Ben Watson - TEPosted 5/9/19 12:04pm ET
Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Saints) reportedly agreed to terms with the New England Patriots - the team that made him a first-round pick in 2004 - one a one-year contract worth up to $3 million on Thursday, May 9, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: That escalated quickly. Reports surfaced this morning that Watson had decided to un-retire and visit New England, so it looks like it only took a few hours at most to hammer something out. Now 38 years old, Watson isn't going to set the world on fire and fill the void left behind by Rob Gronkowski, but he could give Austin Seferian-Jenkins a run for his money and be worth using a matchup-based play in fantasy this season.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 5/5/19 9:42am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara was lined up in the slot on 18.9 percent of his receiving snaps in the 2018 season -- the fourth most among running backs with at least 25 slot snaps.
Huddle Up: Kamara's 162 receptions over his first two seasons rank second among running backs since 2017 while his 1,535 receiving yards are tops. He's one of the first few players who should some come off the board in PPR drafts, especially now that Mark Ingram has departed for the Ravens.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 4/20/19 4:38pm ET
Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Saints) is considering a return in 2019, according to sources, after previously stating 2018 would be his last year. Watson, whose wife is due to deliver twins next week, could return for his 16th NFL season 'under the right situation.'
Huddle Up: Watson isn't much of a fantasy asset at 38 years old, but a potential return to the Rob Gronkowski-less New England Patriots may give him matchup utility.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 4/16/19 9:27am ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Mark Ingram said Tuesday, April 16, he's only been with his new team for a few days but it already 'feels like home.'
Huddle Up: In a switch from recent seasons with the Saints, Ingram now appears to be on the busier side of a RB timeshare in an offense that figures to be significantly run-heavier. Value him as a low-end RB2
Tre'Quan Smith - WRPosted 3/30/19 6:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith is set to take a big step forward this offseason, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: Smith flashed some big-play ability as a rookie, albeit on a limited basis. It remains to be seen if he can become a steady weapon in the passing attack, but he's worth grabbing in the later rounds to find out.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/17/19 6:19pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Mark Ingram said he expects the running attack to be 'dangerous' and 'explosive' this season.
Huddle Up: Ingram will slot in as the lead back in Baltimore's run-heavy attack. With defenses also worried about Lamar Jackson's running ability, Ingram could thrive between the tackles. He should be high-floor RB2.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/15/19 9:15am ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Mark Ingram was introduced at a news conference Friday, March 15, and proclaimed 'my best football is ahead of me.'
Huddle Up: Ingram will turn 30 before the 2019 season is complete and is entering his ninth season, but he still has tread on the tires after averaging 193.6 touches per season during his eight years in the Saints' timeshare. He also now gets a bump moving to the Ravens' run-heavy attack.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/13/19 9:32am ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens Wednesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Ingram's presence might render Gus Edwards useless, but that remains to be seen. The ceiling isn't as high as it was in Baltimore, but Ingram is a nice fit in a run-focused offense and deserves consideration as an RB2.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 3/13/19 2:27pm ET
Free-agent QB Teddy Bridgewater (Saints) is scheduled to meet with the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, March 13, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins are looking for a bridge quarterback, so they may look to sign Bridgewater to a short-term deal. Bridgewater has not been a starting quarterback for a few seasons and probably can be avoided in fantasy leagues if he joins the Dolphins.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/13/19 3:06pm ET
Free-agent RB Mark Ingram (Saints) officially signed with the Baltimore Ravens Wednesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Ingram likely will be the starting running back for the Ravens and will receive plenty of carries. He can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues in 2019.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 3/13/19 7:59pm ET
Free-agent QB Teddy Bridgewater's (Saints) visit with the Miami Dolphins has concluded, and the two sides have not reached an agreement at this point.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater appears to be deciding between the Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints, so an agreement with one of the teams should happen in the near future. He would be the starting quarterback if he joins the Dolphins but probably would be strong fantasy option.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/12/19 11:23am ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram has been talking with the Baltimore Ravens about a potential deal. The Ravens are considered the favorites to sign him at this point.
