Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints CB Sterling Moore suffered a pectoral injury in the Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

The team is still trying to determine the severity of the injury. Moore is the Saints' No. 3 corner and was the team's highest-graded cover man by Pro Football Focus last season. They can ill afford to lose Moore.
Sep 19 - 9:22 PM

Coby Fleener caught 3-of-4 targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

Fleener's first catch did not come until the second half, and he was headed for a disappointing fantasy day entering the fourth quarter. He was able to score a short touchdown in garbage time to salvage his day, however, and now has two in as many weeks. In a much better matchup next week, Fleener will be a back-end TE1 with Willie Snead still suspended.
Sep 17 - 6:08 PM

Brandon Coleman hauled in 4-of-6 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

Coleman got open on a pick play in the second quarter for a five-yard touchdown and added a 42-yard catch on the very next drive. Coleman continued to see targets the rest of the game including a 25-yard catch in the fourth quarter, so perhaps he will be a bigger part of the offense moving forward. Still, with Willie Snead due back after next week's game, he is nothing more than a flier in deep leagues.
Sep 17 - 6:03 PM

Ted Ginn hauled in 3-of-6 targets for 24 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

It was another disappointment from Ginn, who has just 77 yards in two games without Willie Snead. He did have two end-zone targets broken up and was tackled inside the five, and those opportunities should result in fantasy points most of the time. Even so, Ginn will be nothing more than a WR3/FLEX play next week in Carolina.
Sep 17 - 6:00 PM

Kenny Vaccaro was benched in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

Coach Sean Payton said he made the move to get more consistent play in the secondary, a group which was burned for three first-quarter touchdowns by Tom Brady. Speaking about trade rumors which popped up this week, Vaccaro said "no player is indispensable," suggesting he knows he is nearing the end in New Orleans. It would not be surprising if he is traded or released this week.
Sep 17 - 5:32 PM

Michael Thomas hauled in 5-of-10 targets for 89 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

Thomas briefly left the game to be evaluated for a concussion, but he returned. Thomas was quiet most of the first half, but he came up with a nice 33-yard grab down the sideline in the second quarter before adding a couple more big catches after the break. Thomas' season has not started off hot, but he does have 18 targets through two games. That volume should result in big stat lines sooner than later. He will be a WR1 next week in Carolina.
Sep 17 - 5:25 PM

Alvin Kamara caught 3-of-7 targets for 51 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

Kamara made a great grab along the sidelines for a 38-yard gain in the second quarter, but it was a mixed bag overall for the rookie. He checked up on what should have been another long catch later in the game, and he alligator-armed a target across the middle in the second half. Even so, Kamara looks like he will be a big part of a prolific passing game, making him an option in all PPR formats.
Sep 17 - 5:06 PM

Adrian Peterson carried the ball eight times for 26 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

Peterson did have two nice runs to set up the Saints' first touchdown and converted a fourth-and-one late in the game, but game script once again limited his touches. If there is a bright side, the Saints still gave Peterson four carries in the second half despite being down big. Even so, Peterson offers nothing in the passing game for a team which will be losing big often this season. He cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups right now.
Sep 17 - 5:03 PM

Mark Ingram rushed eight times for 52 yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 24 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

A 28-yard run on the final play of the game made his stat line look better, but both Ingram and Adrian Peterson struggled to get much going on the ground against a defense which was shredded by Kareem Hunt in Week 1. More importantly, the Saints are intent upon using a rotation, limiting Ingram's touch and touchdown upside. Passing-game usage make Ingram usable in all leagues and even a solid option in PPR, but this looks like it will be a frustrating situation all season.
Sep 17 - 5:00 PM

Drew Brees completed 27-of-45 passes for 356 yards and two scores in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

The Saints lost big on Sunday, but it was not Brees' fault. He played better than 27-of-45 would suggest, and the offense racked up over 425 yards. With the Patriots seemingly able to score at will, however, they would have had to get in the end zone every drive to stick around. On the bright side, the Saints' inability to play anything resembling defense should give Brees good volume all season. He will be a high-end QB1 next week in Carolina.
Sep 17 - 4:23 PM

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore suffered a concussion Week 2 against the Patriots.

Lattimore took a big hit from his teammate late in the game. He is officially in the protocol.
Sep 17 - 3:57 PM

Saints declared LT Terron Armstead (shoulder), RT Zach Strief (knee), QB Taysom Hill, CB Ken Crawley, LB Stephone Anthony, WR Austin Carr, and DE Al-Quadin Muhammad inactive for Week 2 against the Patriots.

The Patriots were not able to mount much of a pass rush in Week 1, but they will have a better shot in New Orleans with both the starting left and right tackle out of commission. Ryan Ramcyk will get the nod on the left side while Senio Kelemete should get the first crack on the right.
Sep 17 - 11:37 AM

When asked about Adrian Peterson's role, Saints coach Sean Payton said, "I don't think we've ever discussed featuring him like he was featured in Minnesota."

Peterson wasn't pleased with playing just nine snaps in Week 1, but it doesn't sound like he'll be getting the squeaky wheel treatment. Despite his track record, the 32-year-old is shaping up to be a poor fit for Payton's pass-first scheme. Just as he did in Week 1, Peterson will continue to struggle in games when New Orleans plays from behind.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 17 - 11:25 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Saints are shopping contract-year S Kenny Vaccaro.

Multiple teams are reportedly in talks about a Vaccaro trade. The Saints have a starting-caliber safety in Vonn Bell behind Vaccaro, and re-signing him is going to be difficult with a Drew Brees extension looming. Vaccaro is coming off a solid 2016, but was suspended the final four games and hasn't lived up to his draft status. It won't be surprising if the Saints move on from Vaccaro.
Sep 15 - 9:04 PM

Saints LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) is out for Week 2 against the Patriots.

Zach Strief (knee) has also been ruled out for Sunday. Armstead is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and has yet to resume practicing. Rookie Ryan Ramcyk has been filling in at left tackle.
Sep 15 - 4:24 PM


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