2020 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

2020 Fantasy Football New Orleans Saints Preview

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football New Orleans Saints Preview!

In 2019, the New Orleans Saints reached record-breaking highs, yet fell short of their ultimate goal . . . a Super Bowl win! For the second time in three-straight postseason trips since 2017, the Saints lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Minnesota Vikings.

New Orleans heads into 2020 as heavy Super Bowl favorites yet again. Sure, Drew Brees enters the season another year older. However, the core offensive talent on this team remains intact, along with a few new faces! Who are these new faces, you ask? Keep reading to find out!

2020 Fantasy Football New Orleans Saints Preview

Before you draft this year, be sure to check out the latest Fantasy Six Pack 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings right here!

Quarterbacks

In checking the final scoring standings for 2019, you would not see Drew Brees listed until QB22. However, that final rank is very deceiving, thanks to the hand injury Brees suffered in Week 2. He would go on to miss Week 3 through Week 7 with the ailment.

In his steed, Teddy Bridgewater went undefeated as a Stater for the Saints from Week 3 through Week 7. In that span, Bridgewater, now with the division rival Carolina Panthers, amassed 1,370 yards and a 9:2 TD:INT ratio.

With Bridgewater now gone, New Orleans brought in Jameis Winston for 2020. Winston brings plenty of NFC South experience with him, playing his entire career in Tampa Bay. He should be the lead option to back-up Brees, and could also be used as a decoy, like Taysom Hill.

Speaking of Hill, I do not anticipate his role changing too much for 2020. He does not carry much value from a fantasy standpoint this season. But, I would not be against taking him as a late-round flier in SuperFlex Best-Ball drafts.

Running Backs

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New Orleans Saints RB coach, Joel Thomas, recently confirmed that Alvin Kamara was playing at about 75% in 2019. He also missed two games midway through the season, and never fully recovered. This news helps explain why Kamara’s stats/general play in 2019 failed to match his output in 2018.

Kamara notched back-to-back 81 reception seasons in 2018 and 2019. However, he collected 1,592 total yards and 18 TD’s in 2018, compared to 1,330 yards and six TD’s last season. Those are not stats you’d expect to see out of your First Round pick. So, hopefully, Kamara can stay healthy and return to form in 2020.

Latavius Murray did an admirable job shouldering the load while Kamara dealt with his knee, back, and ankle issues. Murray totaled 872 yards and six total TD’s in 2019 and is a sure-fire mid-to-late round draft pick for 2020. Ty Montgomery has not been fantasy-relevant for years, I expect more of the same from him this year.

Wide Receivers

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Michael Thomas was an absolute monster last year, both in fantasy football and in actual football! He broke the record for most receptions in a season, netting 149 catches on 185 targets. Needless to say, Thomas was the only Saints wide receiver worth owning in 2019.

This year, though, the Saints brought in Emmanuel Sanders to help force teams to focus on someone other than Thomas. Sanders is now on his third team since the start of the 2019 season. He had fairly mediocre stats for both Denver and San Francisco last year, finishing as WR33 in fantasy. Ironically, his best game last year came against the Saints, when he posted seven receptions, 157 yards, and a TD.

Tre’Quan Smith should be able to pick-up some minimal targets this year but is more of a depth-play only. Deonte Harris and Marquez Callaway should only be considered for dynasty upside picks.

Tight Ends

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The Tight End position in New Orleans is mostly a one-man race, with Jared Cook leading the way. But, do not discount Josh Hill’s presence, either. While mostly deployed as the blocking TE, Hill still vultured three TD’s and 225 yards in 13 games last season.

Jared Cook, on the other hand, is entering the 2020 Fantasy Football season at 33 years old. He was quite productive for the Saints last year, especially in the red zone. Overall, Cook nabbed nine TD’s and 705 yards on only 43 receptions.

Cook should be heavily relied on again in 2020, and his current ADP (TE9) offers solid late-round value. If you miss out on one of the Top-Tier TE’s, Cook should definitely be on your draft radar.

Final Verdict

In 2019, New Orleans finished as one of the most high-powered offenses in football. Factor in the additions of Winston, Sanders, and Montgomery, and this offense can be even better in 2020! If you have an opportunity to draft any of the key players for this team, do not pass it by!

Thomas could once again finish as WR1, and if healthy, both Brees and Kamara should finish Top-10, if not better. The Saints will be playing for the Super Bowl, yet again. Draft the Saints with confidence, and reap the benefits for your fantasy teams!


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About A.J. Applegarth

A.J. has been in the fantasy sports game for so long, that the first fantasy team he ever managed used football box scores from newspapers to calculate points. Since those days, A.J. has taken home numerous fantasy football and baseball championship titles. He has also taken his talents to a few fantasy basketball leagues and countless DFS games in more recent years. A.J. would openly admit that “luck” has been a factor in his two-plus decade-long success in fantasy sports, but he will also be the first one to tell you, “You can’t teach luck!” Catch A.J.’s witty banter and "Beer of the Week" picks on The Fantasy Six Pack Hour Podcast, and follow him on the Twitter-space @AppleGarthAlgar.

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