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Saints star WR Michael Thomas will likely undergo surgery on his ankle this offseason. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Thomas is likely to have surgeries on both the torn deltoid and other injured ligaments in his high ankle this offseason. “Michael Thomas often wouldn’t practice all week, yet would still play in games, at much less than 100%, and with pain medication,” per Schefter. “The coaches told him even as injured as he was, they were much better off with him than without him. But now will need surgery.” Thomas was limited to seven games in 2020 due to a high-ankle sprain. The 27-year-old WR hauled in 40 receptions for 438 yards and zero touchdowns. Thomas is expected to be ready by training camp and currently eighth among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


New Orleans Saints defense struggled to get a single turnover in a playoff loss to the Bucs while giving up 30 points and 316 yards.

Fantasy Impact: The Saints defense allowed Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones to both run well against them. Although they made a few big stops and defended some tough passes, it didn't matter much by night's end. Tom Brady threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns while punching in another touchdown via the ground. The Saints defense typically makes for a high-ceiling option but their penchant for getting into blowouts also makes them a risky one.

Category: Game Recaps


Wil Lutz made both field goals and both extra point attempts as the Saints' season ended in a playoff loss to the Bucs.

Fantasy Impact: Lutz finished the year striking 82.1% of his field goals, slightly below the league average. He missed an easy chip shot against the Bears early in the season, but all of his other misses came from at least 40 yards out. The longtime Saint still has two years under contract, but his expectations for 2021 should be tempered slightly as Drew Brees is not expected to return.

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Jared Cook hauled in five of seven targets for 28 yards and a fumble in Sunday's Divisional Round loss to the Bucs.

Fantasy Impact: Cook had a pretty normal game for his standards, but a crushing hit caused a fumble in the third quarter that the Bucs quickly turned into a touchdown, pulling the game out of reach for the Saints. Although Cook was able to play 15 games this year after just 14 in 2019, he still saw dips in targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He'll head into 2021 as an unrestricted free agent.

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Emmanuel Sanders caught six of his nine targets for 48 yards in Sunday's Divisional Round loss to the Bucs.

Fantasy Impact: Sanders had a solid first season in New Orleans, catching 61 receptions for 726 yards and five touchdowns. He's still under contract next season and will likely go as a late-round pick in fantasy drafts. Sanders is still behind Michael Thomas and Tre-Quan Smith on the depth chart and will offer a dangerously low floor with questions surrounding their quarterback play.

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Dwayne Washington saw one carry which he took for two yards in Sunday's Divisional Round loss to the Bucs.

Fantasy Impact: Washington only saw eight touches all year, with his last touch being in November. With Latavius Murray and Taysom Hill both inactive, he saw a slight opportunity in his playoff matchup. After five years in the league and three with the Saints, Washington will hit the 2021 offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

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Ty Montgomery carries four times for 14 yards and snared his only target for another 13 in Sunday's Divisional Round playoff loss to the Bucs.

Fantasy Impact: With Latavius Murray and Taysom Hill both inactive, Montgomery was expected to see an expanded role but Alvin Kamara saw 18 carries to Montgomery's four. Montgomery will head into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, where a team is likely to find a role for the veteran gadget player.

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Tre'Quan Smith hauled in all three of his targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Divisional Round loss to the Bucs.

Fantasy Impact: Tre'Quan Smith has slowly taken over as the lead wide receiver in New Orleans, and his nine targets more than double Michael Thomas's total, while the latter failed to catch a single ball thrown his way. With Drew Brees set to retire, Smith's value will be tough to project heading into the 2021 season. He will likely be touted as a sleeper throughout the offseason and his ADP is set to rise.

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Alvin Kamara rushed the ball 18 times for 85 yards and caught three of his six targets for an additional 20 yards in a Divisional Round loss to the Bucs.

Fantasy Impact: Kamara has been bottled up by the Bucs all season and although he was able to break off a few chunk plays on Sunday, he still had a quiet game by his standards. A lot of Kamara's value in fantasy football comes from catching short passes and plunging touchdowns on an electric offense. With Drew Brees set to retire, Kamara's fantasy value in 2021 will be up for debate. Although Kamara finished as the top running back in 2020, his usage was only the 10th-highest. If Taysom Hill is the Saints Week 1 starter, Kamara will certainly see a drop in his ADP.

