Team Grade:
New Orleans Saints
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Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:


The Saints got back to their winning ways last season, mainly because of a big improvement defensively. New Orleans has a top offense that will continue to be among the best in all of football. But an improved secondary and pass rush was the difference last season for the team. If the defense keeps making strides, the entire team could be scary for the NFL. New Orleans has enough talent on both sides of the ball to make the playoffs and make a deep run. They are capable of representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.
Running back Khiry Robinson worked his way into the rotation late last season and even was the top rusher for the team in the playoffs. He has a chance to play a much bigger role from day one this year. Robinson won't be the starter but should be in the rotation for carries and could play a bigger role in the passing game with Darren Sproles gone. Robinson is a top sleeper at running back that could have a breakout season with his new-found playing time. He is worth a late look for fantasy teams come draft day.
You keep waiting for running back Mark Ingram to have that breakout season but it hasn't happened yet. At this point, a change of scenery would likely be the best thing for Ingram. He just doesn't seem a great fit for the offense and hasn't excelled with his past chances. He is an injury risk that rotates with a host of other backs, which doesn't add up to good value for fantasy teams. Don't expect a sudden turnaround for Ingram.

Team Notes

Mar 26, 01:22 PM New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller received some praise from head coach Sean Payton after the team was surprised to be able to land him in free agency. 'His cutup is unbelievable,' Payton said of Spiller. 'And I'm not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.'
Mar 26, 07:52 AM Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) visited the New Orleans Saints this week, but Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters there have been no contract talks with Spencer.
Mar 25, 05:03 PM Oregon QB Marcus Mariota isn't an option for the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said the Saints will not move up in the first round in order to select Mariota. Payton also said there wasn't 'one iota' of truth to rumors that New Orleans is looking to trade QB Drew Brees.
Mar 25, 11:03 AM New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is expected to have a bigger role in the offense in 2015. Head coach Sean Payton has mentioned him quite a bit since they traded TE Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Hill is going to get a ton of targets if he is the starting tight end for the Saints. His stock is going way up.
Mar 23, 01:32 PM New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) is fully recovered from a torn meniscus in his knee that caused him to sit out most of 2014, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.
Mar 23, 01:22 PM New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will not be traded, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. Recent speculation said that Brees may be on the trade block after his favorite target, TE Jimmy Graham, was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks. 'Anybody who thinks we're trading Drew Brees, that's just not true,' Loomis told USA TODAY Sports. Brees threw for 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2014 while completing 69.2% of his passes for a league-high 4,952 yards.

Fantasy Impact: It would be a shock to see Brees traded but you can't totally rule it out at this point, especially with the Saints cutting salary.
Mar 19, 08:42 AM New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis restructured his deal to put the team $1.7 million under the salary cap. An additional $10.4 million of his contract has been guaranteed, according to a source. The Saints converted portions of his 2015 and 2016 base salaries into signing bonuses, dropping his 2015 base salary from $1.8 million to $850,000 and his 2016 base salary from $4.25 million to $2.7 million. His 2015 cap hit is $4,500,000.
Mar 17, 09:03 AM New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe restructured his contract to reduce his 2015 salary from $8.45 million to $1.1 million. Ellerbe's 2016 and 2017 salaries also reduced from $6.45 million and $6.0 million to $4.1 million each year.
Mar 16, 06:23 PM New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees might not be off limits in a trade this offseason that has already seen the team trade TE Jimmy Graham, OG Ben Grubbs and WR Kenny Stills. The Saints have begun to think about life after Brees, and a report surfaced late last year that the team is likely to 'draft a quarterback highly this year.'
Mar 13, 01:13 PM Miami Dolphins LB Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round draft pick were obtained in exchange for WR Kenny Stills Thursday, March 13, according to a source.
Mar 13, 01:03 PM Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Bills) agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Friday, March 13.

Fantasy Impact: Spiller will be the No. 2 back for the Saints, serving as a top pass-catching back on the team.
Mar 12, 04:03 PM Free-agent LB Ramon Humber (Saints) re-signed with the New Orleans Saints on a two-year deal Thursday, March 12. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Mar 12, 02:43 PM Free-agent CB Brandon Browner (Patriots) signed a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, March 12.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good signing for the Saints, getting a solid starting cornerback.
Mar 11, 11:23 PM Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Bills) is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, March 12, according to a league source.
Mar 11, 06:03 PM Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Bills) could still be pursued by the Dallas Cowboys if free-agent RB DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) is not re-signed.
Mar 11, 05:53 PM Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Bills) has reportedly drawn interest from the New Orleans Saints.

Offseason Keys

Jairus Byrd, S; Champ Bailey, CB. 

Roman Harper, S; Brian De La Puente, C; Charles Brown, OT; Malcolm Jenkins, S; Lance Moore, WR; Darren Sproles, RB. 

2014 Draft Class

 # 1  20 Brandin CooksWR
 # 2  26 Stanley Jean-BaptisteDB
 # 4  4 Jalen SaundersWR
 # 5  27 Vinnie SunseriDB
 # 5  29 Ronald PowellLB
 Undrafted Pierre WarrenDB
 Undrafted Timothy FlandersRB
 Undrafted Seantavius JonesWR

2014 Schedule

1     Sep 13 1:00PM     at Atlanta
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Cleveland
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Minnesota
4     Oct 4 8:30PM     at Dallas
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
-- Week 6 Bye --
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Detroit
8     Nov 1 8:30PM     Green Bay
9     Nov 5 8:25PM     at Carolina
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     San Francisco
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Cincinnati
12     Nov 30 8:30PM     Baltimore
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     Carolina
15     Dec 21 8:30PM     at Chicago
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     Atlanta
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
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