The Saints are a fantasy football goldmine. Routinely getting into shootouts due to their struggling defense, fantasy points are abundant. With Brandin Cooks out and Adrian Peterson in, what will the offense look like? Is Michael Thomas in for a top 10 season or will he hit a sophomore slump?
Drew Brees continues to be one of the elite NFL quarterbacks. Drafting Brees is always a smart decision, giving you a quarterback you can count on. While also providing the ability to explode for a 40-50 point game.
In a world where Ezekiel Elliot and Dak Prescott don’t exist, Michael Thomas could have been Rookie of the Year. With 92 catches for over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns, Thomas was a beast. Now the top target on the team, Thomas should see an increase in his stats.
Thomas is coming off the board in the second round, just after A.J. Green and Jordy Nelson. This value is great, he’s a first round talent you can get in the second round. Expect big things from Thomas, over 100 catches and double digit touchdowns.
Sleeper: Willie Snead
While Thomas will see an increase from Cooks departure, Willie Snead is the big winner. Cooks 78 catches and eight touchdowns will go somewhere and Snead is a prime candidate. Being drafted at the end of the seventh round currently, Snead offers major upside.
Snead should catch 90 passes and eclipse 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. If Snead is your WR3 or FLEX, you have a player who could explode for 20+ points who doesn’t cost you a high pick. He could even be used in a larger role in PPR formats.
Like most NFL backfields this season, the Saints is crowded. This offseason they signed Adrian Peterson and drafted Alvin Kamara.
Mark Ingram ran for over 1,000 yards and had 10 total touchdowns. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and is being drafted after Tevin Coleman and Derrick Henry. Ingram has been a reliable back and should be drafted as the lead back in this offense.
Bust: Adrian Peterson
Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson is being drafted ahead of Ingram solely off his name. After a lost season due to injury, Peterson is a major risk. Looking at his stats alone, noone would be drafting Peterson. The rumors coming out of New Orleans are that Peterson looks amazing. Every player on every team has an amazing offseason every year.
The risk/reward on drafting Peterson is too uncertain to rely on him as a starter. Peterson should be one of your bench running backs, but don’t be expecting 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Alvin Kamara appears to be the future in the Saints backfield. Look for him to get passing down work but not enough touches to be worth drafting. In dynasty formats or keeper leagues with rookies, he’s worth a stash on your bench.
Coby Fleener and Ted Ginn Jr. will help the stars of this offense do their thing. Both have had times when they produce as fantasy players but aren’t consistent enough.