Mark Ingram - RBPosted 2/17/19 12:23pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram likely will not receive the franchise tag this offseason, in the opinion of ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio.
Huddle Up: The Saints likely will go with Alvin Kamara as their main running back next season and probably will be a No. 1 running back in most fantasy leagues. Ingram should receive interest from several teams during free agency and could be a No. 2 fantasy back depending on his situation.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 2/9/19 10:48am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. likely will receive a bigger role in the passing game in 2019 after being limited to five games this season.
Huddle Up: Ginn was limited to 209 yards and two touchdowns because of the injury but did post at least 700 yards in the previous three seasons with 18 touchdowns during that span. He has fantasy value because of his big-play ability and could be a No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 2/8/19 10:51pm ET
The Baltimore Ravens could attempt to sign New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram in free agency, in the opinion of ESPN's Jamison Hensley, who thinks Ingram's durability and physicality make him a perfect fit for the Ravens' offense.
Huddle Up: It feels like there's an assumption that Ingram will re-sign in New Orleans, but the Saints have minimal cap room and other players, like Michael Thomas, that will need to be paid sooner than later. If they decide Alvin Kamara can handle the load with a less expensive counterpart, Ingram could hit the open market, and if the Alabama product lands a role as a true No. 1 back his fantasy value would increase dramatically.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/29/19 10:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas is eligible for a contract extension and could be in line for money in the 'Odell Beckham neighborhood,' according to MMQB's Albert Breer. Thomas is set to earn $1.148 million in 2019 before becoming a free agent in 2020.
Huddle Up: This appears to be purely speculation by Breer at this point, but given what Thomas has done it's not an unreasonable idea. Breer also points out that the Saints have been hesitant to pay skill players big-time money. It's unlikely to matter much for 2019, but it's at least a piece of info to file away for those in keeper leagues.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/23/19 7:25pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is scheduled to count $33.5 million against the salary cap in 2019, which is $4 million more than any other player in the NFL. General manager Mickey Loomis said the team has options to reduce the number if they need to this offseason.
Huddle Up: Brees plans to play at least one more season, so the Saints could look to restructure his contract or sign him to an extension in order to drop his salary cap hit. He continues to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league despite his age and should be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues in 2019.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 1/21/19 1:09pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara became just the second running back ever to catch at least 11 passes in a conference championship game. San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon caught 11 passes in the NFC Championship game last year with the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Kamara is arguably the best receiving threat out the backfield in all of football. He has caught 81 balls in each of his first two seasons and must be drafted in the first round, especially with Drew Brees expected to return.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/20/19 9:27am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 86 percent of his targets this season. That was the highest single-season percentage in NFL history from one player to another (minimum: 100 completions).
Huddle Up: Thomas "only" caught 75 percent of his targets (12 of 16) in last Sunday's divisional-round win over the Eagles, but they went for 171 yards and a TD in the 20-14 win. In the Week 9 meeting with the Los Angeles Rams, Thomas reeled in 12-of-15 targets for a career-high 211 yards and a TD, and even though Rams CB Aqib Talib will play in this meeting, still expect Thomas to get his fair share of receptions as usual.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/20/19 4:42pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 26-of-40 passes for 249 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: It's a tough pill to swallow, as the future Hall of Famer just missed out on a Super Bowl trip for the second straight season in excruciating fashion on the final play of the game. Brees threw for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns and five interceptions in the regular season, proving he has more than enough left in the tank for his fantasy owners heading into 2019 despite his age (40).
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 1/20/19 4:49pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. had three catches for 58 yards on six targets in the AFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams to lead his team's wide receivers in yardage.
Huddle Up: Ginn had a long 43-yard reception late in regulation to set up what was a go-ahead field goal at the time, although the Rams obviously came back and won the game. It's uncertain if Ginn will be back in New Orleans in 2019 or play elsewhere, but he still has plenty of speed to burn and he could be helpful in certain fantasy formats.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 1/20/19 4:47pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed eight times for just 15 yards in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams and he hauled in 11 receptions for 96 yards on 13 targets.
Huddle Up: Kamara showed he was able to co-exists with Mark Ingram in the backfield and be a productive fantasy option, especially for those in PPR leagues. If the duo splits the workload again in 2019 in the Crescent City, Kamara is still a must-start across the board in all fantasy formats.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 1/20/19 4:45pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed nine times for 31 yards in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams and he added two grabs for six yards.
Huddle Up: Ingram did a great job once he returned from a four-game suspension, carving out a nice role for himself in the offense despite the presence of Alvin Kamara. The two showed they can co-exist in the backfield and be outstanding fantasy options, and they'll both be must-starts in 2019.
Tre'Quan Smith - WRPosted 1/20/19 5:08pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith posted one catch for just 10 yards on two targets in the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Smith stepped up and had a giant game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the regular season, showing his speed and good hands. However, with Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. healthy, he was an afterthought in the offense. Perhaps in 2019 if he can rise to No. 2 status behind Thomas he'll be a solid fantasy sleeper, but it all depends on if Ginn is back, offseason personnel moves and the draft.
