Tre'Quan Smith - WRPosted 7/12/18 7:46pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith has 'handled the install well' during spring practices, according to head coach Sean Payton. 'I think he's a quick study,' Payton said. 'He's big and he's doing a good job.'
Huddle Up: Drew Brees has made a lot of receivers relevant over the years, and Smith is worth a third-round flier in rookie drafts. He can be left alone in redraft leagues for now.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 6/22/18 8:19pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas said he changed his diet and added muscle this offseason without changing his playing weight.
Huddle Up: Thomas is already entrenched as a WR1, and it doesn't sound like his letting success go to his head. He's a legitimate top-five fantasy option at his position.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 6/13/18 5:52am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram explained Tuesday, June 12, his absence from voluntary minicamp by stating he was in South Florida working with a personal trainer to improve speed and route running. 'I'm not angry with my contract,' he added. 'I wasn't holding out. I'm in the last year of my deal; of course I'd like an extension, but that's not the reason I wasn't here.'
Huddle Up: Ingram, of course, is suspended the first four games of 2018. He's coming off of a career year and will be welcomed back by Sean Payton. From a contract extension, however, the eight-year pro has little leverage, but it wouldn't come as a surprise if the Saints renewed him for a year or two via an extension this season. While Ingram has incentive, he comes with risk in his age-29 season. Think RB2 territory once his suspension is properly navigated in fantasy.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 6/12/18 11:18am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (undisclosed) was excused from the first day of minicamp Tuesday, June 12, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: It remains to be seen what the reason was for Thomas not attending, but it doesn't seem to be something to be too concerned about. Thomas remains a top-five wide receiver candidate.
Cameron Meredith - WRPosted 5/24/18 10:32am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton added that the Saints have a 'clear vision' on how they want to use their new receiver.
Huddle Up: If Meredith stays on this pace then there's a better than good chance he'll be fully available for training camp. The Saints won't want to push him too hard, though. New Orleans' crowded offense stunts Meredith's potential. As such, he's a WR4 or flex option.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 5/24/18 10:40am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is expected to report to the mandatory three-day minicamp in June despite being suspended for the first four games of the regular season, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: Ingram has plenty of time to stay in shape and stay on fresh on the Saints' playbook. Alvin Kamara will handle the majority of backfield duties until his return and merits top-five PPR consideration at his position. The suspension and the presence of Kamara give Ingram low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 value.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 5/12/18 7:42pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara won't be overworked during RB Mark Ingram's suspension, according to head coach Sean Payton. 'By all means, we don't want to sit there and run the tread off the back with him early in the season because this thing it's a marathon, 16 games,' Payton said.
Huddle Up: Considering Kamara has already shown he can be a RB1 while splitting carries with Ingram, it's probably better for his long-term value that the Saints don't run him into the ground. He's a PPR juggernaut and a RB1 in all formats.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 5/9/18 7:56am ET
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is appealing his four-game suspension. David Jones, of VIP Sports Management, says the substance that Ingram failed a drug test is 'permissible with the proper use exemption,' noting it was neither performance enhancing nor illegal. According to the NFLPA, players can take banned substances as long as they have an application for a therapeutic use exemption filled out by a physician and submitted to an independent administrator. It's unclear, though, if Ingram had the exemption.
Huddle Up: This will be a storyline to follow throughout OTAs and training camp. Ingram falls to a high-end RB3 if he misses four games but could return to RB2 status otherwise.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 5/9/18 9:54am ET
Updating an earlier report, New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram's appeal of his four-game suspension has been heard and denied by the league, according to sources.
Huddle Up: It looks like Ingram will be out the first four weeks. He'll be available to play in Week 5, but their bye is in Week 6. So you're looking at replacing him for five of the first six weeks of the season. Ingram is an RB3, and Alvin Kamara is an elite RB1 in fantasy.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 5/8/18 1:11pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Huddle Up: It's bad news for the Saints and Ingram owners, but good news for Alvin Kamara owners. Kamara will now be featured for the first four games of the season, while someone like Boston Scott could be an under the radar DFS play. Ingram, meanwhile, goes from a fringe RB1 to an RB2.
