New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
NFC South | 1-0-0
Rank: 4th
Avg Yds
Rank: 30th
Avg PYds
Rank: 29th
Avg RYds
Rank: 29th
Posted 9/19/2020 8:08 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was ruled out for the Week 2 game against the Las Vegas Raiders Monday, Sept. 21.
Huddle Up: The hope is Thomas won't be out long after initial reports had him missing the next several weeks. His targets will be redistributed among WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Tre'Quan Smith, and TE Jared Cook. All three will be worth playing for whatever amount of time Thomas misses.
Posted 9/18/2020 11:39 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 18.
Huddle Up: Sanders may be in line for a bigger role in the passing game depending on Michael Thomas' availability. Sanders could be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues if he is the top option in the passing game for the Saints.
Posted 9/18/2020 12:19 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) felt 'fantastic' at practice Thursday, Sept. 17, and there's a glimmer of hope that he can play in Monday, Sept. 21. It's unlikely, but the team was pleased and surprised at his progress.
Huddle Up: There's no way they run him out there this week. Emmanuel Sanders is a highlighted WR3, and TE Jared Cook is a slam-dunk play this week.
Posted 9/17/2020 10:26 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: Sanders was limited to only three receptions and 15 yards last week but may have a much bigger role in the passing game if Michael Thomas is unavailable to play. He can be at least a No. 3 fantasy receiver if he becomes the main receiver for the Saints.
Posted 9/17/2020 5:46 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) hasn't been ruled out for the team's Week 2 game, head coach Sean Payton said Thursday, Sept. 17, but declined to comment further about his status.
Huddle Up: The Saints have plenty of time before they have to make an official call on Thomas' status for Monday night, but all signs continue to point to the elite wideout missing the game, if not a couple, with a high-ankle sprain. Stay tuned ...
Posted 9/16/2020 3:14 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) could be out until after the Week 6 bye, but he's going to push to get back sooner.
Huddle Up: Emmanuel Sanders becomes the top option through the air, but that's a lot to ask of the 33-year-old. Marquez Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith should be rostered, but expect the ball to be spread around more. Jared Cook and Alvin Kamara are likely to see more targets.
Posted 9/14/2020 5:53 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) suffered a high-ankle sprain near the end of the game in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the injury is something Thomas believes he can play through.
Huddle Up: The sad part of the injury is that it occurred on a block late in the game with the final outcome already decided. As most fantasy owners know by now, it is difficult for even the most elite athletes to play through and remain productive. Thomas may be able to play through a questionable tag in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders, but fantasy owners would be wise to use the week to prepare for the possibility Thomas may be limited for a few weeks at the very least.
Posted 9/14/2020 5:57 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara was held to 16 yards but scored a touchdown on 12 carries in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kamara also added 51 yards receiving and another score on five catches.
Huddle Up: Replay overturned a potential third score late in the game. Latavius Murray's usage and Kamara's lackluster yardage numbers may have some folks panicking a bit, but one of the best parts of being a fantasy owner of Kamara is that head coach Sean Payton does a good job of managing his workload and giving him high-leverage touches. This allows Kamara to deliver quite often in the toughest of matchups, which this one was. Play Kamara with confidence once again in Week 2 versus the Las Vegas Raiders.
Posted 9/14/2020 5:42 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray ran for 48 yards on 15 carries in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Murray was a poor bet to do much in fantasy this week given his matchup against last year's best rush defense, but he was much more active in this game than he was in 2019 in the games Alvin Kamara was healthy. Perhaps it was nothing more than head coach Sean Payton's way of keeping Kamara's touches at a respectable level, but there's also a chance Payton has decided to incorporate him into the game plan more often. Murray makes for a high-upside flex option in Week 2 versus the Las Vegas Raiders.
Posted 9/14/2020 5:19 am UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook tallied five catches on seven targets for 80 yards in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Cook accounted for half of Drew Brees' passing yardage for the day, including a 46-yard strike in the second half that really boosted his bottom line. Tampa Bay did a fine job of focusing on Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara in this one, which opened up more opportunities for Cook. While Cook is certainly capable of doing this on a more regular basis, this game may go down as one of his better yardage totals for the season. Consider him a low-end TE1 again in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Posted 9/14/2020 4:57 am UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders finished with three catches on five targets for 15 yards in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: It was a modest team debut for the veteran, who didn't make his first catch until early in the fourth quarter. He made up for lost time, however, following that reception with a nice little run after the catch for a 5-yard score. Sanders is going to be hit-or-miss in games in which New Orleans plays with the lead - which should happen fairly often - and the presence of studs such as Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara will limit his touchdown upside. He's a low-end flex or WR4 option next week against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Posted 9/12/2020 4:33 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara and the team on Saturday, Sept. 12, reached agreement on a five-year contract extension worth $75 million in new money, according to sources. The deal is worth $77.133 million overall, and includes a $15 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: A deal had been rumored to be close after Kamara expressed unrest in training camp over his contract. Now it seems all systems are go for a locked-in RB1 year for Kamara, who is due some positive touchdown regression after scoring a career-low six times a season ago.
