During her Friday mailbag article, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic addressed the Michael Thomas conundrum by addressing the improved depth at wide receiver. "This Saints team is much better positioned to absorb this blow," wrote Terrell. "The addition of Emmanuel Sanders will be a tremendous help, and if he holds up his production from past years, he’s certainly still capable of being a No. 1 receiver. If Thomas is out for a while, that acquisition might end up being as important as Teddy Bridgewater was a few years ago."
Sanders will never be confused for Thomas, but he has had top 20 fantasy seasons with Denver and Pittsburgh. The Saints will look to Sanders to fill a similar safety valve role as Thomas while hoping Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harris make their presence known for as long as Thomas is out.
This signing comes on the heels of the Panthers announcing that they are permitting Cam Newton to seek a trade, but Newton's response indicates that they didn't give him a choice. Meanwhile, Bridgewater's performance filling in for an injured Drew Brees was enough to earn him roughly $20 million per year in Carolina. He completed 67.9% of his passes for 1384 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions with a 7.1 YPA. Fantasy-wise, he'll have two good receivers to throw to in D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, while Christian McCaffrey is one of the best receiving backs in the league, so it's a good situation. He'll likely be ranked as a low-end QB2/high-end QB3 this summer.
Oct 24, 2019 · 6:34 PM EDT
Saints QB Drew Brees (right thumb) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Brees says the plan is to return this week, though the Saints' Week 9 bye is looming and the team is winning with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. Stay tuned.
Triplett added Brees hopes he’s able to play next Sunday against Arizona, but it’s still a “we’ll see” based on how the week goes. Brees has been eyeing Week 8 for a while now, but with a bye in Week 9, the Saints may play it safe and give Brees an extra week off, especially after going 5-0 under Bridgewater.