New Orleans Saints

NFC South

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Saints have agreed to terms with tight end Jared Cook on a two-year deal worth $15.5 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal includes $8 million guaranteed in 2019, so Cook will be out there catching passes from Drew Brees in Week 1. Some would say that the upgrade from Derek Carr to Brees should promote even more production, but don't forget that Cook played with Aaron Rodgers before he went to Oakland. Despite high expectations for the physically gifted tight end, 2018 was the first time in his 10 years in the league where he topped 800 yards. He's still yet to score more than six touchdowns in any season, so don't go selling the farm to acquire Cook in dynasty or redraft leagues. The Saints did have a clear void at the position, so he's going to be targeted, but with Brees' pass attempts dipping the last few years while they have a much-improved defense, it's unlikely we see Cook get close to the 101 targets he had with the Raiders last year. He should be considered a low-end TE1 in redraft formats despite the upgrade at quarterback.

Category: Transactions

Teddy Bridgewater and the New Orleans Saints have come to terms on a one-year, $7.25 million contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal has a maximum value of $12.5 million. Bridgewater likely could've started with the Dolphins, but he instead chose to return as Drew Brees' backup, potentially with the hopes of succeeding him one day. For now the Saints have one of the best quarterback situations in the league between Brees and Bridgewater.

Category: Transactions

The Saints have re-signed place kicker Will Lutz to a five-year contract. (Source: Josh Katzenstein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lutz was going to be a restricted free agent this off-season but the Saints didn't want him going anywhere. He has been one of the best kickers in the league over the past couple of seasons. In 2018 he was the most accurate kicker in New Orleans franchise history.

Category: Transactions

Jamison Hensley of ESPN writes the Ravens could target Mark Ingram in free agency. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ingram's fantasy value would be on the rise if he actually landed in Baltimore. He would pair well with run-first QB Lamar Jackson and OC Greg Roman. The 29-year-old Ingram ran for 4.7 YPC last year while totaling seven touchdowns in 12 games.

Category: Rumors

Saints cornerback P.J. Williams was arrested in New Orleans early Wednesday morning for drunk driving. Williams was clocked driving at 80 miles per hour in a 50-mph zone. He also used a traffic lane improperly and failed to signal a turn, New Orleans police said, via the New Orleans Advocate. He was booked into the jail on counts of drunken and careless driving. He was released after about three hours. (Source: The New Orleans Advocate)

Fantasy Impact: It’s not Williams’ first incident behind the wheel. In 2014, then a starter at Florida State, he fled the scene of an accident while driving with a suspended license. During the pre-draft process in 2015, he was arrested for driving under the influence in Tallahassee. The charges were later dropped even though Williams admitted he “had a few drinks.” The 25-year-old could be facing league discipline after this latest incident. He is set to be a free agent in March.

The New Orleans Saints D/ST recorded one interception and one sack as the team lost to the Rams 26-23 in overtime in the NFC Championship.

Fantasy Impact: The Saints defense was dominant early on, hyped up by an insanely loud crowd that gave Jared Goff problems communicating plays calls. The Rams then converted a fake punt pass to extend a drive and were able to move the ball from there on out. New Orleans' defense finished strong in 2018. They'll have streamer appeal at times next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Ben Watson (illness) did not play in the NFC Championship game on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Thus ends a long and productive career for the 38-year-old tight end. A former first round pick Watson played with the Patriots, Browns, Ravens, and Saints across his 14 pro seasons. Watson was never a major fantasy asset but was a tight end streamer for years.

Category: Game Recaps

Garrett Griffin caught two passes for 12 yards and a touchdown as the Saints lost to the Rams in the NFC Championship.

Fantasy Impact: Griffin scored the first touchdown of the game as the Saints were without Ben Watson and Josh Hill. It's unlikely Griffin has much fantasy value in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps

Tre'Quan Smith caught one pass for 10 yards as the Saints fell to the Rams 26-23 in the NFC Championship.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie wideout flashed at times this season with big performances in shootouts, but he was invisible far too often to be counted on in fantasy leagues. Dynasty owners should see what the Saints do with skill position players this off-season. Playing in a high scoring offense Smith could be a decent buy low option.

Category: Game Recaps

Ted Ginn caught three passes for 58 yards as the Saints lost to the Rams 26-23 in the NFC Championship on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The highlight was a 43-yard catch late in the first half. It’s a brutal finish to the season for the Saints. Ginn is owed $2.5 million in the final year of his contract in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps

Michael Thomas totaled 36 yards on four catches as the Saints lost to the Rams 26-23 in the NFC Championship.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas had totaled 211 yards in his first meeting with the Rams this year but had a much tougher test this time around. It’s a brutal end to a promising season for New Orleans. Thomas has transformed himself into one of the best receivers in football. He’s a clear cut WR1 entering 2019 fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps

Drew Brees completed 26-of-40 pass attempts for 249 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception as the Saints lost to the Rams 26-23 in the NFC Championship.

