New Orleans Saints

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 7-9 10-5-1 9-7 4,380 1,626 63.44% 36.56% 49%
2015-16 7-9 8-7-1 9-6-1 4,970 1,491 63.78% 36.22% 48%
2014-15 7-9 6-10 10-6 4,764 1,818 62.92% 37.08% 48%
2013-14 11-5 8-8 5-11 4,918 1,473 62.78% 37.22% 45%
2012-13 7-9 8-8 10-6 4,997 1,577 65.32% 34.68% 43%

Season Outlook

Opposing defenses have scuffled at slowing down QB Drew Brees and the Saints passing offense. They've ranked atop of the NFL in team passing yards the past two seasons, tossing for 4,970 yards in 2015 and 5,074 yards in 2016. It's going to be difficult to replace the aforementioned Cooks, but the Saints are impressed with the quick development of WRs Michael Thomas, Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman. The Saints also brought in speedster Ted Ginn Jr. to help with depth at the wideout position, but expect Michael Thomas to become the stud of this receiving core. Thomas actually led the team in receptions with 92, 14 more receptions than Cooks. Though Cooks led the team in receiving yards, Brees is confident in Thomas and Snead, which adds to their draft stock. Most owners will draft them as a WR2 option with WR1 upside. The RB position is what will put this offense over the top, as a backfield consisting of Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson will be nearly impossible to stop. Ingram was fed the ball 205 times last year and he turned it into 1,043 yards and six touchdowns. Ingram was a terrific RB1 option and even better RB2 option in 2016, but adding Peterson could cut into a chunk of Ingram's yards - especially if the all-pro calibre Peterson shows up. For now, it's best to value both Peterson and Ingram as top tier RB2 options. The Saints pass heavy offense isn't expected to change all that much. Pete Carmichael will return and look to open up more seams in the passing game while keeping one of Ingram or Peterson fresh. Brees will be a top-3 fantasy QB yet again and is worth drafting in the earlier rounds.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis

Quarterbacks

Drew Brees

Mark Ingram's early season suspension could mean more pass attempts for Brees, but it's also clear the Saints plan to run the ball plenty behind their talented offensive line. It's probably fair to assume the touchdowns come up a bit from last season, but given the way the Saints played last year it's hard to imagine we see another season where Brees threatens 5000 yards and tosses touchdowns passes in the mid to high thirties. He's still a solid NFL quarterback, but know what you're buying in 2018 with Brees, and that's probably not a complete bounceback to elite fantasy production.

Taysom Hill

In redraft leagues Hill probably isn't necessary, though he's a name to watch in camp and potentially on the waiver wire should Brees miss any time. Depending on how the QB situation pays out in New Orleans he could be an interesting dynasty proposition.

Teddy Bridgewater

It wouldn't be that shocking to see Bridgewater find his way onto the field in 2018, but the two looming questions are how long the Jets wait before throwing Sam Darnold into the fire, and how much has Bridgewater lost athletically since his injury. If he surprises in preseason he could wind up being a factor for a team that has more talent on its roster than you might think.

Running Backs

Alvin Kamara

It's hard to imagine a scenario where Kamara is as efficient with his touches as he was in his rookie season, but even if the touchdowns and yards per carry regress a bit, he should still be in the RB1 mix, with even more value in PPR formats.

Defenses

New Orleans Defense

Last year the Saints finished with the 5th DVOA vs the pass and the 23rd DVOA against the run. A clear weak spot in their defense, which they tried to address in the offseason. They drafted DE Marcus Davenport, signed S Kurt Coleman, CB Patrick Robinson, and added two solid linebackers. They have their offense set and are truly making strides to improve the defense. The Saints are a favorite pick across the industry to improve even further than they did last season. Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley will keep their passing defense at the top of the league, as they ended with the third most interceptions last season, and tied for fourth with 19th forced fumbles.

Player Updates

Injury Update Ted Ginn Jr., WR - Saints rule out Ted Ginn (knee) for Week 5
6 Oct 2018 - 4:38pm

Ted Ginn (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Redskins. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Mark Ingram, RB - Williams the 'lead candidate' for Ingram's fill-in
22 Aug 2018 - 1:23pm

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett pegs Jonathan Williams as the "leading candidate" to fill the Mark Ingram role during Ingram's four-game suspension. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Willie Snead, WR - Willie Snead (hamstring) a game-time
15 Oct 2017 - 10:22am

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Willie Snead (hamstring) will be a game-time decision Week 6 against the Lions. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Alvin Kamara, RB - Kamara leads Saints RBs in snaps and carries
11 Sep 2017 - 11:55pm

Alvin Kamara rushed seven times for 18 yards and caught 4-of-6 targets for 20 yards in the Saints' Week 1 loss to the Vikings. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Austin Carr, WR - Saints claim Austin Carr off waivers from NE
3 Sep 2017 - 1:20pm

Saints claimed WR Austin Carr off waivers from the Patriots. - From Rotoworld.

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