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  • Michael Thomas Likely To Have Ankle Surgery

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is likely to have surgery on the torn deltoid and other ligaments in his ankle this offseason, according to a source. Thomas knew it was likely quarterback Drew Brees' last year and didn't want to miss out on a possible Super Bowl run. A high-ankle sprain limited the All-Pro wideout to just seven games this year. He often was playing at far less than 100 percent, catching just 40 passes for 438 yards and no touchdowns during the regular season. The 27-year-old did find the end zone in the wild-card win over the Bears, but he was a massive fantasy bust as the first receiver off the board in the first round in most drafts after his 149-catch, 1,725-yard season in 2019. Thomas should be a top-10 wideout, if healthy, in 2021, but losing Brees will also be a downgrade for his overall outlook moving forward.

    Jan 19 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Jared Cook Manages 28 Yards

    New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook finished with five receptions for 28 yards on seven targets in Sunday's loss to Tampa. The tight end also lost a crucial fumble which swayed the outcome of the game. Cook finishes 2020 with 37 receptions for 504 yards and seven touchdowns. The tight end will be a free agent this offseason and will turn 34 in a few months. His fantasy value remains low heading into 2021 considering his age and the uncertainty about the size of his role on a potentially new team next season.

    Jan 17 · Source via Saints Jared Cook
  • Tre'Quan Smith Gets Two Touchdowns

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith grabbed three receptions for 85 yards and two scores on three targets in Sunday's divisional-round loss to Tampa. Smith paced the team in yards and had a fantastic showing in the team's last game of the season. The WR finished 2020 with 34 receptions for 448 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games. Because of his inconsistency and smaller role on this offense, Smith should be considered a deeper-league flex at best heading into 2021.

    Jan 17 · Source via Saints Tre'Quan Smith
  • Emmanuel Sanders Hauls In 48 Yards

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders hauled in six receptions for 48 yards on nine targets in Sunday's loss to Tampa. Sanders bounced back from a poor wild-card showing last week in which he only mustered two receptions for three yards. Nevertheless, this week and last week's performance summarize just how inconsistent the WR's 2020 season was. Sanders should be considered as only a WR3/flex option heading into 2021 drafts.

    Jan 17 · Source via Saints Emmanuel Sanders
  • Michael Thomas Gets No Yards In Loss

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas finished with zero yards on four targets in Sunday's divisional-round loss to the Buccaneers. After a terrific wild-card showing last week with five receptions for 73 yards and a score on seven targets, Thomas fell flat this week. Despite an injury-ridden season, the WR is clearly the top receiving option on the team heading into 2021 and remains a WR1 despite the potential change at QB.

    Jan 17 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Alvin Kamara Rushes For 85 Yards

    New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara finished with 18 carries for 85 yards and three receptions for 20 yards on six targets in Sunday's loss to the Bucs. Kamara still managed to be effective despite the Saints' offense not being able to get going during the game. The RB finished the season with a career-high 932 rush yards and 16 rush touchdowns. As a focal point of this offense, he remains a solid RB1 heading into 2021 drafts.

    Jan 17 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
  • Drew Brees Throws Three Picks In Loss

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees finished with 134 yards, one touchdown, and three picks in Sunday's divisional-round loss to Tampa. Brees had a tough time producing in this loss which ultimately ended the Saints' season. Earlier today, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported Sunday could very well be Brees' last game in the NFL and the QB would retire as one of the most accomplished players in league history.

    Jan 17 · Source via Saints Drew Brees
  • Drew Brees Plans To Retire After Season

    According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees plans to retire after the season ends. With the Saints are getting ready to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Sunday night, Glazer tweeted, "Today will be Drew Brees' last game in the Superdome" earlier in the day. If the Saints lose to Tampa Bay, it will close the book on a Hall of Fame career for Brees. If the Saints win, they will head to Green Bay to take on the Packers for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. With Brees out of the picture in 2021, there's a chance that the Saints to turn to Taysom Hill as the team's starting quarterback but they could bring in a veteran as several quality signal-callers will be available this offseason, either through free-agency or via trade. Either way, it will be the end of an era for the Saints and the NFL as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in league history hangs them up.

