Saints Fantasy News

Saints RB Mark Ingram suspended four games

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 4:15pm

Nick Underhill - [Full Article]

Nick Underhill of The Advocate tweeted that Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 NFL season, "for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs."

The Saints don't go on bye until Week 6, meaning Ingram will be eligible to return to game action in Week 5.

Fantasy Impact:

Obviously, this is a big blow to Ingram’s stock, but owners may be able to nab him as an RB3, weather the four-game suspension, and then get low-end RB1 numbers for the stretch run. Alvin Kamara gets a bump since he should see an increased workload in the first four weeks. The Saints will likely use another running back to keep Kamara’s touches under control.

Saints release TE Coby Fleener

Monday, May 7, 2018, 2:46pm

Ben Volin - [Full Article]

After two seasons in New Orleans, the Saints have parted ways with tight end Coby Fleener.

Fantasy Impact:

During his two-year stint in New Orleans, Fleener caught a combined 72 receptions for 926 yards and five touchdowns. The Saints will be fine without him, as they brought back Ben Watson (who caught 74 passes for 825 yards and six scores as a Saint in 2015) and still have Josh Hill rostered.

As for Fleener, his concussion history will play a factor now that he's a free agent. Teams in need of tight help include the Jets, Cowboys, and Seahawks.

Saints decline to match WR Willie Snead's offer sheet, Snead now a Raven

Monday, April 23, 2018, 11:57am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints declined to match the two-year offer sheet Willie Snead signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Snead is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens' wide receiver corps. Adam Schefter also mentioned how the Ravens are now out of the Dez Bryant sweepstakes after showing "initial interest".

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens are going to need name tags in the wide receiver room this summer. In addition to Snead, Baltimore has signed Michael Crabtree and John Brown, and have completely revamped its receiver corps. Prior to his suspension (DUI) in 2017, Snead was one of the best up-and-coming receivers in the league, producing a combined 141 receptions for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015 and 2016. But he was a non-factor after the suspension, garnering just 16 targets in 11 games for the Saints last year. He’ll likely vie for targets with Brown behind Crabtree, who should serve as the Ravens’ top target in the passing game.

WR Willie Snead signs offer sheet with Baltimore Ravens

Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:54am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Saints restricted free agent WR Willie Snead has signed a two-year offer sheet with the Baltimore Ravens worth $10.5 million. The Saints now have five days to match the offer or let Snead become a Raven.

Fantasy Impact:

After adding Cameron Meredith via the same offer sheet route, it's doubtful the Saints will match Baltimore's offer. If Snead does indeed become a Raven, he will join a Baltimore WR depth chart that includes Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Breshad Perriman, and Chris Moore.

In the 11 games he played last season, Snead was an afterthought in the Saints' offense, catching more than one pass in only one game. His best game came in Week 13, when he caught both of his targets for 31 yards. Temper your expectations when it comes to Snead in fantasy drafts this year.

Bears do not match offer sheet for Cameron Meredith, will join Saints

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:53pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

The Chicago Bears have decided against matching the two-year, $9.6 million contract offer the New Orleans Saints made to wide receiver Cameron Meredith. The deal also contains $5.4 million in guaranteed money. According to Adam Schefter, the Bears passed on matching the offer due to concerns about Meredith's ACL and MCL injuries.

Fantasy Impact:

A healthy Meredith should play an important role in the Saints' offense, and he gets a boost playing with Drew Brees. The last time Meredith saw the field was in 2016—a season that saw the Bears trot out Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, and David Fales under center. Michael Thomas should continue his role as the Saints' No. 1 WR, with Meredith will likely competing for the No. 3 WR role with Willie Snead or Tommylee Lewis. Tedd Ginn currently mans the No. 2 WR spot.

Saints sign WR Cameron Meredith to offer sheet

Friday, April 6, 2018, 4:33pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears' restricted free agent WR Cameron Meredith has signed a two-year offer sheet with the New Orleans Saints. The deal is worth $9.6 million (with incentives), and comes with $5.4 million in guaranteed money. The Bears have five days to match the offer or let Meredith walk.

Fantasy Impact:

Meredith missed all of last season with a torn ACL he suffered in the third week of the preseason, but he showed glimpses of potential during the 2016 season in which he caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers, as well as the 97 times he was targeted that season, led all Bears receivers.

Whether he stays in Chicago, or moves to New Orleans to play with Drew Brees, a fully healthy Meredith should be a top-two or two-three receiver on his team and will be someone to consider late in fantasy drafts this summer.

Saints sign TE Ben Watson to a one-year deal

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 12:30pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

TE Ben Watson agreed to a one-year deal with the Saints, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Watson had his best statistical season as a 34-year-old Saint in 2015, catching 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns. Now 37, Watson rejoins his old team and should offer sneaky value as long as he can stay healthy.

QB Chase Daniel to sign with the Chicago Bears

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:07am

Peter Schrager - [Full Article]

While this signing doesn't move the needles, the Chicago Bears adding Chase Daniel to their quarterback room signals the end of the Mike Glennon era in Chicago.

Fantasy Impact:

Glennon plans to sign with Arizona upon his release, freeing up the No. 2 QB spot in Chicago behind Mitch Trubisky. The Bears will be the 31-year-old vet's fourth team since entering the league in 2009. Based on the situation and the talent on offense, he would make for an intriguing QB2 in 2QB or superflex leagues if Mitch Trubisky were to miss any time.

Drew Brees re-signs with New Orleans

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:30am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

No one really expected Drew Brees and the Saints to part ways, and now it's official, as the Saints signal-caller will remain in New Orleans on a two-year deal worth $50 million, with $27 million in guarantees.

Fantasy Impact:

Despite not putting up the gaudy numbers we are accustomed to—Brees' passing yards (4,334) and touchdowns (23) were both the lowest he has thrown as a Saint—he still finished as the No. 9 fantasy QB last season. He will remain in the fantasy elite tier of quarterbacks in 2018.

Saints WR Brandon Coleman out vs. Vikings

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 4:03pm

Saints Inactives
WR Brandon Coleman
RB Jonathan Williams
DE Kasim Edebali
C Cameron Tom
TE John Phillips
T Bryce Harris
DE Al-Quadin Muhammad

Related players: Willie Snead

Fantasy Impact:

Coleman is dealing with a neck injury and won't go today. It should mean more work for Willie Snead, but it's a tough matchup against the Vikings.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) took full practice reps all week. Rudolph has been playing with an ankle injury for the last few games but looks to be close to 100 percent. The Saints are No. 11 in TE aFPA.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui (back) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Saints WR Brandon Coleman (neck, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 19. Willie Snead should see an increase in snaps against a tough Vikings pass defense.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Saints QB Taysom Hill (illness, questionable) missed practice Friday and is questionable for Week 19.

Saints WR Brandon Coleman (neck) ruled OUT vs. Vikings

Friday, January 12, 2018, 5:40pm

Josh Katzenstein - [Full Article]

The Saints will be without Coleman this week due to a neck issue. He missed all week of practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Coleman's absence will open up snaps and, potentially, targets for Tommylee Lewis and Willie Snead. We have them both ranked in the early-30s at the WR position, so you can look to them as potential WR3s or FLEX options.

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