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NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Recap: New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Taysom Hill (7) celebrates a touchdown with tight end Adam Trautman (82) against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Taysom Hill: 9 carries, 112 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 pass attempt, 1 completion, 22 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown

Randall Cobb: 7 receptions, 99 yards

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Monitor the health of Rashaad Penny: Penny suffered a fractured tibia and will likely need surgery.

    • Penny’s playing time was already decreasing before the injury. Penny played a majority of third downs last week but lost that role back to DeeJay Dallas this week. 
    • Ken Walker was rotating in more this week on early downs compared to past weeks.
    • Walker became the clear early down back after the injury.
    • We can expect Walker to play close to 100% of the early-down snaps, and Dallas close to 100% of the third-down snaps and two-minute drill snaps, for as long as Penny is out.
    • This makes Walker a fantasy starter as long as the Seahawks can be competitive.
    • Seattle has one of the more difficult schedules remaining, which could make Walker a frustrating player for fantasy managers.

Monitor the health of the Saints’ receivers: Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry were both inactive, while Chris Olave left the game with a concussion.

    • Marquez Callaway took over as one of the two outside receivers and Tre’Quan Smith played in the slot, similar to previous weeks.
    • Olave was having a fine day prior to the injury, with four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.
    • Keith Kirkwood took over for Olave, seeing some time both in the slot and out wide.
    • The top two or three receivers on the depth chart are at least worth considering when they are healthy, regardless of who is ready for Week 6.

Add Taysom Hill: Hill put up an incredible four-touchdown performance despite playing less than 30% of the Saints' offensive snaps.

    • Hill started the week as TE19 despite playing in only three of four games.
    • He was given the ball more this week due to all of the injuries New Orleans has faced due to injury.
    • He’s consistently run a few times per game as long as he’s been healthy, so he will still be involved in the offense.
    • A few carries by Hill a game is still better than several tight ends who may or may not see 3-to-5 targets a game.
    • There is a chance the Saints keep Hill involved as a bigger part of the offense after his success in this game.
    • He will be the ultimate boom-or-bust tight end, but only a few tight ends have similar ceilings.
    • Hill has run only 14 routes this season and caught a pass for two yards. There is still a chance he gets more involved in the passing game.
    • Hill has lined up 15 times in a traditional tight end spot, 12 times at wide receiver, 24 times at quarterback and six times in the backfield this season.
    • All six of those backfield snaps occurred in this game.

Table Notes
  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
  • Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

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