    Jan 17 · Source via Saints Drew Brees
  • Latavius Murray, Taysom Hill Ruled Out For Sunday's Contest

    The New Orleans Saints will be without running back Latavius Murray (quad) and tight end/quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) for Sunday's Divisional Round matchup versus the Buccaneers. Murray's absence means that Alvin Kamara will be in line for a whopping workload as the Saints' RB1, while Hill's means that Jameis Winston will be the team's unquestioned backup QB should Drew Brees need to depart for any reason. Murray will miss his first game of the year due to injury, having been ruled out in Week 17 due to COVID-19 contact concerns. The next chance that either Murray or Hill will have at taking the field comes next Sunday if the team were to advance to the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay.

    Jan 17 · Source via Saints Latavius Murray Taysom Hill
  • Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray Unlikely To Play

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) and running back Latavius Murray (quad) are both unlikely to play Sunday night against Tampa Bay. That's good news for Saints running back Alvin Kamara, as Hill is always a threat to vulture a rushing touchdown, and Murray's replacement -- either Dwayne Washington or Ty Montgomery -- won't siphon off as much work from Kamara. This is still a tough matchup, but Kamara is worth his DFS salary.

    Jan 17 · Source via Saints Latavius Murray Taysom Hill
  • Tre'Quan Smith Moved To Active Roster

    The New Orleans Saints activated wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) from Injured Reserve and placed him on the active roster in time for the Divisional Round game against the Buccaneers on Sunday. Smith has not played since the Week 15 loss to the Chiefs, but he should be active for the third meeting with Tampa Bay this weekend. However, there's a good chance that the Saints limit his snaps in his first game back, but his presence won't be good news for Deonte Harris, who had an expanded role in the wild-card win over the Bears. The 25-year-old Smith should be avoided in most fantasy lineups this weekend after catching just 34 passes on 50 targets for 448 yards and four touchdowns in his 14 games (10 starts). He should be the No. 3 wideout behind Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

    Jan 16 · Source via Saints Tre'Quan Smith
  • Saints Want To Bring Jameis Winston Back

    The New Orleans Saints will likely see star quarterback Drew Brees retire after this season, and they would like to bring Jameis Winston back. The Saints hardly played Winston at all this year, even when Brees missed time with rib and lung injuries, but they liked what they saw from him in practices this year. Winston still has a strong arm and the skills that made him the No. 1 overall pick out of Florida State, but he'll need to prove that he can improve his decision-making process if he's to return in New Orleans and take over when Brees inevitably retires. The 27-year-old signed a one-year deal to learn behind Brees in 2020, but there's a chance that they bring him back if they aren't sold on Taysom Hill being the starter under center in the post-Brees world. If Winston re-signs and becomes the starter in 2021, he'll have QB1 upside and will likely come at the cost of a QB2.

    Jan 16 · Source via Saints Jameis Winston
  • Latavius Murray, Taysom Hill Questionable Against Tampa

    New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray (quadriceps) and quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) were both listed as questionable for the Divisional Round matchup against the Buccaneers on Sunday after getting in limited practices on Friday. The fact that they both practiced on Friday is good news for their chances of suiting up for the third meeting this year against the Bucs. If Murray, 31, cannot play, Alvin Kamara would have even more fantasy upside and would likely see more red-zone work against a stingy Buccaneers defensive front. Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery would help back up Kamara. Hill would likely only see a handful of snaps as a Swiss Army Knife on Sunday if he plays, making him avoidable in most fantasy lineups if he's active.

    Jan 15 · Source via Saints Latavius Murray Taysom Hill
  • Patrick Robinson Ruled Out For Saints Defense

    New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson (hamstring) has been ruled out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Sunday's Divisional Round matchup, the third between the two clubs this season. Robinson missed practice all week. New Orleans still has a solid defense overall on the edges of the secondary with Janoris Jenkins and Marshon Lattimore locking things down, but Robinson's absence will be felt at nickelback. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will be tasked with slowing down Tampa wideout Chris Godwin this weekend. The Saints Defense will still be a strong fantasy unit on Sunday, but only if they can get some pressure on future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. In two games against the Saints in the regular season, Godwin had nine catches (13 targets) for 120 yards.

