Jameis Winston shines in debut as Saints starter
Well that was fun. The Saints dominated the Packers en route to a 38-3 blowout that felt a lot like the Saints dismantling of the Buccaneers in Week 9 of 2020, even having the same final score. Jameis Winston was the standout, throwing 5 touchdown passes in his first start since 2019. The Saints defense picked off the reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers twice, his first multi-interception game since Week 6 of 2020.
STUD: Jameis Winston
Winston got his Saints career of to a blazing start on Sunday, throwing 5 TDs on just 20 passing attempts. Winston’s 29 fantasy points ranked 3rd among QBs on Sunday. He should be a popular waiver wire add this week, as he is owned in just 26% of leagues. If he keeps this up he should be an every week starter in most leagues. Winston is certainly worth a roster spot, but I would keep him on your bench until we see multiple weeks of scoring in the top 10.
dud: Marquez Callaway
Callaway had a lot of hype around him going into Week 1 based on how well he played during the preseason. However, he was only able to manage 1 reception for 14 yards on Sunday. Despite the 5 TDs from Winston, the Saints primarily moved the ball on the ground, meaning Callaway was not the only one to have fewer yards than expected through the air. Matching up with Jaire Alexander also didn’t help, but Callaway is still the #1 WR on this team, a team that looks like it can still throw the ball efficiently. He was disappointing this week, but it is way to early to give up on the second year player.
STUD: Juwan Johnson
Johnson caught his first career touchdowns in what was his first game at tight end. He is now in a battle with Adam Trautman for the TE1 job, and so far seems to be winning it. If Johnson can keep up his strong play in the red zone, we could see one of the more surprising break out fantasy players at TE this year. He is also worth picking up if you are confident in his role and are in need of a TE.
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