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Pierre Thomas, RB12/25/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas didn't practice Wednesday.
Insight: Thomas is dealing with an apparent rib injury and should be considered questionable in a meaningless season ender against Tampa Bay.
Jimmy Graham, TE12/21/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was better on Sunday, but not as good as owners would have liked.
Insight: He had six receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown. Graham also just missed a second score, as he was stuffed at the goalline and eventually fumbled on the play.
Marques Colston, WR12/21/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston recorded a team-high 80 receiving yards during Week 16's loss to the Falcons.
Insight: Colston had six catches on 10 targets. He is not the player he once was.
Mark Ingram, RB12/21/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram was able to find the end zone in Week 16.
Insight: Good thing he did, because he had only 38 yards on 13 carries, along with 17 yards on three catches.
Drew Brees, QB12/21/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a subpar afternoon on Sunday.
Insight: He went 30-of-47 for 313 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Brees also lost a fumble and was sacked a total of five times.
Josh Hill, TE12/16/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Saints backup tight end Josh Hill vultured two touchdowns from Jimmy Graham Monday night against Chicago.
Insight: They were his only two receptions of the season. Hill doesn't see much playing time, but has four touchdowns in his 14 total catches this season.
Marques Colston, WR12/16/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston was one of three Saints pass catchers with seven targets in a balanced offense.
Insight: The balance doesn't help any receiver post big numbers, but Colston did hit double-digits with five receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. In his ninth season, Colston is a low-end fantasy option. He's only cracked the 100-yard mark twice this season and not since Week 7.
Pierre Thomas, RB12/16/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas didn't run the ball much, but he was the guy Brees used for his screen pass game.
Insight: Thomas rushed the ball just two times, but caught all five targets for 83 yards.
Jimmy Graham, TE12/16/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham still isn't performing to the high standards we expect from him, but at least he was part of the passing game against the Bears.
Insight: After a goose egg in Week 13 and just three catches for 25 yards last weekend, Graham caught five balls for 87 yards.
Drew Brees, QB12/16/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees was on target for most of the evening and posted 375 yards and three touchdowns without an interception.
Insight: Brees hasn't been the consistent 300-yard thrower we've seen in past seasons, but he came up with a big one when it counted in the fantasy playoffs.
Mark Ingram, RB12/16/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram only rushed for 59 yards on 17 carries, but a late touchdown run saved the day for fantasy owners.
Insight: The 100-yard games he was producing in the middle of the season are much rarer these days and his value is as an RB2 at best.
Terron Armstead, OT12/15/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Saints left tackle Terron Armstead left Monday's game with a neck injury.
Insight: Armstead aggravated a previous injury, and looks to be out for the game. He has been New Orleans best offensive lineman.
Joe Morgan, WR12/9/2014 3:01:00 PM
Description: New Orleans wide receiver Joseph Morgan was waived. The team had also suspended him earlier in the season.
Insight: Morgan got in hot water with his quarterback and head coach Sunday and has been let go. Robert Meachem should be ready to be a backup receiver to take his spot.
Jimmy Graham, TE12/7/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham continued not to produce on Sunday.
Insight: After a goose egg last week, Graham had only three catches for 25 yards. Owners cannot panic, even if they are unhappy.
Marques Colston, WR12/7/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston had a team-high 72 receiving yards during Week 14's loss to the Panthers.
Insight: Colston had five receptions, and is no more than a WR3 at this point in his career.
Mark Ingram, RB12/7/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram rushed for 43 yards on Sunday.
Insight: He did so on 10 carries and also chipped in two catches for 13 yards. Ingram remains the lead back.
Drew Brees, QB12/7/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a day to forget during Week 14.
Insight: He was 29-of-49 for 235 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Owners were expecting much more after Brees threw for five scores during Week 13.
Jimmy Graham, TE11/30/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham did not catch a pass versus the Steelers.
Insight: Well, that's something Pittsburgh can hang their hats on, they didn't let Graham beat them. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Drew Brees still threw for five touchdowns. Unfortunately for Jimmy Graham owners, he had a goose egg.
Marques Colston, WR11/30/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston had just 16 receiving yards but did catch a touchdown.
Insight: Colston was a forgotten man with Kenny Stills having a big day in Pittsburgh. Colston caught just three passes. He is a risky start moving forward because it is hard to predict where Drew Brees is going to go with the ball.
Kenny Stills, WR11/30/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Saints receiver Kenny Stills caught five passes for 162 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: The Steelers couldn't stop the Saints passing game in the second half. Stills ran right past Ike Taylor for a 69-yard touchdown catch at the end of the third quarter as New Orleans took over the game. It's hard to predict who Drew Brees is going to throw to week-to-week, so it's tough to start Stills every week. Just know, however, he is going to occasionally explode like this.
Mark Ingram, RB11/30/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram rushed for 122 yards on 23 carries against the Steelers.
Insight: New Orleans' offense did not do much in the first quarter, but once they turned to Ingram, they got things rolling. Even though Ingram didn't score, fantasy owners will take the yardage.
Drew Brees, QBHot11/30/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees shredded the Steelers secondary for 257 yards and five touchdowns in Week 13.
Insight: Brees and the Saints offense started slowly, but once New Orleans established Mark Ingram a little bit, the Pittsburgh defense was off-balance the rest of the day. The performance was exactly what Brees owners needed.
Pierre Thomas, RB11/30/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (shoulder) is active for Week 13.
Insight: Thomas came back last weekend in limited action, but could get more of the workload in Week 13, both as a runner and pass receiver out of the backfield.
Mark Ingram, RB11/30/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram is active for Week 13.
Insight: Ingram totaled just 42 yards, his second worst total of the season last weekend and didn't find the end zone. After three huge games, Ingram has posted two mediocre totals, primarily due to the Saints turning away from the run and to Drew Brees and the passing game.
