Marques Colston - WRPosted 8/27/14 10:10am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (undisclosed) came off the field during team drills Tuesday, Aug. 26, and talked with a trainer before watching the rest of practice from the sidelines.
Huddle Up: The Saints have been extremely cautious with Colston this preseason in an effort to keep him healthy, so the hope is that taking him out of practice is more of a precautionary measure than something that fantasy owners will need to worry about heading into the regular season.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 8/26/14 10:10am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston said he feels much healthier this season after being plagued by a foot injury the last year or two. The team has limited his workload this preseason to keep him fresh for the season.
Huddle Up: Colston is a valuable cog in the mighty Saints passing game. If his foot injury is behind him and he's able to stay on the field he'll claim a significant portion of Drew Brees' annual 5,000 yards, and a healthy dose of touchdowns to boot.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/25/14 10:14pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (personal) missed practice Monday, Aug. 25, to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's fourth child. The team did not comment on Brees' status for the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: Brees' fantasy owners can breathe easy as this was nothing to do with a flare-up of the oblique injury that kept him for much of early camp.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 8/24/14 12:53pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (illness) did not play in the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 24, due to illness. Cooks took part in warmups, and said he could have played if necessary.
Huddle Up: Doesn't sound like anything to worry about for one of the hottest young commodities on fantasy draft boards.
Kenny Stills - WRPosted 8/24/14 12:53pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills left Saturday night's third preseason game because of a quadriceps injury and did not return to the game. Stills was sidelined for three weeks during training camp because of a quadriceps injury.
Huddle Up: More than a bit alarming as the preseason looks like it will be a total wash for the second-year wideout, who hasn't recorded a reception. Meanwhile, fellow WRs Joseph Morgan, Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston have been thriving, meaning Stills will be behind to open the season.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 8/20/14 12:01am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has never had a touchdown reception during the regular season, but he took a screen pass for a 23-yard touchdown in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Ingram is currently the third Saints' RB coming off the board, on average, but he very well could wind up with the most fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues. In another way to put it: Welcome to another season of the Saints' RB conundrum.
Cecil Shorts - WRPosted 8/20/14 2:22pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) will be on the field for around 15 offense snaps during the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Huddle Up: Despite his injury issues of late, Shorts is still the clear fantasy choice for those looking to secure the Jags' No. 1 WR, and he currently owns a 12th-round ADP (118) in 10-team leagues.
Jairus Byrd - SPosted 8/20/14 2:22pm ET
New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) participated in full-contact practice drills for the first time this season Tuesday, Aug. 19. He's expected to play in the third preseason game this weekend.
Huddle Up: The Saints and a number of IDP league GMs are counting on Byrd, who's reeled in the second-most interceptions (22) in the league since his rookie season of 2009.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/18/14 9:42am ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) said he definitely plans to play in the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners have yet to see Brees this preseason; it will make it a whole lot easier to sink an early pick into Brees after seeing him fire bullets in the third exhibition game.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/17/14 7:59pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) may play in the third preseason game, according to head coach Sean Payton. However, Payton doesn't want to put a target date on Brees' return.
Huddle Up: This injury has proven to be peskier than Brees and the Saints would've thought and he's going on 3 weeks now without significant camp work his young WRs. On the flip side, Brees has 8 seasons in Sean Payton's system to fall back on so it certainly won't take long for him to get up to speed once he returns.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/15/14 9:04pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) was inactive for the preseason game Friday, Aug. 15, against the Tennessee Titans. Brees was able to throw and run before the game, but was on the field in workout clothes and not suited up.
Huddle Up: Brees misses his second straight preseason game but there's still no concern over his availability for Week 1. The Saints are just be cautious with their most valuable commodity.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/13/14 4:01pm ET
It does not appear like New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) will be able to play in the second preseason game even though head coach Sean Payton has not disclosed his status.
Huddle Up: The Saints' regular-season opener is still more than a month away, but this injury is starting to make a few Brees owners a tad bit uneasy.
Pierre Thomas - RBPosted 8/11/14 10:54am ET
New Orleans Saints RBs Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson have pulled ahead of RB Pierre Thomas at running back.
Huddle Up: The Saints backfield is a fantasy mess, but if you've been scooping up Ingram and Robinson on the cheap thus far this draft season you appear to be in good shape. Of course, the New Orleans RB rotation is bound to change on a game-to-game basis.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/6/14 3:49pm ET
The New Orleans Saints have not decided if QB Drew Brees (oblique) will play in the first preseason game Friday, Aug. 8, according to head coach Sean Payton. Brees has not practiced since Thursday, July 31, because of an oblique injury.
Huddle Up: You'd think that the prudent move at this point would be to hold Brees out of the game as the last thing the Saints need is an aggravation of the injury. See what develops . . .
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/5/14 11:51pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) is unlikely to play in the team's preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Brees' fantasy owners are hoping the QB is getting his injury issues out of the way early. Meanwhile, there's a battle brewing for the Saints' No. 2 job, and Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin will get ample opportunity to show their wares Friday night.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/4/14 8:29pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees missed practice Monday, Aug. 4 with a strained left oblique. Brees was on the field but was not wearing pads. Head coach Sean Payton said Brees is day-to-day.
Huddle Up: Brees suffered the injury Friday and also missed Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, but it's still isn't a huge deal with the games that count still more than a month away.
Ryan Griffin - QBPosted 8/3/14 3:36pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Ryan W. Griffin has impressed the team and could beat out QB Luke McCown for the backup quarterback spot.
Huddle Up: Griffin, a 2013 college free agent out of Tulane, is a virtual unknown, and it would definitely be interesting if he were to beat out McCown and have to assume the controls of the Saints' high- powered attack. Brees, however, has missed only 1 start in his 8 seasons in the Big Easy.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 8/3/14 3:50pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks has been the star of training camp thus far. He caught six passes in the scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 2.
