Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 2/21/17 9:38am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is 'absolutely' expected to remain with the team in 2017, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: Cooks made a few waves during the season after complaining about his reduced role, but the Saints predictably have little interest in breaking apart one of the league's better receiving trios, along with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. The fourth-year wideout has scored 17 touchdowns over his last two seasons and should remain a solid WR2 in fantasy.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 2/9/17 10:02am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is expected to have his fifth-year option picked up this offseason. He would receive $8 million in 2018 if the optioned is exercised.
Huddle Up: Cooks has posted at least 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons and has 17 touchdowns during that span. Cooks will continue to be the top receiving option for the Saints and should be considered a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver for fantasy owners in 2017.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 2/9/17 5:20pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas posted the second-most receptions of any rookie receiver in NFL history this past season. He logged 92 catches, finishing only behind Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin, who recorded 101 receptions in his debut year back in 2003 with the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Taken in the middle of the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Thomas easily smashed all expectations bestowed upon him, as he also compiled 1,137 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in his freshman campaign. There's no reason he should slow down in his second year, as the Saints still lean on one of the game's best quarterbacks in Drew Brees, and with their high-powered offense, Thomas is a good bet to at least post a second straight 1,000-yard season.
John Kuhn - RBPosted 2/4/17 6:16am ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints FB John Kuhn has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with an $80,000 signing bonus, according to a source familiar with the terms of the situation.
Huddle Up: The 34-year-old veteran had four rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown while suiting up for all 16 games last season but only posted 37 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards. Like most fullbacks around the league, he has a tendency to occasionally vulture a TD but possesses little fantasy value.
John Kuhn - RBPosted 2/3/17 9:07am ET
Impending free-agent FB John Kuhn will remain with the New Orleans Saints, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Kuhn has been a fan favorite wherever he is played and usually ends vulturing a few touchdowns each season. He scored five times on 34 touches in his first season as a Saint in 2016 and will probably play a similar role next season. Like most of today's fullbacks, however, he has no fantasy value.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 2/2/17 7:43am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said Thursday, Feb. 2, that he has a few seasons left in him.
Huddle Up: Brees had a fantastic statistical season in 2016. He completed 70 percent of his passes for 5,208 yards, 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. While he's seldom mentioned in the top three fantasy quarterbacks, a case could be made that he's not far from there with consistency and durability.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/27/17 5:05pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees went 48-for-75 for 556 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.
Huddle Up: Brees averaged 278 yards, 0.5 touchdown and 1.5 interceptions over the two games against a solid Buccaneers defense. He has thrown for at least 5,000 yards in four of the last six season and has thrown at least 30 touchdowns in each of his last nine seasons. Brees will have a terrific group of receivers to work with in 2017 and should be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 1/25/17 4:49pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed for 514 yards and three touchdowns at home this season and rushed for 529 yards and three touchdowns on the road.
Huddle Up: Ingram had to share some of the work with Tim Hightower near the end of the season but posted solid numbers in 2016. Ingram has a decent chance to receive most of the work at running back next season and can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 1/1/17 10:33pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (head) left the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons after hitting his head on the turf. He walked to the locker room under his own power, but was unable to return.
Huddle Up: Cooks finished the season with 78 catches for 1,172 yards and eight touchdowns. He was gold during the fantasy playoffs and was a must-start when 100 percent healthy. He and Michael Thomas are going to be a dynamic one-two fantasy punch for years to come.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 1/1/17 10:32pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed 20 times for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons. He went over 1,000 yards for the first time in his NFL career.
Huddle Up: Ingram stayed healthy and was outstanding for fantasy owners down the stretch, including 193 rushing yards and three scores in the final two games. He looks like a legitimate RB1 in all fantasy leagues heading into 2017.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/1/17 10:31pm ET
New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas finished with 10 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets in the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Thomas finished up his first NFL season with 92 catches for 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns on 122 targets. He is going to be a fantasy beast in New Orleans, and an early-round selection in most 2017 drafts.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 1/1/17 10:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (concussion) left the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a concussion.
Huddle Up: Snead wrapped up the season with 72 catches, 895 yards and four scores. He was the tertiary receiving option behind Michael Thomas and Drew Brees, but he still was a solid WR4 in most fantasy leagues. That role will continue into 2017.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/1/17 10:29pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 29 of his 50 pass attempts for 350 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Brees struggled in early December, likely hurting some fantasy owners getting ready for their playoffs. But overall he managed 5,158 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions. Even at Age 37 he proved he is a must-have fantasy option capable of big things. That won't change into 2017.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 12/27/16 5:32pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will average at least 300 passing yards per game for the sixth straight season. If he can throw for at least 142 yards in Week 17 then he will tally his fifth season of 5,000 passing yards to boot.
