New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
NFC South | 12-4-0
Avg PTS
30.1
Rank: 5th
Avg Yds
382.9
Rank: 15th
Avg PYds
244.4
Rank: 20th
Avg RYds
138.4
Rank: 6th
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Posted 7/27/2021 9:13 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) has been placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. He will miss the first six weeks of the regular season.
Huddle Up: The Saints likely will have Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris as their top three receivers while Thomas is sidelined. Smith likely has the most value among the three and could be a No. 3 receiver in leagues. Alvin Kamara will also have a big role in the passing game and will be a first-round pick in all drafts. Fantasy players can consider stashing Thomas on their bench if they have the roster space.
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Posted 7/26/2021 9:03 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 26.
Huddle Up: An earlier report speculated this might be the case. With Thomas expected to be sidelined until Week 7, Alvin Kamara will be expected to carry more of the offensive load than usual. Thomas' absence frees up roughly 25 percent of the team's target share to spread out among Kamara, Adam Trautman, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris. New Orleans is almost certain to lean more heavily on Latavius Murray as well.
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Posted 7/26/2021 7:41 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is expected to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which would make the earliest time for him to return to game action - assuming he remains on it into the regular season - following his June surgery would be Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: Anyone who bothered doing the math once it was announced that Thomas might need 12 to 16 weeks to fully recover knew a return before the Saints' Week 6 bye was unlikely. There's no question Thomas' absence is a huge blow to an offense that needs him, especially considering the fact New Orleans is entering the post-Drew Brees era. Thomas is a smart stash candidate in leagues with multiple IR spots and still worthy of a pick in the double-digit rounds in those formats, but managers in non-IR leagues could justify letting him slip into the final rounds.
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Posted 7/23/2021 2:31 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his ankle in June that will cause him to miss the start of the regular season. The surgery came with a four-month recovery.
Huddle Up: A four-month window has him out until October, and he could miss five, six, seven games depending on when in June he had the surgery. This, coupled with the change at quarterback, could drop Thomas to a midrange WR2 or lower.
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Posted 7/19/2021 7:06 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints QBs Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill will be competing for the starting quarterback job during training camp, but retired QB Drew Brees said he believes both could see playing time no matter which one is named the starter. ' Whatever happens, in terms of whoever is the starter, I do think there is a scenario where both of them are playing. If Jameis is the starter I think Taysom is seeing a lot of action at quarterback, maybe even moreso than he did with me,' Brees said.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation during camp to see how the Saints will use Winston and Hill. Hill should have an offensive role even if he does not start because of his playmaking ability. Fantasy players may want to consider the Saints starter as a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
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Posted 7/18/2021 5:03 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill may be the leading candidate to open the season as the starter because of his ability to produce as a runner and passer, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Hill will compete with Jameis Winston for the starting job during training camp, so fantasy players can monitor the situation over the next month or two. Hill has some success while playing quarterback last season but may only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job.
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Posted 7/13/2021 3:29 am GMT
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara led all running backs last season with nine drops, per Pro Football Reference.
Huddle Up: To put that number into some perspective, Kamara was charged with eight drops over the previous two seasons combined. It's not a huge deal insomuch that he still caught 77.6 percent of his targets, but it does illustrate that the quality - not to mention the quantity - of his targets dropped while Taysom Hill kept the seat warm for an injured Drew Brees. Kamara is a riskier bet now than at any point since his rookie season, but he still deserves to go in the middle to later part of the first round in fantasy drafts.
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Posted 7/04/2021 3:33 am GMT
New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston led the NFL with a 10.8 average depth of target during his five years as the starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and during the same stretch, the Saints ranked dead last as a team in average depth of target.
Huddle Up: If Winston does win the starting job, it will be interesting to see if he dials back his aggressive style or if Sean Payton opens up the passing attack a bit. In either case, he will be a high-upside QB2 if he is under center in Week 1.
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Posted 6/20/2021 6:35 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints TE Adam Trautman said he is excited about his bigger role in the passing game this season. Trautman is expected to be the starting tight end for the Saints.
Huddle Up: Trautman caught 15 passes for 171 yards during his rookie season but should see a lot more targets this season. Fantasy players can monitor him during the preseason, but he probably can be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end in 2021.
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Posted 6/20/2021 6:23 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith has been working out with QB Jameis Winston on a regular basis this offseason.