Fantasy Impact: New Orleans was in complete control early on but had to settle for a couple of field goals in the red zone. They led 13-0 before the Rams ran a fake punt to get back into it. Brees then threw a pick in overtime which led to the Rams kicking a game winning field goal. It’s a tough loss for the Saints but Brees will once again be a QB1 in fantasy drafts next year.

Category: Game Recaps

Alvin Kamara caught 11 passes for 96 yards and rushed eight times for 15 yards in the Saints’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams in the NFC Championship.

Fantasy Impact: New Orleans wasn’t able to establish the run in this one, which led to Kamara doing all his damage through the air today. The young running back was once again an elite RB1 in fantasy this season. He has room for growth next year if the Saints don’t re-sign Mark Ingram in free agency.

Category: Game Recaps

NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo is reporting that Saints defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins suffered what is believed to be a torn Achilles in Sunday night’s playoff win over the Eagles. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Rankins was carted off the field after sustaining the injury in the first quarter of the 20-14 victory. It’s a brutal ending to a great season for the 2016 first-rounder. He finished the regular season with a career-high eight sacks. The Saints will take on the Rams in the NFC Championship next week.

Category: Injury Updates

The Saints are paying defensive end Alex Okafor his $400,000 bonus despite falling one sack short of his five sack incentive. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Okafor expressed his gratitude for the classy move by the Saints Wednesday. “The Saints have given me opportunities since I got here, and I’m just blessed and grateful that they still believe in me and are taking care of me the way they are,” Okafor said, via Luke Johnson of The Times-Picayune. Okafor missed practice Wednesday after hyperextending his knee in Sunday’s loss to the Panthers but he says he will be ready to go for next week’s playoff game. “Everything’s fine,” Okafor said. “It’s not too serious, I plan on practicing next week. That’s the goal right now.”

Saints RB Dwayne Washington rushed 11 times for 108 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Panthers.

Fantasy Impact: Washington led the Saints backfield with Alvin Kamara resting and Mark Ingram getting a reduced role. While struggling early, Washington blasted off with a big but meaningless second half. He shouldn't have a playoff impact if Kamara and Ingram are both healthy.

Category: Game Recaps

Dan Arnold inactive for Week 14

Sun, Dec 9th 11:41am EST
By Dan Harris

Dan Arnold is inactive for the Saints' Week 14 game against the Bucs. (Source: Nick Underhill on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With a wet field, the Saints opted to be cautious with Arnold. Ben Watson is not reliable regardless, but Arnold's absence ups his stock a bit.

Category: Injury Updates

Saints WR Keith Kirkwood caught 1-of-3 targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's Week 13 loss to Dallas.

Fantasy Impact: Although Kirkwood was held to only one reception in back to back games, they both went for scores. Outside of Michael Thomas, the Saints wideouts are hard to trust in fantasy due to a lack of volume going to anyone outside of Thomas or Alvin Kamara.

Category: Game Recaps

New Orlean Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan and David Onyemata did all they could do to keep the pressure on Dak Prescott in the loss Thursday night versus Dallas. Between the two they recorded fourteen combined tackles, five sacks, and four tackles for a loss. Altogether the defensive managed seven total sacks with A.J. Klein and Taylor Stallworth also chipping in one apiece.

Fantasy Impact: For Jordan IDP owners it was a pleasant amount of production. As for Onyemata, it's unlikely he was in any lineups unless some owners reached this contest based on the matchup. He hasn't been on the IDP radar enough to warrant a roster spot in most fantasy formats. He'll also unlikely be on the radar going forward unless there has been a turnaround on his part.

Category: Game Recaps

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott repeatedly seemed to "pick on" New Orleans cornerback Eli Apple with success in the first half of this contest. To show for it Prescott completed more pass attempts than Apple did tackles. He ended up with six combined as Prescott went on to complete 24 of 28 attempts. New Orleans had made a trade for Apple around the deadline and it certainly may be one the would like to have back at this point.

Fantasy Impact: In most cases, as teams have preferred to go after Apple over Marshon Lattimore, Apple has managed to rack up some decent IDP production. In this contest, it was Lattimore topping the secondary stats with nine solos and one assisted, possibly in clean-up duty as Apple struggled. In general, the trend keeps Apple on the IDP radar for owners needing to insert cornerbacks in their lineups. To note safety Vonn Bell slotted in third with 1 solo and five assists with one for a loss. Bell did have a costly penalty on Dak Prescott in the second half, but of course, that did not affect his IDP production.

Category: Game Recaps