Posted 9/08/2020 2:30 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara is nearing a contract extension with the club Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Huddle Up: Kamara is an elite RB1, but he falls to the midrange in non-PPR formats.
Posted 9/07/2020 6:30 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara told reporters Monday, Sept. 7, that last week's back issues weren't 'anything to worry about' and 'just required some rest.' Kamara also noted it happened in camp last year as well.
Huddle Up: Kamara dealt with a back issue in addition to his other injury problems last year, but fantasy owners in particular started to panic when reports of him needing an epidural began to surface. It appears neither the team nor Kamara is overly concerned about it now as the two sides continue to chip away at getting an extension done. Fantasy owners can probably feel confident about taking him inside the top five picks of drafts again, although it is highly advisable to handcuff him to Latavius Murray just in case.
Posted 9/03/2020 1:16 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (back) received an injection to calm inflammation in his SI joint, and the team doesn't consider the injury a big deal.
Huddle Up: Kamara has resumed practicing, further easing any concerns about his healthy. There have also been rumblings that he is unhappy with his current contract, but fantasy owners should continue to make him a first-round pick in all formats.
Posted 9/01/2020 11:11 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara could potentially be traded if the two sides are unable to come to an agreement on a long-term contract, according to Jeff Duncan of The Athletic. Duncan says the Saints would be seeking a first-round pick in return.
Huddle Up: Fantasy managers should be stashing Latavius Murray and even Ty Montgomery as late-round picks until this saga sorts itself out. Murray knows the offense and rushed for 637 yards and five touchdowns over 16 games and eight starts last year, but Montgomery is a better pass-catcher and could more closely replicate Kamara's skillset.
Posted 8/31/2020 6:50 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara has had an unexcused absence from training camp over the last three days, and the reason for his lack of participation is believed to be contract-related, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter per sources.
Huddle Up: The timing of this news is far from ideal for fantasy owners, but it is completely understandable from Kamara's perspective after watching Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry get huge extensions earlier this offseason. The Saints are in win-now mode and Kamara has been a model teammate as a pro, so the two sides to reconcile soon. Fantasy owners should still view him as a top-five option but make sure they make every effort to handcuff him with Latavius Murray in drafts over the next 1 1/2 weeks.
Posted 8/27/2020 10:43 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith id going to have a big 2020 season, according to QB Drew Brees Thursday, Aug. 27. 'Smith is a guy who I think is ready to really blossom and just explode in this offense,' Brees said.
Huddle Up: Smith figures to be the Saints' No. 3 receiver behind Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. The third-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft caught 18 of just 25 targets for 234 yards and five touchdowns over 11 games last season. A full year of Brees under center should help him surpass his 427-yard rookie season. He's a viable depth option widely available at the end of drafts.
Posted 8/23/2020 3:47 am UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith is 'an important part' of the team's offensive plans, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: Smith has flashed some potential as a deep threat in his first two seasons, but after the Saints added Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, Payton's comments feel a bit like lip service. Smith doesn't need to be rostered going into the season.
Posted 8/15/2020 1:31 am UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook said he believes he left some plays on the field last season. 'There are still some plays on the film that haunt me and of course, we're still going back over those plays, and running through them, but they're still plays that haunt me that I still wish I could have back,' Cook said.
Huddle Up: Cook came on strong at the end of the year, finishing with more than 700 yards and nine touchdowns. The addition of Emmanuel Sanders could cut into his workload, but Cook is still a safe bet to finish as a TE1.
Posted 8/10/2020 7:57 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara told reporters Monday, Aug. 10, that he 'tore his knee' in Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and 'was dealing with it the whole season.' He also added that it did not require surgery, but he spent a lot of time in the offseason rehabbing it.
Huddle Up: Kamara dealt with ankle, knee and back issues last season, so suffice it to say it is amazing he only missed two games and still finished as the RB9 in PPR leagues. All indications are that he is back to 100 percent and ready to resume his usual role as a devastating all-purpose weapon out of the backfield. He should be strongly considered as a top-five pick and has overall RB1 upside.
Posted 6/22/2020 1:33 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara's 5.9 rush attempts per broken tackle in 2019 was the best rate among qualified rushers, and his 29 broken tackles were tied for the third most.
Huddle Up: Kamara's numbers slipped overall last season as he battled some nagging injuries and missed a couple of games, but he remained elusive when the ball was in his hands. More importantly, he still finished as a RB1 in PPR formats. He is one of the most versatile backs in the NFL, and if he is back to 100 percent, he could easily finish as a top-five fantasy option at his position.
Posted 6/17/2020 2:39 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara stepped up in pass protection, made defenders miss whether he was in open space or in barely any space at all and ran through tackle attempts by people who had 70 pounds on him, according to running backs coach Joel Thomas.
Huddle Up: Kamara's numbers slipped a bit due to nagging back, knee and ankle injuries. He was still ninth in PPR fantasy points despite missing two games. He suffered in non-PPR formats, though, as he ranked just 15th. For a down year, that's not so bad. He remains a top-five option in PPR, but if you're in non-PPR formats, you might consider safer options that high.
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