Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 8/20/17 7:54pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara had five carries for 61 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown, and one catch for 22 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in the preseason Sunday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Kamara could find it tough to find many carries with Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram around, but he should see a lot of the action on passing downs. He is a RB5 for now, but he is an injury away from being a potential flex play in PPR formats.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/20/17 8:26pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was held out of the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Aug. 20. QB Chase Daniel started and completed seven of his 12 pass attempts for 80 yards.
Huddle Up: Brees isn't getting any younger, but he can roll out of bed and put together a 5,000-yard season. Next to Aaron Rodgers, Brees probably has the safest floor of any QB1.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 8/9/17 10:03pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson (rest) will not play in the team's preseason opener Thursday, August 10, against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: It's pretty standard to see aging veterans not play in the first preseason game, so owners have nothing to worry about here. As has been the case all summer, Peterson should still be viewed as a top sleeper candidate, having the potential to legitimately meet an RB2 ceiling in the Saints' high-octane offense if he stays healthy.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 8/7/17 7:15pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (undisclosed) was a full participant during practice Monday, Aug. 7.
Huddle Up: Snead should receive a bigger role in the passing game with Brandin Cooks moving to the New England Patriots. He has recorded 1,879 receiving yards over the last two seasons and can be a No. 3 receiver for fantasy owners this season.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 8/7/17 10:39pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. is listed as the No. 2 wide receiver on the team's first unofficial depth chart that was just released.
Huddle Up: It's doubtful he retains that spot over the emerging Willie Snead, but either way, Ginn will be someone worth monitoring as a late-round sleeper. The 10-year veteran has exceeded 700 receiving yards in each of the prior two campaigns -- the first time he's accomplished that in back-to-back seasons in his career -- and is looking at regular playing time in the Saints' high-powered offense, more likely in the slot. Keep an eye on him, especially in deep formats.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 8/4/17 8:03am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (undisclosed) is out of practice Friday, Aug. 4, for an unspecified reason.
Huddle Up: Mark Ingram and John Kuhn left after the walkthrough, likely as a day of rest, and the same could be true for Snead. Keep tabs on him through the weekend to be certain. Snead is in the low-end WR2, high-end WR3 range in fantasy.
Coby Fleener - TEPosted 8/4/17 8:04am ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener (undisclosed) is out of practice Friday, Aug. 4, for an unknown reason.
Huddle Up: That's three days in a row for Fleener, which lends us to believe he may be dealing with an injury. He's a TE2 in fantasy, but Josh Hill could steal looks from him.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 8/2/17 10:45am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has been very active in the passing game throughout training camp, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett.
Huddle Up: Ingram's role in the Saints' backfield has been in question ever since the team signed Adrian Peterson, but it really shouldn't change all that much. Alvin Kamara was drafted with an eye on turning him into a satellite back in the Darren Sproles/Reggie Bush mode, while Peterson gives the team a physical edge it hasn't had in a while. Ingram's role shouldn't change much, making him a high-upside - albeit likely inconsistent - RB2 in 2017.
Brandon Coleman - WRPosted 7/31/17 6:10am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman has the trust of QB Drew Brees. 'There's really not a guy who I have more trust in than Brandon Coleman, honestly,' Brees said. 'I've played with him now for a long time, and I feel like he's a guy that can play every position. He can play X, he can play Z, and he can play inside. So his versatility in this offense is really good, he's a very smart player and he's been a guy who's just done whatever we needed him to do over the last few years.'
Huddle Up: Coleman is a big target, and the subtraction of Brandin Cooks could give him an opportunity to break out in his third season. He's a sneaky WR5 candidate.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 7/27/17 2:51pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead is focused on becoming more of a deep threat this season rather than his potential long-term contract. Snead has worked on his back-end speed this offseason and may have more opportunities down the field with New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks gone.
Huddle Up: Snead is seemingly underrated heading into a season in which he figures to have plenty of targets alongside Michael Thomas. If Snead can become a consistent downfield threat, he has low-end WR2 to high-end WR3 upside in an up-tempo offense.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 7/24/17 10:45am ET
New Orleans Saints exclusive rights free-agent WR Willie Snead said he'll report to camp Thursday, July 27, despite his desire for a new contract.
Huddle Up: Snead is on the cusp in fantasy, and with Brandin Cooks gone, this could be the year. He has a lot of upside as a WR3.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 7/24/17 2:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead signed his $615,000 tender Monday, July 24, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Snead is arguably one of the most underrated wide receivers in the NFL, especially so since Brandin Cooks is now in New England. Snead has more upside in PPR leagues and deserves low-end WR2 to high-end WR3 consideration in such formats.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 7/16/17 3:39pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. will be the team's No. 3 receiver this season and can also be used as a kick or punt returner.
Huddle Up: Ginn posted at least 700 yards in each of the last two seasons but could improve those numbers as part of the Saints offense in 2017. He should receive plenty of playing time this season and could be at least a No. 4 fantasy receiver.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 7/11/17 8:14am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson is likely on tap for 150 carries, according to Saints color commentator Deuce McAllister. 'If he gets (about 150 carries), he'll get probably 700 to 1,000 yards,' McAllister said. Peterson is keeping his weight between 215 and 219 pounds with 6 percent body fat. Peterson, who has totaled more than 400 receiving yards once, said he'd like to tally 500 receiving yards.
Huddle Up: It's important not to get overhyped about the 32-year-old's aspirations. He is a freak of nature, but very few backs have been this productive at his age. They also have Pro Bowler Mark Ingram and third-rounder Alvin Kamara, who projects as a Darren Sproles type. Peterson is an RB3 in fantasy that could receive a boost in this dynamic offense if everything goes right.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 7/11/17 9:06am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson has had more than 400 receiving yards only once in his career, but he is shooting for 500 in 2017. 'I was attracted to playing with (Drew) Brees, a guy who is good at distributing the ball to different players. I know in this system, I'll get some opportunities to catch the ball in space. Drew Brees, he'll get the ball to me,' Peterson said.
Huddle Up: Brees loves throwing to his running backs, but 500 receiving yards is a big ask in a backfield which also has Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara and maybe even Travaris Cadet vying for touches. Peterson will be fortunate to top 1,000 total yards this season, and owners should be thrilled if he can give them roughly 750 yards rushing and 350 receiving to go along with eight to 10 touchdowns. He's on the RB2 borderline and probably should be drafted as a RB3.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 7/11/17 3:07pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson is motivated by those who doubt his age, ability, health, etc. 'I'd be lying to say [the doubt] doesn't [motivate me],' Peterson said. 'You want to do things people say you can't do.'
Huddle Up: There is credence to the doubt surrounding Peterson. At 32 years old, Peterson has missed almost two full seasons in the last three years. He'll be splitting playing time with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara to boot. Nonetheless, he is Adrian Peterson, after all. View him as a flex option in a high-scoring, high-flying offense.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 7/11/17 7:35pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram hauled in all 10 of his targets inside the 20 last season, making him only one of five players with at least five such targets to catch every one.
Huddle Up: Adrian Peterson has made a lot of noise recently about proving himself as a receiver, but Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara are better equipped to handle that work. With that said, at least 22 percent of the Saints' targets have been directed at the running back position over the last 10 seasons, and the average during the span is 26 percent. In short, there should be plenty of opportunities for all three backs to get their fill of catches. Ingram should be considered a high-upside RB3.
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.
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