Jonathan Williams - RBPosted 8/17/18 10:35pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Jonathan Williams saw some work with the first-team offense in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 17, against the Arizona Cardinals. He had a seven-yard run and a 19-yard rush behind the first-teamers, but he appeared to miss a blitz pickup in the second quarter.
Huddle Up: Williams has had a couple of decent performances in the preseason, as he challenges veterans Shane Vereen and Terrance West for the third running back job behind Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Unless one of the stars in the top two spots go down, whomever wins the No. 3 job is still not terribly useful from a fantasy perspective.
Cameron Meredith - WRPosted 8/17/18 10:38pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) was able to make his preseason debut Friday, Aug. 17, against the Arizona Cardinals. He was only targeted once and failed to catch the pass right at it which was intercepted after it bounced into the air. He wasn't happy with his performance, but felt good as he makes his final steps in his recovery. 'It felt great,' Meredith said. 'Just getting out there, getting in the groove of things.'
Huddle Up: Meredith suffered a torn ACL and torn MCL in a preseason game last August as a member of the Chicago Bears. He played the entire first half and didn't show any ill effects of his injury. If he can regain his form and build up his stamina, he has WR3 upside while working with Drew Brees and the high-octane New Orleans offense.
Cameron Meredith - WRPosted 8/15/18 10:25am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, but did not participate in team drills.
Huddle Up: It's unclear what has been bothering Meredith, but it doesn't seem to be serious since he was on the practice field today. Monitor his status, but he has WR3 upside in one of the best passing offenses in the NFL.
Tre'Quan Smith - WRPosted 8/9/18 7:06pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith caught four of his five targets for a team-high 48 yards in a 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: It's only the preseason, but the rookie made a solid first impression. He has built some buzz in dynasty formats and is worth a flier late in rookie drafts.
Cameron Meredith - WRPosted 8/4/18 11:56am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) worked one-on-one with QB Drew Brees after practice Saturday, Aug. 4, as the quarterback showed Meredith routes in the end zone.
Huddle Up: Meredith was held out of practice Friday due to what is believed to be a minor knee injury. He is expected to be a starter for the team this season, and he has the potential to be a useful WR4 with Drew Brees under center.
Cameron Meredith - WRPosted 8/3/18 8:41pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) was held out of practice Friday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: There's no indication that Meredith's injury is anything serious, and he is expected to be a starter for the Saints this season. With Drew Brees running the show, Meredith is a WR4 with upside.
Cameron Meredith - WRPosted 7/24/18 9:34am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith is the best bet to be the team's No. 2 receiver, according to Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune.
Huddle Up: Katzenstein makes the point Meredith has to be able to bounce back from the knee injury that forced him to miss the entire 2017 campaign, but he is the highest-paid receiver on the team and gives the Saints versatility with his ability to play inside or outside they don't otherwise have. Ticketed to play the 'big slot' that made Marques Colston a fantasy star years ago, Meredith is a great high-upside WR4 pick in the later rounds.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 7/22/18 8:14pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara said that having a year of experience under his belt will help him build on his rookie season.
Huddle Up: Kamara finished his rookie year as a RB1 while splitting time with Mark Ingram. With Ingram suspended to start the year, Kamara has a golden opportunity to establish himself as a top-five fantasy back, especially in PPR formats.
Cameron Meredith - WRPosted 7/17/18 12:32am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) said that while he is still recovering from his knee injury and has been limited in team activities thus far, he is hopeful to be given the 'all clear' for training camp. 'On a scale of '1 to 10,' it's almost a 10? I haven't had a setback along the recovery process,' Meredith said of his injury. 'I'm gaining strength day by day, month by month. I'm excited to see how soon I can get back, but the main objective for me is to do as much as I can with the trainers to get ready for the season. My goal is to try and get back to training camp. As long as there aren't any setbacks or anything like that, it shouldn't be a problem.'