Huddle Up: Smith is in line for a bigger role this season and likely will be one of the starting receivers for the Saints. He has played well at times over the last few years and can be a deep threat option in the passing game. Fantasy players can consider him a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver.
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Posted 6/10/2021 10:53 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is making good progress in his rehab from the ankle problems he dealt with last season and looked good during practice this week, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: Thomas will continue to be the top receiver for the Saints but will have to work with a new quarterback in 2021. He should still be a No. 1 or No. 2 fantasy receiver this season no matter the starting quarterback.
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Posted 4/20/2021 10:59 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill is training exclusively as a quarterback this offseason after previously coming to camp prepared to play multiple positions.
Huddle Up: Hill served as a cheat code in some fantasy football formats last season. In leagues where he was eligible as a tight end, he was a must-start when starting at QB for the Saints in place of an injured Drew Brees. He's likely to compete with QB Jameis Winston in training camp and in the preseason with Winston the presumed Week 1 starter. Though Hill offers some mobility and the potential for rushing touchdowns, his fantasy ceiling as a passer is quite low. Fantasy managers should be hoping Winston gets the job.
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Posted 3/23/2021 7:31 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston seems to 'have the leg up' over Taysom Hill to be the team's starting quarterback in 2021, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Rapoport acknowledged the assertion doesn't make a ton of sense on its face, but he added that coach Sean Payton promised Hill a chance to start if the opportunity presented itself last year. Winston also reportedly impressed in practice and is "primed to make a big leap" per Rapoport. If Winston ends up winning the job in camp, he should be drafted as a high-end QB2 with occasional QB1 upside.
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Posted 3/16/2021 1:56 am GMT
Impending free-agent QB Jameis Winston (Saints) agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $12 million to return to the New Orleans Saints on Monday, March 15.
Huddle Up: The Saints opted to start Taysom Hill over Winston when Drew Brees missed time with injury in 2020, but it appears the latter believes he has a shot at beating out the former if gets a shot to prove himself with a full training camp. While Hill should be considered the early favorite to start in 2021, head coach Sean Payton could be tempted to use him in more of an all-purpose role and start Winston to keep the same dynamic he had in Brees' final years if the former shows well this summer.
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Posted 3/14/2021 9:23 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill signed a four-year contract extension with the Saints Sunday, March 14, worth $140 million but all four years of the contract are voidable, according to a source. The move creates over $7.5 million in salary cap space for the Saints in 2021.
Huddle Up: Hill may be given the chance to compete for the starting quarterback job next season depending on what the team does at the position. He has some fantasy value because of his running ability but probably would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
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Posted 3/12/2021 2:31 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas restructured his contract Friday, March 12, to create $8.7 million in salary cap space.
Huddle Up: The big question for Thomas is: Will he see the same amount of targets if Drew Brees retires? The rapport Brees and Thomas have is reminiscent of Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. Yes, Thomas is an elite receiver; yes, he was hurt last year, but we saw ominous signs. He'll be a top-five receiver in drafts, but he's no longer a slam dunk.
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Posted 3/02/2021 12:49 am GMT
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara scored a league-high 16 rushing touchdowns inside the red zone in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Kamara is more than just a great receiving option out of the backfield and this is more proof of that. The 25-year-old has yet to log 200 carries in any of his four seasons but has somehow managed to post at least 14 rushing scores in two of those years. If we forgive Kamara for his injury-plagued 2019 campaign, he has produced at least 13 total TDs in every other season.
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Posted 3/01/2021 4:27 am GMT
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara has tallied 58 catches of at least 15 yards since entering the league in 2017 - the most by any running back over that span - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Kamara is the proud owner of 326 catches since becoming a Saint, so he's had a lot of opportunities to create big plays. With that said, the four-time Pro Bowler deserves plenty of credit for this stat as he has forced a league-high 79 missed tackles on those receptions. The likely retirement of Drew Brees figures to drop Kamara from the elite group of fantasy running backs, but it shouldn't keep him from serving as a solid RB1 option.
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Posted 2/21/2021 7:15 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara recorded 734 yards after the catch this season, which led the NFL.
Huddle Up: Kamara is an outstanding player with the ball in his hands and should continue to be a focal point on offense for the Saints. He likely will be a first-round pick in fantasy drafts and will be a weekly starting option.
