News: 1 day agoTrautman was not targeted during Sunday's 26-7 loss to Carolina.
Spin: On a day when Jameis Winston had trouble moving the ball, Trautman was not used as a safety valve over the middle of the field. Instead, Alvin Kamara and Marquez Callaway saw almost half of Winston's 21 pass attempts while Juwan Johnson was the only Saints tight end to have a pass sent his way. While Trautman at least paced his position group with 52 percent of the offensive snaps, Johnson was close behind at 41 percent and ultimately saw a target every six snaps. Unless Trautman eventually becomes a larger part of the passing game, he'll be hard to trust in any fantasy format.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Trautman is entering his second NFL season in position for a larger role following the offseason departures of Jared Cook and Josh Hill. Trautman - a 2020 third-round pick - played 37% of snaps as a rookie, but was limited to a 15-171-1 receiving line on 16 targets. He's big (6-foot-5, 255 pounds) and a capable blocker with good hands and athleticism (his 6.78 three cone was best at the position at the 2020 combine), which suggests a potential every-down role with receiving contributions is on the table. The Dayton product is far from a sure thing, especially with the Saints' uncertain QB situation and with converted WR Juwan Johnson in the mix, but he's a logical breakout candidate and thus a fine late-round sleeper.