Marques Colston Fantasy News

Monday, August 18, 2014, 9:35pm

Sun Herald - [Full Article]

This season, Saints WR Kenny Stills will team with first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks to give the Saints elite speed at receiver. Their ability to stretch defenses, coupled with Marques Colston and Robert Meachem's knack for finding openings in schemes, should help tight end Jimmy Graham better operate around the field.

Now that he's back, Stills is back to improving on his rookie season where his speed helped him catch 32 passes for 641 yards and five touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:
Stills returns from a quad injury but missed out on team building at The Greenbrier in West Virginia and missed out on getting in better shape. Even missed offensive snaps with QB Drew Brees. Stills and Cooks were close on our WR list at one opint, but now Cooks shot up to 34th while Stills is 44th. Just about anyone in the Saints offense can have value but the downfall is there could be some boom and bust weeks with both Cooks and Stills.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014, 7:21pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Saints got several other players back on the field Sunday, notably wideout Marques Colston.

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 4:30pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints WR Joe Morgan is in a dogfight, though for the fourth and fifth roster spots with Nick Toon and veteran Robert Meachem (also known for his combination of excellent blocking and deep speed). It’s hard to imagine the Saints will keep all three of them, since they typically keep only four receivers active on game days. But it’s also hard to imagine any of the three getting cut just yet.

Fantasy Impact:
Morgan has been catching up and making this more of a battle. From a fantasy perspective, there isn't really any consistent value here as the top-three of Marques Colston, Kenny Still and Brandin Cooks should see a bulk of the snaps at WR.

Saints Beat: We really aren't 'overhyping' WR Brandin Cooks

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 8:51pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints beat writer Mike Triplett: Nobody needed replay to see rookie receiver Brandin Cooks put on another dazzling display later in team drills. Cooks reeled in a touchdown pass of more than 50 yards from Luke McCown by leaping up and outdueling safety Pierre Warren for the ball. He later ran free behind the third-string defense to catch another deep ball from QB Logan Kilgore. As I've said many times, we really aren't overhyping Cooks. He simply keeps makes the biggest highlights on an almost-daily basis. I didn't think he'd be in a position to catch the deep ball against Warren, but sure enough, he rose to the challenge.

Fantasy Impact:
Cooks's ADP has risen into the late 6th round in PPR formats, going ahead of more established players like Marques Colston, Mike Wallace and Golden Tate. While this is too rich for our blood, there's no doubt that Cooks has had a tremendous offseason and has quite a bit of upside in the Saints' potent offense. Other than typical rookie growing pains, we're worried about the team's spread-it-around style supporting the current expectations for the young receiver.

T.Y. Hilton on the field in 2 TE sets

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 12:46pm

Steve Andress on Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has always been on the field when practicing at camp in 2 WR sets.

Fantasy Impact:

This is certainly good news for Hilton owners, or potential owners, as he looks to be running as the team's WR1 with Reggie Wayne as the WR2. After Wayne got injured last season, Hilton put up low-end WR1 numbers. While he comes in ranked 24th on our WR list, his ADP is the sixth round which is about a round higher than guys like Mike Wallace and Marques Colston who are ranked nearby. It looks like you may have to reach a little for Hilton, but this news should make you feel better about doing it.

Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:51pm

Sun Herald - [Full Article]

Saints RB Tarvaris Cadet is expecting a larger role in the offense.

"Coach Payton is a mastermind," Cadet said. "He knows all of our tendencies and what not. I'm pretty sure he will put all of his players in the right positions to be successful.

"I feel like my role is going to increase a whole lot."

For all his talent, Cadet hasn't shown enough as running back to move up the depth chart in front of Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas. Same at receiver, where Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem, rookie Brandin Cooks and others are expected to form the rotation.

Maybe Cadet is ready to change the rotation.

Fantasy Impact:
Cadet was the first name that sprung to mind when the team traded Darren Sproles away, but then the Saints drafted the speedy Brandin Cooks. Cadet's role is to be determined.

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:30pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Saints WR Marques Colston says he made resting his ailing left foot a priority during the offseason and feels far healthier than he did a year ago.

Fantasy Impact:
After four straight top 20 seasons, Colston finished #27 in 2013. He got off to a decent start (#27 WR through the first four weeks) before a midseason swoon where he caught a combined six catches for 44 yards against the Bears, Patriots and Bills. Then, over the final 10 games (including the postseason), he averaged 6.1 catches for 76 yards and 0.50 TD, which equate to fringe WR1-type numbers. The 31 year-old should benefit from the loss of Lance Moore and Darren Sproles, who saw a combined 143 targets last season. Health is a concern, but Colston has only missed four games in the last five seasons.

Beat: Jarrett Boykin will be 'difficult to dislodge' as WR3

Friday, June 13, 2014, 10:52am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Rookie wide receivers rarely make a cannonball entrance in Green Bay. Jarrett Boykin will be difficult to dislodge. With Davante Adams, there are unknowns. With Boykin, knowns. He was one source of reliability when the season turned upside down.

Yet he's on notice. Adams may be a more athletic playmaker at receiver long term.

Fantasy Impact:
After Randall Cobb went down, Boykin stepped in and served as the Packers de facto WR3, catching 49 passes for 681 yards and three scores. In games where he played at least 59% of the snaps, he averaged 4.3-61-.27, which equates to 124 fantasy points over a full season. That’s about what Marques Colston scored as the #27 WR in 2013. Cobb is back, but James Jones is gone, and Boykin is likely to play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack, which should be more productive with Aaron Rodgers under center. Rookie Davante Adams is the wild card, but at this point the feeling is that Boykin will hold him off. Randall Cobb only played 27% snaps as a rookie, so Adams should see a similarly limited role.