Coby Fleener - TEPosted 5/7/18 11:47am ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener was released Monday, May 7, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Fleener is coming off a disappointing 2017 season where he played only 11 games and finished with 295 yards and two touchdowns. He could receive some interest from other teams but will not be a great fantasy option. Benjamin Watson should take over the starting job with the Saints and can be a No. 2 tight end in deeper leagues.
Tre'Quan Smith - WRPosted 4/27/18 7:19pm ET
The New Orleans Saints picked UCF WR Tre'Quan Smith with the 91st overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Smith really improved his stock with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. He is a deep threat who also showed well in the AAC Championship Game, rolling up six receptions for 161 yards and two scores. He is a strong receiver with long arms, and he has really stepped up on the biggest stage. Working with Drew Brees will really help him develop.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 4/23/18 7:48am ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead's offer sheet with the Baltimore Ravens will not be matched by the Saints, a source said.
Huddle Up: Snead could slot in as the WR2 with John Brown in the slot. Snead has always shown potential, but he failed to put it together in New Orleans. The upside isn't as high in the Ravens offense, but he could see a lot of targets. He'll peg as a WR5 with potential for more.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 4/21/18 11:55am ET
The New Orleans Saints do not plan on matching the offer restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: The Saints added Cameron Meredith earlier this offseason, so there is not much room for Snead in the passing game. Meredith has a chance to be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver in 2018 because of the team's quarterback situation. Snead can be a late-round pick in fantasy drafts because he should have a solid role in the Ravens passing game.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 4/20/18 7:44am ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead will sign a two-year offer sheet worth up to $10.4 million with the Baltimore Ravens Friday, April 20. The Saints will have five days to match.
Huddle Up: The Saints signed Cameron Meredith to an offer sheet, and it seems unlikely they'll match Snead's offer. The Ravens picked up Michael Crabtree and John Brown this offseason, and Snead would need to battle them for targets. He has WR5 value wherever he lands.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 4/16/18 6:14am ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead will report for workouts Monday, April 16, but he hasn't signed his tender yet.
Huddle Up: Snead still has some fantasy allure as a WR5.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 3/21/18 6:42am ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead is visiting the Baltimore Ravens Wednesday, March 21.
Huddle Up: Snead has WR5 luster, but he seems to have lost his standing with the Saints and could improve to a WR4 target with another team.
Brandon Coleman - WRPosted 3/14/18 9:22pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman was not tendered by the team, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Huddle Up: Coleman was largely unimpressive during his three years in New Orleans, as while he played in all possible 48 regular season games, he failed to surpass 30 catches in any season. It's hard to envision him landing in a situation where he can turn into a WR3 or WR4 for fantasy purposes.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/13/18 6:55am ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Drew Brees agreed to a two-year, $50 million deal Tuesday, March 13, with the Saints. He'll receive $27 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Brees is a safe QB1 in fantasy, but his numbers took a hit with the emergence of the running game last season. Target him after the elite tier is gone.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/12/18 1:15pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Drew Brees' agent has been contacted by the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Brees is expected to return to the Saints, but the Vikings contacted him in case the two sides are not able to reach a deal. Brees has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL over the last several years and will be No. 1 fantasy quarterback in 2018.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/2/18 6:18am ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Drew Brees' agent, Tom Condon, opened talks with the Saints on a new contract Thursday, March 1. Head coach Sean Payton said he expects the deal to get done 'sooner rather than later.'
Huddle Up: Brees is a safe QB1 to grab if you miss out on the top two or three in drafts.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 2/21/18 9:19pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees' representatives are expected to meet with the team at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine 'to try to hammer out what is potentially a short-term deal,' according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. It is expected that the two sides find 'common ground' on deal that will fall between $20 million and $25 million annually.