Huddle Up: Even if he's not fully cleared for the start of training camp, it's looking more like Meredith can at least be ready by Week 1. Only two years ago -- his last healthy season -- Meredith led the Bears with 66 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns. Being reunited with receivers coach Curtis Johnson in New Orleans should also help the 25-year-old potentially make a major impact in this high-powered offense, and thus, he's a great sleeper for 2018.
Tre'Quan Smith - WRPosted 7/12/18 7:46pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith has 'handled the install well' during spring practices, according to head coach Sean Payton. 'I think he's a quick study,' Payton said. 'He's big and he's doing a good job.'
Huddle Up: Drew Brees has made a lot of receivers relevant over the years, and Smith is worth a third-round flier in rookie drafts. He can be left alone in redraft leagues for now.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 6/22/18 8:19pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas said he changed his diet and added muscle this offseason without changing his playing weight.
Huddle Up: Thomas is already entrenched as a WR1, and it doesn't sound like his letting success go to his head. He's a legitimate top-five fantasy option at his position.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 6/13/18 5:52am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram explained Tuesday, June 12, his absence from voluntary minicamp by stating he was in South Florida working with a personal trainer to improve speed and route running. 'I'm not angry with my contract,' he added. 'I wasn't holding out. I'm in the last year of my deal; of course I'd like an extension, but that's not the reason I wasn't here.'
Huddle Up: Ingram, of course, is suspended the first four games of 2018. He's coming off of a career year and will be welcomed back by Sean Payton. From a contract extension, however, the eight-year pro has little leverage, but it wouldn't come as a surprise if the Saints renewed him for a year or two via an extension this season. While Ingram has incentive, he comes with risk in his age-29 season. Think RB2 territory once his suspension is properly navigated in fantasy.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 6/12/18 11:18am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (undisclosed) was excused from the first day of minicamp Tuesday, June 12, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: It remains to be seen what the reason was for Thomas not attending, but it doesn't seem to be something to be too concerned about. Thomas remains a top-five wide receiver candidate.
Cameron Meredith - WRPosted 5/24/18 10:32am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton added that the Saints have a 'clear vision' on how they want to use their new receiver.
Huddle Up: If Meredith stays on this pace then there's a better than good chance he'll be fully available for training camp. The Saints won't want to push him too hard, though. New Orleans' crowded offense stunts Meredith's potential. As such, he's a WR4 or flex option.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 5/24/18 10:40am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is expected to report to the mandatory three-day minicamp in June despite being suspended for the first four games of the regular season, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: Ingram has plenty of time to stay in shape and stay on fresh on the Saints' playbook. Alvin Kamara will handle the majority of backfield duties until his return and merits top-five PPR consideration at his position. The suspension and the presence of Kamara give Ingram low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 value.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 5/12/18 7:42pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara won't be overworked during RB Mark Ingram's suspension, according to head coach Sean Payton. 'By all means, we don't want to sit there and run the tread off the back with him early in the season because this thing it's a marathon, 16 games,' Payton said.
Huddle Up: Considering Kamara has already shown he can be a RB1 while splitting carries with Ingram, it's probably better for his long-term value that the Saints don't run him into the ground. He's a PPR juggernaut and a RB1 in all formats.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 5/9/18 7:56am ET
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is appealing his four-game suspension. David Jones, of VIP Sports Management, says the substance that Ingram failed a drug test is 'permissible with the proper use exemption,' noting it was neither performance enhancing nor illegal. According to the NFLPA, players can take banned substances as long as they have an application for a therapeutic use exemption filled out by a physician and submitted to an independent administrator. It's unclear, though, if Ingram had the exemption.
Huddle Up: This will be a storyline to follow throughout OTAs and training camp. Ingram falls to a high-end RB3 if he misses four games but could return to RB2 status otherwise.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 5/9/18 9:54am ET
Updating an earlier report, New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram's appeal of his four-game suspension has been heard and denied by the league, according to sources.
