Saints Fantasy News

Report: Saints would be open to trading HC Sean Payton

Monday, January 2, 2017, 10:49am

ESPN - [Full Article]

This time, the possibility of Saints HC Sean Payton leaving seems even more serious, with NOLA.com reporting Sunday night that the Los Angeles Rams are expected to seek permission to speak with Payton and that Saints general manager Mickey Loomis would be open to a trade.

A source told ESPN that Payton and Loomis met on the subject following Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons and will continue meeting into the week. For any deal to be struck, it would have to be considered a win-win-win for the Saints, Rams and Payton, as Loomis and Saints owner Tom Benson really have ultimate control.

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints signed Payton to a five-year contract extension worth more than $9 million per year this past offseason, and multiple sources have told ESPN that they are happy with the direction the team has been headed this year. But, they won't force Payton to stay if he wants to leave.

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 3:21pm

Saints Inactives
Jack Allen C
Travis Feeney OLB
Corey Fuller WR
Jake Lampman WR
Daniel Lasco RB
Marcus Murphy RB
Robenson Therezie FS

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Saints RB John Kuhn (hip) took limited practice reps again Friday.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel (foot, out) took limited practice reps again Friday and is out for Week 17. With Gabriel out, Mohamed Sanu should see a few extra targets against the Saints.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Jones won’t be on a snap count this week, per HC Dan Quinn. He has a nice matchup with the Saints.

Bucs place TE Cameron Brate on IR

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 5:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The breakout season for Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate has come to an end. The Bucs announced Tuesday afternoon that he has been placed on injured reserve.

Brate suffered a back injury late in the third quarter of Saturday's game against the New Orleans Saints. He walked off the field very slowly and kept grabbing his lower back region on the sideline. He had originally been announced as "questionable" to return, but was then downgraded to "doubtful" and never re-entered the game.

Related players: Brandon Myers

Fantasy Impact:

Brate finishes his season with 57 catches for 660 yards. His eight touchdown catches are currently the most in the league among tight ends and are second on the Bucs behind Mike Evans. Myers should see an increased workload with Brate out.

Report: Bucs RB Doug Martin to sit again Week 17

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 12:03pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

After his 1,402-yard season in 2015, Doug Martin appeared to be in good standing with the Buccaneers. He signed a five-year, $35.75 million deal in March, effectively keeping him in Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future. However, after his recent struggles, his roster spot may not be as guaranteed as it once seemed.

Martin was a healthy scratch in the Buccaneers’ Week 16 game against the Saints – the first time in his career he was benched. He called it a coach’s decision with Dirk Koetter saying Jacquizz Rodgers was a better fit for the game.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Martin will be inactive once again in Week 17. In turn, the Buccaneers plan to sign Russell Hansborough from the practice squad to fill his spot on the game-day roster.

Fantasy Impact:

Martin has undoubtedly struggled mightily this season, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry. That’s down from 4.9 a year ago, and it’s a big reason for Koetter’s decision to bench him. If he continues to struggle into 2017, his future with the team could certainly be in limbo. After next season, the Buccaneers won’t incur any dead money by parting ways with Martin.

Questions remain for Bucs and RB Doug Martin

Monday, December 26, 2016, 7:46pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Two days after Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was made a healthy scratch against the New Orleans Saints before a game that would essentially decide whether they would reach the playoffs, coach Dirk Koetter stood by his decision and his previous defense of Martin.

He wouldn't say what it means going forward, though.

"As I said last week, we made a decision for the Saints game based on what I thought was best for our team that week, and we'll do the same thing this week," Koetter said. "We'll make the decision, not just at running back, but at every position."

Related players: Jacquizz Rodgers

Fantasy Impact:

The past several weeks, Koetter had been peppered with questions about Martin's performances. He defended Martin, saying that he had been "running hard," that "we need to play better around him" and "there's nothing wrong with Doug Martin." Jacquizz Rodgers led Tampa Bay with 63 yards and 1 touchdown on 15 carries against the Saints. The story said Peyton Barber is on all four special teams, Charles Sims was on some special teams and was a backup on all special teams.

Saturday, December 24, 2016, 3:11pm

Saints Inactives
Jack Allen C
Travis Feeney OLB
Corey Fuller WR
Jake Lampman WR
Daniel Lasco RB
Marcus Murphy RB
Robenson Therezie FS

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Saints RB John Kuhn (hip, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 16.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Cardinals WR John Brown (illness, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. Brown popped up on the fantasy radar last week with a nice game against the Saints. He’s tough to trust right now, especially against Seattle.

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm

Saints RB John Kuhn (hip) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice.

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm

Cardinals WR John Brown (illness) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Brown popped up on the fantasy radar last week with a nice game against the Saints. He’s tough to trust right now, especially against Seattle.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm

Saints RB John Kuhn (hip) did not practice Wednesday.

Fitzgerald: 'We will see what goes on' in terms of 2017

Monday, December 19, 2016, 11:30am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said last week that he expects to have quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back with the team in 2017 and the two players fielded questions about their plans for the future after Sunday’s 48-41 loss to the Saints.

Palmer said he hasn’t given much thought to what’s beyond the 2016 season at this point, but that he expects that he will be back and wants to remain with the team. Fitzgerald, who is under contract for next year along with Palmer, also said that it hasn’t been on his mind and sounded less sure about his feelings than Palmer.

“I got two more games to go [this season],” Fitzgerald said, via the team’s website. “I will play those games as hard as I can against two division opponents and we will see what goes on this offseason. My attention is solely focused on Seattle this Saturday.”

Fantasy Impact:

We reported on this same story last week. The window seems to be closing a little on the Cards. Palmer's play at QB has slipped but it remains to be seen of the Cards can find an upgrade. Fitz has remained very solid - he needs two more catches for another 100-catch season. He needs 12 more to pass last year's career high of 109 receptions.

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