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  • Andrus Peat Has High Ankle Sprain

    The initial diagnosis on New Orleans Saints offensive guard Andrus Peat (ankle) showed a high ankle injury, according to a source. Peat will undergo more tests on Monday after getting injured in the Sunday night loss to the Packers, but high ankle injuries can sideline players up to six weeks, so don't be surprised if the Saints lose one of their best offensive lineman for multiple weeks. The 26-year-old also missed some time in 2019 with a broken arm. New Orleans will be crossing their fingers that he won't be sidelined for too long, as Peat made the Pro Bowl in both 2018 and 2019 despite not playing a full season in either year.

    Sep 28 · Source via Saints Andrus Peat
  • Saints Defense Has Quiet Game In Week 3

    The New Orleans Saints Defense did not look particularly good in a 37-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Not only did they allow 30-plus points for the second straight game but the pass rush only mustered one sack of opposing quarterback Aaron Rodgers. For much of the night, the Saints couldn't get near the veteran signal-caller. It's a disappointing performance for a unit that had high expectations coming into the season. Fortunately, there are some better matchups coming up against the Lions and Chargers, so maybe they can turn it around.

    Sep 28 · Source via Saints New Orleans Saints
  • Wil Lutz Has Excellent Game Against Green Bay

    New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz made all three field-goal attempts and all three extra-points in a Week 3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Lutz was busy in a game that saw a combined 67 points put on the board. His night included a couple 30-yarders and a 45-yard kick late in the game that brought the Saints within a touchdown. The 26-year-old has yet to miss a kick and has been fantastic to start the 2020 season. He might be the best kicker to roster in fantasy football right now so keep him in lineups as an every-week starter.

    Sep 28 · Source via Saints Wil Lutz
  • Jared Cook Posts Just 21 Receiving Yards, Injures Groin

    New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (groin) caught two of three targets for 21 receiving yards in a 37-30 loss to the Packers. Cook saw only three targets as he was blanketed by the Packers Defense and then left the game late in the third quarter with a groin injury. There's no word yet on the severity of the injury, but Cook was limping badly as he left the field. If he is forced to miss time, rookie Adam Trautman could see some more playing time. All other Saints pass-catchers would get a slight boost if Cook misses time, though we need to see a little more from Drew Brees in this offense to confidently use any secondary options.

    Sep 28 · Source via Saints Jared Cook
  • Tre'Quan Smith Has Quiet Day Against Packers

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith had a quiet day in a Week 3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Smith saw the second-most targets on the team but could only muster four catches for 42 receiving yards. It was a disappointing performance considering the number of targets that were potentially available, though most of them were gobbled up by Alvin Kamara in the short, passing game. Most of Smith's potential fantasy value will hinge on the Week 4 status of Michael Thomas (ankle), though the matchup against the Lions is certainly an enticing one. Even so, Smith will be harder to trust after burning fantasy managers in this one.

    Sep 28 · Source via Saints Tre'Quan Smith
  • Emmanuel Sanders Has Best Game Of Season

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught four of five targets for 56 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Packers. Sanders enjoyed his best game of the season in Week 3, as he was Drew Brees' favorite pass-catcher besides Alvin Kamara. Brees found Sanders in the end zone for a touchdown right before the end of the first half. The veteran wideout probably could have had more if Brees had been able to get the ball downfield to him, though it's still a solid performance for him to build upon. Depending on the status of Michael Thomas (ankle), Sanders could have flex value against a struggling Lions Defense.

    Sep 28 · Source via Saints Emmanuel Sanders
  • Latavius Murray Leads Team In Carries

    New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray carried the ball a team-high 12 times for 58 rushing yards and caught one pass for seven receiving yards in a 37-30 loss to the Packers. Murray was overshadowed by the Alvin Kamara show, but he actually ran the ball really well, with a touchdown being the only thing missing. The veteran back will have standalone fantasy value in some games but this game reinforced one very important fact. Aside from Kareem Hunt, Murray might be the most valuable insurance policy in fantasy football. If something were to happen to Kamara, he would get a gargantuan workload, as he did last year when he was given the reins to the backfield. Murray could be in the flex conversation in Week 4 against a bad Lions' run defense.

    Sep 28 · Source via Saints Latavius Murray
  • Alvin Kamara Explodes For 197 Yards, Two Touchdowns

    New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was unstoppable in a Week 3 loss to Green Bay. Kamara picked up 58 rushing yards on six carries but was devastating as a receiver, catching 13 of 14 targets for 139 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The 25-year-old was so incredible as a pass-catcher that he would have finished as the WR1 in PPR formats (pending Monday night)- and not far behind in standard leagues. The absence of Michael Thomas (ankle) has clearly resulted in a huge receiving workload for Kamara. Make no mistake though, he looks healthy and explosive and could easily finish as the top scorer at the running back position in both formats even with Thomas back in the lineup. He'll get a Week 4 matchup against the Lions, who have been bad at defending running backs for over a year now.

