Willie Snead - WRPosted 9/26/16 9:13am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (toe) will not play Monday, Sept. 26, against the Atlanta Falcons after missing most of the team's practices leading up to the Week 3 finale with a toe injury.
Huddle Up: Snead missed practice on Thursday and Friday before getting a limited session in on Saturday, so this news isn't entirely unexpected. Rookie Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener should be more involved than usual in a plus-matchup, while Travaris Cadet and Mark Ingram could see a bit more work in the passing game as well.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 9/26/16 4:18pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (toe) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 3 game.
Huddle Up: Michael Thomas should receive more playing time with Snead out. Coby Fleener likely will also see more targets in the passing game. Thomas should be considered a No. 3 receiver or a flex option in deeper leagues, while Fleener can be a starting tight end for fantasy owners.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 9/26/16 9:48pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks was targeted eight times in the Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Sept. 26, but he posted just two receptions for 13 yards. He also carried once for six yards.
Huddle Up: It was a disappointing fantasy performance for Cooks considering there were a total of 77 points scored in the game. Cooks remains a must-start in all fantasy leagues until this kind of performance becomes a regularity. It won't.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 9/26/16 9:48pm ET
New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas posted seven receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Sept. 26. He was targeted 11 times, tied for the most in the game.
Huddle Up: Thomas certainly had the eye of Drew Brees, as the Falcons did a good job shutting down Brandin Cooks and forcing someone else to beat them. Thomas entered the season with a lot of hype, but this was easily his best game of the season. He has WR3 ability in most fantasy formats.
Coby Fleener - TEPosted 9/26/16 9:47pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener posted seven receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown in the Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Sept. 26. He was targeted 11 times, tied for most in the game.
Huddle Up: Fleener went to New Orleans with high expectations from fantasy owners, but he fell on his face in the first two games. For those who gave up on him, there will be a mass waiver wire add in the upcoming week after this performance.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 9/26/16 9:46pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 36 of his 54 pass attempts for 376 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Sept. 26. Since 2012 Brees has 19 losses in game with 300 or more yards, most in the NFL. His interception snapped a streak of 305 passes without an INT, the fourth-longest streak in NFL history without a pick.
Huddle Up: The Saints are 0-3, but Brees is still putting up big numbers and is doing his part. He remains a top-notch fantasy option across the board in all formats heading into Week 4.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 9/26/16 9:46pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram carried 15 times for 77 yards in the Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Sept. 26. He also hauled in four receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown on six targets.
Huddle Up: Ingram's touchdown was his first in three games, but he has yet to post a rushing score. His 77-yard rushing total was the highest of the season, but he is still sitting on just 165 yards through three games. He needs to do better.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 9/24/16 12:26pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (toe) said he will be a game-time decision for the team's Week 3 game. He hopes to play but indicated that head coach Sean Payton will decide on his status.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to check the inactive list to see if Snead will be able to play. He has started the season strong but will be a risky option in fantasy leagues since he plays on Monday Night Football. Owners may want to use other options in their lineups instead of hoping that Snead plays.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 9/24/16 1:27pm ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (toe) was limited during practice Saturday, Sept. 24, and is listed as questionable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Snead will be a risky option for owners this week since he will be a game-time decision and plays on Monday Night Football. Owners may want to consider other options because there will not be many other options available Monday, Sept. 26, if he is ruled out.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 9/23/16 10:34am ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener is off to a disappointing start in his new home and still building a rapport with QB Drew Brees. However, Brees believes as the two players begin to get more comfortable with each other and the team learns what Fleener does best versus man and zone coverage, the results will come. 'We?re able to get more specific every day. That?s the thing during the offseason; everything is kind of general. It?s the general form of the offense and concepts and that kind of thing. It?s not until you get down to real game-planning that you get down to some of the nitty gritty and specific,' Brees said.
Huddle Up: Fleener has three catches (for 35 yards) on 12 targets thus far, which speaks to his lack of comfort in the offense. With that said, he represents a solid buy-low. It should be noted that Ben Watson had five catches for 31 yards at this point last season on nine targets before finishing the year with 74 catches for 825 yards. Fleener will have another soft matchup in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons, who have yielded 15 catches for 138 yards and three touchdowns on 16 targets to tight ends thus far.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 9/23/16 2:09pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (toe) was absent from practice for the second straight day on Friday, Sept. 23, possibly creating some doubt for his Week 3 availability versus the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football.
Huddle Up: Because Friday is considered the most important practice day for games played on the following Monday, Snead's status is becoming a concern. The WR3 in overall PPR scoring through two weeks has obviously benefited from Coby Fleener's slow start, but a toe injury - specifically a turf toe - could bring that to a halt very quickly. Beat writers don't appear to be worried yet, but owners would be wise to start considering their options in case he shows up as a DNP again on Saturday.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 9/22/16 3:37pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (toe) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 22.
Huddle Up: Thursday was the Saints' first practice of the week because they play on Monday night. Snead will have more time to nurse and heal the toe injury, but keep an eye on his progress or lack thereof in the coming days. He has a nice matchup against the Atlanta Falcons and is a must-start if he plays following one of the hottest starts in football.
Coby Fleener - TEPosted 9/17/16 4:29pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener is expected to receive more snaps in Week 2 because of the injury to TE Josh Hill (ankle). Fleener may be asked to block more during the game.
Huddle Up: Fleener was limited to six yards in Week 1 but should receive more targets this week against the New York Giants. Fleener could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in most leagues.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 9/13/16 2:27pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller was released Tuesday, Sept. 13. He is fully healthy.