Payton: Nick Toon to play 'bigger role' in Saints offense

Friday, June 13, 2014, 10:20am

nola.com - [Full Article]

Saints WR Nick Toon said he feels more comfortable with each passing year, and he's started to put together the second of two nice offseasons. Toon was showcased often in the three days of minicamp practice, and outside of one bad drop, he put together several nice plays.

It's clear the Saints see potential in the relatively inexperienced receiver, who spent 2012 on injured reserve. HC Sean Payton didn't talk in terms of roster spots when asked about Toon. Instead, he said he envisioned a bigger plan for him.

"I would expect him to play a bigger role for our offense this season," Payton said. "He's doing well here in this offseason. His progress is important to us. With the loss of a number of players, particularly Lance Moore, I think you'll see more snaps for him and more opportunities."

Fantasy Impact:
Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks are considered locks to make the final roster, and the Saints typically carry five wide receivers, so Toon is competing with Robert Meachem and Joe Morgan (among others) for the final two spots. From a fantasy standpoint, he won't have much value if he's the Saints' WR4, but he's a player to monitor as the offseason (and attrition) wears on.

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 11:06am

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

On the hype surrounding Eagles WR Jordan Matthews...

In the past decade, four rookie wide receivers - Michael Clayton, A.J. Green, Keenan Allen and Marques Colston - have had 1,000-yard seasons. Five - Eddie Royal, Clayton, Allen, Dwayne Bowe and Colston - have had 70+ catches.

And there's this one from Brent Cohen of Eagles Rewind: 49 receivers have been taken in the second round since 2000 and played at least 10 games as rookies. Average receiving yards for that group has been 437.

All of those numbers are meant for context, and players buck trends all the time. But a really good season for Matthews would be replicating what Riley Cooper did last season, not DeSean Jackson.

Fantasy Impact:
Matthews will likely see snaps in the slot (at least) this season. Jeremy Maclin is working his way back from an ACL injury and Riley Cooper is solid, but unspectacular. There is opportunity in this offense if Matthews has a great summer, and by most accounts he has.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 8:28pm

New Orleans Saints - [Full Article]

Saints QB Drew Brees on WR Nick Toon: "I think he has come along extremely well. I’ve been very impressed with some of the things I’ve seen from him out here. He’s another big target that can run well, he transitions very well for a big guy. You watch the way he catches the ball sometimes and it’s so confident, he goes and he goes after it and plucks it. He’s very natural and confident when he catches the ball which you like to see. I think he can have big contributions on this team. I know that it’s extremely competitive with the receiver position right now with a lot of guys fighting for spots but he’s certainly right in the mix.”

Fantasy Impact:
Toon is going to struggle to see snaps behind Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and (probably) Brandin Cooks, but he appears to be earning a roster spot with a strong offseason.

Marques Colston says foot feels 'completely different'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 8:17pm

Ramon Antonio Vargas, Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints WR Marques Colston says, unlike last year, he has no foot issues. 'Feels completely different ... no restrictions.'

Fantasy Impact:
After four straight top 20 seasons, Colston finished #27 in 2013. He got off to a decent start (#27 WR through the first four weeks) before a midseason swoon where he caught a combined six catches for 44 yards against the Bears, Patriots and Bills. Then, over the final 10 games (including the postseason), he averaged 6.1 catches for 76 yards and 0.50 TD, which equate to fringe WR1-type numbers. The 31 year-old should benefit from the loss of Lance Moore and Darren Sproles, who saw a combined 143 targets last season. Health is a concern, but Colston has only missed four games in the last five seasons.

Getting snaps won't be easy for Davante Adams

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 10:57am

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - [Full Article]

These practices are probably as important to Packers WR Davante Adams as anyone on the team in that he'll need to gain a trust with Aaron Rodgers. As noted by the position coach, it's not easy for rookie wideouts to break onto the scene. This offense demands a lot from receivers mentally. A background in similar concepts should help Adams assimilate. As his coach at Fresno State pointed out, there are a few things Adams must work on this spring, too.

Fantasy Impact:
We believe that Jarrett Boykin will hold off the talented yet inexperienced Adams to be the WR3 in 2014. After Randall Cobb went down, Boykin stepped in and caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three scores. In games where he played at least 59% of the snaps, he averaged 4.3-61-.27, which equates to 124 fantasy points over a full season. That’s about what Marques Colston scored as the #27 WR in 2013. Cobb is back, but James Jones is gone, and Boykin should play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack, which should be more productive with Aaron Rodgers under center.

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints beat writer Mike Triplett answered a question about the team's WRs.

There’s probably a good chance the Saints will add another veteran. They showed interest in free agent Sidney Rice, and they could always re-sign Robert Meachem, whom they like for both his downfield speed and blocking ability. But those moves would be for depth. They’re certainly not in a panic over the top jobs right now. They’re very comfortable with Marques Colston and Kenny Stills as their two starters.

Fantasy Impact:
The Saints still have plenty of weapons, assuming they sign TE Jimmy Graham. There's also Pierre Thomas out of the backfield. The piece also says the team is comfortable with Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, and with a deep WR draft there's no need to panic.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:16am

Larry Holder on Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints HC Sean Payton said WR Marques Colston dealt with foot soreness throughout the season last year, and will have to monitor his practice time this season.

Fantasy Impact:
That's not a good sign... But the good news is after a slow start, Colsten came on pretty strong in the second half. From Weeks 5-8 Colston didn't go over 20 receiving yards and then missed Week 9. But from Weeks 10-17 he was under 63 receiving yards just twice and collected two 100-yard games and four TDs in that span.