Khiry Robinson, RB11/28/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson will not play in Week 13.
Insight: He has been ruled out again due to his arm injury. This will be the sixth game in a row Robinson will miss. The Saints have Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas to carry the load.
Marques Colston, WR11/25/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston led the team with 56 receiving yards versus the Bengals.
Insight: Colston posted his best yardage total since Week 7 and scored for the first time since Week 3. That's solid work, though fantasy owners probably haven't been starting him because he has been unproductive over the past month.
Kenny Stills, WR11/25/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Saints receiver Kenny Stills caught 8-of-9 targets for 98 yards against Baltimore.
Insight: Stills has taken over for injured Brandin Cooks in the Saints offense and his fantasy value should be similar down the stretch.
Drew Brees, QBHot11/25/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees couldn't get his team a win, but his fantasy owners loved his totals - 35-of-45 for 420 yards. three touchdowns and one interception.
Insight: The interception was a Will Hill "pick-six." It was his best fantasy totals since Week 8 against Green Bay and earned his first 300-yard passing bonus in a month.
Mark Ingram, RBCold11/25/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram had a horrible game against the Ravens, rushing for 27 yards on 11 carries.
Insight: Ingram totaled just 42 yards, his second worst total of the season and didn't find the end zone. After three huge games, Ingram has posted two mediocre totals.
Jimmy Graham, TE11/24/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was Drew Brees' favorite red zone target, catching two touchdown passes among his six receptions.
Insight: Graham has six touchdown receptions in the last five games. He's still not getting the yardage we expect, but his scoring his keeping fantasy owners happy.
Khiry Robinson, RB11/22/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson will not play on Monday against the Ravens.
Insight: He has been ruled out with an arm injury. This will be the fifth game in a row Robinson will miss.
Brandin Cooks, WR11/18/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks (thumb) has been placed on injured reserve.
Insight: His season is done, which is a bit surprising after it was thought Cooks would miss 4-to-6 weeks. At 21-years-old, he will bounce back next season.
Brandin Cooks, WR11/17/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks suffered a broken thumb Sunday and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
Insight: Cooks has been solid this season with 53 receptions for 550 yards and three touchdowns. Kenny Stills fantasy value should rise for a couple of games.
Jimmy Graham, TE11/16/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught just three passes for 29 yards in Week 11.
Insight: Graham had strung together several good weeks, but he was a huge disappointment on Sunday against the Bengals. He remains a TE1 as fantasy owners hope the Saints offense finds itself before Week 12.
Brandin Cooks, WR11/16/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks gained a total of 55 yards on offense against the Bengals.
Insight: Cooks led the wide receivers with five catches and also had 50 yards. Cooks added a five-yard run. He is a WR3.
Marques Colston, WR11/16/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston led the team with 56 receiving yards versus the Bengals.
Insight: Colston also led the team with eight targets, but the fact the leading receiver for the high-powered Saints offense had 56 yards says how much it struggled in Week 11.
Mark Ingram, RB11/16/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram had his worst game of the season against the Bengals.
Insight: Ingram had 67 yards on 23 carries, which was good for just a 2.9 average. He has been so good lately, fantasy owners just have to chalk it up to a bad outing. The entire Saints offense did not move the ball very well in Week 11.
Drew Brees, QB11/16/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees was disappointing against the Bengals on Sunday.
Insight: Brees didn't turn the ball over in Week 11, but he threw for just 255 yards and a touchdown. Brees has been disappointing for his average draft selection before this season, but at this point, fantasy owners have to roll with him.
Keenan Lewis, CB11/16/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis (knee) played just 11 snaps in a loss to Cincinnati
Insight: Lewis' absence was certainly felt as A.J. Green returned to fantasy stud status.
Mark Ingram, RBHot11/14/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: New Orleans running back Mark Ingram should continue being the workhorse back in Week 1 as both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson are out.
Insight: Ingram is a borderline RB1 as long as Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas are sidelined.He has three consecutive 100-plus yard games.
Khiry Robinson, RB11/14/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson (arm) has been ruled out for Week 11.
Insight: The injury did not appear to be serious at first, but now that Robinson has missed four straight games, something just does not seem right. Mark Ingram will be an RB1 again on Sunday, against the Bengals.
Pierre Thomas, RB11/14/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (shoulder) has been declared out for Sunday's contest against the Bengals.
Insight: This will be the fourth consecutive game Thomas has missed, and he remains out indefinitely.
Pierre Thomas, RB11/13/2014 4:43:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (shoulder) still has not returned to practice.
Insight: Thomas has missed three-consecutive games, and looks destined to miss his fourth. Travaris Cadet will continue to handle the pass-down work, but is no more than an RB4.
Khiry Robinson, RB11/13/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson (arm) did not practice on Thursday.
Insight: He has not practiced all week, and will not play on Sunday. Mark Ingram will continue to be a borderline RB1.
Jamarca Sanford, S11/11/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Defensive back Jamarca Sanford has been signed by the New Orleans Saints.
Insight: The former Vikings and Redskins safety will back up Kenny Vaccaro and Rafael Bush.
Marques Colston, WR11/9/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston had just two catches on Sunday.
Insight: Colston had 36 yards on four targets, and is really no more than a WR4.
Jimmy Graham, TE11/9/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: As Saints tight end Jimmy Graham broke out Sunday against the 49ers.
Insight: He had 10 receptions on 13 targets, for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Graham is clearly a TE1 from the duration of the season.
Brandin Cooks, WR11/9/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks caught a touchdown Sunday versus San Francisco.
Insight: Cooks had five receptions for 90 yards as well, on eight targets. Consider Cooks a WR3.
Mark Ingram, RBHot11/9/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: New Orleans running back Mark Ingram continued his stellar play.
