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The Saints placed WR Michael Thomas on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas (ankle) is also on the reserve/PUP list. He's first eligible to return in Week 8. It remains to be seen whether or not he'll be able to.

Category: Injury Updates


Saints DL Marcus Davenport suffered a pec strain in Week 1 against the Packers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davenport will miss some time, but he'll be back sooner rather than later. This is a good outcome for New Orleans since their star lineman avoided a long-term injury.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (thumb) will miss "a couple weeks" following surgery. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lattimore recently received a five-year, $100 million contract extension from New Orleans. His value to the team has never been in question, so hopefully he returns sooner rather than later. Lattimore's absence in Week 2 will be good news for Sam Darnold and the Panthers.

Category: Injury Updates


Saints K Aldrick Rosas was successful on his only field goal attempt and on all five extra-point tries in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: With Wil Lutz on injured reserve, Rosas is filling in and did not perfectly without a miss. Rosas will be on the fantasy radar in Week 2 against the Panthers in a game that could be a shootout.

Category: Game Recaps


Saints WR Taysom Hill caught his lone target for a 10-yard touchdown in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: Hogan turned his only target into a 10-yard touchdown. After one game, it doesn't look like Hogan should be a waiver wire consideration in normal-sized leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Saints QB Taysom Hill completed his only pass for three yards while rushing for one yard on two attempts in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: Hill lost the quarterback battle in the preseason and will likely assume his normal swiss army knife role in the Saints' offense. He is a non-factor in Week 2 against the Panthers in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Saints WR Deonte Harris caught both of his targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: Harris is a top-three wideout in the Saints' passing attack. He likely won't see a vast amount of targets but will have to make do with the opportunities he receives. Harris is a big play waiting to happen any time he touches the ball, but unless he sees an uptick in targets, he will be hard to trust in season-long formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Saints Alvin Kamara rushed 20 times for 83 yards while hauling in 3-of-4 targets for eight yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: Kamara totaled 91 yards with a score on 23 touches. Normally a highly targeted back, I don't know if fantasy managers could depend on 6+ targets from Kamara every week like in the Drew Brees days. He will have his sporadic outputs, but the Saints don't want to throw a ton and expose Jameis Winston's handicaps. Kamara will get the Panthers in Week 2.

Category: Game Recaps


Saints RB Tony Jones had 11 rushes for 50 yards in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: Jones was busy, handling 12 touches. However, this game was so far out of reach where Alvin Kamara didn't need the wear and tear late in the game. Jones could still see 10+ touches a game if they continue to feature the run more so than in the past, but until we see this play out, Jones can not be trusted in fantasy with Kamara healthy.

Category: Game Recaps


Saints TE Juwan Johnson caught 3-of-3 targets for 21 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was the most effective Saints' pass catcher in Week 1. While he only drew three targets, he caught two of them for scores. Meanwhile, tight-end roommate Adam Trautman managed six looks. Johnson could be a primary red-zone weapon for the Saints.

Category: Game Recaps


Saints TE Adam Trautman caught 3-of-6 targets for 18 yards in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: Trautman led the Saints in targets, but only caught three of them for 18 yards. Saints tight ends led all pass-catchers with nine total targets while wide receivers totaled six. Trautman and Juwan Johnson could be the primary Jameis Winston targets in the new-look Saints offense.

Category: Game Recaps


Saints WR Marquez Callaway caught 1-of-2 targets for 14 yards in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: Callaway entered the season with a ton of hype, but he failed to deliver, miserably. While Callaway only managed two targets, the Saints only passed the ball 20 times. In fact, Callaway led all Saints wideouts in targets. He gets the Panthers in Week 2.

Category: Game Recaps


Saints QB Jameis Winston completed 14-of-20 passes for 148 yards and five touchdowns in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: Winston was outstanding in his Saints debut. While he didn't throw for a ton of yards, he didn't have to. He also didn't have to throw the ball a lot, hiding his deficiencies. Winston will look to keep it rolling in Week 2 against the Panthers.

Category: Game Recaps


The New Orleans Saints D/ST surrendered 229 total yards and three points in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: The Saints had their way with the Packers from the start and never looked back. They dominated Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in all phases. They forced three turnovers and totaled a pair of sacks on Rodgers and Jordan Love, who played a lot of the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. The Saints will get the Panthers in Week 2.

Category: Game Recaps


The New Orleans Saints placed wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) on the short-term injured reserve Friday. (Source: Nick Underhill on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith was placed on the short-term injured reserve and will miss the next three games. He’s dealt with a hamstring injury since the beginning of August and has barely practiced throughout training camp. Smith is eligible to return Week 4 against the New York Giants. With star wideout Michael Thomas (ankle) also out through October, the Saints are extremely thin at wide receiver. Marquez Callaway, Chris Hogan, and Lil’ Jordan Humphrey are currently the top receivers on the Saints’ depth chart. Callaway should see an uptick in targets, and fantasy managers can expect his stock to rise with the latest news. Hogan and Humphrey could have value in deep-league formats but are not on the fantasy radar in Week 1 against a tough Green Bay Packers secondary.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


The New Orleans Saints have traded for cornerback Bradley Roby, formerly of the Houston Texans. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a massive addition for the New Orleans Saints secondary. They lost Janoris Jenkins this offseason and had no one proven to play alongside Marshon Lattimore. Though he played in just 10 games in 2020, Roby is coming off his strongest season since 2017 and should make an immediate impact for the Saints. He makes for an intriguing CB2 target in IDP leagues as opposing offenses will actively look to avoid Lattimore in coverage when possible. Roby will miss Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers as he serves a suspension.

Category: Transactions


Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that RB Latavius Murray has been released by the Saints. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Saints asked Murray to take a pay reduction and Murray refused. Tony Jones looked good during the preseason, although it's not certain that had any factor in the decision to release Murray. He's coming off a career-best 4.5 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per catch. Murray is likely to sign with another team soon. Jones becomes an even more intriguing late round dart throw.


The Saints placed kicker Will Lutz (groin) on injured reserve. (Source: NOLA.com)

Fantasy Impact: Lutz recently underwent core muscle surgery and is expected to miss "at least" the first eight weeks of the season. It goes without saying that he can be ignored for fantasy purposes right now. Aldrick Rosas is expected to take Lutz's spot on the active roster.

Category: Injury Updates


Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Saints have cut veteran RB Devonta Freeman. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Freeman was added back in early August by the Saints as a potential depth piece at RB for New Orleans, but as it turns out that will not be the case. It remains to be seen how many RB's the Saints will carry but given Freeman couldn't beat out Latavius Murray, who has been discussed as a potential cut as well, it's not a good sign. Freeman, 29-years old, spent 2020 with the Giants as a backup where he missed time due to injury and ultimately finished with 54 carries for 172 yards. At this point in his career Freeman looks to mainly be a deep depth piece at RB for teams and will seemingly only be viable if there are multiple injuries to a RB room. Freeman is not on the fantasy radar for 2021 or going forward.

Category: Transactions


Nick Vannett is expected to miss two-to-four weeks due to a knee injury that he suffered in the Saints preseason game on Monday against Jacksonville. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: It appears Vannett has avoided disaster as he could have been sidelined for a more significant time. Adam Trautman also suffered a knee injury on Monday which does not appear to be serious according to reports, but he remains without a clear timetable. These injuries have opened up the door for former wide reciever turned tight end Juwan Johnson to see a bigger role in the passing game starting in the Saints third and final preseason game.

Category: Injury Updates