Nick Toon - WRPosted 8/24/15 9:55am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Nick Toon (ankle) has a high ankle sprain and could miss as much as two to three weeks, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Rare is the brief absence due to a high ankle sprain, so two to three weeks seems optimistic. The time missed won't help Toon carve out a role in the Saints' changing receiver rotation.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 8/23/15 1:29pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks had four catches for 117 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, in a preseason game against the New England Patriots on Saturday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: With Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills no longer in the Big Easy, Cooks is at the front of the line to be Drew Brees' top target, and his rising ADP -- now 37th overall and 15th among WRs -- reflects that.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/22/15 11:12am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he expects to play at least a quarter against the New England Patriots Saturday, Aug. 22. Head coach Sean Payton has not confirmed his quarterback rotation yet, though.
Huddle Up: Brees will see his first action of the preseason. He'll likely get in a couple of series before seeing extended playing time in the Saints next preseason game.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 8/20/15 5:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has been featured as a receiver out of the backfield in practices of late.
Huddle Up: Ingram caught a career-high 29 passes last season -- five more than his first three seasons combined -- and it's a good test run for the RB with C.J. Spiller (knee) currently sidelined. In the long run, it could make Ingram more valuable in PPR leagues than originally thought.
Brandon Coleman - WRPosted 8/19/15 12:38am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman did not see work in the first half of the opening preseason game, but this week he has been featured in three-receiver sets during practice. Head coach Sean Payton said this week that Coleman did nothing wrong, and the team will work to get him more involved in the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: The 6-foot-6 second-year undrafted free agent has been pegged as a potential sleeper who could emerge from the Saints' new-look pass-catching corps, and we'll see what he can do with a larger workload after failing to catch either of his two targets in the Saints' preseason opener.
Brandon Coleman - WRPosted 8/19/15 10:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman was cited as the player who has impressed the most during training camp, head coach Sean Payton said Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Coleman has been drawing positive reviews all summer. He's battling to become the Saints' No. 3 receiver behind Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. Coleman doesn't have any fantasy value now but he's a player to monitor.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 8/15/15 9:19pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday, Aug. 14, in Pensacola, FLA. Spiller is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Spiller will miss the entire preseason but is hoping to be back for Week 1 when New Orleans plays Arizona. Spiller could be deadly catching passes in the Saints' offense but he needs to avoid injuries. He's been slowed by nagging injuries in the past and it's hurt Spiller's overall effectiveness.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 8/13/15 5:53pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller (undisclosed) is not expected to play in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Spiller has been out of action since the start of the team's scrimmage last Friday, and with it being the Saints, mum's the official word, although reports say it's only a "minor" issue. No worries, though, for now.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 8/11/15 12:19am ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller is listed third on the depth chart heading into the preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 13, against the Baltimore Ravens behind RBs Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson. Spiller is listed as the primary kickoff and punt return man.
Huddle Up: Sure, Robinson is the main backup to the starter Ingram, but Spiller will be the Saints' primary pass-catcher out of the backfield in the Reggie Bush/Darren Sproles/Pierre Thomas mold as Ingram and Robinson have combined for all of 61 combined receptions in 70 career games.
Josh Hill - TEPosted 8/3/15 8:37pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 3, but was present at both of the team's workouts.
Huddle Up: The Saints and Sean Payton are notoriously tight-lipped concerning injuries, so we don't know what the issue with Hill is, but being that he still attended practice suggests it's not anything too serious. Still, more than a few fantasy GMs are a little anxious as Hill is viewed as Jimmy Graham's successor and currently ranks 12th among all TEs in ADP.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 7/31/15 3:42pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (undisclosed) was activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 31, after three days.
Huddle Up: Sounds like the veteran wideout is good to go, but don't get too carried away on draft day as he projects as a low-end WR3/high WR4.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 7/28/15 9:35pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 28.
Huddle Up: There still is no official word on what the health situation is with the veteran WR who's entering his 10th season. He also sat out several offseason workouts, and told the media it was simply "Veteran rest," but it would appear there's a little more to the story that the tight-lipped Saints aren't revealing. It's not a huge deal, though, unless the mysterious absences persist into the preseason.
