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Khiry Robinson's role is set to expand with Mark Ingram (hand) out at least a month.

Robinson is a former UDFA out of West Texas A&M that has a lot of Chris Ivory in his game. PFF credited him with 15 missed tackles forced on 75 rushes last season (including playoffs) and he graded out higher than the likes of Reggie Bush and Matt Forte in Elusive Ratings. Unlike Ivory, Robinson is also a plus in the pass game. Now looking at the goal-line work and a share of the base snaps with Pierre Thomas, Khiry is worth adding in all formats.
Sep 16 - 9:26 AM

Mark Ingram has been diagnosed with a broken hand, and will be sidelined "at least" one month.

It's a severe blow to both the Saints and fantasy owners. Ingram had finally turned a corner in his NFL career, running as well as any back in the league en route to 143 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries (5.95 YPC). Now the Saints will turn to talented Khiry Robinson for an expanded big-back role, while also relying on Pierre Thomas for more touches. With defenses showing so many dime looks against Drew Brees, the underrated Robinson is a must-add.
Sep 15 - 12:29 PM

Saints CB Patrick Robinson was demoted to nickel duties during Sunday's Week 2 loss at Cleveland.

Robinson, a weekly target for matchup-savvy fantasy owners, was replaced by Corey White in base packages after getting flagged for pass interference and losing Miles Austin early on. If the Saints had more depth at corner, the No. 32 overall pick in 2010 would be a candidate for a complete benching.
Sep 15 - 8:48 AM

According to Saints reporter Mike Triplett, the Browns "made it their mission to shut down New Orleans' downfield passing game" Sunday.

The Browns sold out to stop big plays, putting as many as seven defensive backs on the field at times. That led to 174 rushing yards and a 10-118-2 line for Jimmy Graham, but an airball for Marques Colston and a 3-17-0 line for Brandin Cooks. It's the first time in 87 games Colston didn't catch a pass. Expect some feeding to go on in the Saints' home opener next week against the Vikings.
Sep 15 - 8:42 AM

Brandin Cooks caught three passes for 17 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

Cooks was targeted six times on the day, but couldn't bust loose for any significant gains as a receiver. He did add 31 yards on the ground, breaking off a 28-yarder. Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem, Marques Colston, Pierre Thomas, and Cooks are all going to fight for targets behind Jimmy Graham, which is obviously going to lead to down weeks at times. Cooks still has borderline WR2 upside.
Sep 14 - 6:03 PM

Kenny Stills caught three passes for 25 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

Stills was targeted four times on the day in his season debut after missing Week 1 with a quad injury. He was one yard short of a touchdown, setting up Jimmy Graham's eventual one-yard score. Stills has a ton of upside, but doesn't offer enough consistency to be trusted as anything more than a WR5/6 in fantasy.
Sep 14 - 6:00 PM

Marques Colston wasn't targeted in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

Colston was hardly even noticeable in the defeat. Drew Brees didn't even seem to look Colston's direction at all on Sunday afternoon. It's not like he was draped in Joe Haden's coverage either because Haden saw a lot of Jimmy Graham and Robert Meachem. Colston will be fine, but the zero-target day is a nightmare for fantasy owners. He'll be on the WR2 map next week vs. the Vikings.
Sep 14 - 5:54 PM

Pierre Thomas rushed for 16 yards on three carries and caught three passes for 16 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

Thomas got the start, but was used sparingly with Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson pounding the ball on the ground and Drew Brees throwing most passes to Jimmy Graham. Thomas owners are going to have to put up with inconsistent numbers in a three-man backfield. We still like Thomas as a RB2/3 in PPR leagues. He should fare better next week at home against Minnesota.
Sep 14 - 5:45 PM

Khiry Robinson rushed for 31 yards on eight carries in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

Robinson continues to play behind Mark Ingram, who is running the ball with the best of them right now. Robinson gives Ingram breathers and is really nothing more than a RB3/4 who is ultra touchdown-dependent. He'll need Ingram to go down with an injury to have any real meaningful work.
Sep 14 - 5:36 PM

Mark Ingram rushed for 83 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

Ingram's strong 2014 continues. He caught 3-of-4 targets in the passing game for an additional 21 yards and has been a major part of the offense through the season's first two weeks. Khiry Robinson mixes in on early downs, but it's mostly been Ingram doing the work. Pierre Thomas is the passing-down back. Ingram is running harder than ever and has out-touched Robinson 28-14 through two games. Ingram's score came from one yard away and was set up by a Jimmy Graham catch in the red zone. Ingram is firmly on the RB2 map. He'll get the Vikings in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 5:24 PM

Drew Brees completed 27-of-40 passes for 237 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

The Saints' outdoor road struggles continue. Brees and the offense got off to an extremely slow start, as they totaled just 14 yards on 12 first-quarter plays. The only thing that worked for Brees was his connection with Jimmy Graham, whom he hooked up with for both touchdowns. Brees' interception was a back-breaking 62-yard pick-six before halftime to put the Browns up 16-3. Brees should get back on track next week at home against the Vikings.
Sep 14 - 4:48 PM

Jimmy Graham caught ten passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 26-24, Week 2 loss to the Browns.

The Saints' offense got off to an extremely slow start, as they totaled just 14 yards on 12 plays in the opening quarter. Graham was targeted a game-high 13 times on the afternoon, beating Joe Haden for a nine-yard touchdown on a jump ball end-zone fade ahead of halftime. He later beat Haden again to directly set up Mark Ingram's one-yard score. Graham beat Buster Skrine for a one-yard score on a rollout play in the third quarter. The Browns couldn't stop him, just like the rest of the league. Graham gets the Vikings at home next week.
Sep 14 - 4:10 PM

Kenny Stills (quad) is officially active for Week 2 against the Browns.

Stills was listed as probable. He battled the quad injury all summer and missed the season opener. After Joe Morgan was horrific in Stills' place last week, Morgan won't even dress for the game. Robert Meachem is also active ahead of Morgan. The Saints' inactives: Morgan, WR Nick Toon, DE Glenn Foster, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, G Senio Kelemete, S Marcus Ball, and FB Erik Lorig.
Sep 14 - 11:48 AM

Updating a previous item, Kenny Stills (quad) is officially listed as probable for Week 2.

It's a somewhat surprising listing after Stills himself acknowledged his Week 2 availability was "to be determined." He may not feel entirely comfortable with his quad yet. Stills is not a fantasy option against the Browns.
Sep 12 - 4:07 PM

Kenny Stills (quad) considers his Week 2 availability "to be determined."

Stills expects to make the trip to Cleveland, but his status may not be determined until just before game time. He's a WR5 in fantasy right now.
Sep 12 - 3:16 PM

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