New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
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Posted 6/16/2019 6:06 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara will be tasked with an expanded role in 2019 with the departure of backfield mate Mark Ingram. 'I'm so anxious to see like, 'What else?'' Kamara said recently. 'You know what I'm saying? What else could I do? Where else could I line up? How else could I be successful? That's the best part of this profession for me. What's the next step you're going to take? 'Ok, he was good last year. How are you going to prove that you are what you are?''
Huddle Up: Kamara went from 201 touches as a rookie to 275 this past season with 81 receptions each season. Latavius Murray has been added to help shoulder the RB load, but look for another 275-plus touches this season for Kamara who should be one of the first five RBs off the board in any fantasy draft format this summer.
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Posted 5/31/2019 12:05 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, May 30, because of an illness.
Huddle Up: Kamara should be back on the field in the a few days. He will receive most of the work at running back this upcoming season and should be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 5/26/2019 4:05 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook has impressed his new teammates so far in OTAs, with QB Drew Brees near the top of the list. 'I'd read a lot of good things about him before he got here, but he's certainly impressed us these first couple of days,' Brees said Thursday, May 23. 'He's got a great feel for the game, and I think he's going to fit very well in our offense. He's got great length, so he's got a big catch radius. You feel confident with those 50-50 balls. You feel like there's a lot of places where you can throw if where he can get it and the other guy can't. Anytime you have a target like that, you feel like that's a good matchup.'
Huddle Up: The big tight-end receiving numbers have been missing in recent seasons for the Saints, and now enter Cook, who finished fifth among fantasy tight ends last season with the Raiders, catching 68-of-101 targets for 896 yards and six TDs. Slot him on your draft board as a mid-level TE1.
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Posted 5/13/2019 12:05 am UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook will be given the chance to show 'everything he can do' for the offense, according to tight ends coach Dan Campbell. 'The guy is over 30 and he still runs like the wind. He can absolutely smoke,' Campbell said. 'He's got 35-inch arms, he is long, and he is fast.'
Huddle Up: Cook set career highs in receptions, targets, yards and touchdowns last year in Oakland, and while Drew Brees likes to spread the ball around, he also knows how to utilize a dynamic tight end. Look for Cook to remain a solid TE1 in 2019.
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Posted 5/05/2019 4:05 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara was lined up in the slot on 18.9 percent of his receiving snaps in the 2018 season -- the fourth most among running backs with at least 25 slot snaps.
Huddle Up: Kamara's 162 receptions over his first two seasons rank second among running backs since 2017 while his 1,535 receiving yards are tops. He's one of the first few players who should some come off the board in PPR drafts, especially now that Mark Ingram has departed for the Ravens.
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Posted 3/31/2019 1:03 am UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith is set to take a big step forward this offseason, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: Smith flashed some big-play ability as a rookie, albeit on a limited basis. It remains to be seen if he can become a steady weapon in the passing attack, but he's worth grabbing in the later rounds to find out.
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Posted 3/26/2019 4:03 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook will sign a 2-year, $15.5 million contract with the team Tuesday, March 25. Cook will receive a guaranteed $8 million in his first year of the deal.
Huddle Up: Cook posted career receiving highs across the board last season with the Raiders, catching 68-of-101 targets for 896 yards and six TDs to finish fifth among fantasy tight ends. Even though the Saints have a few more passing-game weapons than last season's Raiders, Cook's fantasy ceiling is just as high as the Saints have been searching for a reliable, full-time tight end since Jimmy Graham's departure after the 2014 season.
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Posted 3/21/2019 2:03 pm UTC
Free-agent TE Jared Cook (Raiders) is expected to sign with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, March 21.
Huddle Up: Cook had a big year last year, and he could be in line for a bigger one in the Saints' offense. He'll be a low-end TE1 in fantasy with the Saints.
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Posted 3/20/2019 11:03 pm UTC
Free-agent TE Jared Cook (Raiders) is close to an agreement with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Cook is coming off the best season of his career but would have a chance to improve on those stats with the Saints. He likely would have a solid role in the Saints passing game and likely would be a No. 1 tight end in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 3/14/2019 2:03 am UTC
Free-agent QB Teddy Bridgewater's (Saints) visit with the Miami Dolphins has concluded, and the two sides have not reached an agreement at this point.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater appears to be deciding between the Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints, so an agreement with one of the teams should happen in the near future. He would be the starting quarterback if he joins the Dolphins but probably would be strong fantasy option.