    Sep 28 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
  • Drew Brees Tosses Three Touchdowns In Week 3

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-30 loss to the Packers. Brees may not have looked downfield as much as others would have liked, but he certainly did enough to get the job done. He had a nice touchdown throw to Emmanuel Sanders in the end zone, but Brees' main job all night was to get the ball in the hands of Alvin Kamara, who could not be stopped. This was definitely an encouraging bounce-back from Brees for fantasy purposes and his future outlook would be helped even more if Michael Thomas (ankle) could suit up for Week 4 against a poor Lions' secondary.

    Sep 28 · Source via Saints Drew Brees
  • Michael Thomas Improving, No Guarantee For Week 4

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is improving and has a chance to practice next week ahead of a Week 4 matchup with the Detroit Lions. The team is being very cautious with Thomas and they do not want him out there unless he's 100 percent, so this is no guarantee for his status against Detroit. Thomas has a 2-4 week timeline for his injury and Sunday's game is the second contest he's missed. It's very possible he practices this week and still doesn't play in Week 4. Hopefully Thomas heals up and his fantasy managers are able to roll him out there in Week 4 against a struggling Lions' secondary.

    Sep 27 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Ty Montgomery (hamstring) placed on the injured reserve

    Sep 26 · FantasyPros Saints Ty Montgomery
  • Saints Defense A Low-End Option Against Green Bay

    The New Orleans Saints Defense faces a tough test against the Packers, the league's highest-scoring team heading into Week 3. New Orleans has racked up some good stats so far, including six sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown. Unfortunately, Green Bay hasn't been giving to defenses this year, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been sacked just once and has yet to throw an interception. When you consider that this game could become high-scoring, it makes the New Orleans defense less appealing for fantasy purposes. There are better starting options out there.

    Sep 25 · Source via Saints New Orleans Saints
  • Wil Lutz A Great Start Against Packers

    New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz gets a tough matchup against the Packers in Week 3. Lutz has made all three field-goals and all seven extra-points in two contests. New Orleans will have to put up more points in this one, considering that Green Bay currently leads the NFL in points per game. Fantasy managers should keep rolling with Lutz, as this contest could become high-scoring, lending to more opportunities for the veteran kicker. A top-12 finish at the position is certainly possible.

    Sep 25 · Source via Saints Wil Lutz
  • Jared Cook A Low-End TE1 In Week 3

    New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook will square off with one of his former teams, the Packers, in Week 3. Cook ranks as the TE16 through two weeks of play and he was a bit disappointing in the first Saints game without Michael Thomas (ankle). Still, he's arguably the best pass-catcher this offense has besides Alvin Kamara, which should make fantasy managers feel better about starting him. Green Bay has been good against tight ends this year, though they haven't faced one who can stretch the field like Cook can. Plug him into lineups as a low-end TE1.

    Sep 25 · Source via Saints Jared Cook
  • Emmanuel Sanders A WR4 In Week 3

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders faces off with the Packers in Week 3. Sanders saw the second-highest number of snaps in Week 2 against the Raiders, but was third in wide receiver targets behind Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harris. This makes the veteran wideout hard to trust against Green Bay, despite the fact that they rank 22nd in fantasy points allowed to opposing wideouts. While both Sanders and Smith are obviously risky, Sanders is even more volatile right now considering he saw so few targets in Week 2. Sanders is in the WR4 range for Week 3.

    Sep 25 · Source via Saints Emmanuel Sanders
  • Tre'Quan Smith A Sneaky Play Against Green Bay

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith could be a sneaky play in Week 3 against the Packers. In the first game without Michael Thomas (ankle), Smith played 53 snaps, compared to Emmanuel Sanders' 47, and caught five passes for 86 yards. He out-targeted Sanders seven to three. You can't feel entirely great about playing Smith, especially against a solid Packers' pass defense. Still, he has had a knack for finding the end zone in his career and saw the most targets of any pass-catcher not named Alvin Kamara. Smith is a sneaky play in all formats.

    Sep 25 · Source via Saints Tre'Quan Smith
  • Latavius Murray A Risky Flex Against Packers

    New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray gets a favorable matchup against the Packers in Week 3. Green Bay has surrendered the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs and has allowed a back to score in each of their two games so far. Murray saw far less touches in Week 2, though it can't be forgotten that he carried the ball 15 times in Week 1, against a much tougher Buccaneers' run defense. With Michael Thomas (ankle) ruled out, it's possible New Orleans opts for a run-heavy approach. If the veteran halfback sees at least 10 touches, he could do enough to return flex value in Week 3. The risk is the week-to-week uncertainty with his role and the fact that Kamara could gobble up all the backfield touches once again.

