Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 6/23/17 6:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara spent time working with the receivers during OTAs.
Huddle Up: Kamara seems like a safe bet to see time as the third-down back, but if he also lines up as a receiver, it would boost his fantasy stock. For now, consider him a RB5 in PPR formats with plenty of upside in keeper leagues.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 6/16/17 8:50am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said he is competing with RB Adrian Peterson but is also learning from him. Ingram noted that he and Peterson recently discussed how to balance patience, vision, decisiveness and aggression when trying to get first-down yardage on third and short. Ingram said putting his head down and barreling forward toward the first sign of an opening has been his inclination, but sometimes a choice he regretted because, 'If you would have followed your read and followed the guard outside, you would have had a 30-yard run.' Ingram recalled Peterson telling him, 'I've noticed that in that time you just have to slow down and trust your eyes.'
Huddle Up: Ingram will still be a factor, but his touches will be affected by Peterson's arrival. Ingram has been a better receiver of late, though, and that could give him the nod on third downs. Ingram is a high-end RB3, but if the team's approach shifts more to the running game, he could sneak into the RB2 area.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 6/14/17 10:08pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead is optimistic that he'll have a long-term deal with the club before the new season begins. 'I think the guys upstairs are working on it,' Snead said. 'I'm hopeful, and I just have to keep worrying about myself and staying healthy and doing all the right things. I know it's going to be handled, it's going to take time, but I feel like we'll get it done sooner or later.'
Huddle Up: Just as the Saints would be wise to lock up Snead for the long term as soon as possible, fantasy owners might want to think about doing the same with the third-year wide-out for the upcoming campaign. Although he's only recorded seven touchdowns across 30 games in his two seasons, Snead has been a force, accumulating 141 catches for 1,879 yards over that span. With Brandin Cooks no longer in New Orleans, Snead could produce his best season yet.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 6/8/17 5:56am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson said he wants to play until age 37 or 38.
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old has drawn rave reviews at practice, and he could be a solid contributor in the tapered role he's expected to have. Mark Ingram will at least have a 50-50 split with him, and with durability a concern at AD's age, there is some risk taking him as an RB3.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 6/7/17 8:02pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson has his teammates 'gushing' over his burst and stride length that he's exhibited during organized team activities thus far.
Huddle Up: Peterson's presence on an already high-powered Saints offense will be one of the more crucial storylines to watch this upcoming season, with many believing the former Minnesota Viking can no longer play at a high level. However, early reports would suggest the opposite, and with Peterson having a chip on his shoulder, it might not be surprising to see the former NFL MVP provide some useful stats for fantasy owners in 2017. Definitely monitor him in drafts.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 5/27/17 3:03pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon trained with former teammate Adrian Peterson in Houston during the offseason and weighs 211 pounds, up from 200 a season ago. McKinnon is reportedly not only stronger, but faster as well. 'I?m just ready to prove myself and show how much better I?ve got in the offseason,' McKinnon said.
Huddle Up: The Vikings added Latavius Murray and second-round pick Dalvin Cook this spring, but McKinnon boasts enough talent to give both a run for their money. Cook and Murray will likely end up winning out as the team has invested more money in them, although it will be difficult to keep a stronger and faster McKinnon off the field. If his offseason training is as good as he thinks it was, McKinnon could force the Vikings to go with a three-man committee backfield.
Coby Fleener - TEPosted 5/27/17 9:16pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener said already understanding the terminology of the offense will be a big advantage in his second season with the Saints. 'So being able to revamp and feel comfortable going out there and not having to worry about what play call is gonna come up is a huge benefit,' Fleener said.
Huddle Up: Fleener's first year with the Saints was a bit of a disappointment, but the departure of Brandin Cooks could free up more targets for the tight end. The safe approach is to grab him as a TE2, but Fleener has TE1 upside.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 5/25/17 2:47pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has added some extra weight this offseason, increasing from 210 pounds to 220 pounds.
Huddle Up: Thomas took the league by storm last year en route to 92 catches, over 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns. With Brandin Cooks now in New England, Thomas assumes the Saints' No. 1 receiver role. He's almost a sure bet to end his second season as a WR1 with Drew Brees still throwing his way.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 5/7/17 4:40pm ET
New Orleans Saints exclusive rights free-agent WR Willie Snead still has not signed his tender offer but is not allowed to sign with another team.