Huddle Up: Outside of Marques Colston, the Saints' WR corps has lacked usable fantasy material in recent seasons, but the speedy first-round draft pick could change all that this season. Cooks currently owns the fourth-highest rookie ADP, going in the 10th round, on average, in standard-size, 10-team leagues.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/2/14 11:31am ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) did not participate in the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 2, because of an oblique injury, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: The injury isn't expected to be serious, as the Saints are just being cautious with their franchise QB. Brees remains one of the top fantasy signal callers available for the upcoming season.
Champ Bailey - CBPosted 7/30/14 2:32pm ET
New Orleans Saints CB Champ Bailey is not guaranteed to make the final roster.
Huddle Up: The 12-time Pro Bowler, who turned 36 in June, clearly has lost a step or two and is battling a crop of relative youngsters, including second-round pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste, for position on the depth chart. He only recorded 12 passes defenses and 2 interceptions over his final 2 seasons in Denver.
Jairus Byrd - SPosted 7/29/14 8:00pm ET
New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) practiced for the first time this offseason Tuesday, July 29. Byrd will gradually make his way back and did not take part in full-team drills.
Huddle Up: The ball-hawking safety and prize free-agent acquisition (22 interceptions and 5 fumble recoveries in his first 5 seasons) is coming off offseason back surgery and it could even take a few regular-season games for the Pro Bowler to hit his full stride.
Robert Meachem - WRPosted 7/28/14 9:07pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (back) and OG Ben Grubbs (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, July 28, but head coach Sean Payton said both should return to the field in the next few days.
Huddle Up: Meachem will need the extra work as he's batting speedy youngsters Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks for No. 2 WR targets behind Marques Colston.
Robert Meachem - WRPosted 7/27/14 2:28pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (undisclosed) and Kenny Stills (quadriceps) are not participating in practice Sunday, July 27.
Huddle Up: Details are sketchy, but there has been nothing to indicate that these are anything more than minor issues at this point. At the same time, though, it's opening the door for more opportunities for first-round pick Brandin Cooks.
Shayne Graham - PKPosted 7/25/14 9:48am ET
New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham, 36, is in a battle for the place-kicking job with 24-year-old PK Derek Dimke. Graham appears to have the edge, unless Dimke clearly out-kicks him in training camp. The Saints may bring in other place kickers to compete, however.
Huddle Up: Yes, kicker news. Few teams put more points on the board than the Saints, and as an added bonus they play in a climate controlled environment. Those are two big plusses for a fantasy kicker, so if Graham has the inside edge on the gig he should be very near the top of your fantasy rankings at the position.
Joseph Morgan - WRPosted 7/24/14 11:53pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan (knee) is good to go for practice, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: A torn ACL nixed Morgan's entire 2013 season, and with the Saints using draft picks on Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks the past 2 years, he'll be fighting for his roster life this August.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 7/16/14 7:19pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said it was hard not to work with his teammates this offseason but did work out in Miami with free-agent LB Jonathan Vilma (Saints). He said he had a similar regime this offseason than what he did during the lockout in 2011, which produced one of his best NFL seasons. 'It was tough being away from the guys,' Graham said. 'The good thing is that the base and group of friends I have here in Miami is still strong. I did the same thing I did during the lockout year. I basically did the same day-to-day routine that I did (in 2011). And after the lockout, I had one of my best seasons I have ever had.'
Huddle Up: No worries about Graham showing up to training camp out of shape as he sets to work earning the big payday he just inked.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 7/15/14 3:06am ET
The New Orleans Saints are close to a long-term deal with franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. The team is optimistic that a deal will get done by the July 15 deadline.
Huddle Up: Graham is appealing the ruling that allowed the Saints to franchise him as a tight end, so if a deal is to be reached expect it to be for more than tight end money. Graham is valuable enough to the Saints that it would make sense to overpay him; if they do, it would alleviate a whole bunch of concern heading into fantasy draft day.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 7/15/14 12:20pm ET
Updating earlier reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will be the highest-paid tight end in the league with his 4-year, $40 million deal with between $20 million and $21 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: As expected, the deal beat the deadline and put Graham atop the TE charts -- a place he's already held in fantasy the past couple of seasons. On the flip side, Graham is more important than ever to QB Drew Brees and the Saints' passing game considering the team's young WR corps and the offseason departure of pass-catching RB Darren Sproles, who's now in Philly.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 7/6/14 3:27pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (foot) said he is feeling healthy this season. 'I feel really good,' Colston said. 'The foot I know was addressed earlier in the offseason. It's really not an issue. I've been able to get out here with really no restrictions and just run around and feel good.'
Huddle Up: Colston is coming off 5-year lows in receiving yards (943) and TDs (5) in 2013, but he remains Drew Brees' No. 2 target behind TE Jimmy Graham. And if Graham doesn't get a new contract and winds up holding out for any length of time in protest of his franchise tag, Colston quickly ascends to the top of the list.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 7/3/14 4:46pm ET
The New Orleans Saints will now begin contract negotiations with the agent franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham, because the two sides were waiting on the ruling on Graham's grievance before starting contract talks. There appears to be a chance that Graham will not be interested in his franchise tender if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement before the July 15 deadline and could hold out during training camp and possibly the regular season.
Huddle Up: The TE ruling was only the latest domino to fall in this ongoing saga with fantasy's reigning No. 1 TE, but even if a deal can't be struck, Graham needs to accept reality and realize the franchise tender is going to be the best he can do for now, even if it is obviously less than he's worth.
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