Insight: He rushed 27 times for 120 yards, and also had three catches for 19 yards. Ingram is a borderline RB1 as long as Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas are sidelined.
Drew Brees, QB11/9/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.
Insight: He also threw for 292 yards, and will continue to be a QB1.
Keenan Lewis, CB11/9/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis was carted to the locker room due to a quad injury, but has returned.
Insight: Lewis has an obvious limp, but he's toughing it out.
Keenan Lewis, CB11/9/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis was carted to the locker room due to a quad injury, but has returned.
Insight: Lewis has an obvious limp, but he's toughing it out.
Mark Ingram, RBHot11/9/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: New Orleans running back Mark Ingram is active despite a shoulder issue.
Insight: Ingram is a hot back without much competition for carries with Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas inactive. He's a must start.
Joe Morgan, WR11/7/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: New Orleans wide receiver Joseph Morgan was suspended indefinitely.
Insight: We don't know the reason, but fantasy owners have been ignoring him for a few years now.
Mark Ingram, RBHot10/31/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: New Orleans running back Mark Ingram is expected to be part of a timeshare when tailbacks Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas return from their injuries, according to ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett.
Insight: After totaling 272 rushing yards over the past two games, this not what Ingram-owners want to hear. We still feel that Ingram has RB2 upside, even when Robinson and Thomas return.
Marques Colston, WRCold10/31/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: The handwriting is on the wall for Saints wide receiver Marques Colston's owners.
Insight: Colston just isn't a primary target anymore and his fantasy value, save for one big game in Week 7, has been minimal. Thursday night against Carolina he saw three targets, catching all of them, for 36 yards.
Brandin Cooks, WR10/31/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks was a non-factor for most of the game against Carolina, catching just three balls for 38 yards.
Insight: Carolina was protecting against Cooks and the deep ball, so the Saints ran the ball 37 times and threw it just 34 times. The low percentage makes it hard to keep all the receivers happy.
Kenny Stills, WR10/31/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Saints receiver Kenny Stills saw a team-high eight targets, catching five for 72 yards.
Insight: Stills, Brandin Cooks and tight end Jimmy Graham are the future for the Saints receiving corps as older guys like Marques Colston and Robert Meachem slowly gets fazed out.
Jimmy Graham, TE10/31/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: As Saints tight end Jimmy Graham's shoulder continues to improve, so too do his fantasy numbers.
Insight: Graham played 52-of-76 snaps (68 percent) up from 62 percent in Week 8 and caught all seven targets for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Drew Brees, QB10/31/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees didn't reach the 300-yard passing mark after earning the bonus in four consecutive games.
Insight: Brees threw for 297 yards and one touchdown, but did run one in from a yard out. The Saints offense has been much more balanced with the blossoming of Mark Ingram over the past two games and Brees has averaged just 33 passing attempts over that span.
Travaris Cadet, RBCold10/31/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Travaris Cadet was once again the backup to Mark Ingram, but was barely utilized.
Insight: Cadet rushed just two time for one yard and caught three of five targets for 29 yards. Fantasy owners who picked him up a couple of weeks ago can see it was a wasted claim. His minimal value will be reduced even more when the injured running backs (Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas) return to the lineup.
Mark Ingram, RBHot10/31/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: New Orleans running back Mark Ingram and his fantasy owners enjoyed another day as the Saints workhorse running back, rushing the ball 30 times for 100 yards and two scores.
Insight: Coming off a 172-yard game in Week 8, one has to wonder what the Saints will do when Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas are ready to return from injury. In the meantime, fantasy owners must start Ingram ever game.
Khiry Robinson, RB10/30/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson is inactive for Thursday's game against the Panthers due to a forearm injury.
Insight: With him and Pierre Thomas out, Mark Ingram is a borderline RB1 this week. Robinson will look to get back into action for Week 10.
Pierre Thomas, RB10/30/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (shoulder) is inactive for Thursday night's game against Carolina.
Insight: This will be his second-consecutive game missed. Mark Ingram is line for another big workload.
Jimmy Graham, TE10/30/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is actice for Thursday Night Football.
Insight: No surprise here. Make sure Graham is in all lineups.
Jimmy Graham, TE10/28/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham remained limited in Tuesday's practice due to his shoulder.
Insight: This is simply a formality. There is no reason Graham owners should be concerned even on a short week. The tight end played in 43-of-69 snaps against Green Bay and did not suffer a setback. He is a top-three tight end option for Week 9.
Champ Bailey, CB10/28/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Former Redskins and Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has retired from football.
Insight: Bailey was a three-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowler.
Kenny Stills, WR10/27/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Saints receiver Kenny Stills caught all four targets for 57 yards Sunday night against Green Bay.
Insight: Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks is the third receiver with Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham still get the bulk of the targets from Drew Brees which limits Stills' abilityt to produce on a consistent basis. We like his long-term outlook, but that might not become reailty until Colston retires.
Marques Colston, WR10/27/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston wasn't very active against Green Bay, catching four balls for 49 yards.
Insight: Colston had six catches for 111 yards on 10 targets in Week 7, but took a back seat to Brandin Cooks and even Kenny Stills in this one. As the young receivers grow, Colston's production is likely to be more and more inconsistent.
Jimmy Graham, TE10/27/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is obviously not 100 percent and it shows up particularly when he's trying to block.
Insight: Graham was still productive in the passing game catching five balls for 59 yards and a score. Fantasy owners can't be happy that backup tight end Josh Hill scored a late touchdown instead of Graham.
Brandin Cooks, WRHot10/27/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks was clearly Brees' favorite target Sunday night against Green Bay.
Insight: Cooks caught six of seven targets for 94 yards and a touchdown, but the one he dropped would have been a big gainer as well. On a team with Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham, to be Brees' No. 1 target, says a lot.
