Player News - Saints

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Willie Snead (toe) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Snead is on track to return against the Chargers, but it isn't a slam dunk. Unfortunately, the game is at 4:25ET, and the Saints are one of the league's least-honest teams with injury information. Owners can pencil Snead in, but still need to have a back-up plan ready.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Snead expected to play this weekend, both Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman aren't viable DFS targets. They combined for 19 targets against Atlanta (Thomas had 11), but they may only receive about half of that assuming Snead is active. Coby Fleener's emergence also diminishes the value of the 3rd WR spot in the Saints offense. Cooks, Snead and Fleener are fine targets against SD, but it's worth noting that the Saints have massive home/road discrepancies.
Sep 29 - 4:44 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said LT Terron Armstead (knee, quad) is not dealing with a long-term injury.

Even so, Armstead missed all of last week before sitting out Wednesday's session as well. He looks unlikely to return this week. Andrus Peat will continue to start in his place.
Sep 29 - 12:57 PM

Saints TE Josh Hill (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday.

It looks like he’ll miss another week. Michael Hoomanawanui will continue backing up Coby Fleener.
Sep 28 - 6:31 PM

Willie Snead (toe) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It's a good sign after Snead only got in one practice last week. Snead's trending in the right direction for Sunday's game with the Chargers.
Sep 28 - 6:08 PM

Saints placed DE Obum Gwacham (undisclosed) on injured reserve.

Newly-signed OT Khalif Barnes will take his spot on the active roster. Gwacham hasn't played a snap yet this season. It's unclear what's ailing him.
Sep 28 - 5:32 PM

Drew Brees said his "trust factor and confidence level" in Coby Fleener "just continues to go up."

"We’re still growing, big time," Brees said. "But I think there were some things that happened out here [Monday night] where it’s the way that I envisioned. The way that we’ve been talking about, the way I've been communicating to him and we’ve been working on it during practice. So when those things begin to happen, the trust factor and the confidence level just continues to go up." Fleener exploded for a 7-109-1 line on 11 targets in the Week 3 loss to the Falcons and will again be a mid-range TE1 in a dream matchup with the Chargers this Sunday.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 28 - 12:29 PM

The injury-riddled New Orleans defense was shredded for 442 total yards and 45 points by the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.

Excluding a kneel down at the Saints' six-yard line as time expired, Atlanta scored point on six on eight drives. It was a horrific performance from the New Orleans defense, especially the Saints secondary that has been hit hard by injury. The Saints D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option anytime soon, as the group is coughing up an average of 32.0 points and 448.3 total yards per game.
Sep 27 - 5:09 PM

Saints WR Tommylee Lewis caught 3-of-4 targets for 43 yards in the Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

With Willie Snead (toe) inactive, UDFA Lewis played 11-of-82 snaps and also got one carry on a double-reverse that gained just one yard. Lewis is a tiny 5'7/168 rookie out of Northern Illinois who was recommended to the Saints by legendary coach Bill Parcells. He'll go back to the bench in Week 4.
Sep 27 - 12:38 AM

Tim Hightower rushed three times for 19 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Hightower got one series mostly to himself, but Mark Ingram otherwise dominated all the early-down work with 107 total yards and one score on 19 touches. Hightower will only come into play if Ingram gets hurt.
Sep 27 - 12:36 AM

Brandon Coleman caught 7-of-8 targets for 78 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Coleman got the start opposite Michael Thomas with Willie Snead (toe) inactive. He was the third receiver through the rotation much of the night behind Brandin Cooks and Thomas. His longest grab went for 28 yards, and Coleman was mostly working the middle of the field with Thomas (7-71-1) and Coby Fleener (7-109-1). His lone misconnection was a fourth-quarter drop. Coleman should go back to No. 4 duties with Snead likely to return Week 4 against the Chargers.
Sep 27 - 12:33 AM

Travaris Cadet caught 6-of-6 targets for 32 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Cadet didn't register a carry. The Falcons have long been dreadful at covering opposing running backs out of the backfield, and Cadet whipped them all night in the flats and on wheel routes. He also had a long first-quarter catch called back on a weak offensive pass interference penalty. Cadet has a role in the Saints' pass game and is worth owning in deeper PPR leagues. He gets another strong matchup Week 4 at San Diego. Heading into Monday, the Chargers had allowed the most catches for the third-most yards to opposing running backs this season.
Sep 27 - 12:30 AM

Brandin Cooks caught just 2-of-8 targets for 13 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

He was targeted just once after halftime. Even without Willie Snead (toe) in the lineup, Cooks was mostly a non-factor, drawing a lot of Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant's coverage. It freed up Coby Fleener (7-109-1) and rookie Michael Thomas (7-71-1) to do a ton of damage in the middle of the field. Cooks will draw another tough matchup with Chargers CB Jason Verrett in Week 4.
Sep 27 - 12:28 AM

Mark Ingram rushed 15 times for 77 yards and caught 4-of-6 targets for 30 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons, adding a two-point conversion.

The five-yard touchdown catch came when Ingram motioned out wide left and caught a screen pass before waltzing into the end zone inside the pylon. It was his first receiving touchdown of his career. As evidenced by his 5.1 YPC average, Ingram had gaping holes to run through most of the night. He also had a lengthy run called back on a holding penalty by Coby Fleener. After seeing just 27 total touches Weeks 1-2, the 19 on Monday night gives Ingram owners a sigh of relief. Backups Travaris Cadet and Tim Hightower combined for nine touches. Ingram will be a locked-in RB1 next week at a Chargers defense that was gashed by Spencer Ware in Week 1 and Frank Gore this past Sunday.
Sep 27 - 12:19 AM

Michael Thomas caught 7-of-11 targets for 71 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

With Willie Snead (toe) inactive, Thomas played a full complement of snaps and got the start. His 11 targets tied for the team lead with Coby Fleener, who also broke out with a 7-109-1 line. Thomas was targeted on quick slant after quick slant after quick slant, and scored his touchdown on that route from three yards out. He was also the intended target on the same route on Drew Brees' back-breaking 90-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter. Thomas was Brees' featured player in the red zone, as he was also stopped at the two-yard line on one grab. Snead should be back for Week 4 against the Chargers, but Thomas has earned his role in three-wide sets. Treat him as an upside WR4.
Sep 27 - 12:12 AM

Drew Brees completed 36-of-54 passes for 376 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Saints' 45-32, Week 3 loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

Unfortunately for the Saints, their defense couldn't stop the Falcons' offense, and Brees had to fire off 54 attempts playing catch-up all night. Brees had a couple passes batted down at the line of scrimmage in the first half, and his streak of 305 pass attempts without an interception ended early in the fourth quarter on a back-breaking 90-yard pick-six as the Falcons defense knew the quick slant was coming from the 10-yard line. Still, Brees found Coby Fleener (two yards), Mark Ingram (five yards), and Michael Thomas (three yards) for short scores. Brees returns to San Diego in Week 4 and will again be a strong QB1 play, even outdoors on the road.
Sep 27 - 12:01 AM


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