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Jameis Winston came in on a trick play and completed his only attempt for a 56-yard touchdown in Sunday's Divisional Round loss to the Bucs.

Fantasy Impact: Winston lined up as a wideout with Alvin Kamara taking the shotgun snap. The ball was handed off to Emmanuel Sanders in motion who flipped it Winston before he threw a dart down the middle of the field for a 56-yard touchdown to Tre'Quan Smith. Winston was signed to a one-year deal in New Orleans and played behind Taysom Hill on the depth chart this season. He'll become a free agent this offseason and will hope to find a starting job in 2021, just one year removed from leading the league in passing yards and touchdowns.

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Drew Brees lost in what is believed to be his final game in the NFL. He completed 19 of 32 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. He added two rushes for three yards in the 30-20 loss to the Bucs.

Fantasy Impact: The 42-year-old veteran quarterback struggled against the swarming Bucs defense. He completed just 55.9% of his passes and threw three interceptions. The Saints turned the ball over four times but still kept the game somewhat competitive, mostly due to Alvin Kamara's grinding and a 56-yard trick play touchdown toss from Jameis Winston. Brees will retire with a litany of passing records and a Super Bowl championship. With Winston just being on a one-year contract, it's likely that Taysom Hill is the Week 1 starter in 2021.

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Saints QB Taysom Hill (knee) is inactive and will not play in Sunday’s Divisional Round game against the Buccaneers. (Source: New Orleans Saints on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Hill will not play in Sunday’s playoff game against the Buccaneers. The Saints will also be without RB Latavius Murray (quad). This bodes well for RB Alvin Kamara, who should see all the goal-line work for the Saints on Sunday. Jameis Winston will handle backup QB duties while Hill is sidelined.

Category: Injury Updates


Saints RB Latavius Murray (quad) is officially inactive for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Bucs. (Source: Nick Underhill on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taysom Hill (knee) is also inactive. The absence of both increases the fantasy ceiling for Alvin Kamara, particularly in the red zone.

Category: Injury Updates


Adam Trautman caught one of three targets for three yards in Sunday's playoff win over the Bears.

Fantasy Impact: Trautman came into this game averaging exactly one reception per game during the regular season. With Jared Cook demanding the majority of looks out of the tight end spot, Trautman doesn't offer much excitement in fantasy.

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Lil'Jordan Humphrey saw one target which he caught for 14 yards in Sunday's Wild Card win over the Bears.

Fantasy Impact: Humphrey had only seen four targets all season heading into this game, but Drew Brees was feeling generous and spread the ball to just about everyone on Sunday. The second-year receiver makes for extremely risky and speculative play in any DFS lineups next week against a speedy Bucs defense.

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Michael Burton caught both targets thrown to him for nine yards in Sunday's playoff win over the Bears.

Fantasy Impact: Burton has caught every ball thrown his way this season, but Sunday's two targets make for just six total on the season. Drew Brees spread the ball thin as Burton was one of 10 pass-catchers in this game.

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Deonte Harris hauled in all seven of his catches for 83 yards and added one rushing attempt for -2 yards in Sunday's playoff win over the Bears.

Fantasy Impact: Not many people expected Harris to be the Saints' passing game engine, but that's exactly what he was in this first-round matchup against the Bears. Coming into this matchup with just 20 receptions for 186 and a touchdown on the year, it's tough to feel confident in Harris next week against the Bucs. Still, he'll likely entice some DFS players after showcasing his speed and playmaking in this matchup.

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Saints WR Juwan Johnson caught his lone target for a four-yard gain in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Panthers.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson will likely enter the postseason in a similar role in the offense. If he was not involved on Sunday with all of the pass-catchers sidelined, he probably won't be anytime soon.

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Saints WR Marquez Callaway caught 3-of-4 targets for 51 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Panthers.

Fantasy Impact: Callaway played third-fiddle behind Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook. However, he has drawn four targets in reach of his past two games back from injury, which could spill over into the postseason depending on the health of Saints' skill position players currently on the shelf.

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Saints safety D.J. Swearinger will miss Sunday's contest against the Panthers due to COVID-19.

Fantasy Impact: Another member of the Saints' organization is going to miss Week 17 due to COVID-19 and the game overall is going to miss a lot of star power on both sides. Swearinger will need to pass protocols before being ready to play in the first round of the playoffs.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions