Saints Fantasy News

TE Coby Fleener expects to be better in second season with the Saints

Friday, May 26, 2017, 10:13pm

The Advocate - [Full Article]

Signed to a five-year, $36 million contract last offseason, Coby Fleener was supposed to serve as another dynamic playmaker in an offense full of them. At times he was. Mostly, he was just solid, catching 50 passes for 631 yards with three touchdowns.

Could it have been better?

“I think it absolutely could have been better,” he said. “I would have loved it to be better.”

And he thinks it will. Instead of trying to conquer a new playbook and new verbiage, he’s instead relearning what he already knows and feels comfortable with his role. Fleener believes that should make a big difference heading into his second season with the team.

“I think anytime you’re trying to learn a new offense, trying to learn a language, trying to learn something of that nature, going through it under pressure, going through it for a year really helps,” he said.

Fantasy Impact:

Fleener was the #12 TE in standard formats and #15 in PPR, so he doesn't have to improve too much to get into the TE1 conversation. He's currently going in the 13th round of early PPR drafts after going in the 6th round last season. He looks like a post-hype sleeper.

Saints to sign RB Adrian Peterson

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 10:11am

Josina Anderson - [Full Article]

Adrian Peterson tells me he plans to sign with the Saints on a 2-yr deal, effectively a (1 + 1 year option) term worth a base value of $7M.

Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate: "(Mark Ingram) would be the lead back. Peterson would be his backup. The Saints ran the ball 404 times last year."

Fantasy Impact:

After a 1,485-yard season in 2015, Peterson gained just 72 yards on 37 carries (1.9 YPC) in 2016 while his season was interrupted by meniscus surgery. He’s 32 years old and doesn’t run well out of the shotgun, which has become the norm in today’s NFL. We don't believe he'll usurp Ingram as the starter, though he should see a significant role a la Tim Hightower. Ingram may become a draft day value if his ADP takes a hit after this signing.

RB Adrian Peterson to meet with Saints next week

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:29pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints are not done yet looking at big names on the NFL free-agent market.

According to an NFL Network report, the Saints plan to meet next week with running back Adrian Peterson, the 2012 NFL MVP.

Related players: Mark Ingram

Fantasy Impact:

After letting Tim Hightower leave to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, the Saints are in the market for help at running back. The prevailing expectation was for New Orleans to target a running back in the draft, but it appears they want to see if Peterson could help the offense.

Saints expected to part with QB Luke McCown

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 11:49am

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints' addition of Chase Daniel last week means a changing of the guard at the backup quarterback position.

The team plans to release veteran quarterback Luke McCown, the backup the past four seasons, on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.

Related players - Drew Brees

Fantasy Impact:

McCown, 35, initially joined the Saints in 2013. He re-signed on a two-year, $3 million contract during the 2016 offseason, but with the team adding Daniel to the roster, McCown won't have the chance to play on the final year of his deal.

49ers sign RB Tim Hightower

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:30pm - [Full Article]

The 49ers added some much-needed depth at running back, agreeing to terms with Tim Hightower, general manager John Lynch announced Saturday. Hightower becomes the second running back to join the Niners this week, along with DuJuan Harris, who re-signed with the team on March 28.

Related players - Carlos Hyde

Fantasy Impact:

Hightower will battle Harris for the leftover carries not given to entrenched starter Carlos Hyde, and will be able to look forward to running behind newly acquired fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Some beat writers in New Orleans last year thought HIghtower was the better runner between he and Mark Ingram, but HIghtower will be 31 by the start of the season.

Saints re-sign Travaris Cadet

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 10:07am - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints brought back one of their own running backs.

The Saints on Wednesday signed Travaris Cadet, a source familiar with the transaction confirmed.

Fantasy Impact:

Cadet set a career high for receptions (40) last season and caught four touchdown passes. He'll continue to play in a pass-catching role behind starter Mark Ingram.

Patriots trade for WR Brandin Cooks

Friday, March 10, 2017, 8:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints on Friday for a first- and third-round pick in the upcoming draft, multiple sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini.

The Patriots also will receive the Saints' fourth-round pick (No. 118 overall). New England's draft selections headed to the Saints are 32nd and 103rd overall.

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots love receivers who can turn a short catch into a long gainer and with his speed, Cooks fits the bill. The signing is great for Tom Brady, but it's a downgrade for Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell. Cooks figures to rank as a WR2 in early projections since the Patriots have several mouths to feed. In New Orleans, it's a small downgrade for Drew Brees while Michael Thomas, Willie Snead and newcomer Ted Ginn will pick up the slack.

Russini: WR Ted Ginn signing with the Saints

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:02pm

Dianna Russini - [Full Article]

WR Ted Ginn is signing with the New Orleans Saints per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Ginn finished the season as the #48 WR (PPR) after finishing #33 the year before. Even with Kelvin Benjamin back, Ginn’s targets remained remarkably consistent; he saw 95 targets in 2016 after getting 97 targets in 2015. Still one of the fastest receivers in the league, Ginn is being brought to New Orleans to stretch the field since it looks like Brandin Cooks is on his way out of town. The Saints’ three starting receivers each saw at least 104 targets, so Ginn could post similar (or better) numbers in 2017, provided he enjoys a smooth transition.

Jets pick John Morton to run the offense

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 8:54pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Jets planning to hire Saints WR coach John Morton as their OC, per league sources. Deal expected to be finalized soon.

Fantasy Impact:

Morton most recently was the wide receivers coach for the Saints and previously served as offensive coordinator for USC.

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 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.

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