Garrett Griffin - TEPosted 1/20/19 5:05pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Garrett Griffin posted two grabs for 12 yards and his first-career touchdown in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Griffin, who played his college ball at Air Force, managed just one grab for four yards in his NFL career before this outing. He was thrust into a larger role once Josh Hill went out with a concussion. Griffin could be in the mix for a job in 2019, but fantasy owners still won't want to bother with him.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/20/19 4:53pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas registered just four receptions for 36 yards on seven receptions in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Thomas tore up the Rams in the regular season matchup, but the Rams did a good job of taking him out of the game and forcing others to beat them. He'll be back and better than ever in 2019, and proved you 'Can't cover Mike' more often than not. Thomas is a bona fide WR1 in all fantasy formats heading into next season.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/20/19 10:11pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees indicated during his post-game comments Sunday, Jan. 20, that he plans on returning for the 2019 season and 'making another run' at a Super Bowl with the Saints.
Huddle Up: Despite sitting out the season finale, Brees delivered top-10 fantasy production at the position, passing for 3,992 yards and 32 TDs. He turned 40 earlier this month, but, like Tom Brady, he doesn't take a lot of punishment and also benefits from working under the offensive wizardry of Sean Payton. That makes Brees a safe top-10 fantasy QB for next season.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/19/19 4:52pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has averaged 307 passing yards and thrown 16 touchdowns and three interceptions in seven career postseason home games.
Huddle Up: Time has proven that Brees simply plays better at home. The Saints beat the Los Angeles Rams 45-35 earlier this season in a game that saw Brees throw for 346 yards and four touchdowns. All signs are pointing upward for Brees to succeed tomorrow.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 1/18/19 12:29pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) will not play in the NFC Championship game because he is dealing with appendicitis, according to a source. Watson has avoided surgery at this point.
Huddle Up: Josh Hill likely will receive the starting job with Watson sidelined but will not be a big part of the passing game. Hill can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 1/18/19 3:17pm ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship game.
Huddle Up: Watson is not expected to play in the game, but owners should check the inactive list for his official status. He will not be a big factor in the passing game if he plays and can be avoided in all leagues.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 1/17/19 4:47pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.
Huddle Up: Watson probably can still play even if he does not practice this week, but people will know more about his status in the next few days. He is not a big part of the passing game and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 1/16/19 5:51pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Huddle Up: Watson has been held to one catch in five of the last seven games and is not a big part of the passing game. He probably should be avoided in all fantasy leagues this week.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/15/19 2:13pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas is just the fourth player since 1970 to achieve multiple playoff games with at least 130 receiving yards.
Huddle Up: Thomas led his position in catches in the regular season (125) and has kept it going in the playoffs. Drew Brees may not play much longer, but Thomas will be a WR1 candidate no matter who his quarterback is.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 1/14/19 3:00pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram has expressed his desire to remain with the team that drafted him eight years ago. Ingram said he loves the team, the organization and the city.
Huddle Up: Ingram has served well during his time with the Saints. He and Kamara have made a formidable 1-2 punch and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Saints re-sign him. If that does come to fruition, Ingram would remain the RB2 conversation.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/13/19 9:25am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has looked fresh in practice this week coming off a layoff in preparation for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Brees, who will turn 40 on Tuesday, has not seen live game action since a Dec. 23 win over the Steelers and may take a little time Sunday to shake off the rust. But Brees did throw for 363 yards and four TDs against the Eagles in Week 11, and it wouldn't be a shocker to see him approach those numbers again when all is said and done Sunday.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/13/19 5:05pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 12 of his 16 targets for 171 yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: The Saints fell behind early, and Brees quickly turned to his favorite target early and often. With a potentially high-scoring matchup on tap with the Rams in the conference title game next weekend, Thomas could be a busy man once again. Don't hesitate to use him in all playoff contests.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 1/13/19 5:16pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed 16 times for 71 yards and caught four passes for 35 yards in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Kamara continues to deliver for fantasy owners thanks in large part to his versatility as a runner and receiver. Expect more of the same against the Rams in the conference title game. Kamara piled up 116 total yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Rams back in Week 9.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/13/19 5:10pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 28 of his 38 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: While the Saints will gladly pound opponents with the run, Brees is still more than capable of torching defenses himself. He could do just that in the conference title game next weekend when he takes on a Rams secondary that he piled up 346 yards and four scores against in the regular season.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 1/13/19 5:31pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. caught three of his seven passes for 44 yards in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Ginn is a big-play dependent fantasy option, but with the player pool dwindling, he could be worth a roll of the dice in playoff contests with a matchup with the Rams looming in the conference title game. Drew Brees tossed four touchdowns when the two sides met in the regular season.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 1/13/19 5:23pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed nine times for 53 yards and caught two passes for nine yards in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: The Saints falling behind by a couple touchdowns early probably cost Ingram some snaps, but he's been playing second fiddle to Alvin Kamara more often than not anyway. He's a touchdown-dependent fantasy option these days, but he could be worth the gamble against the Rams in the conference title game. The teams combined for 80 total points when they met in Week 9.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 1/13/19 5:48pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson finished with one catch for 12 yards in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: It was the fifth time in the last seven games that Watson has been held to one catch or less, and he hasn't reached 30 yards in any game during that stretch. The Saints will face the Rams in the conference title game, and while Watson managed 62 yards and a score against them in Week 9, he is no more than a Hail Mary play in fantasy contests given his current role in the offense.
Tre'Quan Smith - WRPosted 1/13/19 5:36pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith caught his only target for 15 yards in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Smith has flashed big-play ability this year, but now that Ted Ginn Jr. is back and healthy, he doesn't see enough volume to warrant a flier from fantasy owners participating in playoff contests. Smith has been held to 30 yards or less in his last six games, catching one pass or less four times in that stretch.
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