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Saints RB coach Joel Thomas told reporters that Alvin Kamara played through knee, ankle, and back injuries in 2019. (Source: Nick Underhill on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas added that Kamara at 75 percent health is as effective as many players at 100 percent health, which is why he played through these injuries. Kamara missed two games in the middle of the year and his efficiency struggled thereafter. If the 24-year-old is healthy this season he should return to his previous level of production.

Category: Injury Updates

Saints DE Noah Spence tore his ACL while working out on his own during the coronavirus pandemic and has been placed on the reserve/non-football injury list. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Spence will not count against the 90-player roster limit. The 26-year old pass-rusher started his career with Tampa Bay, recording 5.5 sacks his rookie year in 2016. Injuries have derailed his career a bit, missing 23 games the last three seasons. Last year, Spence played for both the Buccaneers and Redskins prior to being released and subsequently picked up by the Saints. Spence was hoping to turn over a new, healthy leaf in New Orleans, but a torn ACL has once again put a damper on his ability to see the field.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Taysom Hill will be “the guy” once Drew Brees retires, per Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. (Source: Jay Glazer of Fox Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Hill signed a two-year, $21 million contract with the Saints this off-season. He is expected to be the Saints’ QB of the future once Brees retires. “No smokescreen, he’s the guy,” said Glazer. “Sean Payton loves him but it’s not just him, the whole team loves him, not just Sean Payton. Watch a Saints game. When he’s in the game, watch the other players on the sideline, watch their reaction. They all get up and stand on the sidelines to watch him. I think Sean was always hoping to unleash him on the league without anyone seeing him before but now we’ve seen it with Lamar Jackson. He’s a bigger Lamar Jackson. No, it’s not a smokescreen. He likes him that much, he’ll be the guy. He’s with the perfect coach for that.” Hill recently gained TE eligibility in ESPN fantasy leagues. The 29-year-old hauled in 19 catches for 234 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. Hill will most likely be used as a gadget player in 2020, but it remains to be seen if he will be Brees’ future successor.

WR Ted Ginn has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears have been looking for a speed receiver, and finally get one in Ginn. While the 35-year old is well past his prime, he played all 16 games last season for the Saints, and showed his ability to fly on a few deep routes. He’ll add a veteran presence to a Bears receiving core that consists of Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, and Cordarrelle Patterson. While Ginn could rip off a few big plays, he likely won’t be fantasy relevant in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Saints QB Jameis Winston underwent off-season LASIK eye surgery and now has “no blurriness” and his “depth perception has increased.” (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Winston told reporters, “I can read license plates. I can read street signs. I think the precision in the vision is the biggest difference.” Winston seems serious about cleaning up his game as he joins the Saints on a one-year deal. Last season with the Buccaneers, he threw for a career-high 33 TDs, but that was coupled with another career-high, 30 INTs. Winston has had issues with his vision since his college days, and after his record-setting 2019, figured the time was right to hit the reset button on his future. Winston has shed weight, added muscle, corrected his vision, and seems excited to get the opportunity to learn from one of the best to ever play the position in Drew Brees. Look for Winston to become a starter again at some point in his career, whether for the Saints or another organization.

The New Orleans Saints have selected quarterback Tommy Stevens with the No. 240 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. (Source: Dov Kleiman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stevens comes out of Mississippi State and has been compared to Taysom Hill. Perhaps coach Sean Payton will think up some creative ways to get him involved. We already know New Orleans is infatuated with Hill's "playmaking" ability.

Saints RB Dwayne Washington has agreed to terms with New Orleans and will return for the upcoming season. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Listed officially as a running back on the depth chart, however, where Washington does most of his work is on special teams. He played all 16 games last year for New Orleans and was a key piece for them on the special teams unit. Look for more of the same from Washington as the Saints are set at the running back position with Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray leading the way.

Category: Transactions

Drew Brees has chosen to sign with NBC Sports over ESPN once his playing career is over. (Source: Andrew Marchand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brees recently signed a two-year, $50 million contract extension with the Saints this offseason. His contract with NBC Sports will begin once his playing career is over. “Like all NFL fans, we look forward to watching Drew continue his Hall of Fame career this fall, and we are confident his post-playing career will be successful,” said NBC Sports spokesman Greg Hughes. Brees is set to have two more years in his playing career, and should once again be an elite fantasy option in 2020.

