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32 Teams in 32 Days: New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints were an uncalled obvious pass interference call away from possibly playing in the Super Bowl. Sorry, Rams fans, it’s true. Don’t @ me! The Saints offense will again be led by 40-year-old Drew Brees. While Brees is coming off a career low in passing yards (3,992) and passing yards per game (266.1) while playing for New Orleans, I feel he is still very efficient in his passing after coming off a career-high (and NFL record) in completion percentage (74.4%). Brees also came in tied for 6th with 32 passing touchdowns. I think there is some tremendous value in trading FOR Drew Brees and using his age as the bargaining chip. The backup position to Brees appears to be Teddy Bridgewater’s, as he turned down a two-year contract and possibly a starting job with the Dolphins to return back to New Orleans. Bridgewater’s situation will be one to monitor as he is only back with New Orleans on a one-year deal. 

RUNNING BACKS

The obvious stud running back out of this group is Alvin Kamara. You could make an argument that Kamara could be the RB1 at the end of the year in PPR leagues. I currently have Kamara as my RB4 in my dynasty rankings, which can only be found if you subscribe to the Nerd Herd! (Shameless plug, don’t judge.) Kamara will no longer have to contend with splitting carries, as Mark Ingram signed with the Baltimore Ravens in the off-season. Last year while Mark Ingram was out, Kamara put up 35 receptions for 336 receiving yards and 1 TD. Kamara also contributed on the ground, rushing for 275 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns on only 56 carries. New Orleans replaced Mark Ingram with a less-talented back in Latavius Murray. While I do see Murray eating somewhat into Kamara’s production, I don’t view him to have the workload that Mark Ingram did. I see Murray as a RB3 who could steal some goal line work, as he is a bigger back than Kamara. In 2019, no team rushed for more attempts inside the 5 yard line than the Saints with 33 attempts.  New Orleans also added in free agency Javorius “Buck” Allen, but Allen appears to be nothing more than a depth signing. If Kamara became injured, Murray appears to be in line for a workhorse load of the carries, with Allen coming in for some passing down work. A “stash” to keep an eye would be undrafted rookie Devine Ozigbo. Ozigbo was someone fellow writer and Dynasty Nerd co-host Garrett Price (@DynastyPrice) was extremely high on during the draft process. If anyone can maximize his talents, it would be head coach Sean Payton. I would try to get Ozigbo on your taxi/practice squads and see what happens. 

WIDE RECEIVERS

The wide receiving corps stays very similar to last year, led by stud receiver Michael Thomas. Thomas comes in easily as a top-5 wide receiver option, and his latest startup ADP has him going off the board late in the first round. I have Michael Thomas as my wide receiver 3 behind DeAndre Hopkins and Davante Adams. Thomas would also be the only receiver I would trust weekly from the Saints. If I had to pick a “breakout” player on the roster, it would be second year receiver Tre’Quan Smith. Now let me also add the disclosure that I would not be making trades to acquire Smith.  He flashed in games last year, but he will at best be the #3 option in New Orleans behind Thomas and Kamara. Smith would be a good option in “best ball” leagues. The other options in the receiving corps include recently signed Rishard Matthews, along with Emmanuel Butler, Austin Carr, Travin Dural, Cyril Grayson Jr, Deonte Harris, Cameron Meredith, Keith Kirkwood, Chad Hansen, Simmie Cobbs, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, and Ted Ginn. If I was to endorse any of those names, it would be Rishard Matthews, but I would only use a very late pick in startup drafts to acquire him, knowing that it was purely a flier pick. 

TIGHT ENDS

 The Saints replaced Ben Watson with free agent Jared Cook in the off-season. I have never been a Jared Cook fan, as he has constantly disappointed fantasy owners, and he would be considered my fantasy bust for this team. Cook is coming off a career year in Oakland in terms of receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. I don’t see him producing those numbers again, even with Drew Brees as his quarterback. Cook was the number 1 option for most of the year in Oakland, and he becomes the 3rd or 4th option (depending on previously mentioned Tre’Quan Smith) in the Saints passing attack. I would be looking to sell Cook in my dynasty leagues and use his career year numbers as a selling point to achieve optimal trade value. 

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to hit me up on twitter @dynastydadmike. I love to talk football and always love to interact with the fantasy football community. Also guys, make sure you are visiting daily as we continue to complete the “32 Teams in 32 Days” series. Good luck in your fantasy football season. Also, make sure you subscribe to the Nerd Herd, where for 3 bucks a month, you get exclusive content, dynasty/rookie rankings, buy/sell tool, and more coming soon. God Bless!



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