Drew Brees - QBPosted 6/25/19 10:48am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees paced all quarterbacks in 2018 with a adjusted third-down completion rate of 78.7 percent, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: There is a belief that Brees' high-completion rate (league-best 74.4 percent last season) are due to more short passes, but his 8.2 and 8.1 yards-per-attempt averages over the last two seasons ranked among the league leaders and among the best marks of his career. He remains a low-end QB1 for fantasy purposes.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 6/21/19 8:40am ET
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas' asking price has come down to $22 million per year, while the Saints are sitting at $18 million per year. Thomas is in Europe, and nothing is imminent.
Huddle Up: Thomas has emerged as one of the better WR1 options in PPR formats with a lot more stability than some of the sexier names in new uniforms or situations.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 6/19/19 8:46am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas and the team remain far apart in contract talks, and nothing is imminent. However, both sides are motivated to get a deal done.
Huddle Up: Thomas is an elite WR1 whether he has a new deal in place or not.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 6/18/19 10:36am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees turned 40 in January, but the team is dealing with the situation on a year-to-year basis. 'I think we look at it in terms of, 'Hey, this year,' you know? And man, he had a great season last year, and we expect a great season this year,' Saints general manager Loomis said recently. 'And so for as long as he wants to play and can play, he's going to have that opportunity.' Thanks to restructured contract that pushes a $10-million-plus cap hit to 2020, Brees will count more than $21 million against the cap that season, and number will increase if Brees isn't signed to a new deal that will kick some of that hit over future seasons.
Huddle Up: Brees is on the Tom Brady "better-with-age" track, throwing for 3,992 yards and 32 TDs in 2018 while finishing eighth among fantasy QBs -- his 15th straight season in the top 10. And, surprise, he looks to be a low-end QB1 again this fall.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 6/17/19 3:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has had some contract extension talks with the Saints, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.
Huddle Up: Thomas is entering the final year of his contract, so there is a chance the two sides reach an agreement before the start of the season. He is one of the better receivers in the NFL and should be a No. 1 option in all fantasy leagues.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 6/16/19 11:15am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara will be tasked with an expanded role in 2019 with the departure of backfield mate Mark Ingram. 'I'm so anxious to see like, 'What else?'' Kamara said recently. 'You know what I'm saying? What else could I do? Where else could I line up? How else could I be successful? That's the best part of this profession for me. What's the next step you're going to take? 'Ok, he was good last year. How are you going to prove that you are what you are?''
Huddle Up: Kamara went from 201 touches as a rookie to 275 this past season with 81 receptions each season. Latavius Murray has been added to help shoulder the RB load, but look for another 275-plus touches this season for Kamara who should be one of the first five RBs off the board in any fantasy draft format this summer.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 5/30/19 5:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, May 30, because of an illness.
Huddle Up: Kamara should be back on the field in the a few days. He will receive most of the work at running back this upcoming season and should be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 5/26/19 2:54pm ET
New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson said he will be suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season because he failed a drug test this offseason.
Huddle Up: Watson probably will in line for the starting job but will now have to miss the first month of the season. He can still be a No. 2 tight end in some fantasy leagues. Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be the starter while Watson is out but is not a great fantasy option.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 5/9/19 12:04pm ET
Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Saints) reportedly agreed to terms with the New England Patriots - the team that made him a first-round pick in 2004 - one a one-year contract worth up to $3 million on Thursday, May 9, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: That escalated quickly. Reports surfaced this morning that Watson had decided to un-retire and visit New England, so it looks like it only took a few hours at most to hammer something out. Now 38 years old, Watson isn't going to set the world on fire and fill the void left behind by Rob Gronkowski, but he could give Austin Seferian-Jenkins a run for his money and be worth using a matchup-based play in fantasy this season.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 5/5/19 9:42am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara was lined up in the slot on 18.9 percent of his receiving snaps in the 2018 season -- the fourth most among running backs with at least 25 slot snaps.
