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Jimmy Graham played on 65.2 percent of the snaps against the Bears in Week 15.

It's down from the 77.4 percent he played in Week 14. It was also extremely frustrating to see Graham not even on the field when No. 3 TE Josh Hill was the primary read on two goal-line plays and converted both for scores. Still, Graham has run 78 pass routes the last two weeks and put 5-87-0 on the Bears despite his shoulder issue. Season-longers have to fire him up as the No. 2 tight end play in Week 16 against the Falcons.
Dec 18 - 11:03 AM

Saints signed K Dustin Hopkins to their practice squad.

It's a strange move as NFL teams rarely waste practice squad spots on kickers. Although Shayne Graham missed a 51-yarder Monday night, he's still 19-of-22 on the year. We still like Graham as a solid fantasy kicking play at home against the Falcons Sunday as long as there's no funny business going on with Hopkins.
Dec 18 - 10:08 AM

Saints TE Josh Hill caught two passes for 15 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 15 win over the Bears.

They were the only two targets Hill saw on the night. He now has five touchdowns on the season on 20 targets. The Week 15 scores came at a horrible time for Jimmy Graham owners. Hill is obviously not a fantasy option.
Dec 16 - 12:34 AM

Nick Toon caught four passes for 43 yards in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Bears.

He reeled in all four of his targets for the second consecutive week. Toon has been chipping into Marques Colston's snaps. The Saints like to rotate their receivers, and Toon has taken over as the No. 3. It's still not enough to make him an option for 2014. But Toon could make Colston expendable in the offseason.
Dec 16 - 12:30 AM

Marques Colston caught five passes for 65 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Bears.

Colston tied for the team lead with seven targets. His nine-yard touchdown was a simple seam route against Bears SCB Demontre Hurst. Colston boxed out the smaller Hurst with ease. He'll likely see plenty of Falcons scrub CBs Robert McClain and Josh Wilson in Week 16. Colston will be on the WR3 map.
Dec 16 - 12:28 AM

Kenny Stills caught five passes for 67 yards in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Bears.

He was targeted seven times, good enough to share the team lead with Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston. Stills ran most of his routes vs. Bears RCB Tim Jennings. He was left wide open on his long gain of 21 yards, but couldn't get anything going deep. Stills was also targeted once in the end zone. He'll likely do battle with stud Falcons LCB Desmond Trufant in Week 16.
Dec 16 - 12:25 AM

Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 87 yards in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Bears.

Graham, Kenny Stills, and Marques Colston each tied for the team lead with seven targets. After combining for 3-25 the previous two games, it was nice to see Graham get back on track and see an end-zone target. However, he couldn't corral the fade pass. To throw salt in the wound of Graham's owners, No. 3 TE Josh Hill caught two short touchdowns. Graham gets the Falcons in fantasy title week. He caught 10 passes for 82 scoreless yards against Atlanta in Week 1.
Dec 16 - 12:14 AM

Khiry Robinson rushed for 10 yards on three carries in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Bears.

They were Robinson's first three totes in seven games after he missed six contests with an arm injury. Mark Ingram still dominated carries with 17 of them.
Dec 16 - 12:10 AM

Pierre Thomas caught five passes for 83 and rushed for 11 yards on two carries in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Bears.

The PT Cruiser has always seemed to have good games against the Bears, and it was no different n Monday night. On his first touch of the game, Thomas caught a simple screen pass and ripped off 39 yards. The Saints killed the Bears defense with screens the entire first half. Thomas isn't much of a threat as a runner, which leaves him as a hit-or-miss RB3, but he gets a good matchup in Week 16 against Atlanta. Thomas totaled 89 yards on 13 touches against the Falcons in Week 1.
Dec 15 - 11:59 PM

Mark Ingram rushed for 59 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Bears.

He handled 17-of-25 carries out of the Saints' backfield, but was mostly bottled up before breaking loose for a walk-in 15-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to put New Orleans up 31-8. Ingram averaged just 2.75 YPC on his previous 16 totes. He was also stuffed for a five-yard loss on an attempt from the one-yard line on third-and-goal in the third quarter when the Saints' line declined to block anyone. Ingram gets the Falcons in Week 16. He rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries against the Falcons in the season opener.
Dec 15 - 11:48 PM

Drew Brees completed 29-of-36 passes for 375 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Saints' 31-15, Week 15 win over the Bears on Monday night.

Ineffective on the road for much of his Saints career, it's been a different story for Brees in 2014. The Saints are now 3-4 both at home and away from the Superdome this season. In road games, Brees is averaging more YPA, has a better passer rating, and a crisp 16:5 TD:INT ratio after tonight's performance against Chicago's barely-breathing defense. Brees found Josh Hill on his first and third touchdowns of the night and sandwiched a score to Marques Colston in between. The 6-8 Saints remain alive in the NFC South ahead of a Week 16 date with 5-9 Atlanta. Brees remains an elite QB1.
Dec 15 - 11:34 PM

Saints LT Terron Armstead left Week 15 against the Bears with a neck injury.

It's an aggravation of a previous injury for Armstead. He's been replaced by Bryce Harris on Drew Brees' blind side. Armstead has been the Saints' best lineman.
Dec 15 - 9:22 PM

Saints declared CB Corey White, WR Seantavius Jones, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, LB Moise Fokou, NT Lawrence Virgil, OT Nick Becton, and LB Ronald Powell inactive for Monday night's Week 15 game against the Bears.

White has started nine games this season and was acting as the Saints' nickel corner the past two weeks after being demoted from the starting lineup. Now, he won't play at all with coach Sean Payton making changes. Terrence Frederick will start at cornerback opposite Keenan Lewis. White has graded out as Pro Football Focus' 109th corner out of 110 qualifiers. He's been torched all year.
Dec 15 - 7:17 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune expects Robert Meachem to be active for the first time since Week 9.

Meachem missed three games with an ankle injury and has been a healthy scratch the last two weeks. The Saints released Joe Morgan, so he only needs to hold off UDFA Seantavius Jones. Meachem is no higher than the No. 4 receiver.
Dec 13 - 9:10 PM

Saints LT Terron Armstead (neck) is listed as questionable for Week 15.

Armstead was held out on Thursday, but practiced the last two days. He'll be a game-time decision for Monday night. The Saints also listed OLB Junior Galette (knee) as questionable.
Dec 13 - 5:11 PM


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