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Drew Brees informed the NFL Network's Jane Slater that if he returns for his 20th season it would be as member of the New Orleans Saints. He did mention that given his age (41) retirement can no longer be ruled out. (Source: Rotowire)

Fantasy Impact: Drew Brees had another strong campaign in 2019, completing 74.3% of his passes for 2,979 yards with 27 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions. He finished the fantasy season as the QB22 after missing five games in the middle of the season with a hand injury. In the 11 games he did play he averaged 20.8 fantasy points; which was the eight highest average among quarterbacks. It is not unreasonable to consider Brees a low end QB1, high end QB2 heading into the 2020 season. His likely return to the Saints is a positive for the all of the team's offensive weapons, most notably Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

Category: Rumors


The Saints have said that Teddy Bridgewater is expected to return to them despite being an unrestricted free agent. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Of course, the team will hope to have one of the best backup QBs back next year given the age of starter Drew Brees. The Saints feel that Bridgewater will only leave if he's presented an opportunity to start with a good team. Bridgewater is an interesting player to stash in dynasty leagues, especially 2QB leagues, given his success in Brees' absence in 2019 and his potential to take over the reigns of the Saints, or another team, in the future.

Category: Rumors


The New Orleans Saints D/ST surrendered 362 total yards and 26 points in Sunday's Wild Card playoff loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: The Saints defense had played better at home this season, but they came up short when it mattered the most. They clearly missed Sheldfon Rankings and Marcus Davenport. The Saints will look to regroup for another run in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


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 swiss army knife Taysom Hill caught 2-of-2 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown, adding another 50 yards rushing on four attempts while also completing his lone pass attempt for 50 yards in Sunday's Wild Card playoff loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Hill did a little bit of everything in Sunday's loss, but it clearly was not enough. He will be a tough player to dissect in fantasy as his usage and opportunity share is unpredictable on a weekly basis even though he does manage to be productive when he gets his shot.

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


Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed seven times for 21 yards and a touchdown and caught 8-of-9 targets for 34 yards in Sunday's Wild Card playoff loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: While Kamara managed to score early, he could not get anything going for the rest of the game, finishing with 55 total yards. Still, while Kamara did not play his best game, which we have seen a lot this season, you can't put the loss solely on his shoulders. Drew Brees wasn't exactly on-point in this one either. Kamara will likely open 2020 as a top-five fantasy back in PPR 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 WR Ted Ginn caught 1-of-2 targets for 10 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Panthers.

Fantasy Impact: It was another dud for Ginn, who seems to be phased out of the offense. There is a chance he does not return to the team in 2020.

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


New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell is officially inactive for Week 16 against the Tennessee Titans. (Source: Mike Triplett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This marks the second straight week that Vonn Bell will be inactive. Rookie safety/slot corner Chauncey Gardner-Johnson filled in admirably for Bell in Week 15, and is the recommended add for IDP owners in a pinch. CGJ recorded six solo tackles, two assists, two tackles for loss, and a pass deflection in Week 15. Bell is superior against the run, but with Derrick Henry is a surprise inactive, his absence will not be as big a factor as it would have otherwise been. A.J. Brown and Corey Davis both get slight upgrades with the Saints being forced to rely on their rookie defensive back.

Category: Injury Updates


Marcus Davenport racked up four solo tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles during Thursday’s win over the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: Davenport has 30 tackles, six sacks, and three forced fumbles through Week 13. He should be viewed as a deeper IDP target only.

Category: Game Recaps


Cameron Jordan feasted on the Falcons racking up four sacks and six total tackles (five solo) during Thursday’s 26-18 win over Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: Jordan is currently leading all Saints and the NFL in sacks with 13.5 through Week 13. He also has 44 total tackles tied to his stat line. Start him every week as he looks to finish the regular season leading the NFL in sacks.

Category: Game Recaps


New Orleans Saints star cornerback Marshon Lattimore was listed as a limited participant on the team's estimated practice report. (Source: NewOrleansSaints.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is only an estimated practice report, but this is a good sign for Lattimore's chances of suiting up for Thursday Night Football. After struggling to contain D.J. Moore, the Saints will need Lattimore to try to slow down Julio Jones and the Falcons wide receivers. This is a situation to monitor throughout the week.

Category: Injury Updates


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