    Sep 25 · Source via Saints Latavius Murray
  • Michael Thomas Ruled Out For Week 3

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers. Thomas will miss his second straight game as he continues to deal with a high-ankle sprain that he suffered late in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. The All-Pro wideout hasn't practiced yet since spraining his ankle, though there was a sliver of hope that he would be available for last week's game. If that's the case, there's probably a realistic shot at this point that Thomas is progressing and that he suits up for a Week 4 matchup against the Lions, as it would be the third week in his latest 2-4 week timeline. Receivers Tre'Quan Smith, Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should all see an uptick in targets against Green Bay in Thomas' absence.

    Sep 25 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Alvin Kamara Should See Huge Workload Again

    New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara gets a great matchup in Week 3 against the Packers. Green Bay is a perfect example of a funnel defense, as they rank 13th in pass DVOA but 30th in rush DVOA. Kamara comes into the contest averaging 19 touches, 120 scrimmage yards and two scores per game while ranking as fantasy football's RB2. The 24-year-old was the only running back to rank in the top-15 in both receptions and receiving yards in Week 2- and he should see a similar workload through the air yet again with Michael Thomas (ankle) ruled out. Kamara is a must-start in all formats and he could easily finish within the top-five at the position in Week 3.

    Sep 25 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
  • Drew Brees In The QB2 Range Against Packers

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will face off against the undefeated Packers in Week 3. Brees comes into the contest with just 472 passing yards, three touchdowns and a bunch of questions about his ability to play quarterback at the age of 41. For all the concerns surrounding Brees, his fantasy floor has remained more stable than one would think, with two scores in Week 1 and 312 passing yards in Week 2. He won't put up week-winning numbers against a Packers Defense that ranks 13th in pass DVOA, though he also won't completely filibuster either. Brees is best looked at as a mid-to-high QB2 for Week 3.

    Sep 25 · Source via Saints Drew Brees
  • Michael Thomas Misses Practice Again

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) missed another practice on Thursday. Thomas has missed the last two days of practice this week and is likely to miss his second straight game as he tries to return from the dreaded high ankle sprain. With the Week 3 game on Sunday night against the Packers, there's even more reason to give up hope in using Thomas this weekend. Emmanuel Sanders proved in Week 2 that he can't be trusted with Thomas out of the lineup, as he had just one catch on three targets for 18 yards. Sanders had three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, so he's more of a WR4/5 in deeper leagues.

    Sep 24 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Drew Brees Says He Feels Great

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he feels "borderline great" despite a disappointing performance in the Monday night loss to the Raiders in Week 2. The 41-year-old future Hall of Famer completed 26 of 38 passes for 312 yards, one touchdown and a passer rating of 91.1, but he also threw an ugly interception on a forced pass and had an air-yards-per-attempt mark below 5.5. An important thing to note is that Brees was without All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas (ankle). Since 2016, Brees has a record of 40-18, a completion percentage of 72.4, a yards-per-attempt average of 7.9, a 121-29 TD-INT ratio and a 109.2 passer rating with Thomas available. Those numbers drop to 0-2 with a 64.6 completion percentage, 7.2 yards per attempt, a 1-4 TD-INT ratio and a passer rating of 69 without Thomas. While the Week 3 game against Green Bay could be high-scoring, Brees will be more of a high-end QB2 in fantasy if Thomas misses another game, which is likely.

    Sep 23 · Source via Saints Drew Brees
  • Michael Thomas Absent At Practice Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday while he tries to recover from a high ankle sprain. Thomas missed the Monday night loss to the Raiders and could miss several more weeks. Fantasy managers shouldn't be expecting to get the All-Pro receiver back in Week 3 against the Packers. As we witnessed against Las Vegas, you can't really count on New Orleans' other receivers in Emmanuel Sanders or Tre'Quan Smith in the absence of Thomas. This game has the potential to be a high-scoring affair, but Sanders remains a boom/bust WR4/flex for much deeper leagues.

    Sep 23 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Wil Lutz Makes Lone Field Goal

    New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz connected on his only field-goal attempt and made three extra points in the Week 2 loss to the Raiders. Lutz didn't get to try for many field goals considering the Saints offense capitalized with touchdowns when they were in the red zone. As part of a high-octane offense, Lutz remains a weekly starter considering his large role and reliability.