Travaris Cadet, RB10/27/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Travaris Cadet was the backup to Mark Ingram, but was only used as a receiver,
Insight: Cadet rushed just one time for seven yards, but was targeted five times and caught four for 40 yards. His minimal value will be reduced even more when the injured running backs (Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas) return to the lineup.
Drew Brees, QB10/27/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees produced like we expect him to in this battle against Aaron Rodgers.
Insight: Brees threw for 311 yards and three scores without a turnover. In typical Brees fashion he completed passes to nine different receivers.
Mark Ingram, RBHot10/27/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram was the primary guy out of the backfield with Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas sidelined by injury and produced big numbers for fantasy owners.
Insight: Ingram posted 172 yards and a score on 24 carries. It was a great game, but as soon as the injured guys return this will once again be a shared situation.
Khiry Robinson, RB10/26/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson is inactive for Sunday's game against the Packers due to a forearm injury.
Insight: Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet will get all the work out of the New Orleans backfield against the 31st ranked rush defense versus Green Bay.
Pierre Thomas, RB10/26/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday night against Green Bay.
Insight: Khiry Robinson is also out leaving the workload to Mark Ingram and Tarvaris Cadet.
Mark Ingram, RB10/24/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram could be in for a big day against the Packers on Sunday night.
Insight: Ingram will likely get a majority of the carries for New Orleans in Week 8 as Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas have both been ruled out. Ingram had just 16 yards on 10 carries versus the Lions last Sunday, but the Packers are the No. 31 ranked rush defense in the league.
Khiry Robinson, RB10/24/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers due to a forearm injury.
Insight: Robinson referred to his own injury as "a little boo-boo", but the Saints are obviously taking it more seriously. Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet will get all the work out of the New Orleans backfield against the 31st ranked rush defense versus Green Bay.
Jimmy Graham, TE10/23/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham remained limited in Thursday's practice due to his shoulder injury according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.
Insight: Graham will probably remain limited in practice the rest of the week. Unless he suffers a setback, Graham will play, but the question remains how involved will he be. He saw just two targets and no catches last week against the Lions. He has tremendous upside because he is Jimmy Graham, but if owners somehow have another capable tight end, it is worth to consider sitting Graham.
Travaris Cadet, RB10/21/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Travaris Cadet could see addition work for the next few games with Pierre Thomas sidelined.
Insight: Cadet would likely pick up the receiving work out of the backfield. mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will continue to man the running game.
Pierre Thomas, RB10/21/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas left Sunday's game against Detroit with a shoulder injury, and he's expected to miss 2-3 games.
Insight: With Mark Ingram back and Khiry Robinson playing well the running game is taken care of, but Travaris Cadet will probably pick up the receiving work.
Jimmy Graham, TE10/19/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham did not catch a pass against the Lions in Week 7.
Insight: Graham played just 30 snaps due to his shoulder injury. Drew Brees targeted him twice, and Graham caught neither. The good news is he did not appear to suffer any setbacks.
Marques Colston, WR10/19/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston led the team in catches, receiving yards and targets in Week 7 against the Lions.
Insight: Colston had six catches for 111 yards on 10 targets. He did not score, but fantasy owners will still take the production if Colston was in the lineup.
Mark Ingram, RB10/19/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram led the team with 10 carries but only gained 16 yards.
Insight: It was Ingram's first game back from his injury, but it was a big disappointment. Many speculated Khiry Robinson would be involved just as much as Ingram was. That wasn't the case as Robinson only had three carries, but Ingram, obviously, did not take advantage.
Drew Brees, QB10/19/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees is still not performing up to his standards.
Insight: It is a little bit unfair because the expectations for Brees are sky-high. That being said, owners expect a first-round quarterback to perform at a very high level. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have turned it around after slow starts, but Brees has not. Brees was 28-for-45 with 342 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Jimmy Graham, TE10/19/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham plans to play in Week 7 against the Lions according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Graham plans to test out his shoulder to make sure. He will have a limited role, likely playing in red zone packages. The Saints used Graham the same way for a few games last year, and he still managed to lead the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns. Graham is still a must-start.
Jimmy Graham, TE10/17/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham isn't sounding optimistic about his chances of playing Sunday.
Insight: Graham was expected to miss a couple of weeks with his shoulder injury, but is hoping it will get better by Sunday pre-game. Our best guess is that Ben Watson will be the Saints starter come kickoff.
Jimmy Graham, TE10/16/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Saints coach Sean Payton insists he's optimistic that tight end Jimmy Graham might play in Week 7.
Insight: Sounds a bit like the A.J. Green situation with the coach playing games with the defensive coordinator. Graham was expected to miss a couple of weeks with his shoulder injury.
Mark Ingram, RB10/15/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram told ESPN that he is ready to go in Week 7.
Insight: Ingram has been fully practicing this week. We expect him to get 12-15 carries this Sunday against Detroit, but the stout Lions defense keeps Ingram a low-end RB2 or FLEX play in his first weekend back.
Kenny Stills, WRCold10/15/2014 8:03:00 AM
Description: Saints receiver Kenny Stills has become a non-factor this season.
Insight: Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks is the third receiver with Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham. Stills might see increased usage while Graham is sidelined, but its not likely to be enough to make him fantasy worthy.
Brandin Cooks, WR10/15/2014 7:59:00 AM
Description: Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks hasn't turned his targets into much fantasy production.
Insight: After an opening day seven-catch, 77-yard, one touchdown performance, Cooks has failed to return to the end zone. He did have nine catches against Tampa Bay in Week 5, but for just 56 yards. He's seeing a lot of short passes and has yet to break out with a big run after catch.
Mark Ingram, RB10/14/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram should regain his starting spot in Week 7, but may share more time with Khiry Robinson than in the past.
Insight: Robinson ran well while Ingram was sidelined and has earned playing time. throw in Pierre Thomas and the three-way split likely makes them all candidates for your fantasy bench.