Huddle Up: Snead likely is looking for a long-term with a bigger salary than the $615,000 he would make in 2017 if he signs his tender. Snead should have a bigger role in the passing game with Brandin Cooks no longer on the team. He recorded 895 yards and four touchdowns this past season and should be considered a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 5/2/17 11:41am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson (knee) believes he has 'a lot of years left' in the NFL. Peterson is 32 years old and is entering his 11th season.
Huddle Up: Time will tell if Peterson can play a few more years, but the odds are not in his favor. He has missed close to two full seasons the last three years because of serious knee injuries. Peterson has proven he can bounce back from such a hindrance, though; he did in 2015. Don't count out Peterson just yet, but don't draft him as an RB1 either. With Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara in the mix, Peterson is more of an RB3 or flex option in standard leagues.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 5/1/17 7:30pm ET
The New Orleans Saints' plan for the upcoming season is 'likely to recreate their 2009 and 2011 potent backfield attack' when they implemented a 'three-headed monster' at running back. This came to fruition when they drafted RB Alvin Kamara, who is a 'prototypical third-down back' to complement RBs Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson. Kamara could be in line to play a 'Reggie Bush/Darren Sproles-type role.'
Huddle Up: This could be a frustrating storyline for those who end up drafting Mark Ingram, seeing as he's proven he can be a productive workhorse back when he is healthy. At the same time, this development also indicates Peterson could turn out to be an excellent value pick if he's getting a good amount of work around the goal line. As for Kamara, owners might want to take a wait-and-see approach with the third-round pick.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 4/30/17 7:12pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara will be used to create mismatches in the passing game, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. 'To fill that role with a player of his caliber, we're pretty excited about it,' Loomis said 'Obviously, we were. That's why we traded up to get him.'
Huddle Up: With Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram also in the backfield, Kamara is likely to be relegated to passing downs in 2017. He is worth a late-round flier in PPR formats, but his real value is in keeper leagues.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/30/17 7:27pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Travaris Cadet will compete with RB Alvin Kamara for the third-down back role while RB Adrian Peterson and RB Mark Ingram serve as the traditional backs, according to beat writer Nick Underhill.
Huddle Up: After the Saints traded up for Kamara, he is going to be given a chance to show what he can do. Cadet's value was already limited to deeper PPR formats, and the addition of Kamara likely makes him a non-factor for fantasy purposes.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 4/28/17 6:54pm ET
The New Orleans Saints selected Alvin Kamara with the 67th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Kamara joins a prolific offense but a crowded backfield that also features Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram. If Kamara proves his worth, he could become the lead back in a couple of years, but his value is mainly in keeper leagues for now.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 4/26/17 11:49am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said he is fine with the team's signing of RB Adrian Peterson if his addition helps the team win. Ingram said he expected the team would add another running back and is not concerned about sharing playing time with Peterson.
Huddle Up: Ingram probably will be the starting running back for the Saints but likely will see less carries than he did in the past. He should still have a role in the passing game in 2017 and could be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 4/17/17 2:05pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead participated in organized team activities Monday, April 17, despite not yet signing his exclusive rights tender. Snead is not permitted to sign with any other team as the Saints did offer him the required one-year tender worth $615,000.
Huddle Up: Snead took somewhat of a backseat to Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas last year, but he may be called on more in 2017 with Cooks gone. Snead has quietly produced just under 1,900 yards in his two season with the Saints. He's an under-the-radar flex consideration in standard leagues.
Tim Hightower - RBPosted 4/1/17 9:34am ET
Free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) agreed to terms on an undisclosed contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, April 1.
Huddle Up: Although the 30-year-old Hightower (31 in May) doesn't have much explosion left at his age and given his past knee injuries, he's still a capable reserve who has a decent shot at beating out DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis and Raheem Mostert for the backup job behind oft-injured Carlos Hyde. With this landing spot, Hightower is well-positioned to be a solid handcuff choice for owners late in drafts this summer.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 4/1/17 2:20pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he wants to wait until after the 2017 season before talking about a new contract with the Saints because he wants to focus on the season. 'I'm just so focused on this year, just being in the moment, not thinking about anything beyond this and taking every other year as it comes. But, also, we're building something here. We are building something. I feel like we have a window of opportunity,' Brees said.
Huddle Up: Brees continues to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and will have a solid receiving corps even with Bradin Cooks being traded this offseason. Brees should be considered a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues in 2017.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/31/17 9:56am ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees 'feels like' he'll be able to play until he's 45 years old, although he acknowledges he will need to take it one year at a time.
