Taysom Hill, the New Orleans Saints‘ Swiss Army knife, will reportedly get the start at quarterback this Sunday with Drew Brees nursing multiple fractured ribs. If you were lucky enough to scoop up Hill off the waiver wire, you should be jumping for joy about his fantasy football potential on Sunday.
So, how should you handle Hill in fantasy in Week 11?
Taysom Hill to make his first NFL start at QB
In a surprising move, Saints head coach Sean Payton bypassed Jameis Winston and announced this week that Taysom Hill will start at quarterback for New Orleans in Week 11. It will mark Hill’s first NFL start at QB in his four-year career.
Hill is normally used as a jack-of-all-trades for the Saints offense. He lines up under center in the wildcat, next to drew Brees as a running back, on the offensive line as a tight end, and even split out as a wide receiver. New Orleans loves his versatility as an offensive weapon, and Payton wants to see what he can do in a full game as the starter.
As a quarterback in college, Hill threw for 6,929 yards and ran for 2,815 in five seasons at BYU. He was one of the best dual-threat QBs in the country during his college career, and now he gets the chance to prove he can be the same in the NFL.
Hill is in line for a big game against the Falcons
With Hill finally getting starter reps at quarterback, the versatile weapon should put up some big numbers on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. He has plenty of weapons around him to help him succeed, including Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.
The Falcons defense has been vulnerable all season long. They’re giving up 410 yards per game in 2020, which ranks 30th out of the 32 NFL defenses. Hill should be able to have success through the air, as Atlanta ranks 31st in the NFL is defending the pass this season.
Besides the potential to put up points with his arm, Hill should also be able to have a big game on the ground. He’s grown into a dangerous weapon out of the backfield, and he should carry the ball at least 15 times as the full-on starter this week.
Expect Hill to throw for at least one touchdown and run for one or two more against the Falcons this Sunday.
How to handle Taysom Hill in fantasy football in Week 11
Hill represents one of the most intriguing fantasy football options of Week 11. If you’re lucky enough to have Hill on your roster, fire him up in your starting lineup this week.
But wait. There’s even better news for Hill owners. ESPN Fantasy Football will keep Hill’s tight end designation for this week, meaning you can start him in your tight end slot on Sunday even though he’s starting at quarterback.
Unless you have Travis Kelce as your tight end, Hill should be a starter for every fantasy football roster in Week 11. It’s simple math. Hill will get rushing, passing, and possibly receiving yards as the starter against the Falcons, and he could easily finish the week as the top-ranked “tight end.”
Is it a loophole? Maybe, but ESPN is making this decision easy for you. Hill needs to be your starting tight end this week. Find another decent quarterback to fill your QB slot, and you have two quarterbacks in your lineup in Week 11.
Taysom Hill owners: sit back and enjoy the win this week.