New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
NFC South | 13-3-0
Rank: 3rd
Avg Yds
Rank: 9th
Avg PYds
Rank: 14th
Avg RYds
Rank: 8th
Posted 8/18/2019 5:08 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Devine Ozigbo rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught three passes for 23 yards and a touchdown in a 19-17 preseason win over the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Ozigbo is battling to be the No. 3 back this season, and he could eventually become the thunder to Alvin Kamara's lightning down the road. He could be a sneaky stash candidate in dynasty leagues.
Posted 8/15/2019 10:08 am UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Keith Kirkwood (undisclosed) returned to practice in pads Thursday, Aug. 15, after missing the previous two weeks with an undisclosed injury.
Huddle Up: Kirkwood is among the wideouts battling for targets behind Michael Thomas, and the injury hasn't done him any favors. He isn't a fantasy prospect for now outside of the deepest of leagues.
Posted 8/10/2019 11:08 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara is expected to approach the 61 percent of snaps he played over the final 12 games of last season after Mark Ingram returned from suspension as opposed to the 82 percent of snaps he saw in the first four games, according to comments made by head coach Sean Payton. 'It will be similar to what we've been seeing. We've been pleased with the balance we've had with him. We think it's been a good count. ... Look, is one player taking exactly Mark Ingram's reps? I can't tell you that right now. And yet I think there's that presumption that Alvin's going to get more. And I think our pitch count and how we've played and utilized him has been really good,' Payton said.
Huddle Up: Payton has been a backfield committee advocate since arriving in New Orleans in 2006 and he isn't about to stop now, but this news doesn't really hurt Kamara's fantasy stock so much as it limits his ceiling. If Latavius Murray ends up being a suitable replacement for Ingram, then Kamara can resume the role he's enjoyed his first two seasons when he finished as a top-five fantasy back. If Murray doesn't, Kamara will likely see a heavier workload. Either way, Kamara is easily worth a top-four pick in drafts.
Posted 8/03/2019 11:08 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray (undisclosed) participated in practice Saturday, Aug. 3. Murray missed the previous four practice because of an undisclosed reason.
Huddle Up: Murray likely will see a handful of carries each game this season but may not be a great fantasy option in most leagues.
Posted 8/01/2019 5:08 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas, who on Wednesday, July 31, signed a lucrative second contract, told general manager Mikey Loomis that he plans to sign a third contract with the Saints. 'After I signed that deal I told Mickey I'll be back to do a third deal,' Thomas said. 'Now it's on to the next goal. You're now the highest-paid, now you've got to go earn it. So that's the biggest thing I'm trying to do. I'm trying to earn every penny of it.'
Huddle Up: Thomas has caught 321 passes in three seasons with the Saints, including an NFL-most 125 last season and remains a locked-in WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Posted 7/31/2019 1:07 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas agreed to a five-year, $100 million extension Wednesday, July 31. The deal includes $61 million guaranteed, and he becomes the highest-paid receiver in the league, through the 2024 season.
Huddle Up: Thomas is a top-flight receiver and is one of the safest bets to use a top-half first-round pick on in fantasy.
Posted 7/30/2019 3:07 pm UTC
Free-agent RB Rob Kelley (Redskins) signed an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, July 30.
Huddle Up: Kelley had some flashes in Washington and could be an RB5 upside pick if he fits in well.
Posted 7/28/2019 2:07 am UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook has been seeing 'a lot of looks' from QB Drew Brees during training camp, according to Luke Johnson of USA Today Sports.
Huddle Up: Cook is coming off a career year in Oakland, and while there are a few more mouths to feed in New Orleans, he is still a safe bet to deliver midrange TE1 numbers.
Posted 7/25/2019 4:07 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas is seeking a new contract and has not reported to the team's training facility as of Thursday, July 25. The Saints begin training-camp practices on Friday, July 26.
Huddle Up: Something to obviously keep a close eye on as Thomas accounted for 32.8 percent of Drew Brees' 381 completions last season and is a top-five fantasy wideout entering drafts this summer.
Posted 7/11/2019 2:07 am UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has logged 321 receptions since entering the NFL, and he is the only player in league history to record at least 300 catches in his first three seasons.
Huddle Up: Thomas is one of the most dependable receivers in the league and the go-to option for Drew Brees. He's locked in for another season of WR1 production.
Posted 7/08/2019 2:07 am UTC
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees averaged 285 passing yards per game with 29 touchdowns and two interceptions over the first 11 games, but he averaged 234.5 yards over his final six games, including the playoffs, with seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
Huddle Up: While his days as a top-five fantasy quarterback are probably over, he should still remain a low-end QB1 in 2019 as the leader of Sean Payton's offense.
Posted 6/25/2019 5:06 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees paced all quarterbacks in 2018 with a adjusted third-down completion rate of 78.7 percent, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: There is a belief that Brees' high-completion rate (league-best 74.4 percent last season) are due to more short passes, but his 8.2 and 8.1 yards-per-attempt averages over the last two seasons ranked among the league leaders and among the best marks of his career. He remains a low-end QB1 for fantasy purposes.
Posted 6/21/2019 3:06 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas' asking price has come down to $22 million per year, while the Saints are sitting at $18 million per year. Thomas is in Europe, and nothing is imminent.
Huddle Up: Thomas has emerged as one of the better WR1 options in PPR formats with a lot more stability than some of the sexier names in new uniforms or situations.
Posted 6/19/2019 3:06 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas and the team remain far apart in contract talks, and nothing is imminent. However, both sides are motivated to get a deal done.
Huddle Up: Thomas is an elite WR1 whether he has a new deal in place or not.
Posted 6/18/2019 5:06 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees turned 40 in January, but the team is dealing with the situation on a year-to-year basis. 'I think we look at it in terms of, 'Hey, this year,' you know? And man, he had a great season last year, and we expect a great season this year,' Saints general manager Loomis said recently. 'And so for as long as he wants to play and can play, he's going to have that opportunity.' Thanks to restructured contract that pushes a $10-million-plus cap hit to 2020, Brees will count more than $21 million against the cap that season, and number will increase if Brees isn't signed to a new deal that will kick some of that hit over future seasons.
Huddle Up: Brees is on the Tom Brady "better-with-age" track, throwing for 3,992 yards and 32 TDs in 2018 while finishing eighth among fantasy QBs -- his 15th straight season in the top 10. And, surprise, he looks to be a low-end QB1 again this fall.
Posted 6/17/2019 10:06 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has had some contract extension talks with the Saints, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.
Huddle Up: Thomas is entering the final year of his contract, so there is a chance the two sides reach an agreement before the start of the season. He is one of the better receivers in the NFL and should be a No. 1 option in all fantasy leagues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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