New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
NFC South | 13-3-0
Rank: 3rd
Avg Yds
Rank: 10th
Avg PYds
Rank: 7th
Avg RYds
Rank: 15th
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.
Posted 6/16/2020 2:27 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara 'played through a lot' in 2019, according to running backs coach Joel Thomas, who said Kamara dealt with knee, ankle and back injuries. Thomas also went on to say 'Kamara's 75 percent is a lot of people's 100 percent' and that was why he continued to play as much as he did.
Huddle Up: The back issue seemed to pale in comparison to his ankle and knee injuries. It took until mid-March before he said he was fully healthy. There is no question Kamara was not himself last season and every reason to believe he'll bounce back in a big way in 2020. Owners should be thrilled to land him if he begins to slide a bit in the first round of fantasy drafts.
Posted 6/14/2020 1:39 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Ty Montgomery 'seems like a clear alternative' to RB Alvin Kamara if Kamara were to miss time, according to Larry Holder of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: Latavius Murray would likely be the main beneficiary of a Kamara injury, but Montgomery could absorb a lot of the targets out of the backfield and become a potential flex option in PPR formats.
Posted 6/14/2020 1:16 am UTC
New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston will serve as the backup quarterback and start if QB Drew Brees were to miss time in 2020, according to Larry Holder of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: If Brees goes down at any point in 2020, Winston would become a must-add option if he were to be named the starter. Despite his turnover issues, he has shown he can put up big numbers for fantasy owners.
Posted 6/09/2020 8:22 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston said he still believes in himself after going from a starter in 2019 to competing for a backup job with the Saints in 2020. 'I know what I'm worth,' Winston said. 'And I know day in and day out, without publicly coming in and saying it, that historically I'm one of the best quarterbacks to play the game.' Winston went on to say he's eager to work his way back up to a starting role.
Huddle Up: Winston won't have any value in redraft leagues unless QB Drew Brees were to miss a significant amount of time for the second season in a row, but he should still be stashed in dynasty and deeper keeper leagues in hopes of him landing a starting job in New Orleans or elsewhere in 2021.
Posted 5/25/2020 1:54 am UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook scored a career-high nine touchdowns in 2019 while averaging 16.4 yards per catch and logging 15 receptions of at least 20 yards.
Huddle Up: Cook has been a late bloomer, topping 700 yards in each of the past two seasons while scoring 15 of his 34 career touchdowns. He should remain a key cog of the passing attack in New Orleans in 2020, giving him top-five upside at the tight end position.
Posted 5/23/2020 7:01 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is Pro Football Focus' highest-graded quarterback over the last two seasons when kept free from pressure.
Huddle Up: As Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill get set to compete for the Saints' backup role, there's little reason to believe Brees doesn't have multiple seasons left in him. The 41-year-old is under contract for the next two seasons and seems as though he will be an elite fantasy QB until he calls it quits.
Posted 5/23/2020 1:35 am UTC
New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill will 'be the guy' when QB Drew Brees retires, according to Jay Glazer of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: Hill has been deployed as a Swiss Army knife-type weapon and has delivered big plays in that role. It remains to be seen if he can be successful as a full-time quarterback, but with a chance to eventually lead Sean Payton's offense, Hill is worth stashing in dynasty formats.
Posted 5/21/2020 10:40 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints QBs Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill will have to compete and beat out the competition to back up QB Drew Brees in 2020, according to head coach Sean Payton Thursday, May 21.
Huddle Up: Whoever wins the backup job could be a rare QB handcuff after Brees, 41, was limited to 11 games by injury last season. The competition will also have an impact on dynasty and keeper leagues as the heir to Brees will be a hot commodity in years to come.
Posted 5/19/2020 9:58 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas isn't disclosing his offseason workout program, but he vows to be ready whenever he's needed on the field with teammates. 'I'll be ready when the season comes,' Thomas said. 'More than ready.'