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Posted 2/16/2021 1:45 am GMT
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara has forced a league-high 79 missed tackles on receptions since entering the league in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Kamara's case is helped in that he has piled up 326 receptions over that time, but it's still a highly impressive feat for a running back to force a defender to miss a tackle on roughly a quarter of his catches. The four-time Pro Bowler may enter the 2021 season without Drew Brees boosting his catch totals for the first time in his pro career, which may signal the beginning of the end of his status as an elite PPR fantasy back. Be that as it may, he should still be considered a strong first-round option in fantasy drafts until further notice.
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Posted 2/07/2021 8:14 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Jameis Winston is interested in re-signing with the Saints this offseason. Winston likely would be the leading candidate for the starting quarterback job if he re-signs with the team.
Huddle Up: Winston played well as a starter earlier in his career but has struggled with interceptions since entering the NFL. He probably would be a high-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he is the starting quarterback for the Saints next season.
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Posted 2/03/2021 6:10 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Jameis Winston will compete for the starting quarterback job next season if he re-signs with the Saints and QB Drew Brees retires, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: Winston may receive interest from multiple teams if he tests the free-agent market but is familiar with the Saints offense. He has played well in the past when he was a starter and could be at least a high-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he starts for the Saints.
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Posted 1/22/2021 4:32 am GMT
New Orleans Saints TE Adam Trautman was the highest rated run blocker among qualifying tight ends in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: The rookie didn't have much of an impact in the passing game, but his prowess as a run blocker and the potential departure of Jared Cook could lead to an increased role in 2021.
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Posted 1/19/2021 4:34 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is likely to have multiple surgeries on the torn deltoid and other injured ligaments in his high ankle this offseason.
Huddle Up: Thomas was clearly not himself in his catchless performance in the NFC Divisional game. With Drew Brees likely to retire, Thomas' value may take a hit with Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston under center. Brees had a rapport with Thomas like no other. He'll still be a WR1, but he may fall down a few pegs to the upper-middle range.
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Posted 1/17/2021 10:19 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray (quadriceps) has been declared inactive for the Divisional Round playoff game.
Huddle Up: Alvin Kamara will receive most of the work at running back with Murray sidelined and is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 1/17/2021 1:28 pm GMT
The New Orleans Saints are not expected to have QB Taysom Hill (knee) available for their NFC Divisional Round game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Jan. 17.
Huddle Up: Hill had been listed as questionable on the injury report after only being able to practice on a limited basis Friday, Jan. 15. Despite his versatility as a passer, rusher and receiver, Hill doesn't possess much value in postseason fantasy games but he could be viewed as a low-end QB1 option in seasonal formats next year, assuming that QB Drew Brees retires at the end of the Saints' current playoff run.
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Posted 1/17/2021 1:17 pm GMT
The New Orleans Saints are not expected to have RB Latavius Murray (quadriceps) available for their NFC Divisional Round game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Jan. 17.
Huddle Up: Murray had been listed as questionable on the injury report after only being able to practice on a limited basis Friday, Jan. 15. Assuming that he is declared inactive this week, RB Alvin Kamara should be in line for approximately 20 touches against the Tampa Bay defense, with RB Ty Montgomery worthy of consideration as an inexpensive flier in DFS.
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Posted 1/16/2021 9:25 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) was activated to the active roster Saturday, Jan. 16.
Huddle Up: Smith figures to slot in as the No. 2 receiver opposite Michael Thomas, but he'll be a risky fantasy option in any format due to his reliance on big plays.
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Posted 1/16/2021 6:13 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston is an unrestricted free agent after this season, but the Saints like what they've seen of him, according to a report Saturday, Jan. 16, and want to bring him back with the possibility that QB Drew Brees could retire this offseason.
Huddle Up: Winston was a top-five fantasy QB in his most recent season as a starter (2019 with the Bucs) and he would certainly have some low-end QB1 appeal if he were in line to be the starter in a Sean Payton offense.
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Posted 1/15/2021 11:54 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill (knee) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Jan. 15, and is listed as questionable for the NFC Divisional Round game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Hill hasn't missed a game over the last three seasons, so the odds are that he'll be able to play this weekend. The versatile 30-year-old typically plays about 20 offensive snaps per game when Drew Brees is healthy and has scored 13 total touchdowns this season as a passer, rusher or receiver. Hill doesn't possess a lot of fantasy value in playoff leagues, but he could be considered a low-end QB1 in 2021 should Brees opt to retire at the end of this season.
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