    Sep 21 · Source via Saints Wil Lutz
  • Jared Cook Only Manages 13 Yards

    New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook only managed two receptions for 13 yards on five targets in the Week 2 loss to the Raiders. After coming off an 80-yard performance in Week 1, the tight end was certainly disappointing. Nevertheless, with Michael Thomas sidelined, he should still see a decent number of targets and can redeem himself in Week 3. Cook can be explosive, thus keeping him in the TE1 tier going forward.

    Sep 21 · Source via Saints Jared Cook
  • Emmanuel Sanders Musters Only One Catch

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders only managed one reception for 18 yards on three targets in the Week 2 loss to the Raiders. It was certainly a disappointing performance for the temporary WR1 of the Saints as Drew Brees even eclipsed 300 passing yards. Sanders will look to get back on track in Week 3 against the Packers, but his value should be downgraded to a flex considering his Week 2 struggles.

    Sep 21 · Source via Saints Emmanuel Sanders
  • Tre'Quan Smith Gets 86 Yards

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith came through in the Week 2 loss to Las Vegas, getting five receptions for 86 yards on seven targets. With Michael Thomas sidelined, it was only natural to see Smith see some more targets and he delivered with a great performance. He should see some targets as long as Thomas is out, keeping him in the flex tier for the foreseeable future.

    Sep 21 · Source via Saints Tre'Quan Smith
  • Alvin Kamara Stuffs The Stat Sheet

    New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara had a tremendous performance in the Week 2 loss to the Raiders, getting 13 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns along with leading the team with nine receptions for 95 yards on nine targets. The absence of Michael Thomas thrust Kamara into a huge role and he put on a great display in both the passing and rushing game. He remains a solid RB1 going forward.

    Sep 21 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
  • Drew Brees Goes For 312 Yards

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 26-for-38 and put up 312 yards, one touchdown, and one pick in the loss to the Raiders on Monday. After a hot start, the Saints cooled down and the offense couldn't get going deeper into the game. It was obvious the absence of Michael Thomas was felt, but this was the type of performance that is now expected of Brees, which is generally not explosive in terms of touchdowns. He should remain a low-end QB1 or high QB2 going forward.

    Sep 21 · Source via Saints Drew Brees
  • Marcus Davenport (elbow) ruled out Week 2

    Sep 20 · FantasyPros Saints Marcus Davenport
  • Michael Thomas Ruled Out Against Raiders

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Las Vegas Raiders. There was a "glimmer of hope" that Thomas would be able to suit up a week after suffering a high-ankle sprain, though that was probably false hope at best. This is ideal for fantasy managers because now they can pivot to options on their bench from Sunday's slate of games. Fellow wideout Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Jared Cook should see a larger share of targets while Tre'Quan Smith has some appeal as a sleeper against the Raiders' suspect secondary.

    Sep 19 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Trent Brown (calf) listed as doubtful for Week 2

    Sep 19 · FantasyPros Saints
  • Michael Thomas Not At Practice Friday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) was not present at practice on Friday for the second straight day. There were reports that Thomas "felt fantastic" at practice on Thursday, and there is a "glimmer of hope" that he can play in Week 2 on Monday night against the Raiders, but it's a long shot, at best. The All-Pro receiver is dealing with a high ankle sprain, which can keep players out up to a month or more. The 27-year-old is known as a quick healer and wants to get back out there as soon as possible, but fantasy managers need to keep realistic expectations. You should be planning to be without Thomas this week. Both Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should have heavy target shares with Thomas likely out.

    Sep 18 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Glimmer Of Hope For Michael Thomas In Week 2

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) "felt fantastic" at practice on Thursday and there is a "little glimmer of hope" that he can play on Monday night against the Raiders, according to a source. It's still unlikely that Thomas plays with his high ankle sprain, but the Saints were pleased with Thomas' progress even though he didn't actually practice. With the Saints playing on Monday this week, you almost have no choice but to bench the All-Pro wideout this week. The 27-year-old is making good progress, though, so there's an outside chance he could be back for Week 3. With Thomas likely out, Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should be quarterback Drew Brees' go-to targets through the air against Las Vegas.

    Sep 18 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Sits Out Again Thursday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day and is unlikely to play in Week 2 against the Raiders on Monday night at this point while dealing with a high ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 1. It's a really tough blow for those that took the All-Pro wideout in the first round of their fantasy drafts, but you'll have to be patient as he works his way back. Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should be the team's top receivers with Thomas on the shelf, with Tre'Quan Smith serving as the No. 2 receiver behind Sanders. Veteran quarterback Drew Brees will have a lower ceiling without his go-to target in the fold, but he could still put up QB1 numbers on Monday night.

    Sep 17 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Dwayne Washington activated from COVID/reserve list

    Sep 17 · FantasyPros Saints Dwayne Washington