Huddle Up: Thomas had a career year in 2019 while leading the NFL with 149 receptions and 1,725 receiving yards, despite QB Drew Brees missing time due to injury. In an offseason where every team is expected to have a little less preparation time, Thomas' status as a top-two or three fantasy option will only be more accentuated.
Posted 5/16/2020 4:22 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 80.5 percent of his 185 targets in 2019 to lead all wide receivers with at least 75 targets.
Huddle Up: Targeting Thomas has proven to be a model of efficiency as he's reeled in at least 76 percent of his targets in three of his four seasons with the Saints. He's been a top-10 fantasy wideout in all four campaigns and slots right back in there in the 2020 preseason rankings -- and that's PPR or standard scoring.
Posted 5/15/2020 9:10 pm UTC
Free-agent RB Ty Montgomery (Jets) signed with the New Orleans Saints Friday, May 15. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Montgomery likely will compete for the No. 3 running back job during training camp but is unlikely to see much playing time behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. He can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 5/13/2020 3:21 am UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas was targeted on a league-high 31.1 percent of his team's pass attempts in 2019.
Huddle Up: This is the kind of thing one would expect from a receiver who was targeted 185 times in a season like Thomas was last year. The Ohio State product has commanded the target share of 25 percent in each of the last three seasons, so no one should expect that to change in 2020 despite the addition of Emmanuel Sanders. Thomas is perhaps the safest pick a fantasy owner can make in the first round of drafts, as he has topped 90 catches, 1,100 yards and five touchdowns in each of his first four seasons.
Posted 5/13/2020 2:18 am UTC
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees threw a catchable ball on 82.8 percent of his pass attempts in 2019, according to Sports Info Solutions. The only other time a quarterback topped that mark over the last five seasons was when Brees threw a catchable ball 83.6 percent of the time in 2018.
Huddle Up: Brees owns the top three - and five of the top six - single-season marks in terms of completion percentage in NFL history, so it comes as no surprise so many of passes have been considered catchable. Age (he turned 41 in January) and the Saints' ability to run the ball in recent years has turned Brees into more of a matchup-based starter in fantasy, but there is no question he can still perform like a QB1 on occasion - especially inside the Superdome.
Posted 5/12/2020 2:35 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints third-round pick TE Adam Trautman entered college as a quarterback and gained 40 lbs in his transition to tight end. He caught a school-record 70 passes with 916 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2019.
Huddle Up: Trautman may take a couple of years to develop into a fantasy asset at tight end. He's only an option in dynasty formats.
Posted 4/29/2020 5:38 am UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders will be the team's No. 2 wide receiver in 2020 and adds a big boost to the offense, which was lacking dependable production out of receivers not named Michael Thomas last year. After Thomas' 1,725 receiving yards, the next-best receiving output came from Ted Ginn Jr., who had just 421 yards receiving.
Huddle Up: Sanders, at worst, should be a WR3 in PPR formats in the New Orleans offense.
Posted 4/26/2020 3:49 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill received a one-year extension on top of the one-year, $4.6 million tender he received in March, according to a source. His deal now runs through the 2021 season.
Huddle Up: There's no doubt Sean Payton loves to scheme up new ways to get the ball into Hill's hands, and the Swiss Army knife has carved up the hopes of fantasy owners in the process. Just when you think Alvin Kamara or another prized asset will give you points, bam! Hill swoops in with a trick play touchdown and the grumbles ensue. The fantasy tip: Prepare for at least two more years of this headache. Hill is extremely difficult to start in any conventional league on his own, that is unless positional versatility is afforded when setting a lineup.
Posted 4/26/2020 8:49 am UTC
Free-agent QB Jameis Winston (Buccaneers) is reportedly close to agreeing to terms with the New Orleans Saints on a one-year contract, according to Yahoo! Sports Charles Robinson.