Huddle Up: Ingram likely would take over the starting job if he joins the Ravens and would receive plenty of carries. He could be a No. 2 running back in most fantasy leagues if the two sides reach an agreement.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 3/10/19 9:11am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas tweeted congratulations Saturday, March 9 to Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown regarding his new extension which equates to $19.8M per season, and now awaits a new deal of his own, which in the estimation of veteran reporter, could fetch at least $20 million per year.
Huddle Up: Thomas led the league in receptions with 125 -- hauling in an unheard-of 85 percent of his targets -- to finish as fantasy's fourth-ranked PPR wideout and having just turned 26 with his rookie deal set to expire after the 2019 season, he's up for big-$$$ extension at just the right time.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/1/19 7:49pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram is meeting with the Saints Saturday, March 2, to discusses a possible contract to remain with the team.
Huddle Up: Ingram would remain in a committee with Alvin Kamara if he stays in New Orleans, but he would still be a solid flex candidate. If he lands a lead role somewhere, Ingram could be a RB2 in 2019.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 2/17/19 12:23pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram likely will not receive the franchise tag this offseason, in the opinion of ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio.
Huddle Up: The Saints likely will go with Alvin Kamara as their main running back next season and probably will be a No. 1 running back in most fantasy leagues. Ingram should receive interest from several teams during free agency and could be a No. 2 fantasy back depending on his situation.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 2/9/19 10:48am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. likely will receive a bigger role in the passing game in 2019 after being limited to five games this season.
Huddle Up: Ginn was limited to 209 yards and two touchdowns because of the injury but did post at least 700 yards in the previous three seasons with 18 touchdowns during that span. He has fantasy value because of his big-play ability and could be a No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 2/8/19 10:51pm ET
The Baltimore Ravens could attempt to sign New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram in free agency, in the opinion of ESPN's Jamison Hensley, who thinks Ingram's durability and physicality make him a perfect fit for the Ravens' offense.
Huddle Up: It feels like there's an assumption that Ingram will re-sign in New Orleans, but the Saints have minimal cap room and other players, like Michael Thomas, that will need to be paid sooner than later. If they decide Alvin Kamara can handle the load with a less expensive counterpart, Ingram could hit the open market, and if the Alabama product lands a role as a true No. 1 back his fantasy value would increase dramatically.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/29/19 10:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas is eligible for a contract extension and could be in line for money in the 'Odell Beckham neighborhood,' according to MMQB's Albert Breer. Thomas is set to earn $1.148 million in 2019 before becoming a free agent in 2020.
Huddle Up: This appears to be purely speculation by Breer at this point, but given what Thomas has done it's not an unreasonable idea. Breer also points out that the Saints have been hesitant to pay skill players big-time money. It's unlikely to matter much for 2019, but it's at least a piece of info to file away for those in keeper leagues.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/23/19 7:25pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is scheduled to count $33.5 million against the salary cap in 2019, which is $4 million more than any other player in the NFL. General manager Mickey Loomis said the team has options to reduce the number if they need to this offseason.
Huddle Up: Brees plans to play at least one more season, so the Saints could look to restructure his contract or sign him to an extension in order to drop his salary cap hit. He continues to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league despite his age and should be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues in 2019.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 1/21/19 1:09pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara became just the second running back ever to catch at least 11 passes in a conference championship game. San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon caught 11 passes in the NFC Championship game last year with the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Kamara is arguably the best receiving threat out the backfield in all of football. He has caught 81 balls in each of his first two seasons and must be drafted in the first round, especially with Drew Brees expected to return.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/20/19 9:27am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 86 percent of his targets this season. That was the highest single-season percentage in NFL history from one player to another (minimum: 100 completions).