Jimmy Graham, TE10/12/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham could miss 2-3 weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Graham and the Saints have a bye this weekend, so this won't change lineups in Week 6, but fantasy owners should make plans to be without their start tight end for a couple of weeks.
Mark Ingram, RB10/11/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram will move slowly back into his starting role.
Insight: Ingram is hoping to return in Week 7 after the Saints bye this weekend, but with the emergence of Khiry Robinson, New Orleans has the luxury of not rushing Ingram back into the feature role. Once Ingram does regain the starting position, Robinson is also expected to be more involved than he was before Ingram's injury.
Tom Crabtree, TE10/9/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: The Saints signed Tom Crabtree.
Insight: Its purely an insurance policy in case Jimmy Graham isn't ready, though with a bye week that isn't likely. Crabtree has no fantasy value.
Mark Ingram, RB10/6/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram is still targeting Week 7 for his return.
Insight: Ingram was producing solid fantasy numbers while sharing time with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson. Robinson has played well in his absence, but should return to a backup role when Ingram is ready to play.
Drew Brees, QB10/5/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw the ball 57 times for 371 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Insight: The three interceptions certainly put a damper on Brees' day, but the quarterback was able to bring the Saints back from a 11-point deficit in what really was a must-win against Tampa Bay. Brees was also able to overcome losing his favorite target Jimmy Graham.
Khiry Robinson, RB10/5/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson rushed 21 times for 89 yards and the winning touchdown against the Buccaneers as New Orleans defeated Tampa Bay, 37-31, in overtime on Sunday.
Insight: New Orleans had to erase a 11-point deficit to avoid falling to 1-4. This was by far Robinson's heaviest workload so far this year, and that could continue with Mark Ingram out at least a few more weeks.
Jimmy Graham, TE10/5/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has gone to the sidelines and is having his shoulder looked over.
Insight: Graham was quiet last week and has two catches for 36 yards so far in this one, but is in the locker room. His return is questionable.
Jairus Byrd, S10/3/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: New Orleans free safety Jairus Byrd has suffered a season-ending injury (torn lateral meniscus) and was placed on injured reserve.
Insight: He signed a six-year deal with the Saints back in March. This is a big loss for New Orleans who will use Rafael Bush in his place.
Drew Brees, QB9/29/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees was missing in action for the first three quarters but filled up the box score in the fourth quarter enough to satisfy fantasy owners.
Insight: He was 32-of-44 for 340 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston were his two primary targets.
Jimmy Graham, TE9/29/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had quiet game, but woke up in the fourth quarter to produce double-digits for fantasy owners.
Insight: By then the game was already over, but Graham did catch eight of 11 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Khiry Robinson, RB9/29/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson (87 yards) was held in check for most of the night, but did explode for a 62-yard run.
Insight: He received the bulk of the rushes, as Pierre Thomas was given only two carries.
Jimmy Graham, TE9/21/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has quiet game.
Insight: He did not find the endzone, and only had 54 receiving yards. Graham did have six catches on eight targets, and he will continue to be the top ranked fantasy tight end, as the season progresses.
Brandin Cooks, WR9/21/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks leads team in receiving during Week 3.
Insight: He was Brees' favorite target this week, with 10 of them. Cooks finished the day with eight cacthes for 74 yards. He outshined fellow wide reciever Marrques Colston, who had only two catches for 25 yards, but did find the endzone. Cooks is a WR3 moving forward.
Khiry Robinson, RB9/21/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson finishes with 18 carries in Week 3.
Insight: He received the bulk of the rushes, as Pierre Thomas was given only eight carries. However, Thomas vultured a one-yard touchdown. Robinson did finish with 69 yards, and looks like the back who will receive the majority of carries moving forward.
Drew Brees, QB9/21/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees leads team to first win of season.
Insight: He was 27-of-35 for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Brees was in fine form, spreading the ball around and totaling a 120.3 passer rating.
Pierre Thomas, RB9/19/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas left Sunday's game against Detroit with a shoulder injury.
Insight: With Mark Ingram back, this isn't a big loss for the Saints, but it is for his fantasy owners. Travis Cadet could be used in a receiving role with Ingram and Khiry Robinson the runners.
Pierre Thomas, RB9/16/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas has yet to produce from a fantasy perspective in 2014.
Insight: With Mark Ingram going down, Thomas should now see a ton of touches, especially in the passing game. With the Saints 0-2, and coming home, expect Thomas to be involved in the screen game, as well as finally beginning to put some solid fantasy numbers together.
Brandin Cooks, WR9/16/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: After breaking loose during Week 1, Saints receiver Brandin Cooks came down to earth against Cleveland on Sunday.
Insight: He had only two catches for 31 yards in Sunday's loss. With the Saints a notoriously better home team, Cooks has great potential to have a big game in Week 3. He will be a WR3 this coming week against the Vikings.
Khiry Robinson, RB9/16/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson figures to see more touches with the injury to Mark Ingram.
Insight: After finding the end zone in Week 1, Robinson was held in check Sunday against the Browns. He will most likely lead the team in carries during Ingram's absence, but will not be a major target for receptions. Robinson is a RB3/4 for now.
Drew Brees, QBCold9/16/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees couldn't do much against the Cleveland Browns pass defense, throwing for just 237 yards.
Insight: Brees looks completely healthy, but had trouble getting the ball to his wide receivers, instead settling for his running backs and tight ends. Marques Colston was shut out and the other wideouts caught nine balls for just 79 yards.
Marques Colston, WRCold9/15/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: No, Saints wideout Marques Colston wasn't injured Sunday when he failed to catch a pass for the first time in 87 games.
Insight: Colston was out there for 41-of-70 plays, but was blanketed by the Browns defense and didn't even see even a single target from Drew Brees.