    Jan 15 · Source via Saints New Orleans Saints
  • Wil Lutz A Solid Option In Divisional Round

    New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz is a solid fantasy option in Sunday's Divisional Round battle against the Buccaneers. Lutz missed a field goal from beyond 50 yards in last week's wild-card game, but he has overall been consistent throughout the 2020 season. The kicker finished the regular season by going 23-for-28 in field goals and 57-for-58 in extra points. Though the Bucs are tough against fantasy kickers, Lutz is still a reliable fantasy option in a strong Saints offense that has both quarterback Drew Brees and No. 1 wide receiver Michael Thomas back healthy. The game will also be the only contest of the Divisional Round that is indoors.

    Jan 13 · Source via Saints Wil Lutz
  • Saints Defense Carries Slight Risk This Week

    The New Orleans Saints Defense is a slightly risky start this week against a Buccaneers squad that enters the contest firing on all cylinders. Ever since a 38-3 drubbing at the hands of these Saints in early November, Tampa has erupted offensively, scoring at least 24 points in the last eight games and at least 44 points in three of those games. Though the Saints got the better of the Bucs in the regular season, Tampa still features many playmakers who could exploit the NOLA defense, including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Rob Gronkowski. Thus, this unit should be considered a low-end starting option only.

    Jan 13 · Source via Saints New Orleans Saints
  • Jared Cook Has Starting Value If He's Active

    New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook is dealing with a back injury and his status for this week's clash against the Buccaneers is unclear. Nevertheless, if the tight end can ultimately suit up, he does hold fantasy value. Dating back to the regular season, Cook has seen at least four targets and gotten at least 40 yards in the past three games. In two regular-season meetings against Tampa, the TE also compiled a total of seven receptions for 110 yards on 10 targets. Overall, the Bucs allow the 10th-most fantasy points to tight ends, so Cook is certainly in the starting tier given the favorable matchup and his recent production.

    Jan 13 · Source via Saints Jared Cook
  • Emmanuel Sanders A Risky Play On Sunday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is a risky play this week against the Bucs in the Divisional Round. In the wild-card game last week, the wideout managed only two receptions for three yards on three targets. Overall, Sanders has had a lackluster 2020 season in terms of production, as he has gone hot and cold with his weekly production. Though the Bucs allow the 11th-most points to fantasy wideouts, there is some risk in starting Sanders, considering that fantasy managers won't know which version could show up. Sanders had his best performances this season with Michael Thomas on the shelf, but Thomas returned in the wild-card win over the Bears and looked fully healthy.

    Jan 13 · Source via Saints Emmanuel Sanders
  • Michael Thomas A WR1 In Divisional Round

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas pencils in as a solid WR1 this week against Tampa in the Divisional Round. Last week, Thomas put up five receptions for 73 yards and a score against a solid Bears secondary and looked much more like his All-Pro self from the 2019 season when he finished as the No. 1 fantasy wideout than he did for most of this year while fighting through a high-ankle sprain. The Bucs allow the 11th-most points to fantasy wideouts, so Thomas is a strong play this week given his massive role in this offense and the favorable matchup.

    Jan 13 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Alvin Kamara A Solid Play Despite Tough Matchup

    New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is a solid play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week in the Divisional Round. Kamara finished with 23 carries for 99 yards and a score last week against a tough Bears Defense and has been sensational for the most part during the 2020 season. In two games against the Bucs in the regular season, the RB finished with 21 carries for 56 yards and two scores along with 10 receptions for 60 yards and a score on 14 targets. Though Tampa allows the fourth-fewest points to fantasy backs, Kamara's exceptional talent and high weekly volume keep him as a terrific fantasy start.

    Jan 13 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
  • Drew Brees A Low-End QB1 Against Buccaneers

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a low-end QB1 against the Buccaneers this week in the Divisional Round. Brees was decent against the Bears in the wild-card game last week, tossing for 265 yards and two scores. Overall, the QB has been decent overall since returning from broken ribs and a lung injury in Week 15 of the regular season. He has tossed for at least 200 yards in the past four contests dating back to the regular season. The Bucs are in the middle tier against opposing quarterbacks in fantasy, so Brees certainly has some fantasy value this week for this important matchup.

    Jan 13 · Source via Saints Drew Brees
  • Tre'Quan Smith Designated For Return

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) was designated for a return on Wednesday, but he remains on Injured Reserve. Smith last played in the Week 15 loss to the Chiefs, but he could be taken off IR and be eligible to play in the Divisional Round against the Buccaneers on Sunday night. That could be bad news for Deonte Harris, who saw an elevated role behind Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in the wild-card win over the Bears. But even if Smith is active this weekend, he's nothing more than a low-cost deep sleeper in DFS after catching 34 passes on 50 targets for 448 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games (10 starts) this season.