Huddle Up: Thomas "only" caught 75 percent of his targets (12 of 16) in last Sunday's divisional-round win over the Eagles, but they went for 171 yards and a TD in the 20-14 win. In the Week 9 meeting with the Los Angeles Rams, Thomas reeled in 12-of-15 targets for a career-high 211 yards and a TD, and even though Rams CB Aqib Talib will play in this meeting, still expect Thomas to get his fair share of receptions as usual.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/20/19 4:42pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 26-of-40 passes for 249 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: It's a tough pill to swallow, as the future Hall of Famer just missed out on a Super Bowl trip for the second straight season in excruciating fashion on the final play of the game. Brees threw for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns and five interceptions in the regular season, proving he has more than enough left in the tank for his fantasy owners heading into 2019 despite his age (40).
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 1/20/19 4:49pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. had three catches for 58 yards on six targets in the AFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams to lead his team's wide receivers in yardage.
Huddle Up: Ginn had a long 43-yard reception late in regulation to set up what was a go-ahead field goal at the time, although the Rams obviously came back and won the game. It's uncertain if Ginn will be back in New Orleans in 2019 or play elsewhere, but he still has plenty of speed to burn and he could be helpful in certain fantasy formats.
Alvin Kamara - RBPosted 1/20/19 4:47pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed eight times for just 15 yards in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams and he hauled in 11 receptions for 96 yards on 13 targets.
Huddle Up: Kamara showed he was able to co-exists with Mark Ingram in the backfield and be a productive fantasy option, especially for those in PPR leagues. If the duo splits the workload again in 2019 in the Crescent City, Kamara is still a must-start across the board in all fantasy formats.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 1/20/19 4:45pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed nine times for 31 yards in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams and he added two grabs for six yards.
Huddle Up: Ingram did a great job once he returned from a four-game suspension, carving out a nice role for himself in the offense despite the presence of Alvin Kamara. The two showed they can co-exist in the backfield and be outstanding fantasy options, and they'll both be must-starts in 2019.
Tre'Quan Smith - WRPosted 1/20/19 5:08pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith posted one catch for just 10 yards on two targets in the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Smith stepped up and had a giant game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the regular season, showing his speed and good hands. However, with Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. healthy, he was an afterthought in the offense. Perhaps in 2019 if he can rise to No. 2 status behind Thomas he'll be a solid fantasy sleeper, but it all depends on if Ginn is back, offseason personnel moves and the draft.
Garrett Griffin - TEPosted 1/20/19 5:05pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Garrett Griffin posted two grabs for 12 yards and his first-career touchdown in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Griffin, who played his college ball at Air Force, managed just one grab for four yards in his NFL career before this outing. He was thrust into a larger role once Josh Hill went out with a concussion. Griffin could be in the mix for a job in 2019, but fantasy owners still won't want to bother with him.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 1/20/19 4:53pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas registered just four receptions for 36 yards on seven receptions in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Thomas tore up the Rams in the regular season matchup, but the Rams did a good job of taking him out of the game and forcing others to beat them. He'll be back and better than ever in 2019, and proved you 'Can't cover Mike' more often than not. Thomas is a bona fide WR1 in all fantasy formats heading into next season.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/20/19 10:11pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees indicated during his post-game comments Sunday, Jan. 20, that he plans on returning for the 2019 season and 'making another run' at a Super Bowl with the Saints.
Huddle Up: Despite sitting out the season finale, Brees delivered top-10 fantasy production at the position, passing for 3,992 yards and 32 TDs. He turned 40 earlier this month, but, like Tom Brady, he doesn't take a lot of punishment and also benefits from working under the offensive wizardry of Sean Payton. That makes Brees a safe top-10 fantasy QB for next season.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/19/19 4:52pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has averaged 307 passing yards and thrown 16 touchdowns and three interceptions in seven career postseason home games.
Huddle Up: Time has proven that Brees simply plays better at home. The Saints beat the Los Angeles Rams 45-35 earlier this season in a game that saw Brees throw for 346 yards and four touchdowns. All signs are pointing upward for Brees to succeed tomorrow.
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