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  • Tre'Quan Smith Exits Practice Early

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (undisclosed) left Tuesday's practice early due to injury. Smith was able to walk off under his own power, leaving hope that it isn't something too serious. Potential fantasy investors should check back on his status in the coming days. The 25-year-old has been a sleeper choice in fantasy circles in the past- though this season presents his best opportunity for a breakout year yet, with Michael Thomas (ankle) sidelined for the foreseeable future. Smith's ADP figures to rise, so long as he's not dealing with a serious injury.

    Aug 3 · Source via Saints Tre'Quan Smith
  • Saints Sign Devonta Freeman To One-Year Deal

    The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent running back Devonta Freeman Saturday. The terms of the deal are unknown, but the agreement comes after New Orleans hosted Freeman for a visit. Both Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray were participants at practice, so the move seems to be a depth signing unless the team indicates otherwise. The seven-year veteran was an All-Pro with the Falcons back in 2015 and 2016 but hasn't reached such highs since, largely due to injury. Freeman figures to be little more than a change-of-pace back in New Orleans unless an injury occurs.

    Jul 31 · Source via Saints Devonta Freeman
  • Taysom Hill, Jameis Winston Continue To Swap Reps

    It appears we're in for a real quarterback competition in New Orleans, with Saints head coach Sean Payton saying that Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill will swap reps daily as the first-team QB. Winston's received the most praise so far in camp, but Hill's still a clear threat to Winston in the battle for the starting role. For fantasy purposes, both players have upside if they win the job, but both also come with one clear downside: the possibility that the Saints wind up using both guys under center during the regular season. NFL teams don't use committee approaches at the position, but we all know how much Payton loves to put Hill in the game.

    Jul 30 · Source via Saints Jameis Winston Taysom Hill
  • Jameis Winston Looking Sharp Early In Training Camp

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston performed at a high level during the team's Thursday practice. Winston is competing with Taysom Hill for the starting job, and at this point, there isn't clarity on who is leading the competition. Winston's performance early in camp should help, however, as Larry Holder noted that he "certainly looked the sharpest of the QBs with Day 1 in the books." In the past Winston has been a great fantasy option due to his gunslinger style of play, so he would have significant upside if he wins the job outright. Due to the possibility that Winston fails to earn the job or splits time with Taysom Hill, he should be considered a boom/bust QB3 going into 2021, with a chance for that to rise if he wins the job outright.

    Jul 29 · Source via Saints Jameis Winston
  • Deonte Harris Arrested In Early July For DUI

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris was reportedly arrested on July 16th for allegedly driving under the influence. Because DUIs usually come with a two-game suspension, Harris is now in danger of missing the start of the 2021 season for the Saints. Considering Michael Thomas will also miss the start, Harris was in line to see some extended action in those games and would have made for an intriguing streaming play in deeper leagues. Assuming he gets slapped with the suspension, this could explain why the team recently signed veteran receiver Chris Hogan, who could fill in in the slot to open the season. Not a ton of fantasy upside for Hogan, but there's at least a little there.

    Jul 29 · Source via Saints Deonte Harris
  • Marquez Callaway, Lil'Jordan Humphrey May Have Bigger Roles

    New Orleans Saints wide receivers Marquez Callaway and Lil'Jordan Humphrey could see their roles increase in 2021, with star wideout Michael Thomas (ankle) expected to miss the first few months of the season. Provided the Saints don't bring in a veteran receiver, second-year pros Callaway and Humphrey will be tasked with filling in the void of production a healthy Thomas likely would have provided in the offense. Callaway made the most of his opportunity in an October contest against the Panthers last year sans Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, turning a career-high 10 targets into eight receptions for 75 yards. Humphrey also briefly flashed, connecting with former signal-caller Drew Brees for a red-zone score. Given that they're unproven at the professional level, Callaway and Humphrey are likely to go undrafted in fantasy drafts this fall- though they should be on managers' radars as potential waiver wire pickups.

    Jul 27 · Source via Saints Lil'Jordan Humphrey Marquez Callaway
  • Saints Sign Chris Hogan

    The New Orleans Saints signed veteran free-agent wide receiver Chris Hogan on Monday, according to a source. The Saints were impressed with Hogan's workout on Monday and signed him before he got away. The 33-year-old wideout played in just five games with the New York Jets last year and had 14 catches for 118 yards on 26 targets, but he should be a boost to New Orleans' depth at the position with Michael Thomas (ankle) possibly missing up to six games with his ankle injury. Hogan, a nine-year NFL veteran, hasn't played a full season since 2018. However, he'll bring a veteran presence to a young wideout core. There is opportunity in New Orleans with Thomas injured, but Hogan might be a long shot for fantasy relevance with the Saints.

    Jul 26 · Source via Saints Chris Hogan
  • Chris Hogan working out for Saints

    Jul 26 · FantasyPros Saints Chris Hogan
  • Michael Thomas Could Be Out 10-12 Weeks

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) underwent ankle surgery in June and will be sidelined 10-to-12 weeks. According to Nick Underhill of NewOrleansFootball.com, Thomas saw a specialist, and it was believed that the Saints wideout could rehab the ankle injury instead of having surgery. The 28-year-old reportedly was going to rehab a month and return to the specialist to determine if surgery was necessary. The return visit never happened, per Underhill. Thomas underwent surgery in June and will be sidelined for four months. He's expected to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The news on Friday came as a surprise to fantasy managers as Thomas took part in Saints minicamp. Head Coach Sean Payton said "so far, so good" when asked about Thomas' ankle injury in June. He was limited to seven games in 2020 and won't see the field until at least October. Thomas' absence from the Saints passing attack means more target shares for RB Alvin Kamara and WR Tre'Quan Smith. The Saints are looking to sign a wide receiver, which could happen in the next few days. Stay tuned.

    Jul 25 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Saints To Sign Brian Poole

    Jul 25 · Pro Football Rumors Saints Brian Poole
  • Michael Thomas Could Miss Up To Five Games

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) could miss up to five games after ankle surgery, per The Athletic. Thomas was limited to seven games in 2020 due to a high-ankle sprain and could now be sidelined through the team's Week 6 bye. It's a significant blow to the star wideout's fantasy value, as he now becomes a mid-to-late round injury stash for a team transitioning to a new quarterback. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Saints bring in a veteran receiver, given their limited depth. Already a popular breakout pick, Tre'Quan Smith figures to see a large target share and could be a wise investment for fantasy managers if he can take advantage of the opportunity. Marquez Callaway and Adam Trautman could be sneaky late-round sleepers- though perhaps the real winner from a fantasy perspective is running back Alvin Kamara, who will be tasked with a large workload through the first several weeks of the season.

    Jul 24 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas To Miss The Start Of The 2021 Season

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) underwent surgery to repair the ligaments in his ankle last month. Four months of recovery are recommended after the surgery, which means Thomas is likely to be sidelined for several weeks at the start of the 2021 season. This news will certainly make Thomas's ADP drop significantly. He'll now be more of a mid-round draft-and-stash. The Saints are extremely thin at receiver. Tre'Quan Smith figures to be the top wide receiver target for whoever starts at quarterback for the Saints between Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. Smith struggled as the WR1 in New Orleans while Thomas was hurt last year so fantasy managers shouldn't be too aggressive in pursuit of Smith on fantasy draft day.

    Jul 23 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Saints' Lutz talks golf, kicking and the quest for that perfect swing

    Jul 22 · ESPN Saints Wil Lutz