New Orleans Saints
|By Vin Sadicario, Tuesday, September 10, 2013|
QB Drew Brees - Stud (low risk)
Drew Brees enters the 2013 season as one of the top quarterbacks in fantasy football. Brees is coming off a season in which he threw for 5177 yards, 43 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions. Brees led the league in both passing yards and touchdowns, but his numbers were down from an even more spectacular 2011 season. Brees should have no problem keeping his fantasy dominance going this season; and right now, I would draft him as the number one fantasy quarterback.
RB Darren Sproles - Solid/Safe Pick
Darren Sproles will enter the 2013 season as the Saints' main pass catcher out of the backfield. Sproles caught 75 passes in 2012 despite missing three games, and should continue to flourish in PPR leagues this coming season. Sproles will not be much of a factor in the running game for the Saints, but his pass catching skills are enough to make him a solid RB 2 in PPR fantasy leagues. He's going off the board in the late second and early third. If you happen to start your draft WR/WR and he somehow falls to the third, walk to the bank, you're a winner.
RB Mark Ingram - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
Mark Ingram could be poised for a big season in 2013. Ingram has struggled to make a big impression over his first two seasons, but with Chris Ivory now gone, Ingram should see the majority of first and second down carries for the Saints. Sean Payton has emphasized that he wants to run the ball more this season, making Ingram a breakout candidate in fantasy leagues. The drawback to Ingram is that he is almost never used in the passing game, and is unlikely to become more involved, with Darren Sproles being so good catching the ball out of the backfield.
RB Pierre Thomas - Quality Backup
Pierre Thomas will have to compete for carries out of the Saints backfield this coming season. Mark Ingram is likely to handle the early down work, while Darren Sproles comes in to catch passes in passing situations. Thomas will have to outplay Ingram in the pre-season to cut into his carries once the season starts. Thomas should be drafted in fantasy leagues, as he could be a valuable asset if Ingram were to go down with an injury.
WR Marques Colston - Solid/Safe Pick
Marques Colston has been one of the most steady fantasy wide receivers since entering the league in 2006. Colston has amassed at least 1000 yards and seven touchdowns in each of the last four seasons, and should have no problem reaching those numbers again this season. Colston is unlikely to improve too much this season, but if you are looking for a solid producer, Colston is a safe pick in fantasy leagues.
WR Lance Moore - Quality Backup
Lance Moore will enter the 2013 season as the Saints' number two wide receiver. Moore is coming off the best season of his career, topping 1000 yards for the first time. Moore can be expected to put up similar numbers this season, as even with Sean Payton's decree that the running game will increase, the passing game will still be the best option to move the chains for the Saints. Fantasy owners should view Moore as a quality backup this season. To read more on Lance Moore, check out this article by Matt De Lima, http://www.fftoolbox.com/football/article.cfm?article_id=1384&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FantasyFootballToolbox+%28Fantasy+Football+Toolbox%29&utm_content=FeedBurner
WR Kenny Stills - Sleeper (undervalued)
Update (8-16): Another preseason game, another impressive perfomance by Stills. Against the Raiders on Friday, he caught four passes for 64 yards including a toe-tapping touchdown in the front of the end zone. Nick Toon hauled in a 56-yarder for his only catch, but Stills is looking like the No.3 WR race leader.
Update (Aug 12): With the injury to Joseph Morgan, both Nick Toon and rookie Kenny Stills have a huge opportunity in front of them. Stills possesses the natural slot wide receiver skill set to succeed in the Saints offense, so he is better positioned to win the job over the taller more experienced Nick Toon. In 12 team leagues, Stills now represents a late round pick that could be immediately valuable in draft master formats where his big games are rewarded. For standard lineup leagues, he'll likely be hit and miss, until another injury befalls either Colston or Moore. It's nice to have an option or two on your bench from potent offenses like the Saints.
Rookie Kenny Stills could have fantasy value in the future if he has a good preseason for the Saints. Stills has too many players in front of him on the depth chart to make much of an impact this season, but could be a good player to stash for the future in the high powered Saints offense.
WR Nick Toon - Deep-league Only
Second year wide receiver Nick Toon is unlikely to have any fantasy value this season. Toon missed his entire rookie season with an injury, and while he will be healthy this season, has too many players in front of him on the depth chart to make much of an impact.Injury Status: Out -
TE Jimmy Graham - Stud (low risk)
Despite a dip in receptions, yards, and touchdowns in 2012, Jimmy Graham will enter the 2013 fantasy season as the top tight end of the draft Graham is a physical freak and if he comes into the year fully healthy, should improve on his numbers from last season. Fantasy owners should have no reservations drafting Graham as the top tight end this season and in PPR leagues there's a case to be made for taking him in the latter part of the first round. With Gronkowski still scaring off fantasy owners this season, the fact that he'll likely outscore every other tight end by a significant margin gives you a point edge at the tight end position that's hard to ignore.
TE Ben Watson - Deep-league Only
Ben Watson signed with the Saints as a free agent this off-season. Watson is coming off a solid season, but will see a decrease in production as a backup in New Orleans. The only way Watson will be relevant in fantasy leagues is if Jimmy Graham were to go down with a long-term injury.
PK Garrett Hartley - Solid/Safe Pick
Garrett Hartley should enter the 2013 season as the Saints' kicker. Hartley bounced back from missing the 2011 season by making 18 of 22 field goals, and 47 extra points during the 2012 season. Hartley plays on an offense that is likely to put up plenty of points, and also plays in a dome, making him a strong kicker in fantasy leagues.
New Orleans Defense - Not Draft Worthy
The Saints defense struggled in 2012 and is unlikely to put up good enough numbers to make them draftable in fantasy leagues this season.