
2020 75 -6 30.8
3y Avg. 2118 16 11 137 1 17719.7
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Fantasy News

  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Dubbed day-to-day by coach

    Coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday that Winston (knee/foot) is day-to-day, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Allen also revealed that the injury sustained by Winston during Monday's practice is a sprained foot. The quarterback is also in the later stages of recovering from a left ACL tear and has already been ruled out for Saturday's preseason opener against the Texans, which leaves Andy Dalton primed to lead the first-team offense. It remains to be seen when Winston will be cleared to return to game action, considering that the Saints could be cautious in easing him back, but it's a relief to see that the 28-year-old has at least avoided another serious injury.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Won't play Saturday

    Winston (knee/foot) is believed to have avoided a serious injury but won't suit up for Saturday's preseason opener against the Texans, Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reports. Winston suffered a foot injury during Monday's practice and is expected to miss a few days of practice, but it appears that he's managed to sidestep a serious issue. His next chance to suit up for preseason action will come August 19 in Green Bay. Winston is in the late stages of rehabbing from a torn left ACL suffered Week 8 last season, so the Saints could opt for caution. In the meantime, Andy Dalton stands to helm the first-team offense.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Injures foot, not ankle Monday

    Winston (knee) sustained a foot injury at Monday's practice, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Initially, coach Dennis Allen noted Winston "rolled his ankle," resulting in an early exit from the session, per Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com. But both Johnson and Jane Slater of NFL Network received confirmation after the fact that Winston is tending to a foot issue. Winston is in the later stages of his recovery from a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee that he suffered Week 8 of last season, so the Saints may exercise utmost caution while he recovers from the current concern. If Winston is sidelined for any length of time, Andy Dalton is on hand to handle the reps with the first-team offense.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Rolls ankle Monday

    Coach Dennis Allen indicated that Winston (knee) "rolled his ankle" during Monday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Winston is bouncing back from a torn ACL that he suffered Week 8 last season, but so far there's nothing to suggest that Monday's issue is related to his prior injury. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the quarterback is slated to undergo further evaluation on his ankle, and if Winston is forced to miss any time, Andy Dalton is next up for first-team reps.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Will participate in team drills

    Coach Dennis Allen indicated that Winston (knee) will participate in team drills when the Saints begin training camp, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports. Winston has shown signs of progress in his recovery from knee surgery throughout the offseason, but this is his biggest step yet. Given how far along Winston's rehab is in July, he'll almost certainly be ready to start for the Saints when the regular season begins in September, barring a setback.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Sheds knee brace

    Winston (knee) posted a video Tuesday on his personal Instagram account showing himself throwing without a left knee brace. Winston is working his way back from an ACL tear and additional MCL damage to the knee, which was surgically repaired. While participating in OTAs with teammates earlier this summer, Winston did wear the brace, but now eight months removed from suffering the knee injury, he appears to have cleared another hurdle in the rehab process. Winston may still have some limitations when training camp kicks off July 26, but he appears to be trending toward Week 1 availability.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Going through drills with team

    Winston (knee) participated in OTAs on Wednesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Winston appears to have taken part in drills alongside fellow quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Ian Book. His involvement in the workout is a good sign that Winston is on track for Week 1, which is in line with what Saints head coach Dennis Allen said a few weeks ago. Still, it's no easy thing coming back from an ACL tear, so Winston may have limitations on the practice field throughout spring and summer.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Targeting Week 1 return

    Coach Dennis Allen said Friday "the plan" is for Winston (knee) to start Week 1, Rod Walker of The Times-Picayune reports. Allen noted that there are still "a lot of days between now and Week 1," but that "we certainly like where [Winston] is right now" as the quarterback works his way back from a left ACL tear. Winston has already begun rehabbing from surgery undergone last November, and while his real recovery progress may not be made apparent until he begins taking reps in offseason workouts, it currently looks like the 28-year-old is on track to open the season. New Orleans' offense could take a step forward in the 2022 campaign, with two first-round rookies joining the fold. Left tackle Trevor Penning will help keep Winston upright following the departure of Terron Armstead (knee), while former Ohio State standout Chris Olave provides another legitimate option in the passing game alongside presumed top target Michael Thomas (ankle).
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Progressing well

    Winston indicated Monday that he's "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a torn ACL. The QB, who the Saints re-signed to a two year deal last week, added that he'll be back "well before training camp." Winston is bouncing back from knee surgery that he underwent in mid-November, but with his rehab evidently progressing well, the 28-year-old is trending toward being ready for Week 1 action. While it remains to be seen exactly when Winston will be able to practice fully, his 2022 fantasy prospects are bolstered by the fact that top target Michael Thomas (ankle) is on track to rejoin the team's wideout mix after missing last season, as well as the return to the fold of Tre'Quan Smith, who re-upped with New Orleans on Monday.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Re-signs with Saints

    Winston (knee) agreed Monday with the Saints on a two-year deal, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. It's a better contract than the one Winston signed last offseason, with Pelissero reporting a base value of $28 million, including $21 million guaranteed. That suggests other teams were interested, despite Winston's ongoing recovery from the ACL tear he suffered Oct. 31. The 28-year-old QB had surgery in mid-November, so while he may not be available for spring practices, the Saints presumably expect him to be ready to start in advance of Week 1.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Resumes running

