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Foster Moreau

Tight end has scoring potential

Nice story over the weekend that Foster Moreau, formerly of the Raiders and now a Saint, is healthy after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in the spring. After three months of treatment, his cancer is in remission. He's been participating fully at OTAs.

Moreau was never much of a fantasy option in Las Vegas, more inline blocker than receiver. But he did have a role near the end zone at times -- 12 of his 91 career catches have gone for touchdowns -- and he's joining a team that's thrown to tight ends around the goal line in recent seasons. A little more than I expected.

In the last four years, 32 tight ends have caught at least 6 touchdowns in a season. There are three teams that have had players do it in three of those seasons, and everyone will guess two of those teams: Kansas City with Travis Kelce, and Baltimore with Mark Andrews. The third team to have three 6-TD tight ends in the last four years is New Orleans.

TIGHT ENDS CATCHING 6 TOUCHDOWNS, 2019-2022
YearPlayerTgtRecYdsAvgTD
2022Travis Kelce, K.C.152110133812.212
2020Robert Tonyan, G.B.595258611.311
2020Travis Kelce, K.C.145105141613.511
2022George Kittle, S.F.866076512.811
2019Mark Andrews, Balt.986485213.310
2019Jared Cook, N.O.654370516.49
2021Travis Kelce, K.C.13492112512.29
2021Mark Andrews, Balt.153107136112.79
2021Dawson Knox, Buff.714958712.09
2020Darren Waller, L.V.145107119611.29
2021Hunter Henry, N.E.755060312.19
2020Jonnu Smith, Ten.654144810.98
2020Jimmy Graham, Chi.76504569.18
2021Dalton Schultz, Dall.1047880810.48
2022Juwan Johnson, N.O.654250812.17
2020Jared Cook, N.O.603750413.67
2020Mark Andrews, Balt.885870112.17
2022Cole Kmet, Chi.695054410.97
2019Darren Fells, Hou.483434110.07
2021Pat Freiermuth, Pitt.79604978.37
2020Rob Gronkowski, T.B.774562313.87
2022T.J. Hockenson, 2TM1298691410.66
2020Hayden Hurst, Atl.885657110.26
2019Austin Hooper, Atl.977578710.56
2022Dawson Knox, Buff.654851710.86
2020T.J. Hockenson, Det.1016772310.86
2020Mike Gesicki, Mia.855370313.36
2019Kyle Rudolph, Min.48393679.46
2019Zach Ertz, Phil.1358891610.46
2021George Kittle, S.F.947191012.86
2021Rob Gronkowski, T.B.895580214.66
2020Logan Thomas, Was.110726709.36

With the Saints, even if a tight end catches 6-plus touchdowns this season, it won't necessarily be Moreau. Their main receiver at the position will probably be Juwan Johnson, who caught 42 passes and 7 touchdowns last year. They've also got Taysom Hill, a tight end in most fantasy leagues, and perhaps he'll see a few targets near the goal line (and he'll run in his share).

But let's consider Moreau a possibility to be that red-zone threat. He's familiar with New Orleans' new quarterback (Derek Carr); maybe that's a plus. Unlikely he's catching a ton of balls, but the team could decide to utilize him as a scoring option, giving him value in some formats.

--Andy Richardson

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