Huddle Up: Brees has arguably been the most consistent quarterback in the NFL this decade. He throws more than anyone in the league most seasons and is a lock for QB1 territory every season as long as he is healthy. Brees should be drafted as a high-end QB1 next year, too.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 12/25/16 12:12am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks was targeted nine times and caught five passes for 98 yards in a 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Cooks is among New Orleans' top receiving targets, but Drew Brees has so many weapons in other players like Michael Thomas and Willie Snead that it is hard to pick one top receiver. Cooks is a WR2 or WR3-style receiver at best.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 12/25/16 12:04am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught six of his eight targeted passes for 98 yards in a 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Thomas is easily one of the best offensive rookies in the game this season, and he posted another solid contest on Saturday. Thomas will be a strong WR2 or WR3 heading into next season, with the amount of receivers Drew Brees has at his disposal the only drawback.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 12/24/16 11:33pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees threw for 299 yards and one touchdown, and he also avoided turnovers, in a 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: Brees was picked off three times by Tampa Bay in the teams' previous meeting, which suggests New Orleans covered its weaknesses. This was a good day for Brees, who finished one yard shy of 300 and goes into the offseason as a definite QB1 choice on your roster.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 12/24/16 11:26pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram ran 18 times for 90 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: For one week, at least, the Saints running game was back on track. Ingram had a decent day, and he goes into the 2017 offseason as a possible RB2 or RB3 on fantasy lists. What prevents him from being an RB1 is the presence of RB Tim Hightower, who had eight carries and 29 yards.
Coby Fleener - TEPosted 12/18/16 10:01pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener posted two receptions for just 10 yards on three targets in the Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Fleener has disappeared over the past two games, posting just three grabs for 16 yards on six targets. He has 26 or fewer yards in four of his past six outings and can no longer be trusted outside of the deepest of fantasy formats.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 12/18/16 10:00pm ET
New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas (foot) posted seven receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He was targeted 10 times.
Huddle Up: Thomas is healthy again and worth using as a low-end WR2 in all fantasy leagues heading into the final two games of the season.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 12/18/16 10:00pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead racked up eight receptions for 76 yards on 11 targets in the Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Snead has re-emerged as a solid WR3 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams, posting 14 grabs for 161 yards on 19 targets in the past two games.
Travaris Cadet - RBPosted 12/18/16 9:59pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Travaris Cadet posted five receptions for 30 yards with a touchdown in the Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals while also adding one run for 16 yards.
Huddle Up: Cadet emerged as a decent RB3 in deeper PPR leagues, posting 14 receptions for 113 yards and a visit to the end zone over the past three games.
Tim Hightower - RBPosted 12/18/16 9:58pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Tim Hightower rushed 11 times for 37 yards with two touchdowns in Week 15 against his former team, the Arizona Cardinals. He also added three receptions for 11 yards on his only three targets.
Huddle Up: Hightower is no longer the primary back with Mark Ingram over his fumbling problems and back to full health, too. Still, Hightower sees a handful of touches and is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues heading into Week 16.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 12/18/16 9:58pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks posted seven receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets in the Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Cooks posted his first multi-TD game since Week 1, and it was his first 1000-yard game since Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers. Cooks has five or more receptions in each of his past three outings and has re-emerged as a must-start WR2 in all fantasy leagues.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 12/18/16 9:57pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) rushed 17 times for 78 yards in the Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He also added two receptions for 14 yards on four targets.
Huddle Up: Ingram had his third-highest yardage total from scrimmage since Week 3, but he has been held out of the end zone for each of the past three outings. He should be treated as more of a low-end RB2 heading into Week 16.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 12/18/16 9:57pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 37 of his 48 pass attempts for 389 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Brees snapped a two-game skid without a touchdown by posting his third 300-yard game in the past four outings while going for three or more TD passes for the eighth time this season. He remains a must-start fantasy option across the board, even though it was hard to pull the trigger on him this week with no TDs and six INTs over his past two games.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 12/16/16 7:02pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 16, and isn't listed on the Week 15 injury report.
Huddle Up: Thomas sat out last week, but he should slide right back into the WR2 conversation in Week 15.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 12/16/16 6:57pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) was a limited participant in practice Friday, Dec. 16, and he isn't listed on the Week 15 injury report.
Huddle Up: Ingram has RB2 upside, but his inconsistent production and a tough matchup against Arizona make him better suited as a flex play in Week 15.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 12/15/16 6:22pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) remained a limited participant at practice Thursday, Dec. 15.
Huddle Up: Thomas sat out last week with the injury, so his status needs to be monitored closely. If he is able to play in Week 15, Thomas is a strong WR3 with plenty of upside.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 12/15/16 6:18pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (knee, toe) returned to practice and was a limited participant Thursday, Dec. 15.
Huddle Up: Ingram has been boom or bust recently, and he should be viewed as a high-upside flex play against Arizona in Week 15.
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