Mark Ingram, RB9/15/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram, who rushed 11 times for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Browns in Week 2, will miss about a month due to a hand injury, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Ingram was producing solid fantasy numbers while sharing time with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson. Robinson figured to do most of the running with Thomas as the pass receiver for the next month. it will be interesting to see which one gets the most work and has the most fantasy value.
Mark Ingram, RB9/14/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram rushed 11 times for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Browns in Week 2.
Insight: Similar to Graham, Ingram was not featured early on in the game, but after some struggles on offense, Sean Payton turned to Ingram. The running back rushed eight times for 39 yards and a touchdown in the second half. After two weeks, he looks like the best Saints back to have on your fantasy team.
Jimmy Graham, TE9/14/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had 10 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2 against the Browns.
Insight: Graham was quiet early in the game, but Drew Brees began finding Graham towards the end of the first half. Graham again led New Orleans with 13 targets, which was more than twice as many as anyone else.
Kenny Stills, WR9/7/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Saints receiver Kenny Stills (quad) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Insight: Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks should see more extensive action on Sunday. Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston are the other top targets to have in the Saints offense that could explode against the Falcons defense.
Kenny Stills, WR9/6/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Saints receiver Kenny Stills (quad) was downgraded to out for the season opener against Atlanta, according to the team's website.
Insight: This was expected, but the early announcement makes Week 2 a question mark as well. Brandin Cooks and Joe Morgan should see more targets.
Kenny Stills, WR9/4/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Saints receiver Kenny Stills (quad) was downgraded to "DNP" on Thursday.
Insight: Stills was limited in practice on Wednesday and New Orelans signed receiver Robert Meachem. All signs point to Stills being inactive on Sunday against the Falcons.
Shayne Graham, K8/30/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Those hoping to cash in on the Saints high-powered offense by selecting kicker Shayne Graham have been left without a place-kicker for Week 1 as New Orleans cut Graham along with backup Derek Dimke.
Insight: The Saints will hunt the waiver wire for a kicker heading into Week 1 which leaves fantasy owners up in the air. The good news for New Orleans is there are plenty of veterans out there looking for work.
Drew Brees, QB8/23/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: In his preseason debut, Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 9-of-15 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in one quarter against the Colts on Saturday.
Insight: Brees looks completely healthy and ready to wreak havoc on the NFL this season. He found Jimmy Graham for a 38-yard touchdown and then Marques Colston for a 13-yard score. With the elite weapons he has again on offense, Brees could lead fantasy quarterbacks in scoring this season.
Pierre Thomas, RB8/21/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas will have a different role this season according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson are both ahead of Thomas on the depth chart, but Thomas expects to be more involved in the passing game.
Insight: Darren Sproles and Lance Moore are both gone, so hypothetically, Thomas could see more passes come his way along with possibly being the third down back. But the soon to be 30-year-old already caught 77 passes and carried the ball 147 times in 2013. Will his touches really go up when he averaged a career-low 6.7 yards per catch and 3.7 yards per carry last year? Doubt it.
Mark Ingram, RB8/19/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram is hoping to be more involved in the passing game this season, according to ESPN.com. "I hope so. I want to do everything. I want to be involved in the pass game, run game, picking up pass (protection). I want to be the most versatile player I can be," Ingram said. "The majority of the time, if you just watch the film, most of the teams think when I'm in the game it's either gonna be a run or play-action or something like that. ... I know I'm an all-purpose back, a complete back. I can do everything."
Insight: Darren Sproles, who caught 71 passes on 89 targets last season, was traded to the Eagles this offseason. Ingram has caught 24 passes in 37 career NFL games, but he had a receiving touchdown in Friday's preseason game and caught two passes during a two-minute drill simulation Monday. The Saints are expected to mix Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson this season, so all three will have limited fantasy value.
Brandin Cooks, WR8/19/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Saints receiver Brandin Cooks missed Monday's practice but fantasy owners have no need to worry.
Insight: Cooks is dealing with a stomach virus and fever - no injury. We're looking for solid production from Cooks in his rookie season. He's got a great QB under center and 143 available targets with Lance Moore and Darren Sproles gone.
Drew Brees, QB8/17/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees (oblique) is back at practice, according to Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune.
Insight: Brees missed some time due to the injury, but was never in danger of missing the season opener. Friday. TSN's projection have Brees throwing for 5,284 yards, 40 TDs and 13 interceptions. Only Peyton Manning can rival those numbers.
Brandin Cooks, WR8/11/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Saints receiver Brandin Cooks "makes one or two of the biggest plays on the practice field every day."
Insight: Cooks caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in the first preseason game and could be an immediate fantasy asset in New Orleans' offense. The departures of Darren Sproles and Lance Moore have opened up 143 targets from last year. Cooks' ADP has risen from 94 to 74 since the start of August.
Drew Brees, QB8/11/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees (oblique) is still dealing with a strained oblique.
Insight: He's unlikely to play in the second preseason game Friday. Brees should be fine for the regular season, but we'd like him to get reps with rookie receiver Brandin Cooks.
Pierre Thomas, RB8/10/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Katherine Terrell of NOLA.com says that Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson have moved ahead of Pierre Thomas in the Saints' running back pecking order.
Insight: Thomas missed the first preseason game for unspecified reasons and has been taking snaps with the second team while Ingram and Robinson rotate with the first team. Thomas had 1,062 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns on 224 touches (147 carries, 77 receptions) last season. With Darren Sproles gone Thomas is a good bet to catch 70+ passes again, but he'll see fewer carries.
Brandin Cooks, WR8/3/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Saints rookie receiver Brandin Cooks has been getting rave reviews and unofficially caught six balls, including a touchdown pass, in the team's intrasquad game Saturday.
Insight: Cooks ADP has risen to 93.1 in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, 37th among receivers, but if quarterback Drew Brees is confident in his abilities then he could be a huge bargain. The Saints have 143 targets available with the loss of Darren Sproles and Lance Moore.