    Jan 13 · Source via Saints Tre'Quan Smith
  • Taysom Hill Sidelined Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Hill touched the ball just seven times in the wild-card win over the Bears, and his knee injury likely had something to do with that. The 30-year-old Swiss Army Knife carried the ball four times for 15 yards and caught two passes for just five yards last Sunday. On his lone pass attempt, he was sacked and lost a fumble. Hill still has time to get on the practice field and could be available in the Divisional Round against the Buccaneers on Sunday night, but predicting how much he'll be involved is anyone's guess. Likely to only be used on a handful of packages if he's active, Hill is extremely touchdown-dependent and should be avoided in most fantasy formats.

    Jan 13 · Source via Saints Taysom Hill
  • Jared Cook Receives Limited Tag Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (back), offensive tackle Terron Armstead (elbow) and defensive end Trey Hendrickson (neck) were all limited in practice on Wednesday. Barring a setback, Cook should play against the Buccaneers on Sunday night in the Divisional Round. Hendrickson, who had a career-high 13.5 sacks this year, looks to be improving after missing last week's wild-card win over the Bears. His return would be a huge boost to the Saints Defense and would be bad news for Tom Brady. Cook caught four of his season-high seven targets for 40 yards last week against Chicago. The 33-year-old veteran could be peppered with targets again this weekend after catching seven of 10 targets for 110 yards in two games against Tampa in 2020. Cook isn't the sexiest fantasy option at the position, but he could have some sneaky upside.

    Jan 13 · Source via Saints Jared Cook
  • Latavius Murray Day-To-Day

    New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray (quadriceps) missed practice on Wednesday and is considered day-to-day, according to a source. Murray is working to be available in the Division Round against the Buccaneers, but his status is up in the air right now. The veteran back was injured in the wild-card win over the Bears. He ran the ball just four times for nine yards and caught both of his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown. Murray is merely a touchdown-dependent flex in fantasy playoff leagues, but he'll be even more risky if he plays this weekend. Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery might pick up some scraps if Montgomery is unable to play, while Kamara would likely see increased red-zone usage against a tough Tampa Bay run defense. Murray should be able to play if he can returned to the practice field either Thursday or Friday.

    Jan 13 · Source via Saints Latavius Murray
  • Emmanuel Sanders Struggles Against Bears

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders struggled in Sunday's wild-card win over Chicago, finishing with two receptions for three yards on three targets. Though he finished the regular season strong, inconsistency has plagued Sanders throughout the 2020 campaign. Next up is a Divisional Round match with the Bucs, a team that has allowed the 11th-most points to fantasy wideouts. In two games against Tampa, Sanders has hauled in seven receptions for 53 yards and two scores on 10 targets. Nevertheless, Sanders' bad performance this week makes him a risky option for next week with a rock-bottom floor now that No 1. wideout Michael Thomas is back and healthy.

    Jan 10 · Source via Saints Emmanuel Sanders
  • Jared Cook Manages 40 Yards

    New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook finished with four receptions for 40 yards on seven targets in the wild-card win over the Bears on Sunday. Dating back to the regular season, Cook has seen at least four targets in the last six games now and has at least 40 yards in the past three games. The Saints next opponent is the Bucs, a team that has allowed the 10th-most points to fantasy tight ends this season. Cook will have a bit more upside in the Divisional Round and his floor shouldn't cripple the rest of your roster.

    Jan 10 · Source via Saints Jared Cook
  • Deonte Harris Paces Team With 83 Yards

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris had seven receptions for 83 yards on seven targets in Sunday's wild-card victory over Chicago. Harris was just brought off Injured Reserve on Saturday after dealing with a neck injury and managed to pace the team in receiving yards. This was a season-high in yards for the pass-catcher, but he only managed 20 receptions for 186 yards and a score on 25 targets in nine regular season games. Therefore, he's not a worthy fantasy option next week, considering his normally small role in this offense and the fact that's he unproven. At best, he'll be a low-cost DFS sleeper against Tampa in the Divisional Round.

