The New Orleans Saints were a game away from Super Bowl LII last year. Their defense lowered their opponents points per game by a touchdown, only the Chargers(9.4) and Jaguars(7.2) had a better improvement. The offense should once again finish in the top 5.
The burning questions will be:
- Can the defense do it again?
- Has Brees lost a step?
- Will the offense struggle without Ingram?
- Will Kamara see 20+ touches per game with Ingram out?
- Can Meredith's knee hold up for 16 games?
2018 Fantasy Football New Orleans Saints Preview
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What makes Drew Brees one of the most accuracy quarterbacks in the league?
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 13, 2018
Brees attempted just 536 passes in 2017, his lowest total since 2009. I would anticipate another year of less than 600 pass attempts, but that does not hurt his fantasy value much. Brees had a career-high 72% pass completion last year and his 7.71 ANY/A was his highest since 2011. He also had a career-low 1.5% interception rate.
If you can land Brees at his current ADP, 67 (QB7), in your league, you will have done well for yourself.
As seen in the video above, Ingram is under suspension for the first four games of the 2018 NFL season.
The hype around Kamara for the first 4 weeks of the year is warranted, but it will cost you a first-round pick. It is a bit risky, as there is a chance Ingram could limit his season-long upside, despite what happened in 2017 in a shared backfield. There is risk due to the fact that Kamara's points per opportunity were through the roof last year, and regression has to be expected. It wouldn't surprise me if Kamara is one of the most traded players in fantasy football during week 3 and 4.
Despite missing four games, Ingram is still being drafted as RB23 - around the 50th pick. The only way I am comfortable doing that is if I went wide receiver heavy to start my draft.
New Orleans has a plethora of options to "replace" Ingram. Not only did they sign West, but they have Jonathan Williams, Trey Edmunds, Boston Scott and Daniel Lasco on the roster. The Saints also signed Shane Vereen and it will be interesting to see if they mix him into the offense, at all, early in the year.
Michael Thomas ranked fourth in yards per route run in 2017! pic.twitter.com/z33dZx3rMU
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 6, 2018
Thomas is entering his 3rd season, eclipsing 1,000 yards in both his rookie and sophomore year. He is Brees' favorite target, and despite the Saints passing the ball less often, still ranked 6th in the NFL in targets. He is one of the safest picks in the backend of the 1st round/early 2nd.
New Orleans added Cam Meredith this offseason, coming off a knee injury that kept him out in 2017. Meredith was looking to build on a 66-888-4 2016 campaign with the Chicago Bears. He will be featured in the slot for the Saints - think Marques Colston. Stash him on your bench after the 10th round.
Ginn has now posted back-to-back years with 50+ receptions, 700+ receiving yards and four touchdowns. He is a deep league option at wide receiver and a bye week filler.
- Benjamin Watson
- Josh Hill
The last time Watson wore a Saints uniform, he saw a career-high 109 targets, caught a career-high 74 passes for a career-high 848 yards and matched a career-high four touchdowns. That was only just two years ago. That being said, he is 37 years old and will be 38 before the year is over.
Hill caught five of his 10 career TDs back in 2014.
The New Orleans Saints continue to provide fantasy football owners with valuable pieces, that won't change in 2018. The biggest question mark will be can Alvin Kamara avoid the bust tag now that he is a first-round draft pick.
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