Michael Fabiano: Saints TE Adam Trautman is a 'Deep Sleeper' in Fantasy Football

SI Fantasy expert Michael Fabiano believes under Sean Payton that Saints' second-year tight end Adam Trautman is a deep sleeper.
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SI Fantasy expert Michael Fabiano believes under Sean Payton that Saints' second-year tight end Adam Trautman is a 'deep sleeper' for fantasy football owners in 2021.

Saints Adam Trautman is a 2021 Fantasy Football 'Deep Sleeper'

Fabiano can pinpoint a player's projected fantasy football value when connected with a particular NFL coach and style of offense.

The SI fantasy football expert joined SI betting authority Bill Enright to analyze the NFC South's coaches and their effect on fantasy football in 2021.

"Historically a powerhouse on offense, that's Sean Payton's group down in New Orleans," said Enright. He proceeded, "we know Drew Brees is no longer under center there, but we still expect a lot of big-time point-scoring plays from anyone that is going to play under Sean Payton."

Fantasy analysts project New Orleans' RB Alvin Kamara and WR Michael Thomas as high selections on fantasy draft boards.  

The reason?  

Most of the Saints' offense will use on the duo's talent to support Winston or Hill.

Trautman becomes the Saints' third option and a 'deep sleeper' for 2021 fantasy team rosters.

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PFF's 2021 Saints Fantasy Projections Offensive Players 

  • Alvin Kamara, RB - 276 points
  • Michael Thomas, WR - 242 points
  • Jameis Winston, QB - 188.5 points
  • Taysom Hill, QB - 168.8 points
  • Tre'Quan Smith, WR - 140.3 points
  • Latavius Murray, RB - 126.1 points
  • Adam Trautman, TE - 103.5 points
  • Marquez Callaway, WR - 51.0 points
  • Lil'Jordan Humphrey, WR - 46.2 points
  • Nick Vannett, TE - 43.8 points
  • Deonte Harris, WR - 30.3 points
  • Juwan Johnson, WR/TE - 27.4 points
  • Ty Montgomery, RB/WR - 18.3 points
  • Ian Book, QB - 16.0 points
  • Kawaan Baker, WR - 9.3 points
  • Garrett Griffin, TE - 9.3 points
  • Dwayne Washington, RB - 8.2 points

*Projections compiled by PFF

Saints TE Adam Trautman at 2021 Saints Minicamp


Sean Payton has his tendencies.

The one tendency to evaluate is his use of the tight end position.

The Saints released veteran tight ends Jared Cook and Josh Hill this offseason.  Now in his second season, Trautman becomes the unit's leader and 'go-to' guy.

Adam Trautman will assume the role of TE1 for New Orleans in 2021.

According to FantasyPros.com, the Dayton product's fantasy production in 2020 was 23.1 points in 12 games for a 1.9 pts per game average.

So why does Fabiano believe the second-year pro will be productive and considered a 'deep sleeper' in fantasy this season?

Fabs used Coach Payton as the foundation for his reasoning.  His usage of the tight end position has produced six Top 10 fantasy tight ends.

"Three of those came from Jimmy Graham in 2011, 2013, and 2014. He was an absolute beast back in the day. But Jared Cook also was a Top 10 Tight End in 2019. Ben Watson in 2015. Jeremy Shockey when Payton was the OC [offensive coordinator] for the Giants in 2002. Now that's good news for Adam Trousleepersho is one of my favorite deep sleepers among tight ends," explained Fabiano.

Former Saints Tight End Jimmy Graham

Sean Payton's Top 10 Fantasy Tight Ends

  1. 2002 - Jeremy Shockey, Giants
  2. 2011 - Jimmy Graham, Saints
  3. 2013 - Jimmy Graham, Saints
  4. 2014 - Jimmy Graham, Saints
  5. 2015 - Ben Watson, Saints
  6. 2019 - Jared Cook, Saints

It makes sense. Whoever becomes the Saints' starter at quarterback will need to rely on a short-to-immediate route-running receiver. So either Winston or Hill could utilize Trautman as a 'third option' in New Orleans' offensive scheme.

Fabiano called the other Saints receivers a "mixed-match" group.  He is eager to see Trautman during the "preseason and training camp."

"And once again, [Trautman] is a very nice late-round pick because this offense has been tight end friendly," stated Fabiano.

Saints fantasy football owners may be wise to get Adam Trautman in your respective drafts.

Can we expect a big year for Trautman as "The Man" at tight end for the Saints in 2021?

We shall see.

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