New Orleans Saints Fantasy Football Preview

When you think about the New Orleans Saints you automatically think “Fantasy Football Gold.” The defense for the Saints has been historically bad, which means the offense has to do a lot more to ensure they win the game. There is a lot of production to go around for the Saints, which means a lot of options for Fantasy Football owners!

 

Must Draft Players

  • Drew Brees – Quarterback
  • Michael Thomas – Wide Receiver
  • Willie Snead – Wide Receiver

 

How much do you really need write about Drew Brees? Since he signed with the Saints, he has never thrown for less than 4,300 yards and 26 touchdowns. In the 11 years of being with the Saints, he has thrown for over 5,000 yards 5 times and over 30 touchdowns 9 times. Yeah, he’s pretty good!

 

The Saints traded Brandin Cooks to the Patriots for a first-round draft pick. That wouldn’t have made a lot of sense had they not had Michael Thomas waiting in the wings to be their #1 receiver. In 15 games of his rookie season, he had 92 receptions for 1,137 yards and 9 touchdowns. There is a lot of intrigue as to whether or not he can repeat the production now that he’s the primary target for Brees, but anyone who is the primary target for Brees is a must draft player!

 

Willie Snead is going to break out this year, I can feel it! Defenses are going to be focused on Thomas this year, and Snead is going to excel in single coverage. In two seasons with the Saints, Snead has averaged 71 receptions for 940 yards and 4 touchdowns. I think his floor is that this season, and his ceiling could be what Thomas did last year.

 

Players You Should Probably Be Drafting

  • Mark Ingram – Running Back
  • Adrian Peterson – Running Back
  • Coby Fleener – Tight End

 

I think the Saints hate Mark Ingram. Why would you sign Adrian Peterson to your team when you already have Ingram? Mark Ingram played all 16 games last season, which is the second time in his career. He averaged 15.1 points per game for owners last year. For the Saints, that means he averaged 85 total yards, 3 receptions and 0.6 touchdowns per game. I also don’t understand why everyone is so low on Ingram in their rankings. I feel like they will all regret that very early in the season.

 

Adrian Peterson has played in 20 games in the last 3 seasons. In 2014, he was suspended for 15 games and 2016 he was injured for 13 games. In between those seasons he did have 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns. If he can stay healthy I wouldn’t be surprised if he had 1,100 yards and double digit touchdowns, but him staying healthy is a big if in my opinion.

 

Coby Fleener was a huge disappointment in 2016. Everyone believed that he was going to be the second coming of Jimmy Graham in New Orleans and it just didn’t happen. He had 50 receptions for 631 yards and 3 touchdowns, which is essentially what he did every year in Indianapolis. Fleener is likely going to have a similar year this year, although I believe his touchdown number will increase.

 

Players You Could Draft If Your Rosters are Deep

  • Alvin Kamara – Running Back
  • Travaris Cadet – Running Back
  • Ted Ginn Jr. – Wide Receiver

 

Alvin Kamara was taken in the 3rd round in the draft this year, so he is someone the Saints are looking at as the future of the team. Travaris Cadet is a pass catching running back that had 40 receptions and 281 receiving yards last season. Both running backs are going to be overshadowed by Ingram and Peterson, but are worth keeping an eye on in the event one of those two gets hurt.

 

Ted Ginn is going to have a couple of huge games with Drew Brees this year, but they will be two receptions for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. And then the rest of the season he won’t do anything since he is at best the 5th option for the team. He would be great to have in a best ball league, but that’s about it.

 

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