Nick Toon Fantasy News

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 4:31pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints' wide receiving corps is a work in progress, but hit a snag during Saturday night's preseason game.

Wide receiver Nick Toon sustained a high-ankle sprain and is expected to be out 2-3 weeks, a source told FOXSports.com.

Fantasy Impact:

Toon, who was getting reps with the second team offense, left the field in the third quarter and was seen on the trainer's table, the story said. Through two preseason contests, Toon had two receptions for 11 yards.

Monday, August 10, 2015, 5:33pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Saints announced their first depth chart:

QB: Drew Brees, Luke McCown, Ryan Griffin, Garrett Grayson

WR: Brandin Cooks, Brandon Coleman, Willie Snead, Lance Lewis, Kyle Prater

WR: Marques Colston, Nick Toon, Seantavius Jones, Joseph Morgan, Josh Morgan, R.J. Harris, Jalen Saunders

RB: Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson, C.J. Spiller, Tim Hightower, Edwin Baker, Marcus Murphy

FB: Austin Johnson, Erik Lorig, Toben Opurum

TE: Benjamin Watson, Josh Hill, Orson Charles, Kevin Brock, Alex Smith

Fantasy Impact:

There weren't a lot of surprises according to the author, except that some of the team's younger WRs were listed ahead of veterans. But it's been pretty clear the team is going with a youth movement at the position, so Brandon Coleman, who could end up as the team's WR3, and Seantavius Jones were ahead of guys like Joseph Morgan and Josh Morgan.

Payton: Saints WR Brandon Coleman is 'definitely in the hunt'

Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:03pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Brandon Coleman is one of several candidates battling for the Saints’ No. 3 and 4 receiver jobs -- along with veterans Nick Toon, Josh Morgan, Joe Morgan and fellow second-year pro Seantavius Jones. So we’re still weeks away from being able to predict the pecking order or declare Coleman as a fantasy football sleeper.

But Coleman, who spent most of last year on the practice squad along with Jones, arguably has the highest upside of the bunch. With his size and physicality, Coleman could be a red zone monster if he's able to realize his potential. So far, so good this summer. Coleman has looked much more fluid, confident and comfortable than last summer when he battled inconsistency.

“He’s stronger now. He’s healthy,” Payton said of Coleman, who spent most of last year on the practice squad. “When we got him he was coming off of a rehab from his knee. And you can see the strength in his lower body when it comes to the breaks he’s making and the cuts he’s making.”

“This confidence kind of comes through getting reps in practice and ultimately it comes through game experience in a game setting that matters,” Payton said. “But I thought his offseason has been very good, and he’s definitely in the hunt.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints are seemingly set at the top two spots in Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston, though Colston does have some injury concerns. After that, the Saints' receiving corps is wide open. Nick Toon is slated for WR3 duties, but the situation is fluid.

Saints Beat: Team could go with youth at WR

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 12:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

After Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston is where it really gets interesting for the Saints WRs. The Saints will have two relative newcomers in their top-four rotation after trading away TE Jimmy Graham and receiver Kenny Stills and opting not to re-sign Robert Meachem.

Fourth-year pro Nick Toon will get the first crack at the No. 3 job since he’s been waiting in line the longest. Toon helped his case with a solid finish to last season when he finally got an extended opportunity -- 17 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown over the final six games.

Brandon Coleman’s massive size (6-foot-6, 225) makes him the most intriguing roster contender since he could develop into a red-zone monster. Coleman seemed to be playing faster and more at ease this summer after struggling last summer -- a good sign that he’s on the rise.

Seantavius Jones shouldn’t get lost in Coleman’s shadow. The 6-3, 200-pounder has flashed a great combination of size and athleticism. And he was actually promoted to the active roster ahead of Coleman late last season when the Saints needed injury reinforcements.

Fantasy Impact:

The author thinks both Jones and Coleman make the roster while the team parts ways with Josh Morgan and Joe Morgan. The article said Toon (6-4, 218) can help his case even more if he proves to be a strong blocker (a valued skill that used to be one of Meachem’s specialties). Also mentioned was the possibility Colston becomes a red zone threat, taking over for the departed Graham. However, we think C.J. Spiller also takes on a huge role in the passing game from the running back position.

Payton: Saints WR Nick Toon's snaps will go 'way up' this year

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 12:32pm

New Orleans Advocate - [Full Article]

Nick Toon, who spent his first three years at the X receiver spot, has moved to the Z in the Saints’ base offense. Toon will line up off the ball more often, and he’ll be lining up on the strong side of the formation, as opposed to the weak side. Toon, at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, has become one of New Orleans’ better run blockers at receiver, an ability that can come in handy as an extra blocker outside the tight end.

For Toon, the key is putting it all together. He should have plenty of chances.

“We saw at times last year in practice, even though he’s not receiving reps in the games, certainly we’ve seen his progression, he understands the system well and he’s working hard,” Payton said. “I think the key is just getting snaps, but I think we’ll see his snaps go way up.”

Fantasy Impact:

Toon figures to serve as the WR3 behind Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. The role hasn't traditionally been a big fantasy producer, but Jimmy Graham is gone so the team figures to get less production out of the tight end position. If anything happens to Cooks or Colston, fantasy owners should have Toon on speed dial.