    Winston (knee) has progressed to running on an anti-gravity treadmill, per the Instagram account of physical therapist Kevin Wilk. Winston was shown going through agility ladders last week, and Monday marks his first day of running in any capacity since tearing his ACL last November. While it's still hard to guess when he could be cleared for on-field football activities, it doesn't seem like Winston's recovery could be going any better. That's great news for the impending free agent who is expected to open contract negotiations with New Orleans in the near future, according to Jim Trotter of NFL.com.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Making good progress in recovery

    Winston's doctor shared a video Thursday featuring the quarterback throwing a football without any visible limitations for the first time since undergoing surgery last month to repair a torn ACL and a damaged MCL in his left knee, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "Jameis is looking great [and] progressing extremely well in his recovery following knee surgery," Dr. Kevin Wilk wrote in the caption for the video. "He's ahead of schedule [and] we have to hold him back at times!" Winston's ability to run at full speed in a straight line and change direction without any discomfort at some point down the road will ultimately provide a better indication that he's 100 percent following surgery, but the fact that he's walking around without the aid of crutches and taking part in some football-related activities is a good early sign for his rehab. The 27-year-old, who will be a free agent at season's end, likely won't be fully healed for the start of OTAs, but he appears as though he's on the right track toward being available for Week 1 of the 2022 season, if not sooner than that.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Avoids surgery for MCL sprain

    The surgery Winston underwent on his left knee last week in Los Angeles involved no repair of his MCL and was solely to address a torn ACL, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. In addition to the torn ACL, Winston was diagnosed with associated MCL damage after suffering the season-ending knee injury in an Oct. 31 win over the Buccaneers. Though Winston's procedure was believed to have address both ligaments, Dr. Neal ElAttrache and his medical team determined that the quarterback's MCL would heal on its own without a repair being necessary. With one fewer complication to worry about as he rehabs the knee, Winston is projected to be ready for full-contact drills in about six months. That timeline puts him on track to miss OTAs, but Winston should be at close to 100 percent by the time NFL training camps begin in late July. The 27-year-old will become a free agent this spring after he completed 59 percent of his passes for 7.3 yards per attempt and a 14:3 TD:INT in the Saints' first seven games prior to sustaining the knee injury.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Undergoes successful surgery

    Winston (knee) underwent successful surgery Friday, Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reports. Winston tore his ACL and sustained MCL damage at the end of October, and he'll now shift his focus toward his lengthy recovery process. Whether he's available for training camp in 2022 remains to be seen, but Trevor Siemian has taken over as the Saints' starter for now.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Done for season

    Winston (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. This was simply a procedural move after it was announced Winston had indeed torn his ACL in the divisional win over the Buccaneers last Sunday. Trevor Siemian is slated to start this week against the Falcons, though Taysom Hill also looms in the background as a possible option should the Northwestern product struggle to produce.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Torn ACL confirmed

    Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed Monday that Winston (knee) suffered a torn ACL in addition to MCL damage in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers. The injury occurred in the second quarter of the 36-27 victory after Winston went down awkwardly while he was on the receiving end of a horse-collar tackle by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White. Winston likely will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee in the near future, leaving the Saints' quarterback situation in flux heading into a Week 9 matchup with the Falcons. Payton declined to name a replacement starter for Winston on Monday, but Taysom Hill presumably is in line for starting duties if he can clear the five-step concussion protocol ahead of the upcoming weekend. Trevor Siemian served as the No. 2 option against Tampa Bay and completed 16 of 29 attempts for 155 yards and a touchdown in relief of Winston. Meanwhile, Winston will become a free agent this offseason and could have to settle for a backup role heading into 2022, given that the timing of his injury could keep him sidelined for the start of NFL training camps next summer. Over his seven outings with New Orleans, the 27-year-old completed 59 percent of his throws for 7.3 yards per attempt and a 14:3 TD:INT. He also added 166 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Reportedly tears ACL

    Winston suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The report adds that Winston also suffered damage to his MCL and will be out for the season. As a result, Taysom Hill presumably is next in line for the team's QB snaps once he returns from a concussion, but for now Trevor Siemian profiles as New Orleans' top healthy signal-caller.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Injury believed to be 'significant'

    Head coach Sean Payton, via NOLA.com, said following Sunday's victory over the Buccaneers that he believes Winston is dealing with a "significant" injury. Payton was asked about Winton's injury in his postgame press conference, and he responded, "I think it's significant. He felt something. He's on crutches right now. I don't want to say until I have a chance to talk to the doctors." Like Payton said, the extent of Winston's injury won't be known until he undergoes more tests, but it certainly did not look good and he could be facing an extended absence. If that turns out to be the case, Taysom Hill would be the favorite to step in, but Hill is recovering from a concussion and Trevor Siemian did do enough Sunday to be part of the conversation.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Ruled out of Sunday's game

    Winston (knee) won't return to Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers, John Hendrix of SI.com reports. The announcement comes as no surprise given how Winston's left leg bent awkwardly as he was tackled at the end of a three-yard run. Now that he's ruled out, he'll officially come out of Week 8 with 56 passing yards and one touchdown to go with four carries for 40 yards. In Winston's stead, the Saints will turn to Trevor Siemian under center, as Taysom Hill currently is in the concussion protocol and rookie fourth-rounder Ian Book has been a weekly healthy scratch so far this season.
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  • Saints' Jameis Winston: Exits Sunday's game

    Trevor Siemian entered Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after Winston appeared to suffer a leg injury, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. After Winston limped off the field, Siemian entered Sunday's contest, with Taysom Hill (concussion) unavailable and Ian Book inactive. An official announcement regarding the nature of Winston's injury should arrive soon, but we do know that the QB headed to the locker room on a cart to be evaluated.
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