Huddle Up: The fit makes a ton of sense in that Winston will get a one-year audition to impress the Saints' staff enough to be considered to take over as the starter in 2021 (if Drew Brees opts to retire after this season). And if Brees gets hurt as he did in 2019, he could pull a Teddy Bridgewater and show enough during that time to get a big contract elsewhere. It's a solid move that could pay off big for both sides.
Posted 4/18/2020 6:29 pm UTC
Free agent QB Jameis Winston is a backup fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to analyst Bucky Brooks.
Huddle Up: Hard to argue with Brooks' logic after witnessing the massive step back the Steelers' offense took last season after backups Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges tried to fill the cleats of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben is 38 now, and players such as JuJu Smith-Shuster likely wouldn't fall off the fantasy map if Winston were able to step in should Roethlisberger go down.
Posted 4/06/2020 9:50 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders (49ers) officially signed with the New Orleans Saints Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Sanders is joining one of the top offenses in the NFL and should see a solid amount of targets in 2020. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 4/04/2020 3:15 am UTC
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees threw an NFL-high 15 touchdowns over the final four games of 2019, tossing at least three touchdowns in every game.
Huddle Up: The Saints have adopted more of a balanced offensive approach in recent years, but Brees has maintained QB1 numbers thanks in large part to his remarkable efficiency. He has thrown 59 touchdowns compared to just nine interceptions over the past two years, completing more than 74 percent of his passes in both seasons.
Posted 3/29/2020 3:59 am UTC
New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders' ability to find openings in zone coverage makes him a good fit for head coach Sean Payton's system, according to Matt Bowen of
Huddle Up: With Michael Thomas drawing plenty of attention from opposing defenses, Sanders could shine as a dependable secondary option for Drew Brees. He's at least worth grabbing as a WR4.
Posted 3/21/2020 2:18 am UTC
Free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders (49ers) said he intends to sign with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Saints have been searching for a reliable No. 2 option across from Michael Thomas, and Sanders could fill that void. Drew Brees has been known to spread the wealth when he has the weapons, and Sanders should be worth a look as a WR4.
Posted 3/20/2020 5:14 pm UTC
Free-agent QB Jameis Winston (Buccaneers) is 'unlikely' to be a target of the New England Patriots, according to a high-ranking team official Friday, March 20.
Huddle Up: It makes sense for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to want to avoid Winston's high-risk style of play. While Winston has been of the more productive fantasy quarterbacks in recent years, his interceptions are much more costly to real NFL teams than they are to fantasy managers. Even if he were to latch on in New England, his fantasy appeal would drop without the services of elite wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Posted 3/17/2020 2:35 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Drew Brees agreed to a two-year deal worth about $50 million with the Saints Tuesday, March 17.
Huddle Up: Brees has lost a bit on his arm, but he still has a great situation around him that should keep him a midrange QB1 in fantasy.
Posted 3/11/2020 12:41 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (leg) pronounced himself completely healthy Tuesday, March 10, after suggesting his leg was about '75 percent' last season.
Huddle Up: Kamara only missed two games with a high-ankle sprain last season, but it was obvious he was nowhere near his usual self for most of the second half of the season. When he is right, he is a PPR monster with 15-plus touchdown upside who is also a lock for 80-plus catches in the Saints' explosive offense. Kamara's lack of counting stats figures to make him a bit of a value pick in 2020 - one capable of rivaling Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley as the best running back in fantasy football.
Posted 3/05/2020 5:34 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees reiterated Thursday, March 5, that he plans to re-sign with the Saints and added that he plans to finish his career in the Big Easy as well. 'Listen, I have no intention of going anywhere,' Brees said Thursday during a charity event. 'I don't care what the offer would be or what the situation might be, I am Who Dat Nation for life.'
Huddle Up: Despite missing five games, Brees finished tied for seventh among QBs with 23.9 fantasy points per game and will once again be in the back end of the QB1 conversation again this summer -- even at age 41.
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