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Week 2 Outlook
Alright, who saw five touchdown passes coming from Winston in week one? Yeah, put your hand down, you're lying. Winston looked spectacular against the Green Bay Packers defense and he's doing it without any notable WRs. Moving forward, we shouldn't be expecting this ridiculous touchdown rate from Winston every week, but he's absolutely moving towards a locked-in streaming option that could be moving towards an every-week starter. I'd love to wait another week before I confidently plug Winston into my starting lineup, but he should be able to get it done for fantasy again here this week against the Panthers defense. He can be viewed as a mid-range QB2. Side note, whoever Jameis' agent is needs to get on the phone with Lasik ASAP and get a major endorsement deal signed...
Blame the Packers for Winston not having an even bigger day. The Saints throttled Green Bay so easily and so thoroughly that Winston attempted only 20 passes. He completed 14 of them for 148 yards and five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added six carries for 37 yards. Winston looked good in this one. Really good. There are still a couple of nagging concerns for fantasy purposes, however. The first is Winston's lack of firepower at receiver. It wasn't noticeable in the blowout of Green Bay, but it could become problematic. The other is Sean Payton's annoying habit of using Taysom Hill at quarterback near the goal line. In the second quarter, Hill came in when the Saints were inside the Packers' 10-yard line. He threw a short pass to Tony Jones on 2nd-and-1 at the 6, and Jones was pushed out of bounds at the Green Bay 3. Winston came back in and threw a three-yard TD pass to Alvin Kamara on the next play. On the subsequent New Orleans drive, the Saints faced 3rd-and-goal at the Green Bay 2. Hill came in, tried to run right and was stuffed for a one-yard loss. Two plays later, Winston threw a one-yard pass to Juwan Johnson. The point is that Winston could have lost two TDs if Hill had been able to punch it into the end zone from short range. That sort of thing is going to become nettlesome to the Winston faithful in the weeks to come.
I'm not going to overreact to five touchdowns from WInston in Week 1 against a Packers team that was clearly not there to play. He's got some value as a back-end QB2 against the Panthers, but I'm not ready to chase that Week 1 production quite yet.
Winston is not likely to have 5 TD passes again this week, but he showed that he can be a QB2 in one of the best offensive systems in the NFL.
The former No. 1 overall pick out of Florida State played as well as he has in years this past Sunday. Winston totaled a whopping five TDs on just 20 passing attempts. That won't last, of course, but Winston still passed the eye test in his first start under Sean Payton. The Panthers are an attackable matchup in Week 2.
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