    Jan 10 · Source via Saints Deonte Harris
  • Michael Thomas Hauls In 73 Yards

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas finished with five receptions for 73 yards and a score on seven targets in Sunday's wild-card win over the Bears. Thomas was able to return to the field after being on Injured Reserve to conclude the regular season because of a high-ankle sprain that he's dealt with for much of the year. Nevertheless, the receiver was quite effective in Sunday's victory and caught his first touchdown of the season. Next up is a matchup with a Bucs team that is generous to fantasy wideouts, meaning that Thomas is once again a strong WR1 play after he looked the best he has all year against the Bears. In two contests against the Bucs during the regular season, Thomas had eight receptions for 68 yards on 11 targets.

    Jan 10 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Alvin Kamara Rushes For 99 Yards In Wild-Card Win

    New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara finished with 23 carries for 99 yards and a score along with two receptions for 17 yards on two targets in Sunday's wild-card win over Chicago. Kamara returned to the field after testing positive for COVID-19 and missing the Week 17 regular season finale and didn't miss a beat. Due to his heavy weekly volume, Kamara remains a strong play next week in the Divisional Round, even against a Bucs squad allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to backs. He's had three total touchdowns against them this season, but he's rushed for just 56 yards on 21 attempts (2.67 yards per carry) in two games against Tampa in 2020. Fantasy managers might need Kamara to do more through the air if they expect him to be worth the high DFS price.

    Jan 10 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
  • Drew Brees Throws For 265 Yards

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 28-for-39 for 265 yards and two touchdowns in the wild-card win over the Bears on Sunday. Brees has looked sharp since returning from broken ribs and a lung injury, and he threw for at least 200 yards in the last three games of the regular season after he returned from the injuries. Next up is a matchup against the Bucs, a team that Brees threw four touchdowns against in their second matchup in November. Overall, Tampa is average against fantasy quarterbacks, so the future Hall of Fame QB is in the starting tier next week in the Divisional Round.

    Jan 10 · Source via Saints Drew Brees
  • Latavius Murray Questionable To Return Against Bears

    New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray (thigh) and cornerback Patrick Robinson (thigh) were both injured in the wild-card playoff game against the Bears on Sunday and are questionable to return in the fourth quarter. With the Saints up 21-3, we'd be surprised if either player returned. Before injuring his leg, Murray saw just four carries for nine yards (2.3 yards per tote) and caught both of his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown through the air. He rewarded fantasy managers who took a cheap flier on him with his receiving touchdown but did little else. If he cannot make it back for the Divisional Round next weekend, Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery could have bigger roles, as well as quarterback Taysom Hill behind Alvin Kamara.

    Jan 10 · Source via Saints Latavius Murray
  • Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas Officially Active

    New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) are officially active for the wild-card playoff game against the Bears on Sunday. Kamara tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the Week 17 regular season finale but has been cleared from all the protocols. He was the top fantasy RB in PPR formats and scored six touchdowns to help fantasy managers win their leagues in Week 16. Kamara will be back in a lot of lineups in playoff leagues. Thomas was activated from Injured Reserve on Saturday and will be playing for the first time in four weeks. The 27-year-old All-Pro had a disappointing 2020 season with just 40 receptions, 438 yards and no touchdowns after leading the league the previous two seasons in catches. Thomas will have WR1 upside, but he'll continue to be a risk-reward fantasy pass-catcher, depending on how productive he can be while fighting through his ankle injury.

    Jan 10 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas Alvin Kamara
  • Drew Brees Likely To Retire After Season

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is expected to retire after the season, according to people close to him. Brees hasn't officially announced his decision, but it sounds as though this will be his last season. If he does decide to hang up his cleats, he has a contract with NBC waiting for him. If the 2020 season was indeed the 41-year-old's last, he'd finish his Hall of Fame career with 80,358 career passing yards on 10,551 attempts for 571 touchdowns and 243 interceptions in 287 regular season games with the Chargers and Saints. Brees has made the Pro Bowl 13 times in his 20 seasons, including a run of seven straight selections with the Saints from 2008 to 2014. He's led the NFL in passing yards seven times, had the highest completion percentage six times and has led the league in completions six different times. Brees will be a no-doubt first-ballot Hall of Famer and will be hoping his career doesn't come to an end in the wild-card game against the Bears on Sunday. The veteran signal-caller will be a midrange fantasy QB with running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) back in the fold against Chicago.