Drew Brees, QB8/2/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees sat out Saturday's scrimmage with a strained left oblique, according to a New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Insight: It's not supposed to be serious, but any time spent sitting on the sidelines is less time to work with young receivers like Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills.
Kenny Stills, WR8/1/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: New Orleans receiver Kenny Stills has missed a week's worth of practice with a quad injury.
Insight: Stills caught 32 balls for 641 yards and five touchdowns last season and fantasy owners are looking for a jump in production with Lance Moore and Darren Sproles gone. His absence will allow rookie Brandin Cooks more playing time and could end up hurting his totals.
Jimmy Graham, TE7/15/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: The Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham have come to an agreement on a four-year deal.
Insight: His fantasy owners can relax now as the tight end won't have to hold out. He's the highest paid tight end which is right for the best tight end in football. Even at less than 100 percent he caught 86 balls for 1,215 yards and a league-leading 16 TDs last season. Hard as it may be to believe, those numbers could rise in 2014.
Jimmy Graham, TE7/2/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: An arbitrator has ruled that the Saints can franchise tag Jimmy Graham as a tight end.
Insight: Graham took 67 percent of his snaps last season from out wide or in the slot and wide receivers who are tagged receive $5.277 million more than tight ends. Fantasy owners should be happy with the ruling, as Graham will now definitely retain his precious tight-end eligibility.
Brandin Cooks, WR6/18/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: Saints rookie receiver Brandin Cooks has been getting rave reviews and unofficially caught six balls, including a touchdown pass, in the team's intrasquad game Saturday.
Insight: Cooks ADP has risen to 93.1 in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, 37th among receivers, but if quarterback Drew Brees is confident in his abilities then he could be a huge bargain. The Saints have 143 targets available with the loss of Darren Sproles and Lance Moore.
Jairus Byrd, S5/29/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: New Orleans free safety Jairus Byrd underwent back surgery on Thursday. SOURCE: Katherine Terrell, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Insight: It's only a minor procedure and he should be ready for the start of training camp in a couple months. Since making his debut with Buffalo in 2009, Byrd has 356 tackles, 22 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles. He signed a six-year deal with the Saints back in March.
Brandin Cooks, WR5/9/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: The Saints added another weapon to their offense Thursday by taking Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks with the 20th pick in the draft.
Insight: Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award as college football's top receiver last season. He may be a bit undersized at 5-foot-10, but Cooks' 4.33 40 time was one of the fastest at this year's combine. With Drew Brees throwing to him, Cooks has tremendous fantasy upside.
Jimmy Graham, TE5/7/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: The NFL Players Association has officially filed a grievance against the Saints on Jimmy Graham's behalf. SOURCE: Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Insight: Graham wasn't happy about being franchise-tagged as a tight end when he felt he deserved to be paid like a wide receiver. Graham actually has a valid argument as 67 percent of his snaps last season came out wide or in the slot. Wide receivers who are tagged receive $5.277 million more than tight ends.
Robert Meachem, WR4/18/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: The Saints have brought Robert Meachem back on a one-year contract.
Insight: Meachem was basically invisible last season, hauling in just 16 catches for 324 yards over 15 games. He's not on the fantasy radar.
Champ Bailey, CB4/4/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: Former Redskins and Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has agreed to a two-year deal with New Orleans. SOURCE: Mike Triplett, ESPN
Insight: The contract carries a maximum value of $7 million. Injuries limited Bailey to five games last season. He's third among active players with 52 career interceptions.
Marques Colston, WR3/26/2014 2:59:00 PM
Description: Saints wideout Marques Colston dealt with foot soreness throughout last season and the team will monitor his practice time during the 2014 season, coach Sean Payton said. SOURCE: Larry Holder, nola.com
Insight: Colston was disappointing for most of the year but was very good in the last four weeks, putting up 28 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns to finish with 75 catches, 943 yards and five TDs. The soon-to-be 31-year-old should be drafted as a WR3 at best in 2014.
Erik Lorig, FB3/18/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: The Saints have signed fullback Erik Lorig, who has played the last four seasons in Tampa Bay.
Insight: Lorig had zero rushing attempts over those four seasons and won't carry the ball in New Orleans. He has 30 career receptions for 193 yards and will have little-to-no fantasy value going forward.
Darren Sproles, RB3/13/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Former Saints running back Darren Sproles has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fifth-round selection according to multiple sources.
Insight: Sproles, who will be 31 in June, will be a tough matchup for the opposition, though he probably won't spend as much time in the backfield as he did in New Orleans because of workhorse LeSean McCoy. He had 1,273 all-purpose yards last season. His best fantasy value will be in league which include return yardage.
Pierre Thomas, RB3/12/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: New Orleans halfback Pierre Thomas has agreed to two-year contract extension. SOURCE: Lamont Smith, All Pro Sports Entertainment
Insight: Thomas netted 1,074 all-purpose yards last season including a career-high 513 receiving yards. He should have an even bigger role in the Saints' offense now that Darren Sproles is on the trading block.
Jairus Byrd, S3/11/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Free safety Jairus Byrd has agreed to a six-year, $54 million deal with New Orleans. SOURCE: Larry Holder, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Insight: Byrd has been named an All-Pro each of the last three seasons with 12 interceptions and 222 tackles over that span. The Saints' defense just got a lot harder to score on.
Darren Sproles, RB3/11/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: The Saints have decided not to release Darren Sproles and will instead try to trade him. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Why give Sproles away for free if everyone wants him? That seems to be the Saints' line of thinking. Even at age 30, Sproles (1,273 all-purpose yards in 2013) still has plenty to offer fantasy owners.
Khiry Robinson, RB3/8/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Saints backup running back Khiry Robinson figures to be a big contributor next season after the team sent Darren Sproles packing and is expected to do the same with veteran Pierre Thomas.