Junior Galette - LBPosted 7/24/15 2:38pm ET
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was released Friday, July 24, according to a source.
Huddle Up: This has been a rough Friday on the IDP front as the Saints have parted ways with their 2014 sacks leader (10 as part of 22 over the last two seasons) who just signed a four-year, $41 million extension last September. But a couple of reported domestic violence issues and a pectoral injury which caused him to sit out most of the team's OTAs this offseason looks like they've swayed the franchise to cut their losses and move on.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 7/24/15 10:50pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson is slated to start at tight end over TE Josh Hill, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Hill has been receiving the most sleeper attention with fantasy analysts and GMs trying to figure out the Saints are going to go about replacing leading pass-catcher Jimmy Graham. And even though Watson has caught only 39 passes to Hill's 20 over the last two seasons playing behind Graham, it has all the makings of TEBC in the Big Easy with the two sharing reps and targets. Let's see what the outlook is after the early part of training camp and the preseason.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 7/20/15 12:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston could be used as a red zone target more than in recent years, and he should remain heavily involved in the offense.
Huddle Up: There's a role to fill with Jimmy Graham out of the picture, and Colston has the frame to be effective in a red zone role. With the Saints wanting to run more frequently, however, don't bank on all of Graham's old TDs just rolling over to another pass-catcher.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 7/20/15 12:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill and TE Benjamin Watson will likely be used in a committee to supplement the team's offense after TE Jimmy Graham was traded.
Huddle Up: There's been plenty of buzz about Hill and his opportunity to take over Graham's role. Now it sounds like he'll be sharing that role. There's plenty of fantasy production to go around, but the prospects of a committee mean you can't bank on Hill being a mini-Graham right out of the gate.
Josh Morgan - WRPosted 7/19/15 11:39pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Josh Morgan will have a chance to compete for a roster spot during training camp after he performed well during offseason workouts. Morgan likely will have to be one of the team's top four receivers if he wants a chance to make the roster.
Huddle Up: With Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks entrenched atop the WR depth chart, Morgan's chief competition figures to be holdovers Nick Toon and Joseph Morgan, so let's see how things play out early in training camp and the preseason.
Nick Toon - WRPosted 7/8/15 12:18am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Nick Toon's snap count will go way up this season, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said Toon has been working hard, he understands the system and he has shown progress.
Huddle Up: There's certainly ample room for the 2012 fourth-round pick to improve as he's caught all of 21 passes for 283 yards and a TD in three seasons but Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks figure to remain head and shoulders above Toon in the Saints' fantasy WR pecking order.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 7/8/15 12:36am ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has averaged 5.02 yards and 7.66 yards on 501 career rushing attempts and 109 career receptions, respectively, when playing on turf -- the surface he'll be playing on in New Orleans.
Huddle Up: Spiller has elicited more than a few comparisons to former Saints RB Darren Sproles, but the former is a better runner while the latter is a better receiver. There's no doubting the prime opportunity, though, with Spiller going from the offensively-challenged Bills to Drew Brees and the Saints, making him a solid RB2 pick in PPR drafts.
Nick Toon - WRPosted 7/8/15 3:55pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Nick Toon will primarily play off the line of scrimmage, or in the Z position, for the Saints in 2015. Toon will also line up on the strong side of the formation. In his first three seasons, Toon had played as the X receiver.
Huddle Up: The Saints are shuffling their receiving corps, but any uptick in targets due to the absence of Jimmy Graham will likely be offset by the team's move towards a more run-based attack. Toon will have fantasy value, but it won't be accompanied by the same giddiness fantasy owners had about drafting Saints' secondary targets in previous pass-heavy seasons.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 7/4/15 1:28am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson is ready to take what he can get after an arm injury cut his 2014 campaign short. 'I'm the type of person, I'm gonna get what I get and do what I do with it,' Robinson said. 'So whether it's 20 carries or one carry, I'm gonna [perform to] the best of my ability every play.' Robinson is remaining confident after the Saints spent big money to re-sign RB Mark Ingram and acquire RB C.J. Spiller.