Huddle Up: It looks like Ingram will be out the first four weeks. He'll be available to play in Week 5, but their bye is in Week 6. So you're looking at replacing him for five of the first six weeks of the season. Ingram is an RB3, and Alvin Kamara is an elite RB1 in fantasy.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 5/8/18 1:11pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Huddle Up: It's bad news for the Saints and Ingram owners, but good news for Alvin Kamara owners. Kamara will now be featured for the first four games of the season, while someone like Boston Scott could be an under the radar DFS play. Ingram, meanwhile, goes from a fringe RB1 to an RB2.
Coby Fleener - TEPosted 5/7/18 11:47am ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener was released Monday, May 7, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Fleener is coming off a disappointing 2017 season where he played only 11 games and finished with 295 yards and two touchdowns. He could receive some interest from other teams but will not be a great fantasy option. Benjamin Watson should take over the starting job with the Saints and can be a No. 2 tight end in deeper leagues.
Tre'Quan Smith - WRPosted 4/27/18 7:19pm ET
The New Orleans Saints picked UCF WR Tre'Quan Smith with the 91st overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Smith really improved his stock with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. He is a deep threat who also showed well in the AAC Championship Game, rolling up six receptions for 161 yards and two scores. He is a strong receiver with long arms, and he has really stepped up on the biggest stage. Working with Drew Brees will really help him develop.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 4/23/18 7:48am ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead's offer sheet with the Baltimore Ravens will not be matched by the Saints, a source said.
Huddle Up: Snead could slot in as the WR2 with John Brown in the slot. Snead has always shown potential, but he failed to put it together in New Orleans. The upside isn't as high in the Ravens offense, but he could see a lot of targets. He'll peg as a WR5 with potential for more.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 4/21/18 11:55am ET
The New Orleans Saints do not plan on matching the offer restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: The Saints added Cameron Meredith earlier this offseason, so there is not much room for Snead in the passing game. Meredith has a chance to be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver in 2018 because of the team's quarterback situation. Snead can be a late-round pick in fantasy drafts because he should have a solid role in the Ravens passing game.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 4/20/18 7:44am ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead will sign a two-year offer sheet worth up to $10.4 million with the Baltimore Ravens Friday, April 20. The Saints will have five days to match.
Huddle Up: The Saints signed Cameron Meredith to an offer sheet, and it seems unlikely they'll match Snead's offer. The Ravens picked up Michael Crabtree and John Brown this offseason, and Snead would need to battle them for targets. He has WR5 value wherever he lands.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 4/16/18 6:14am ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead will report for workouts Monday, April 16, but he hasn't signed his tender yet.
Huddle Up: Snead still has some fantasy allure as a WR5.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 3/21/18 6:42am ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead is visiting the Baltimore Ravens Wednesday, March 21.
Huddle Up: Snead has WR5 luster, but he seems to have lost his standing with the Saints and could improve to a WR4 target with another team.
Brandon Coleman - WRPosted 3/14/18 9:22pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman was not tendered by the team, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Huddle Up: Coleman was largely unimpressive during his three years in New Orleans, as while he played in all possible 48 regular season games, he failed to surpass 30 catches in any season. It's hard to envision him landing in a situation where he can turn into a WR3 or WR4 for fantasy purposes.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/13/18 6:55am ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Drew Brees agreed to a two-year, $50 million deal Tuesday, March 13, with the Saints. He'll receive $27 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Brees is a safe QB1 in fantasy, but his numbers took a hit with the emergence of the running game last season. Target him after the elite tier is gone.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/12/18 1:15pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Drew Brees' agent has been contacted by the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Brees is expected to return to the Saints, but the Vikings contacted him in case the two sides are not able to reach a deal. Brees has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL over the last several years and will be No. 1 fantasy quarterback in 2018.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/2/18 6:18am ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Drew Brees' agent, Tom Condon, opened talks with the Saints on a new contract Thursday, March 1. Head coach Sean Payton said he expects the deal to get done 'sooner rather than later.'
Huddle Up: Brees is a safe QB1 to grab if you miss out on the top two or three in drafts.
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