Believe it or not, it’s the fantasy football playoffs and we need to talk about New Orleans Saints QB/TE Taysom Hill. Is he even a QB or TE anymore? It feels like Hill has morphed into a running back or fullback at this point. Anyway, the Saints take on the Los Angeles Rams in Week 16 on Thursday Night Football. Hill remains in consideration at TE or as a FLEX play in most formats. We’re going to go over whether or not he’s a viable fantasy football play and if you should consider starting him in your league for the playoffs.
Fantasy football start sit advice: Saints QB/TE Taysom Hill
First, this isn’t a huge deal but Hill’s eligibility matters a bit. If you have a Superflex spot and are on a website that has Hill as QB eligible, it’s worth considering if you’re desperate. The Rams don’t have a very good run defense and this game should feature a lot of offense. Hill missed Week 14 and didn’t get much work last week, but that was in a 24-6 win over the Giants. Prior to that, Hill had a stretch where he was seeing a healthy amount of touches, both in the passing game and run game. There was a three-game stretch in which Hill scored four touchdowns. He’s been pretty volatile but has also came through a handful of times this season.
So is he a fantasy option? Sort of. In PPR, it’s hard to trust him this week. We know WR Chris Olave is likely back for the Saints; he said he’s going to play on TNF and was back at practice. That takes away any type of hope Hill would see increased targets (if any). So really outside of a few targets, we shouldn’t expect much in the passing game.
We also know that RB Jamaal Williams is healthy and getting carries. Since missing time early in the season, Williams has seen 19 carries over the past two games. Top RB Alvin Kamara is already seeing plenty of volume in the run game. There’s not a lot of carries to go around but New Orleans does run the ball a ton. But it still seems like Hill might be starved for touches this week again.
That really puts an emphasis on Hill getting into the end zone. Again, the total is 46 points and most of the handle and bets are on the over on DraftKings Sportsbook. That bodes well for Hill. In PPR, it’s difficult to recommend playing Hill outside of deeper formats (14-16 teams). For standard leagues, however, Hill is being considered a decent TE option. He benefits from getting touches in both the passing and run game, as opposed to most TEs who only see targets. Hill has touchdown equity, which you need in standard. With the ceiling lower in standard overall for TEs, Hill isn’t a bad option in, say, leagues with 12 or more teams.