Huddle Up: Ingram and Spiller don't exactly have sterling health track records, so don't be surprised if Robinson follows up his career season (84 touches-425 total yards-3 TDs in 10 games) by playing a significant role again in 2015.
Josh Morgan - WRPosted 7/3/15 12:04am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Josh Morgan battled TE Benjamin Watson for most catches in practices this offseason.
Huddle Up: The 30-year-old Morgan has had all of 30 receptions for 284 yards and one TD over the last seasons playing for Washington and Chicago, but he actually does have an outside shot at landing the No. 3 WR/TE role in the Big Easy which is nothing to sneeze at fantasy-wise with Drew Brees at the controls. See what develops in training camp.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 6/28/15 11:24pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling of NFL.com. Wesseling believes Spiller is significantly more talented than RB Reggie Bush and RB Darren Sproles, who both thrived in Payton's system.
Huddle Up: After an injury-addled final season in Buffalo, Spiller has the offense and opportunity to shine in the Big Easy, but he has more to prove as a pass catcher than most might believe, ranking only 25th among RBs with 158 receptions since entering the league in 2010.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 6/17/15 2:11pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston did not participate in minicamp practice Tuesday, June 16, and it was at least the third session he has missed over the past two weeks. 'When you play nine, 10 years in this league at a skill position, mileage is mileage,' Colston said. 'I'm just kind of in a mode where they want to manage that process throughout the year.'
Huddle Up: Between Colston's advancing age and the Saints' renewed commitment to running the football, he'll be an even bigger tease of a fantasy wide receiver this year.
Junior Galette - LBPosted 6/16/15 2:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette (pectoral) won't require surgery on his pectoral injury after meeting with Dr. James Andrews. The injury should require rest and rehab.
Huddle Up: An IDP note to note as surgery would've essentially wrecked the season for Galette, who has recorded 22 sacks and four forced fumbles over the last two campaigns.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 6/5/15 12:57pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (foot, ankle) was out of practice Thursday, June 4, but head coach Sean Payton said it wasn't due to anything significant. Ingram was out last Thursday due to what Payton described as a minor foot/ankle issue. It's unclear if he has missed the entirety of the last two weeks because one practice session per week is open to the media.
Huddle Up: The Saints are counting on Ingram, giving him a new extension this offseason, and so are a number of fantasy owners after his career-high 1,109 yards and 9 TDs this past season. Something to keep eye on as the summer heads into training camp.
Junior Galette - LBPosted 6/4/15 7:45pm ET
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette (pectoral) recently suffered an injury to his pectoral and is supposedly considering surgery, according to sources. The cause and extent of Galette's injury is unknown at this time.
Huddle Up: Undergoing surgery typically results in a six-month absence, and that would be rough news for the Saints' D as Galette has notched 22 sacks, including a team-leading 10 last season, while starting 28 games over the last two seasons. See what develops here over the next few days.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 6/3/15 3:13pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller could lead the team in touches over RB Mark Ingram, in the opinion of beat writer Nick Underhill.
Huddle Up: While the Saints do appear to be moving towards more of a run-based offense this season, there are plenty of reasons to doubt Spiller--among them his injury history, the Saints' tradition of committee backfields and Sean Payton's tendency to ride the hot hand. While there is upside to Spiller in New Orleans, if you're drafting Spiller as the Saints' lead back you're likely overpaying.
Shayne Graham - PKPosted 5/19/15 4:15pm ET
New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham was released Tuesday, May 19 as free-agent WR Lance Lewis (49ers) was signed.
Huddle Up: So the Saints will again be looking for a new kicker, but don't necessarily target whomever they wind up going with just because of the strong offense-pairing as a New Orleans kicker hasn't finished as a PK1 in most standard-sized fantasy leagues since 2011.
Garrett Grayson - QBPosted 5/1/15 11:11pm ET
The New Orleans Saints selected Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson in Round 3 of the NFL Draft (No. 75 overall) Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: Grayson, who became the third QB selected, becomes the heir apparent to Drew Brees as the Saints went with the fast-rising Colorado State QB instead of selecting Bryce Petty as rumored. That said, don't expect to hear much of Grayson for another couple of years as the 36-year-old Brees is still going strong.
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