Huddle Up: Kamara's 162 receptions over his first two seasons rank second among running backs since 2017 while his 1,535 receiving yards are tops. He's one of the first few players who should some come off the board in PPR drafts, especially now that Mark Ingram has departed for the Ravens.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 4/20/19 4:38pm ET
Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Saints) is considering a return in 2019, according to sources, after previously stating 2018 would be his last year. Watson, whose wife is due to deliver twins next week, could return for his 16th NFL season 'under the right situation.'
Huddle Up: Watson isn't much of a fantasy asset at 38 years old, but a potential return to the Rob Gronkowski-less New England Patriots may give him matchup utility.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 4/16/19 9:27am ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Mark Ingram said Tuesday, April 16, he's only been with his new team for a few days but it already 'feels like home.'
Huddle Up: In a switch from recent seasons with the Saints, Ingram now appears to be on the busier side of a RB timeshare in an offense that figures to be significantly run-heavier. Value him as a low-end RB2
Tre'Quan Smith - WRPosted 3/30/19 6:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith is set to take a big step forward this offseason, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: Smith flashed some big-play ability as a rookie, albeit on a limited basis. It remains to be seen if he can become a steady weapon in the passing attack, but he's worth grabbing in the later rounds to find out.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/17/19 6:19pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Mark Ingram said he expects the running attack to be 'dangerous' and 'explosive' this season.
Huddle Up: Ingram will slot in as the lead back in Baltimore's run-heavy attack. With defenses also worried about Lamar Jackson's running ability, Ingram could thrive between the tackles. He should be high-floor RB2.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/15/19 9:15am ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Mark Ingram was introduced at a news conference Friday, March 15, and proclaimed 'my best football is ahead of me.'
Huddle Up: Ingram will turn 30 before the 2019 season is complete and is entering his ninth season, but he still has tread on the tires after averaging 193.6 touches per season during his eight years in the Saints' timeshare. He also now gets a bump moving to the Ravens' run-heavy attack.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/13/19 9:32am ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens Wednesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Ingram's presence might render Gus Edwards useless, but that remains to be seen. The ceiling isn't as high as it was in Baltimore, but Ingram is a nice fit in a run-focused offense and deserves consideration as an RB2.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 3/13/19 2:27pm ET
Free-agent QB Teddy Bridgewater (Saints) is scheduled to meet with the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, March 13, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins are looking for a bridge quarterback, so they may look to sign Bridgewater to a short-term deal. Bridgewater has not been a starting quarterback for a few seasons and probably can be avoided in fantasy leagues if he joins the Dolphins.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/13/19 3:06pm ET
Free-agent RB Mark Ingram (Saints) officially signed with the Baltimore Ravens Wednesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Ingram likely will be the starting running back for the Ravens and will receive plenty of carries. He can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues in 2019.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 3/13/19 7:59pm ET
Free-agent QB Teddy Bridgewater's (Saints) visit with the Miami Dolphins has concluded, and the two sides have not reached an agreement at this point.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater appears to be deciding between the Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints, so an agreement with one of the teams should happen in the near future. He would be the starting quarterback if he joins the Dolphins but probably would be strong fantasy option.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/12/19 11:23am ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram has been talking with the Baltimore Ravens about a potential deal. The Ravens are considered the favorites to sign him at this point.
Huddle Up: Ingram likely would take over the starting job if he joins the Ravens and would receive plenty of carries. He could be a No. 2 running back in most fantasy leagues if the two sides reach an agreement.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 3/10/19 9:11am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas tweeted congratulations Saturday, March 9 to Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown regarding his new extension which equates to $19.8M per season, and now awaits a new deal of his own, which in the estimation of veteran reporter, could fetch at least $20 million per year.