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Posted 3/14/2019 1:03 am UTC
Free-agent RB Latavius Murray (Vikings) officially agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Murray likely will receive a similar role Mark Ingram received this past season. He will have some value in standard leagues but likely will not be a weekly starting option.
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Posted 3/13/2019 11:03 pm UTC
Free-agent TE Jared Cook (Raiders) is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, March 14, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Cook is coming off a career year and is the top tight end available in free-agency. He likely would have a solid role in the passing game if he joins the Saints and would be a No. 1 fantasy tight end in all leagues.
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Posted 3/12/2019 4:03 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray plans to sign a four-year deal with the New Orleans Saints worth $14.4 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Murray likely will take over Mark Ingram's role in the offense and share time with Alvin Kamara. He rushed for 578 yards and six touchdowns this past season and may be able to improve on those stats. He could be considered a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in some standard fantasy leagues.
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Posted 3/10/2019 8:03 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray is not expected to re-sign with the Vikings this offseason unless he does not receive a lot of interest during free agency.
Huddle Up: Murray probably will not be able to find a starting job this offseason but can be a solid No. 2 running back for a team. He may have some fantasy value in standard leagues depending on his situation.
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Posted 3/10/2019 4:03 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas tweeted congratulations Saturday, March 9 to Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown regarding his new extension which equates to $19.8M per season, and now awaits a new deal of his own, which in the estimation of veteran reporter, could fetch at least $20 million per year.
Huddle Up: Thomas led the league in receptions with 125 -- hauling in an unheard-of 85 percent of his targets -- to finish as fantasy's fourth-ranked PPR wideout and having just turned 26 with his rookie deal set to expire after the 2019 season, he's up for big-$$$ extension at just the right time.
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Posted 2/27/2019 11:02 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent TE Jared Cook is a player that the Raiders would like to re-sign, but the team may wait to see what he is being offered in free agency before making a final decision on Cook, according to general manager Mike Mayock.
Huddle Up: Cook is coming off the best season of his career and should receive interest from multiple teams in free agency. He probably should be considered a No. 1 tight end in most fantasy leagues next season no matter where he signs.
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Posted 2/09/2019 5:02 pm UTC
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.
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Posted 2/01/2019 6:02 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray could be a free-agent target of the Philadelphia Eagles, in the opinion of NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt, who believes Murray's abilities as a receiver and reasonable price tag could make him part of a timeshare with holdover RB Josh Adams.
Huddle Up: Murray isn't the most explosive back available, but his desire for more work and underrated ability as a receiver could make him part of a 1a/1b situation with the Eagles. Rosenblatt isn't alone in connecting Philadelphia and Murray, either, so it's definitely something to watch.
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Posted 1/30/2019 5:01 am UTC
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.
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Posted 1/27/2019 9:01 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook caught three passes for 71 yards against the NFC in the 2019 Pro Bowl.
Huddle Up: Cook posted career highs in receptions (68), yards (896) and touchdowns (six) this season. He likely will receive plenty of interest if he hits the free-agent market and could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues next season.
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Posted 1/24/2019 2:01 am UTC
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.
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Posted 1/22/2019 6:01 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent TE Jared Cook will be re-signed if head coach Jon Gruden has his way, but Gruden admitted that Cook will be a popular name on the free-agent market.
Huddle Up: Cook was one of the few bright spots for the Raiders this season, and maybe the lone bright spot. He's a top-five fantasy tight end candidate now after finishing 2018 as the TE5.
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Posted 1/21/2019 8:01 pm UTC
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.
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Posted 1/21/2019 5:01 am UTC
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.
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Posted 1/21/2019 12:01 am UTC
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.
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Posted 1/21/2019 12:01 am UTC
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.
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Posted 1/20/2019 11:01 pm UTC
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.
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Posted 1/20/2019 11:01 pm UTC
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.
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Posted 1/20/2019 11:01 pm UTC
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.
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