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Marquez Callaway Fantasy Outlook Includes Serious Sleeper Upside Following Dominant Preseason Performance

Jason Schandl
Marquez Callaway's fantasy football outlook makes him a great sleeper candidate in 2021 drafts.
Marquez Callaway's fantasy football outlook makes him a great sleeper candidate in 2021 drafts. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints' wide receiver situation is a mess. Michael Thomas is on the shelf to start the year and Emmanuel Sanders left in free agency. They were the only Saints WRs to catch even 35 passes last season.

With those two out, Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway will be the Saints' top two wideouts to start the year.

Following a massive preseason performance, Callaway looks like he could offer some serious sleeper value in fantasy football.

Marquez Callaway Fantasy Football

Callaway erupted for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 receptions on Monday. Preseason production isn't always super meaningful in the regular season, but it's worth noting that both of those touchdowns came in the first quarter while playing with the first team.

Jameis Winston looks like a virtual lock in Week 1, and he seems to love throwing to Callaway, having directed 5 of his 10 targets to Callaway in that game.

Winston loves going deep, and Callaway's skillset pairs perfectly with that tendency.

The eventual return of Michael Thomas could cut into his volume, but Callaway could very well pass Smith on the depth chart with a strong start to the season, and it's also not clear how long it will take Thomas to get back up to full speed.

With so much room to carve out a role, Callaway is well worth a gamble in the late rounds of 2021 fantasy football drafts.

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