Huddle Up: For some perspective, Brees was the first pick of the second round in the 2001 draft, meaning he believes he has a shot at playing nearly a quarter of a century in the NFL. It is highly doubtful he'll get there, but he is still an elite fantasy QB1 option entering his age-38 season and will be highly sought after on the free-agent market in 2018 should the Saints be unable to sign him to an extension at some point this year.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 3/30/17 8:29am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. will be used in what head coach Sean Payton considers a 'crystal clear' vision of how he should be used. 'I see him playing at flanker,' Payton said. 'I see him being a guy that can take the top off the coverage. I like what this guy does.'
Huddle Up: Ginn scaled back to Earth last season after a career-high 10 touchdowns in 2015. He could be a potent weapon in this offense with a high-end WR3 ceiling that could come at a WR4 price.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/29/17 7:12pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees plans on playing two to four more years, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: This news really isn't a surprise given Brees' comments in recent years or his continued high-level play. Brees should continue to be drafted as a top-five quarterback for the foreseeable future on a team that will need him to continue putting up big numbers.
Josh Hill - TEPosted 3/24/17 10:40am ET
New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill (fibula) is expected to start running soon, continuing his rehab from a broken fibula.
Huddle Up: Hill was starting to push Coby Fleener for playing time prior to his injury, so his recovery is one to monitor this offseason. He's a low-end TE2 candidate at the moment, albeit one with fairly significant upside.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 3/16/17 6:36pm ET
Clemson WR Mike Williams was compared to New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas by an NFL scout following William's pro day performance Thursday, March 16.
Huddle Up: Thomas is coming off a monster rookie season, but he certainly benefited from playing in the pass-happy offense of the Saints. Williams has the size and skills to make an immediate fantasy impact, but it will be tough to gauge his value until after he has a home in the NFL.
Tim Hightower - RBPosted 3/15/17 7:28pm ET
Unrestricted free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, March 16, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Hightower proved to be a serviceable back for the New Orleans Saints in his age-30 season in 2016, although he did more to anger Mark Ingram owners than he did on a consistent basis in fantasy. If he lands with the Niners, he would be the heavy favorite to be the direct backup to oft-injured Carlos Hyde.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 3/10/17 4:47pm ET
The New England Patriots have acquired WR Brandin Cooks and a 2017 fourth-round pick from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 third round pick, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Cooks will be going from one of the top offenses to another and should be one of the top targets for the Patriots in 2017. He has recorded at least 1,100 yards in each of the last two seasons and has 17 touchdowns during that span. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 3/10/17 5:04pm ET
The New Orleans Saints have traded WR Brandin Cooks and a 2017 fourth-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 third round pick, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Michael Thomas, Willie Snead and Coby Fleener should all receive bigger roles in the passing game with Cooks gone. Thomas finished 2016 with 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns and should be considered a No. 2 fantasy receiver. Snead nearly reached 900 yards this season and was third on the team with 72 catches. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver. Fleener struggled in his first year with the Saints and is probably a No. 2 fantasy tight end at this point.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 3/10/17 7:47pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks has caught 16 of his 20 career receiving touchdowns in warm weather stadiums and domes.
Huddle Up: Those numbers likely have more to do with Cooks playing his home games in the Superdome than anything else, and he should do just fine as one of Tom Brady's main targets. Grab him as a WR2 and enjoy.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 3/9/17 7:42am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is in trade talks with the New England Patriots, who are considering sending CB Malcolm Butler to New Orleans for Cooks.
Huddle Up: Cooks has averaged 81 catches for 1,156 yards and 8.5 touchdowns the last two years. His numbers could suffer if he goes to New England, though, because there are a number of others to target. They also haven't thrown the ball deep much in a couple of years. Cooks is a WR2 in fantasy, but his upside is larger in New Orleans.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 3/7/17 8:02am ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead was tendered Tuesday, Feb. 7. Terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Snead had a 72-895-4 season in 2016, and he has some upside with Brandin Cooks being bandied about on the trade market. Snead is a shaky WR3 target, and he's a better WR4 if possible.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 3/6/17 3:20pm ET
New Orleans Saints exclusive rights free-agent WR Willie Snead will receive a tender offer this offseason, but his agent said he hopes to talk with the team about a bigger salary in 2017 or a long-term deal.
Huddle Up: Snead is coming off a solid season where he recorded 895 yards and four touchdowns. He could have a bigger role in the passing game if the Saints decide to trade Brandin Cooks this offseason. Owners in most fantasy leagues could consider Snead as a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver next season.
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