Huddle Up: Spiller appeared to be in line for a third-down role in New Orleans but was supplanted by Travaris Cadet. Cadet should be picked up in PPR leagues for those who need running back depth.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 9/11/16 6:58am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is expected to play in Week 1's game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Sept. 11, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Thomas is expected to have an important role in the New Orleans passing game and is worth considering as a flex option in deeper fantasy leagues.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 9/11/16 6:40pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Mark Ingram rushed 12 times for 58 yards in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, and he posted two receptions for 29 yards on two targets.
Huddle Up: Ingram was overshadowed by the passing game and two stud receivers Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead. Despite the mediocre performance Ingram remains a top fantasy option heading into Week 2 at N.Y. Giants. Remember, it's a marathon and not a sprint.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 9/11/16 6:40pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 28 of his 42 pass attempts for 423 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 1 loss against the Oakland Raiders. Brees connected with WR Brandin Cooks on a 98-yard touchdown for the biggest play of the day.
Huddle Up: Brees looked great in the loss, putting up big numbers with the help of Cooks and Willie Snead. It's business as usual in the Big Easy, as Brees is a top-notch fantasy quarterback as the Saints will have an explosive offense in 2016. He faces another favorable matchup in Week 2 at N.Y. Giants.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 9/11/16 6:39pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks posted six receptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders. The highlight of the game was a 98-yard score in the second half. He was targeted nine times.
Huddle Up: Cooks and Willie Snead each had huge stat lines against a very giving Raiders pass defense, and he'll face another favorable matchup in Week 2 at N.Y. Giants. He is a bona fide WR1 in all fantasy formats going forward.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 9/11/16 6:38pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead posted nine receptions for a career-high 172 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 game against the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Snead took advantage of a very giving Raiders pass defense in a shootout. He is worth a look as a WR3 in all fantasy leagues, as he caught the eye of Drew Brees much more than newcomers Coby Fleener and Michael Thomas. He'll face another fairly favorable matchup at N.Y. Giants in Week 2.
Coby Fleener - TEPosted 9/11/16 7:27pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener did not get in on the track meet in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, posting just one reception for six yards on four targets.
Huddle Up: Perhaps Fleener was just uncomfortable in a new offense, but he did not give fantasy owners a very good show in a 35-34 shootout loss where others had giant stat lines. He has TE1 ability in most fantasy formats, but if he struggles again in Week 2 at N.Y. Giants it isn't a bad idea to look for a replacement. Give him at least one more game, however.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 9/9/16 2:57pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 9, and is listed as questionable for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to check on Thomas' status when the team's inactive list comes out. He likely will have a decent role in the passing game if he plays and can be a flex option in deeper leagues.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 9/8/16 7:09pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 8.
Huddle Up: Reports on Thomas have been positive throughout the preseason, and he looks poised to have a steady role in the passing attack. As long as he plays in Week 1, he is worth using as a flex option in deeper formats.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 9/7/16 12:27pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has agreed to a new five-year contract extension with the Saints Wednesday, Sept. 7, but the contract will automatically void after two seasons. Brees will receive $44.25 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.
Huddle Up: Brees has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL over the last several seasons and will have solid weapons to work with again this season. He should be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 9/1/16 6:55pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees played one series in the preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, Sept. 1, completing three of his six passes for 40 yards.
Huddle Up: New Orleans has a potent offense and leaky defense, which should ensure Brees is a part of plenty of high-scoring shootouts this season. He is one of the safest bets to produce QB1 numbers.
Coby Fleener - TEPosted 8/26/16 7:16am ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener hasn't been reliable enough catching passes and isn't on the same page with QB Drew Brees on some routes, according to beat writer Larry Holder. TE Josh Hill has been more involved in the passing game in recent practices.
Huddle Up: That breakout season for Fleener to thrust him into the fantasy spotlight is in question now. He has a lot of tools, and the offense has a history of making fantasy stars. Fleener will need to pick it up to rekindle some of the upside he had entering camp. He's a low-end TE1 for now, and Hill is a TE2 that could become a deep sleeper.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 8/20/16 4:48pm ET
New Orleans WR Brandin Cooks and WR Willie Snead will not play in the team's exhibition game against the Houston Texans on Saturday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Neither player is known to be dealing with an injury, so the Saints' decision to sit both starters is likely just a way to give rookie Michael Thomas and others behind him on the depth chart plenty of snaps to show their wares. Look for Cooks and Snead to play most of the first half when New Orleans hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers next Friday.
Stephone Anthony - LBPosted 8/15/16 12:22pm ET
New Orleans Saints LB Stephone Anthony (leg) is likely to miss a couple of weeks, but he is expected back by the season opener, according to a source.
Huddle Up: This is good news for IDP owners. Anthony could emerge as a top- flight linebacker option if he can account for more tackles.
Sheldon Rankins - DLPosted 8/15/16 2:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins (leg) is believed to have a broken fibula based on initial test results, according to a source. Rankins was New Orleans' first-round pick in 2016, and he may land on the Reserve Injured/Designated to Return list.
Huddle Up: The Saints were counting on Rankins to help turn the tide following their historically horrific defensive season a year ago, but that help -- at least the first six games or so of the season -- will have to come elsewhere as the first-round pick is expected to miss up to eight weeks.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 8/12/16 8:43am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas had four catches for a game- high 67 yards in a 34-22 loss to the New England Patriots in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: Thomas continues to impress, and you should feel confident drafting him as a WR5 with tremendous upside for more. Playing time may wind up being a concern, so monitor his depth chart placement as the preseason takes form.
Stephone Anthony - LBPosted 8/12/16 8:55am ET
New Orleans Saints LB Stephone Anthony (undisclosed) was carted off during the preseason game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: Should this injury turn out to be severe, it would be a crippling blow to the Saints' feeble defense. Fantasy owners have been anticipating a true breakout from the second-year 'backer after he posted 112 tackles as a rookie.
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