Huddle Up: Brees has already stated his desired to remain with the Saints, whom he wants to end his career with, so this isn't a surprise. The future Hall-of-Fame quarterback is still very much at the top of his game after registering a 103.9 passer rating last season. He ultimately finished with 4,334 yards, 23 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, while completing an NFL-record 72 percent of his passes. He's a no-brainer QB1.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 2/16/18 7:48am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees would become an unrestricted free agent March 14 if he doesn't reach a new deal. The final three contract years would void at the start of the new league year, and the Saints will have to pay $18 million worth of signing bonus prorated on this year's salary cap in addition to whatever salary they end up paying Brees for 2018.
Huddle Up: Brees' touchdowns took a big hit from 37 to 23 due to the running-game surge. He also threw for almost 1,000 fewer yards. You can expect those numbers to improve a little bit, and he falls right on the edge of that upper-tier fantasy quarterback.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 2/3/18 6:24pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara was named the 2017 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Saturday, Feb. 3.
Huddle Up: Kamara exploded on to the scene in 2017, leading all running backs in receiving yards and leading the league with 6.1 yards per rush. He should be a PPR monster again in 2018 and a RB1 candidate in all formats.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/31/18 11:41pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is expected to sign a one- or two-year contract to return to the team, in the opinion of ESPN's Mike Triplett.
Huddle Up: Brees is apparently cut from the same cloth as Tom Brady and willing to keep his contact demands reasonable in an attempt to win another ring. Now 39, Brees remains one of the NFL's top quarterbacks, though the emergence of a powerful running game led to his worst statistical showing since he left San Diego after the 2005 season. He looks like more of a midrange QB1 moving forward.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/16/18 1:24pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Drew Brees said he does not plan to test the free-agent market. 'I'll be [in New Orleans] as long as they'll have me, hopefully,' Brees said.
Huddle Up: Brees' love and passion for the Saints and the city of New Orleans is well documented and well founded. Even at 39 years old, Brees is one of the most elite quarterbacks in the NFL. He remains a QB1 heading into 2018.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/15/18 10:08pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said following the team's Divisional Round loss opposite the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 14, that he expects the club to re-sign him. He believes the Saints are entering 'a window of time here where we can really make a run at it' and expects to be part of that effort, adding that he is 'excited for the future of Saints football.'
Huddle Up: Brees is coming off yet another masterful campaign that saw him take back the NFL record for highest completion percentage in a single season (72 percent), en route to throwing for 4,334 yards, 23 touchdowns and only eight interceptions while leading the Saints to their first playoff berth in four years. There's no question the future Hall-of-Famer has something left in the tank, and thus, he'll remain one of the top QB1 options going into next year.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 1/14/18 5:34pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. racked up eight receptions for 72 yards on 11 targets in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game loss against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Ginn had a productive season, posting 53 grabs for 787 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season. He hasn't lost anything in the speed department, either, even at 32 years of age. Ginn could head into 2018 as a decent complementary receiver to Michael Thomas, serving as a WR4 or flex fantasy option in seasonal play yet again.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/14/18 5:33pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas went for seven receptions, 85 yards and two touchdowns in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game loss against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Thomas shined in the stunning playoff loss, but the Saints came up just short on a Vikings touchdown on the final play of the game. He will be back in 2018 as a legitimate WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 1/14/18 5:32pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram ran 10 times for just 25 yards in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game loss against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Jan. 14, and he added one grab for three yards on his only target.
Huddle Up: Ingram went out with a whimper in the team's stunning playoff loss. He had a nice season, but he had to share the load with Alvin Kamara, who quickly emerged as a star in the New Orleans backfield. As such, Ingram's fantasy outlook is a little bit murky going into 2018, as he is likely to split carries at best, and could be a reserve at worst.
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