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 3/23/2021 7:31 pm UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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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Posted 1/15/2021 11:48 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray (quad) 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: It's encouraging for his prospects to play that he was able to get in a limited session Friday after missing the first two practices of the week, but he was unlikely to play much of a role in this game anyway with the Buccaneers being so stout against the run. His potential absence would likely lock Alvin Kamara in for 20 touches and could make Ty Montgomery worthy of a punt play in DFS.
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Posted 1/15/2021 1:17 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: It appears like Murray will be a game-time decision for the Divisional Round playoff game, so fantasy players will need to keep an eye on the situation. He will see some carries if he plays, but fantasy players may want to avoid him because of the injury.
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Posted 1/13/2021 10:55 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Smith failed to make a major leap in his third NFL season, catching 34 of 50 targets for 448 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games. He will provide some much-needed depth to the Saints' receiving corps if able to play this weekend and could be worth a deep flier in what's expected to be a high-scoring game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Posted 1/13/2021 10:42 pm UTC
Updating a previous story, New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray (quadriceps) is day-to-day, according to a source Wednesday, Jan. 13. Murray's status is believed to be 'up in the air.'
Huddle Up: Alvin Kamara would likely need to shoulder a larger load if Murray can't play this weekend, but there's a chance Dwayne Washington could get some limited goal-line action.
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Posted 1/11/2021 12:22 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray (thigh) exited the NFC wild-card game against the Chicago Bears in the third quarter due to a thigh injury and he is questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Murray has run for nine yards and also scored on a swing pass, posting two grabs for 11 yards before departing. He doesn't have a ton of fantasy appeal in standard play during the season, but in postseason fantasy and DFS he has a little bit of appeal when healthy.
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Posted 1/09/2021 10:07 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Jan. 9.
Huddle Up: Thomas has been taking part in practice and should be available for the Wild Card playoff game. He is a focal point of the passing game when healthy and should be a starting option in all leagues.
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Posted 1/09/2021 10:02 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (illness) was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Jan. 9.
Huddle Up: Kamara appears to be on track to play in the playoff game, but fantasy players should check the inactive list to make sure. He will be involved in the running and passing game if active and should be a starting option in all leagues.
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Posted 1/08/2021 1:16 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (illness) posted on Twitter that he'll be back for the Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 10.
Huddle Up: Kamara will be one of the best options at running back in PPR playoff leagues.
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Posted 1/07/2021 7:27 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (illness) is participating in practices remotely this week via advanced video technology, per sources, as the Saints prepare for their wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 10, against the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Kamara remains on track to return after missing the regular-season finale, but we'll likely have to keep monitoring his status through pre-game Sunday.
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Posted 1/06/2021 11:18 pm UTC
Updating a previous story, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Jan. 6. Thomas also returned to practice.
Huddle Up: Thomas is expected to be activated in time and return the NFC Wild Card Round. Well-rested, he'll be a top WR1 option in any fantasy format.
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Posted 1/06/2021 3:49 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) will practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Jan. 6. He's trending upward for the Wild Card playoff game.
Huddle Up: Thomas would be a low-end WR1 option in playoff leagues.
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