    Jan 10 · Source via Saints Drew Brees
  • Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas Activated

    New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) have been activated ahead of Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Bears. Kamara tested positive for COVID-19 last week and missed the Week 17 regular season finale. He still needs final clearance before the game on Sunday, but all signs are pointing toward the Saints having their star rusher available. Kamara scored a ridiculous six touchdowns in Week 16 and was the No. 1 overall fantasy RB in PPR leagues in 2020. He'll be a popular fantasy selection on Sunday. Thomas will return from Injured Reserve after battling a high-ankle sprain for much of the season. The top wideout in 2019, the 27-year-old was a huge disappointment this year due to injuries. If he's closer to full health, though, he has WR1 upside on wild-card weekend.

    Jan 9 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas Alvin Kamara
  • Saints Defense Won't Have Trey Hendrickson Sunday

    New Orleans Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson (neck) and offensive guard Nick Easton (concussion) will not play in the wild-card game against the Bears on Sunday. Hendrickson had a fourth-year breakout in 2020, recording career-highs in tackles (25), tackles for loss (12), QB hits (25) and sacks (13.5), with his previous high in sacks being just 4.5 in 2019. His absence will be a notable one for the Saints Defense against Chicago, but they should still be one of the more attractive fantasy units on wild-card weekend against an 8-8 Bears squad that could be without rookie receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle).

    Jan 8 · Source via Saints New Orleans Saints
  • Alvin Kamara Says He'll Be Back Sunday

    New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week and missed the Week 17 win over the Panthers, said he'll be back for Sunday's wild-card game against the Bears. However, he's not back with the team and must wait the mandatory 10 days before he's allowed to return. But he has been taking part in practice remotely via video-conferencing technology and is attending meetings via video conference. Head coach Sean Payton has been mum on whether the team will have Kamara available, but this is a good sign for fantasy managers. The top-scoring fantasy RB in PPR formats in 2020, Kamara will be a high-end RB1 on Sunday, even against a stingy Bears Defense, if he's cleared from the league's COVID-19 protocols.

    Jan 8 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
  • Saints Defense A Solid Start Against Bears

    The New Orleans Saints Defense is a solid start against the Bears for this week's game. The unit compiled 45 sacks, 18 picks, and eight recovered fumbles in 2020 while looking completely dominant at times. The Bears have a rather mediocre offense featuring an error-prone QB in Mitchell Trubisky. As a result, this unit has a chance for a solid showing.

    Jan 7 · Source via Saints New Orleans Saints
  • Jared Cook A Worthy Start Versus Chicago

    Despite a lackluster regular season, New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook is a worthy start this week against Chicago. Cook ended 2020 by seeing at least four targets and hauling in two touchdowns in the last four games. In the last two games, he also had at least 43 yards. Though his role isn't the biggest, he can be serviceable. The good news is that the Bears allow the second-most points to fantasy tight ends, so there is value in starting Cook this week.

    Jan 7 · Source via Saints Jared Cook
  • Emmanuel Sanders A Flex Option Against Bears

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is a flex play in this week's playoff game against the Bears. Sanders finished the regular season strong, getting at least five targets in the last five games and at least 63 yards in three of those five games. Though Michael Thomas may return from an ankle injury and cut into his production, the veteran has generally had a decent role this season as the Saints' WR2. Against a tough Chicago defense, Sanders pencils in as a flex.

    Jan 7 · Source via Saints Emmanuel Sanders
  • Michael Thomas A Solid Play This Weekend

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas(ankle) is a solid play this week if he plays. The WR missed Weeks 15-17 while on Injured Reserve due to an ankle injury that has been bothering him all season. Thomas could only play seven total games in 2020 after he compiled 40 receptions for 438 yards in the regular season. Nevertheless, the team is set to activate the WR from IR this week, and he is expected to suit up against Chicago on Sunday. The Bears are stingy against fantasy wideouts, but the volume Thomas should see keeps him as a strong play, especially considering the New Orleans receiving unit is banged up and running backAlvin Kamara might not play after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.

    Jan 7 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Alvin Kamara A Strong Play, If Active

    New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara would be a strong play if active on Sunday. Kamara has been on the COVID-19 list since Week 17 and missed the last game of the regular season. This week, there is a chance he could return and the RB would be a strong play even against a Bears squad that is stingy against fantasy backs. In his last game in Week 16, Kamara had a record day with 22 carries for 155 yards and six rushing touchdowns. His volume in this offense contributes to more fantasy value. If he's unable to go, Latavius Murray would be the lead back, but he wouldn't be a strong starting option.