Huddle Up: Thomas led the league in receptions with 125 -- hauling in an unheard-of 85 percent of his targets -- to finish as fantasy's fourth-ranked PPR wideout and having just turned 26 with his rookie deal set to expire after the 2019 season, he's up for big-$$$ extension at just the right time.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/1/19 7:49pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram is meeting with the Saints Saturday, March 2, to discusses a possible contract to remain with the team.
Huddle Up: Ingram would remain in a committee with Alvin Kamara if he stays in New Orleans, but he would still be a solid flex candidate. If he lands a lead role somewhere, Ingram could be a RB2 in 2019.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 2/17/19 12:23pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram likely will not receive the franchise tag this offseason, in the opinion of ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio.
Huddle Up: The Saints likely will go with Alvin Kamara as their main running back next season and probably will be a No. 1 running back in most fantasy leagues. Ingram should receive interest from several teams during free agency and could be a No. 2 fantasy back depending on his situation.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 2/9/19 10:48am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. likely will receive a bigger role in the passing game in 2019 after being limited to five games this season.
Huddle Up: Ginn was limited to 209 yards and two touchdowns because of the injury but did post at least 700 yards in the previous three seasons with 18 touchdowns during that span. He has fantasy value because of his big-play ability and could be a No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 2/8/19 10:51pm ET
The Baltimore Ravens could attempt to sign New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram in free agency, in the opinion of ESPN's Jamison Hensley, who thinks Ingram's durability and physicality make him a perfect fit for the Ravens' offense.
Huddle Up: It feels like there's an assumption that Ingram will re-sign in New Orleans, but the Saints have minimal cap room and other players, like Michael Thomas, that will need to be paid sooner than later. If they decide Alvin Kamara can handle the load with a less expensive counterpart, Ingram could hit the open market, and if the Alabama product lands a role as a true No. 1 back his fantasy value would increase dramatically.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/29/19 10:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas is eligible for a contract extension and could be in line for money in the 'Odell Beckham neighborhood,' according to MMQB's Albert Breer. Thomas is set to earn $1.148 million in 2019 before becoming a free agent in 2020.
Huddle Up: This appears to be purely speculation by Breer at this point, but given what Thomas has done it's not an unreasonable idea. Breer also points out that the Saints have been hesitant to pay skill players big-time money. It's unlikely to matter much for 2019, but it's at least a piece of info to file away for those in keeper leagues.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/23/19 7:25pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is scheduled to count $33.5 million against the salary cap in 2019, which is $4 million more than any other player in the NFL. General manager Mickey Loomis said the team has options to reduce the number if they need to this offseason.
Huddle Up: Brees plans to play at least one more season, so the Saints could look to restructure his contract or sign him to an extension in order to drop his salary cap hit. He continues to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league despite his age and should be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues in 2019.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 1/21/19 1:09pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara became just the second running back ever to catch at least 11 passes in a conference championship game. San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon caught 11 passes in the NFC Championship game last year with the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Kamara is arguably the best receiving threat out the backfield in all of football. He has caught 81 balls in each of his first two seasons and must be drafted in the first round, especially with Drew Brees expected to return.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/20/19 9:27am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 86 percent of his targets this season. That was the highest single-season percentage in NFL history from one player to another (minimum: 100 completions).
Huddle Up: Thomas "only" caught 75 percent of his targets (12 of 16) in last Sunday's divisional-round win over the Eagles, but they went for 171 yards and a TD in the 20-14 win. In the Week 9 meeting with the Los Angeles Rams, Thomas reeled in 12-of-15 targets for a career-high 211 yards and a TD, and even though Rams CB Aqib Talib will play in this meeting, still expect Thomas to get his fair share of receptions as usual.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/20/19 4:42pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 26-of-40 passes for 249 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: It's a tough pill to swallow, as the future Hall of Famer just missed out on a Super Bowl trip for the second straight season in excruciating fashion on the final play of the game. Brees threw for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns and five interceptions in the regular season, proving he has more than enough left in the tank for his fantasy owners heading into 2019 despite his age (40).
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