Saints WR Brandon Coleman's play is 'night and day' from last year

Friday, June 19, 2015, 3:37pm

nola.com - [Full Article]

Drew Brees and Keenan Lewis use the phrase "night and day" to describe the difference in Brandon Coleman's play from last year to this year. The 6-foot-6 wideout is becoming more than just a big body as he's far more reliable catching the football and knowing the offense this offseason. At this rate, Coleman could be on his way to transforming into a viable piece in the passing game in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

He’s vying for snaps behind Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston and Nick Toon, but his teammates have said that the 6’6” receiver is “night and day” from last season, so he could quickly work his way into fantasy relevance with an injury or two in the Saints’ receiving corps.

Brees: Saints WR Nick Toon has a 'great opportunity' in 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 9:01pm

New Orleans Saints - [Full Article]

Talking about wide receivers, Nick Toon has been here for years now, do you think that this could potentially be his year to emerge.

Saints QB Drew Brees: “I do, absolutely. This will be his fourth season and that first year he was injured, the second year he made progress, and then last year he had a chance to kind of break out a little bit and get some opportunities to play once (Brandin) Cooks went down and I felt like made the most of it. We saw glimpses. For him it’s just a matter of repetition and the more opportunities he gets I think the more plays he is going to make. We’ve had the ability to maneuver him around and give him more opportunities that way and he’s been able to handle it very well. So I’m excited for Nick Toon, he’s got a great opportunity I think there’s a great fit for him and a great opportunity for him and a great role for him in this offense.”

Fantasy Impact:

Toon figures to serve as the WR3 behind Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. The role hasn't traditionally been a big fantasy producer, but Jimmy Graham is gone so the team figures to get less production out of the tight end position. If anything happens to Cooks or Colston, fantasy owners should have Toon on speed dial.

Saints 'standouts': WRs Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones

Friday, June 5, 2015, 1:57pm

Mike Triplett, Twitter - [Full Article]

Two standouts again in Saints practice today: Young WRs Brandon Coleman, Seantavius Jones. In serious danger of early over-hyping.

Fantasy Impact:

Coleman and Jones are competing with Nick Toon and Joseph Morgan for snaps behind starters Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. The Saints spread it around, so the team's WR3 probably won't hold reliable fantasy value, but whoever wins the position should be on speed dial if Cooks or Colston suffers an injury.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 12:39pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

Saints wide receiver Nick Toon received the biggest bump in playing time with Brandin Cooks' injury. Toon played 44 offensive snaps (60 percent) in by far his most plentiful snap count this season.

Running back Pierre Thomas jumped back in with 39 snaps (53 percent). This led to a drop for Mark Ingram, who only played on 25 snaps (34 percent).

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas had just five carries to Ingram's 11, but as expected, Thomas was a big part in the passing game with six catches for 37 yards. Ingram had a tough time, at one point having seven carries for 0 yards before finishing with a 11-27-0 line. At WR, Toon ended with three catches for 42 yards but it was Kenny Stills who had eight catches for 98 yards and seemed to benefit the most from a fantasy perspective with Cooks not being in the lineup.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:14pm

Saints Inactives
Jonathan Goodwin C
David Hawthorne ILB
Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB
Austin Johnson FB
Khiry Robinson RB
Pierre Thomas RB
Nick Toon WR

Fantasy Impact:

Mark Ingram will again be asked to carry the load at RB with Travaris Cadett chipping in on some passing downs. Jimmy Graham is active as expected.

Jimmy Graham active for Saints

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:17pm

Saints Inactives
Jonathan Goodwin C
Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB
Kyle Knox LB
Joe Morgan WR
Khiry Robinson RB
Pierre Thomas RB
Nick Toon WR

Fantasy Impact:

Jimmy Graham is active for the Saints. Last week, Graham played 41% of the snaps, or 30 plays in total. He's likely to be somewhat limited again in what should be a high-scoring game against the Packers.

With Robinson and Thomas out, Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet will share the backfield with Ingram likely to be featured and Cadet working in on passing downs.

Saints have multiple ways to replace Jimmy Graham's production

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:15pm

NOLA - [Full Article]

How will the Saints replace Jimmy Graham?

The Saints could choose to reduce the number of multiple tight end packages and go with more four-receiver looks against Detroit. That would mean increased snaps for Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem. It could also mean the Saints choose to activate a fifth receiver on game day -- either Joe Morgan or Nick Toon.

Graham's absence will increase the workload for Ben Watson and, to a lesser extent, Josh Hill. We'll start to find out this week if recent tight end acquisition Tom Crabtree will have a meaningful role in the offense.

Finally, don't overlook running back Travaris Cadet. The Saints like lining him up outside as a receiver in four- or five-receiver sets, and there could be more of those on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Hill is more of a "move" TE than Watson, though it was Watson who was targeted heavily (7) when Jimmy Graham was injured. Hill has a couple of touchdowns on the season and can run. Hill played a season-high 32 snaps in Week 5, so he figures to get extra snaps with Graham out.

Saints WR Kenny Stills downgraded to out

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 3:38pm

NewOrleansSaints.com - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Kenny Stills has been downgraded from questionable to OUT for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Fantasy Impact:

This is especially good news for rookie WR Brandin Cooks, who could get increased time as the team's WR2. Joseph Morgan and Nick Toon could also contribute at that spot though. Cooks is probably still a wait and see candidate for fantasy lineups to observe how the Saints use him. Most week Cooks will have boom-bust potential given the other targets in the Saints offense.

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.

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.

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