    Jan 7 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
  • Drew Brees Faces Tough Matchup Against Chicago

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees faces a tough test against a stingy Chicago defense this week. In his three starts since returning from a rib and lung injury, Brees has tossed for at least 200 yards in each game along with having a total of six touchdowns and three picks in that span. Though the QB hasn't been an explosive fantasy option by any means this season, he has certainly been serviceable. Nevertheless, the Bears are generally stingy against fantasy QBs, so Brees is a low-end start.

    Jan 7 · Source via Saints Drew Brees
  • Saints Still Hopeful Alvin Kamara Can Play

    The New Orleans Saints remain hopeful that running back Alvin Kamara will be able to play in Sunday's wild-card game against the Bears after he tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was forced to miss the Week 17 win over the Panthers. Kamara is participating in live practices this week remotely, according to a source. He will need to continue to test negative to have a chance of being activated in the next couple of days. In PPR formats, Kamara was the No. 1 fantasy RB, even ahead of the NFL's leading rusher in Derrick Henry. So if he's cleared to play, Kamara will be an elite playoff weapon in fantasy. If he isn't cleared from the COVID-19 protocols by Sunday, backup Latavius Murray will become a plug-and-play DFS option.

    Jan 7 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
  • Latavius Murray, Dwayne Washington Activated

    The New Orleans Saints activated running backs Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington and fullback Michael Burton from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. It's good news for the Saints running back room after all but Ty Montgomery was forced to sit in Week 17 against the Panthers as high-risk close contacts of Alvin Kamara, who tested positive for COVID-19. Kamara also has a chance to clear the league's protocols and be available for Sunday's wild-card game against the Bears, but if he isn't, Murray would suddenly become a highly coveted fantasy option for fantasy managers playing in postseason leagues. Chicago's defense is no slouch, but Murray could even have some cheap DFS appeal if Kamara is active.

    Jan 6 · Source via Saints Latavius Murray Dwayne Washington
  • Taysom Hill, Trey Hendrickson Limited Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (concussion) and defensive end Trey Hendrickson (neck) were limited in practice on Wednesday. Hill is trending in the right direction to play on Sunday in the wild-card playoff game against the Bears as the team's Swiss Army Knife. The 30-year-old had eight touches for 46 total yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 win over the Panthers, but he cannot be realistically trusted in fantasy lineups in the postseason as long as Drew Brees is healthy and starting. Hendrickson has truly had a breakout season in 2020 for the Saints, recording 25 tackles (12 for loss), 25 QB hits, a forced fumble and a career-high 13.5 sacks in 15 games this year. He should be available to play on Sunday and has been a big reason why the Saints Defense is one of the stronger units in the NFL.

    Jan 6 · Source via Saints Trey Hendrickson Taysom Hill
  • Deonte Harris Returns To Practice

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris (neck) was designated to return to practice on Wednesday after being previously placed on Injured Reserve. Depending on how Harris fares in practice this week, he could be activated from IR and be on the active roster for the wild-card playoff game on Sunday against the Bears. Harris has mostly been a special teams guy for New Orleans, though, catching only 20 passes on 25 targets for 186 yards and a touchdown in nine games (two starts) in his second season with the Saints. With Michael Thomas (ankle) expected to return this weekend after also being put on IR, Harris would strictly be receiver depth behind Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, rookie Marquez Callaway and Austin Carr.

    Jan 6 · Source via Saints Deonte Harris
  • Michael Thomas Expected To Be Limited Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is expected to be limited in practice on Wednesday and will continue to ramp up throughout the week, according to a source. Thomas went on Injured Reserve at the end of the regular season to allow his high-ankle injury to heal, and the progress has been good. The 27-year-old All-Pro had a very disappointing 2020 season after being the consensus No. 1 receiver off the board in the first round of fantasy drafts. He only managed to play in seven games, catching 40 passes for 438 yards and no touchdowns after posting a 149-1,725-9 line in 2019. It looks like Thomas should be able to come off IR and play against a tough Bears Defense on Sunday, but he'll be a risky lineup option for fantasy managers after not playing since Week 14. His ankle had some time to heal, but Thomas is unlikely to be 100 percent healthy for the postseason.

    Jan 6 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas