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.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 3/4/17 5:47pm ET
The New England Patriots offered their first-round draft pick (No. 32 overall) in exchange for New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks but were turned down, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Huddle Up: The Saints are reportedly holding out for a mid-first round pick. At least five teams have made overtures for Cooks per the Times-Picayune, so his market is robust. With Cooks still playing on his rookie contract, he's going to remain in high demand. Expect New Orleans to revisit a deal after the start of free agency when it may be able to take advantage of a receiver-needy team which missed out on the likes of Alshon Jeffery or Terrelle Pryor.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 3/3/17 6:49am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks can likely be acquired for a second-round pick, according to sources.
Huddle Up: It's a bit curious that a young receiver knocking on the door of WR1 status can be landed for a second rounder. Cooks has averaged 81 catches for 1,156 yards and 8.5 touchdowns the last two years. However, leaving New Orleans doesn't seem like the best recipe for honing untapped potential. He's a high-end WR2 in fantasy.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 3/3/17 7:31am ET
Updating an earlier report, New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks can be landed in a trade for a first-round pick.
Huddle Up: Cooks has averaged 81 catches for 1,156 yards and 8.5 touchdowns the last two years. He'll be 24 this season and has plenty to like as a WR2 in fantasy.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 3/2/17 7:34am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is the subject of trade talks with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources.
Huddle Up: Cooks has had two nearly identical stat lines the last two years with a 78-1,173-8 line last year. He'll be 24 in September, and there still feels like there is more left in the tank. However, leaving New Orleans doesn't seem like the best way to harness it. He's a high-end WR2 in fantasy.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 3/2/17 11:24am ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks has been involved in trade talks involving the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles. The Titans are considered the favorite if a trade were to be completed, however. The Titans could trade their 18th overall pick straight up for Cooks, while another scenario has them trading first-round picks with at least another draft pick involved, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Cooks' fantasy value would automatically take a hit in this scenario without Drew Brees throwing to him. Marcus Mariota is a capable passer, but he's no Brees. Plus, Cooks would be sharing targets with Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker, among others. This is largely speculation right now, so tread carefully through the waters of rumor. Cooks is a low-end WR1 with the Saints, but he would likely drop to WR2 status in another uniform.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 2/21/17 9:38am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is 'absolutely' expected to remain with the team in 2017, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: Cooks made a few waves during the season after complaining about his reduced role, but the Saints predictably have little interest in breaking apart one of the league's better receiving trios, along with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. The fourth-year wideout has scored 17 touchdowns over his last two seasons and should remain a solid WR2 in fantasy.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 2/9/17 10:02am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is expected to have his fifth-year option picked up this offseason. He would receive $8 million in 2018 if the optioned is exercised.
Huddle Up: Cooks has posted at least 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons and has 17 touchdowns during that span. Cooks will continue to be the top receiving option for the Saints and should be considered a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver for fantasy owners in 2017.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 2/9/17 5:20pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas posted the second-most receptions of any rookie receiver in NFL history this past season. He logged 92 catches, finishing only behind Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin, who recorded 101 receptions in his debut year back in 2003 with the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Taken in the middle of the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Thomas easily smashed all expectations bestowed upon him, as he also compiled 1,137 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in his freshman campaign. There's no reason he should slow down in his second year, as the Saints still lean on one of the game's best quarterbacks in Drew Brees, and with their high-powered offense, Thomas is a good bet to at least post a second straight 1,000-yard season.
John Kuhn - RBPosted 2/4/17 6:16am ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints FB John Kuhn has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with an $80,000 signing bonus, according to a source familiar with the terms of the situation.
Huddle Up: The 34-year-old veteran had four rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown while suiting up for all 16 games last season but only posted 37 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards. Like most fullbacks around the league, he has a tendency to occasionally vulture a TD but possesses little fantasy value.
John Kuhn - RBPosted 2/3/17 9:07am ET
Impending free-agent FB John Kuhn will remain with the New Orleans Saints, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Kuhn has been a fan favorite wherever he is played and usually ends vulturing a few touchdowns each season. He scored five times on 34 touches in his first season as a Saint in 2016 and will probably play a similar role next season. Like most of today's fullbacks, however, he has no fantasy value.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 2/2/17 7:43am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said Thursday, Feb. 2, that he has a few seasons left in him.
Huddle Up: Brees had a fantastic statistical season in 2016. He completed 70 percent of his passes for 5,208 yards, 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. While he's seldom mentioned in the top three fantasy quarterbacks, a case could be made that he's not far from there with consistency and durability.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/27/17 5:05pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees went 48-for-75 for 556 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.
Huddle Up: Brees averaged 278 yards, 0.5 touchdown and 1.5 interceptions over the two games against a solid Buccaneers defense. He has thrown for at least 5,000 yards in four of the last six season and has thrown at least 30 touchdowns in each of his last nine seasons. Brees will have a terrific group of receivers to work with in 2017 and should be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 1/25/17 4:49pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed for 514 yards and three touchdowns at home this season and rushed for 529 yards and three touchdowns on the road.
Huddle Up: Ingram had to share some of the work with Tim Hightower near the end of the season but posted solid numbers in 2016. Ingram has a decent chance to receive most of the work at running back next season and can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 1/1/17 10:33pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (head) left the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons after hitting his head on the turf. He walked to the locker room under his own power, but was unable to return.
Huddle Up: Cooks finished the season with 78 catches for 1,172 yards and eight touchdowns. He was gold during the fantasy playoffs and was a must-start when 100 percent healthy. He and Michael Thomas are going to be a dynamic one-two fantasy punch for years to come.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 1/1/17 10:32pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed 20 times for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons. He went over 1,000 yards for the first time in his NFL career.
Huddle Up: Ingram stayed healthy and was outstanding for fantasy owners down the stretch, including 193 rushing yards and three scores in the final two games. He looks like a legitimate RB1 in all fantasy leagues heading into 2017.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/1/17 10:31pm ET
New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas finished with 10 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets in the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Thomas finished up his first NFL season with 92 catches for 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns on 122 targets. He is going to be a fantasy beast in New Orleans, and an early-round selection in most 2017 drafts.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 1/1/17 10:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (concussion) left the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a concussion.
Huddle Up: Snead wrapped up the season with 72 catches, 895 yards and four scores. He was the tertiary receiving option behind Michael Thomas and Drew Brees, but he still was a solid WR4 in most fantasy leagues. That role will continue into 2017.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/1/17 10:29pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 29 of his 50 pass attempts for 350 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Brees struggled in early December, likely hurting some fantasy owners getting ready for their playoffs. But overall he managed 5,158 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions. Even at Age 37 he proved he is a must-have fantasy option capable of big things. That won't change into 2017.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 12/27/16 5:32pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will average at least 300 passing yards per game for the sixth straight season. If he can throw for at least 142 yards in Week 17 then he will tally his fifth season of 5,000 passing yards to boot.
Huddle Up: Brees has arguably been the most consistent quarterback in the NFL this decade. He throws more than anyone in the league most seasons and is a lock for QB1 territory every season as long as he is healthy. Brees should be drafted as a high-end QB1 next year, too.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 12/25/16 12:12am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks was targeted nine times and caught five passes for 98 yards in a 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Cooks is among New Orleans' top receiving targets, but Drew Brees has so many weapons in other players like Michael Thomas and Willie Snead that it is hard to pick one top receiver. Cooks is a WR2 or WR3-style receiver at best.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 12/25/16 12:04am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught six of his eight targeted passes for 98 yards in a 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Thomas is easily one of the best offensive rookies in the game this season, and he posted another solid contest on Saturday. Thomas will be a strong WR2 or WR3 heading into next season, with the amount of receivers Drew Brees has at his disposal the only drawback.
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