If you are a weekly fantasy football fan as well as a Saints fan, here is what you need to know in order to draft Saints players to win your fantasy league. Good luck.
Drew Brees, QB
Brees led the NFL with 5177 passing yards and 43 TD passes. It was the fourth time in the last seven seasons he led in passing yards and the fourth time in five seasons he led in TD passes. There have been six 5000-passing yards seasons and Brees has three of them. Brees’ lowest total in his seven seasons in New Orleans was 4388 in 2009. Brees did tie for the league lead in interceptions with 19, but nobody’s perfect.
Jimmy Graham TE
Graham’s numbers were down from his breakout 2011 due to a wrist injury that required offseason surgery. But he still ended up with 85 catches for 982 yards and nine TDs, finishing in the top three among tight ends in each category. With New England’s Rob Gronkowski recovering from multiple surgeries, Graham is clearly the top fantasy tight end heading into training camp.
Darren Sproles RB
When it comes to weekly fantasy football, Sproles had his lowest rushing yardage (244) in five seasons and ran for just one TD, but his receiving skills make him valuable, particularly if you are in a PPR league. Sproles’ 75 receptions, 667 receiving yards and seven receiving TDs led all RBs by wide margins. It was the second straight season Sproles led all RBs in all three categories.
Marques Colston WR
Colston’s 1154 yards and 10 TDs were tops on the Saints in 2012 and his best totals since 2007. Colston’s 83 receptions were second to Graham. He has four straight 1000-yard seasons and has 34 TDs during that span. Colston has played his entire seven-year career in New Orleans, arriving in 2006, the same season Drew Brees joined the team. Colston turned 30 in June.
Lance Moore, WR
Moore topped 1000 yards for the first time, with his 1041 receiving yards second on the Saints to Colston. He had 65 receptions and six TDs, his fourth season in the last five with at least six TDs. Moore, like Colston, joined the Saints in 2006 and has been with them his whole career. Moore turns 30 in August.
Mark Ingram, RB
In his second season, Ingram, a first-round pick in 2011, led the Saints in rushing yards (602) and rushing TDs (5), but the presence of Sproles and Pierre Thomas, who ran for 473 yards and caught 39 passes for 354 yards makes Ingram a speculative pick going into training camp. (Thomas is a potential sleeper as well.)
I would have liked to see more info, maybe some analysis concerning the players and their fantasy draft status and how you can use them.
For instance Brees or Graham would be valuable first round draft picks. Graham even more then Brees. You can get Rodgers of Peyton as a QB (Brady perhaps, but who can he throw to?). The dropoff behind Graham is way bigger. If you get Kaepernick at QB & Graham of Brees & Vernon Davis... I would go Graham.
Colston is a very good player under the radar. Do not get him too soon. Round 3 - 6 depending on what is left at WR position.
And Moore is a solid late round pick, as is Morgan. Though you have to wonder about Morgans consistancy.
Do not get Saints RBs except for Sproles. Though If you can get a 1000 yard Rusher that is good for 5+ TDs he would be favourable over Sproles. Any other RB is worthless since they do not get enough touches to score enough points.
You can not trust Hartley to make that deciding fieldgoal for you (nor does Payton and he will go for it on 4th and short rather then having Hartley make 5 or more points for a long fieldgoal). However he is good for a couple of extra points per game on this high scoring offense.
And whatever you believe in, do not draft the Saints Defense. Nobody will draft them and when they prove to have a gem in Vaccaro that picks of 3 balls a game you will be the first to know and sign the defense.
I would throw morgan in the mix as a late round sleeper. And would like to add that despite Rodgers always being ranked higher than brees, brees has been highest scoring fantasy qb the last 2 years