Josh Hill, TE, Saints: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Josh Hill, TE, Saints

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience
TE - #15 119.85 NO Active 3 years

2015 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)

Last updated on Jun-29-2015 by Shawn Childs

The Saints have been talking up Mr. Hill's game since they giftwrapped Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks. Last year, Hill saw the third-most snaps among Saints tight ends. He trailed Ben Watson by nearly 300 snaps. Hill caught 14 of his 20 targets for 176 yards with five TDs. His value in the end zone was somewhat a factor of him being overlooked by defenses. In no game did Josh have more than three catches. His best outing as a receiver came in Week 5 when he caught three balls for 53 yards. He had a two-touchdown performance in Week 15. In his senior season at Idaho State, Hill caught 70 passes for 630 yards and five scores. He averaged only 8.9 yards per catch during his college career. New Orleans completed 117 passes to the TE for 1,195 yards and 16 TDs last season. Hill's youth and decent scoring ability should lead to him being Brees' No. 1 tight end this fall. With a 33 percent drop in opportunity based on the obvious drop down in talent, the Saints' TEs will have, at the minimum, a shot at 78 catches for 800 yards. I believe Hill will get 75 percent of that action, which comes out to about 59 catches and 600 yards. His early ADP has him coming off the board at pick No. 110 as the 11th tight end drafted. With seven TDs to go along with my projections above, Josh will be a top-12 Fantasy TE.

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill

Latest Update

Jul-02-15 Saints TE Ben Watson outperformed TE Josh Hill in camp

There has been a lot of hype surrounding Saints tight end Josh Hill this offseason. Many people seem to be assuming he'll step in and pick right up where Jimmy Graham left off before being shipped to Seattle. However, granted was only spring workouts but Hill was significantly outperformed by veteran tight end Ben Watson. As a matter of fact, Watson caught as many passes as any Saints pass-catcher in camp. Last season, Watson played nearly 300 more snaps than Hill. Although, Hill still had the edge in touchdowns.

Fantasy Analysis:

I don't love either tight end. While I do believe Hill is the better option, I also think it will be closer than people think. The bigger issue is that Hill just isn't Graham. To think anybody can just step in and replace one of the most productive TEs of all-time is asinine. Hill has more upside, nevertheless, Watson's blocking abilities could earn him extra snaps. Hill is currently being drafted as the TE10. I see him more as a mid-range TE2.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/2 - Saints TE Ben Watson outperformed TE Josh Hill in camp
6/16 - Saints TE Josh Hill will see increased snaps, how many remains to be seen

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