Insight: They will be taking a huge gamble on an unproven talent (Robinson) and a frequently injured former first-round selection (Mark Ingram), but money issues in New Orleans seem to be determining these moves.
Darren Sproles, RB3/7/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: Multiple sources are reporting that running back Darren Sproles will be released by the Saints.
Insight: Sproles said his goodbyes on Twitter just a few minutes ago. It's a cost-cutting move for the Saints as Sproles is slated to earn $3.5 million next season. He's been a jack of all trades, catching 231 passes and rushing 188 times for 1,067 yards in his last three seasons. He's also returned 81 punts and 70 kickoffs over that same span.
Lance Moore, WR3/7/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: New Orleans has released wide receiver Lance Moore.
Insight: Moore produced nothing in the way of trade interest because of a sizable salary, so the team let him go. He was always a Drew Brees favorite in crunch-time, but the Saints have a number of young talented receivers on their roster. Kenny Stills, in particular, could be primed for a big season.
Darren Sproles, RB3/6/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Darren Sproles is one of several players the Saints could be willing to trade this offseason. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Pierre Thomas and Lance Moore could also be moved. Sproles (71 catches, 604 receiving yards last season) is an elite PPR running back but only average in leagues that use standard scoring.
Jimmy Graham, TE3/4/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: The Saints and Jimmy Graham are at odds over the team's decision to give him the franchise tag. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: It sounds like we may have a holdout on our hands. As unhappy as Graham is about his current contract situation, he doesn't have much leverage. Graham will likely contend that he should be tagged as a wide receiver, though it's unlikely he'll win that argument.
Jimmy Graham, TE3/1/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: New Orleans will use its franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: The tag is non-exclusive which means that for the price of two first-round picks, another team could sign him. Of course, the Saints could always just match the offer. Tight ends who are franchised will earn $7.035 million in 2014.
Shayne Graham, K2/15/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: The Saints re-signed kicker Shayne Graham to a one-year deal on Saturday.
Insight: Graham went 6-for-8 on field goal attempts last season including the playoffs. He'll always be a fantasy candidate as long as he's on the high-scoring Saints.
Jimmy Graham, TE1/25/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham does not want the Saints to give him the franchise tag when he becomes a free agent this offseason. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Graham sees the writing on the wall and he doesn't like it. The All-Pro tight end is almost guaranteed to get the tag, which will pay him $6 million next season. Though that's way more than he's earning now ($1.323 million), Graham would certainly get more than $6 million as a free agent. Graham and his agent will argue that he's actually a wide receiver because it comes with a $10.5 million tag, but Jared Cook made that same argument last season and didn't get very far.
Pierre Thomas, RB1/11/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (chest) will miss Saturday's divisional playoff game against the Seahawks.
Insight: Thomas sat out New Orleans' first playoff game last Saturday at Philadelphia, but the Saints still ran the ball 36 times for 185 yards. Mark Ingram led the way with 18 carries for 97 rushing yards and a touchdown, Khiry Robinson added 45 rushing yards on eight carries and Darren Sproles produced 60 total yards on eight touches.
Pierre Thomas, RB1/9/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Updating a previous item, New Orleans halfback Pierre Thomas was back at practice on Thursday. Thomas missed Saturday's win over Philadelphia because of a chest injury. SOURCE: Larry Holder, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Insight: Thomas practiced in a limited capacity. Mark Ingram is expected to start if Thomas can't go Saturday against the Seahawks.
Keenan Lewis, CB1/9/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis, who left Saturday's game with a possible concussion, practiced in full Wednesday.
Insight: Lewis argued vehemently to return to the game, but doctors wouldn't let him. Looks like he wasn't injured enough to keep him out of this week's game with Seattle. He's the team's best cover corner.
Pierre Thomas, RB1/9/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (chest) missed Saturday's playoff game at Philadelphia and an ESPN report is calling him a "long shot" for Saturday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Seattle
Insight: The Saints had no problem covering for Thomas as RB is a deep position. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson run the ball and Darren Sproles catches the ball so they can more than make up for the loss of Thomas who does a little of both (549 rushing, 513 receiving). Move him toward the doubtful side of questionable.
Pierre Thomas, RB1/6/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (chest) missed Saturday's playoff game at Philadelphia and is questionable for Saturday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Seattle
Insight: The Saints had no problem covering for Thomas as RB is a deep position. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson run the ball and Darren Sproles catches the ball so they can more than make up for the loss of Thomas who does a little of both (549 rushing, 513 receiving).
Parys Haralson, LB1/6/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: New Orleans linebacker Parys Haralson, who left Saturday's NFC Wild Card Playoff against Philadelphia with a chest injury, is doubtful for Saturday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Seattle.
Insight: Haralson had 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season. Will Herring filled in against the Eagles.
Keenan Lewis, CB1/6/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis, who left Saturday's game with a possible concussion, is questionable for Saturday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Seattle.
Insight: Lewis argued vehemently to return to the game, but doctors wouldn't let him. Hopefully he'll be ready to go next weekend versus Seattle as he's the team's best cover corner.
Parys Haralson, LB1/5/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: New Orleans linebacker Parys Haralson left Saturday's NFC Wild Card Playoff against Philadelphia with a chest injury and did not return.
Insight: Haralson had 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season. Will Herring filled in against the Eagles.
Keenan Lewis, CB1/5/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis left Saturday's game with a possible concussion.
Insight: Lewis argued vehemently to return to the game, but doctors wouldn't let him. Hopefully he'll be ready to go next weekend versus Seattle.
Pierre Thomas, RB1/3/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (chest) will miss Saturday's playoff game at Philadelphia.
Insight: The Saints will be without a player that had 1,062 yards from scrimmage (549 rushing, 513 receiving) and five touchdowns on 224 touches (147 carries, 77 receptions). They'll need to lean on Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram in the backfield against the Eagles.


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