Saints Fantasy News

Saints expected to sign TE Jared Cook

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:44am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Saints are expected to sign free agent TE Jared Cook, sources tell me and Tom Pelissero. One of the top free agents still out there, Cook gives QB Drew Brees an immediate big-time weapon.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a fantastic landing spot for Cook and he'll make a great addition to an already dangerous New Orleans receiving corps. Given the state of the tight end position, Cook has a great chance to finish in the top 10 again in 2019.

Ravens sign RB Mark Ingram

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 12:55pm

Jamison Hensley - [Full Article]

Ravens get Mark Ingram at $5M per season, which is significantly less than what Le'Veon Bell got ($13.1M). For a team with many needs and less than $30M in cap space, Baltimore wasn't going to make that type of investment at running back.

Related players: Gus Edwards, Kenneth Dixon

Fantasy Impact:

Clearly bad news for the other Baltimore running backs (namely Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon), this is a great landing spot for Ingram, who will play for a decidedly run-heavy offensive coordinator in Greg Roman. Ingram is still on the right side of 30 and hasn't averaged less than 4.6 YPC in the last four seasons. He's also a very capable receiver (3.1 receptions per game since 2015) so he's able to play on all three downs. He should flirt with fantasy RB1 value this year.

Saints to sign RB Latavius Murray

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:02pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Saints are giving former Vikings’ RB Latavius Murray a four-year, $14.4 million deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray will likely replace Mark Ingram as Alvin Kamara's backup. Kamara's should continue to see a major role in the offense and is one of the safest picks in the first round. $14.4 million is a lot of money for a running back so it seems that the Saints intend to use Murray going forward.

Saints expected to keep DC Dennis Allen

Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:10am

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is expected to receive a new deal in New Orleans and stay there, sources say.

Fantasy Impact:

Rapoport said this is a key move for HC Sean Payton and his defense, as Allen’s deal is being finalized. The Saints D did start a bit slow this season but eventually really came on.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) insists he's fine

Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:08am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Rams head coach Sean McVay said that he expected to see running back Todd Gurley back to his old form after a poor outing in the NFC Championship Game, but things didn’t quite turn out that way.

Gurley didn’t play much in the first half and wound up with 10 carries for 35 yards and one catch for a loss of one yard, which led to another round of questions after the game about whether his knee was bothering him. Gurley missed two games at the end of the regular season with a knee injury, but insisted he was fine after the win over the Saints and said the same in Atlanta after the 13-3 loss to the Patriots.

“I know there’s been a lot of concern about my knee but I really am fine,” Gurley said.

Related players: C.J. Anderson

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Gurley had an MRI after Week 15 but it didn't turn up anything. Another story from Ian Rapoport said the Rams would like to bring back Anderson next year, so Gurley owners in keeper leagues may want to keep an eye on this situation throughout the offseason.

QB Teddy Bridgewater contemplating his future

Monday, January 21, 2019, 8:17pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Teddy Bridgewater made a free agent decision a year ago. It didn’t work out.

Now, he gets a second chance.

“Who knows how it will all play out?” Bridgewater said Monday, via Luke Johnson of the Times-Picayune. “I’m just taking it one day at a time and trying to swallow what happened yesterday. . . .That’s something that stings for a while. Whatever happens in the future, it’ll just happen.”

Fantasy Impact:

Bridgewater, 26, could return to the Saints hoping to replace Drew Brees in the future, the story said. But as we reported yesterday, Brees already has announced his return for 2019. It’s more likely Bridgewater will get more money and a chance to start immediately somewhere else, PFT said. He looks to rank as one of the top available free agents at his position.

Saints QB Drew Brees plans to be back next season

Monday, January 21, 2019, 10:30am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Drew Brees, who turned 40 on Tuesday, hopes to still be playing at age 41.

When asked how positive he is that he will be back for a 19th season, the New Orleans Saints quarterback said, "I feel pretty positive."

Fantasy Impact:

He later said he's going to take a few days, but he plans to be in New Orleans next year and make another run at it.

McVay: Rams RB Todd Gurley's lack of use due to game flow

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 10:41pm

Yahoo! - [Full Article]

During the game, Fox said the Rams told the network there was “nothing physically wrong” with Todd Gurley. Fox asked because everyone was stunned that Gurley was sitting. Gurley had two big drops early, one that led to a Saints interception, but he’s still one of the Rams’ best players.

Sean McVay continued to say after the game that Anderson’s usage, and Gurley’s lack of snaps, was simply a coaching decision.

“It was a flow for the game,” McVay said.

Related players: C.J. Anderson

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Gurley played on 32 plays and Anderson 35, but it was Anderson who had 17 touches to Gurley's give. Gurley had a couple of drops but the switch to Anderson appeared to come before his second drop, according to reports. The most logical reason would be Gurley is just not 100-percent from his late-season knee injury. He'll have two weeks to get ready for the Super Bowl.

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 3:02pm

Rams Inactives

Justin Davis RB
Jamil Demby OG
Sebastian Joseph-Day DT
Obo Okoronkwo LB
Tanzel Smart DT
Darious Williams DB
Trevon Young LB

Saints Inactives

Will Clapp C
Keith Kirkwood WR
Derek Newton OT
Manti Te'o MLB
Tyrunn Walker DE
Dwayne Washington RB
Benjamin Watson TE

Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:08pm

Saints TE Ben Watson (illness, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 20.

Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:08pm

Saints WR Keith Kirkwood (calf, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 20. Kirkwood absence may open up opportunities for TreQuan Smith.

NFL Beat: Nine veteran, rookie QBs likely available in 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 8:55am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Among the veteran QBs USA Today predicts to be available to change teams for the 2019 season are: Nick Foles, Joe Flacco, Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Manning and Ryan Tannehill, while rookies like Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray could make impacts as well.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to list where the author feels they would all be perfect fits for the 2019 season. The new NFL league year doesn't begin until March 13 with the start of free agency, but, it never hurts the dedicated fantasy player to start scouting before that. The story added five teams brought in first-round passers in 2018, but there's obviously always a need for a quarterback, and all the players listed above could have fantasy impacts.

Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:25pm

Eagles WR Golden Tate (knee) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Tate will be fine for a great matchup against Saints slot corner P.J. Williams. In his last two games, he has turned 14 targets into nine catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:25pm

Saints WR Ted Ginn (knee) took full practice reps all week. Ginn is a nice play at home this week. In his last 10 home games, he has averaged 3.9 catches for 60 yards and 0.40 touchdowns, and his three home games this season, he has posted receiving lines of 5-68-1, 4-55 and 5-74. The Eagles’ secondary is vulnerable deep.

Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:25pm

Saints WR Simmie Cobbs (knee, out) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is out for Week 19.