D.J. Swearinger Sr. is signing a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Saints. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Swearinger originally signed with the Saints back on Week 15 of the 2019 season. The team ultimately decided to re-sign him to a one-year deal. Swearinger totaled 50 tackles across nine games for the Raiders/Cardinals/Saints last season. He will provide the Saints depth at safety and is an option in deep-league IDP formats only.

Category: Transactions

Former Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater is headed Carolina on a three-year, $60M deal. (Source: Chris Mortensen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bridgewater lands in Carolina after Cam Newton received permission to seek a trade. A huge benefit to Bridgewater and the Panthers is that he already has a relationship with new Panthers OC Joe Brady. They worked together in New Orleans, so Bridgewater should come into camp with an understanding of schematics and the playbook.

Category: Transactions

Saints K Wil Lutz was successful on 2-of-3 field-goal attempts and on both of his extra-point attempts in Sunday's Wild Card playoff loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Lutz's lone missed field goal proved to be a significant one as it could have changed the landscape of the game moving forward. Still, he was one of the best fantasy kickers in the league and will look to maintain his success in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps

Saints WR Deonte Harris caught his lone target for 50 yards in Sunday's Wild Card playoff loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Harris spent his rookie season as a primary return specialist while getting sporadic touches throughout the year. With a good offseason, perhaps he can earn additional opportunities in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps

Saints TE Jared Cook caught 5-of-5 targets for 54 yards in Sunday's Wild Card playoff loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Despite a sluggish start to the year, Cook had at least 74 yards receiving or a touchdown in nine of his last 10 games leading up to the playoffs. He was one of the hottest fantasy tight ends down the stretch. Cook will open 2020 as a middling TE1 across most fantasy formats.

Category: Game Recaps

Saints WR Tre’Quan Smith failed to catch his only target in Sunday's Wild Card playoff loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: While Smith scored in four of his last six games leading up to Wild Card Weekend, plus, the fact that he was coming off of a Week 17 in which he finished with a season-high 5/56/1 stat line on a season-best five targets, Smith was invisible when it mattered the most. Despite an underwhelming 2019, Smith could open 2020 as the Saints WR2 unless they bring in a bigger presence to fill the void.

Category: Game Recaps

Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 7-of-8 targets for 70 yards in Sunday's Wild Card playoff loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Despite his record-setting year, Thomas could not get going in the playoffs against a Vikings secondary that had been exploited at times in 2019. His opportunity-share wasn't there either as he's failed to draw double-digit targets for only the fifth time this season. It just wasn't the Saints' day. Thomas will likely open 2020 as the fantasy football WR1.

Category: Game Recaps

Saints RB Latavius Murray rushed five times for 21 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for four yards in Sunday's Wild Card playoff loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Murray only managed 25 total yards on six touches against a stout Vikings front seven. Much like the Saints offensive showing as a whole, Murray was a disappointment on Wild Card Weekend, especially if you snuck him in your DFS lineup hoping for a revenge game score. Assuming the Saints stand pat with their backfield in 2020, Murray will likely be a late-single-digit round draft day target in most fantasy formats.

Category: Game Recaps

A.J. Klein finished Sunday’s 42-10 win over the Panthers with six tackles (five solo), an interception, and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Klein had a respectable regular season with 67 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and his pick-six from Sunday. He should be left on waivers in most formats, unless in super deep leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Saints TE Josh Hill caught 3-of-5 targets for 35 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Panthers.

Fantasy Impact: Hill had his usual stat line without a score. He is a lesser-paid version of Cameron Brate on the Saints.

Category: Game Recaps

Demario Davis ended Sunday’s 38-28 win over the Titans with 11 total tackles (nine solo) and one sack.

Fantasy Impact: Davis leads all Saints in tackles with 109 through Week 16. He also has four sacks and one interception during the same time span. The eight-year veteran is a low-end LB1 in all leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Newly acquired cornerback Janoris Jenkins is active for Week 16 against the Tennessee Titans. (Source: Mike Triplett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There has been no indication on what type of snap count (if any) Jenkins will be on against the Titans, but it makes sense that he will be on the field in man coverage, but may be on the sidelines for the zone concepts he may be more unfamiliar with. Despite his unceremonious exit from the Giants, Jenkins is still a talented corner who lowers the floor for A.J. Brown and Corey Davis.

Category: Transactions