Saints TE Ben Watson is 'taking a hold of the lead role'

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The tight end position group may be thin right now, but Saints TE Ben Watson is taking a hold of the lead role. He showed well with several TD catches in red zone periods and is a solid run blocker as well.

Fantasy Impact: 

With the Jimmy Graham trade, the door is wide open for Josh Hill to emerge for the Saints, but Watson has been dominating the tight end news in New Orleans. Hill only played 288 snaps in 2014, but still managed to catch 14 passes for 176 yards and five touchdowns on just 20 targets. That was the 5th-highest fantasy points per snap at his position. The Saints are showing a lot of confidence in Hill by not doing much of anything to shore up the position this offseason. Our only concern is that he doesn’t play ahead of Ben Watson on early downs, which would limit his upside. HC Sean Payton has spoke highly of Hill, but referred to “two-TE sets” when discussing Hill’s potential playing time. This indicates that he may not be on the field in one-TE sets. Watson is a deep sleeper, but at 34 years old, we wonder if he'll hold up. Hill's value would skyrocket if he began to see starter's snaps.

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