2022 Fantasy Football New Orleans Saints Preview

by Tyler Marling
2022 Fantasy Football New Orleans Saints Preview

It's time to dive into the 2022 fantasy football New Orleans Saints preview!

The New Orleans Saints are in the midst of their second major organizational change in two years. The franchise's best quarterback, Drew Brees, retired at the end of the 2021 season, and arguably their greatest coach ever, Sean Payton, retired after the 2022 season.

Now entering year two without Brees, the quarterback room remains a major question mark.

The hiring of Dennis Allen, although familiar with him being the defensive coordinator since 2015, still brings plenty of question marks. While his defenses in New Orleans have been excellent, Allen has a miserable 8-28 record over a three-year stint with the Las Vegas Raiders from 2012-2014.

If New Orleans can answer those two major questions, they have a lot of high-end pieces that could have a major fantasy impact.

Without further ado, let's get into the 2022 fantasy football New Orleans Saints preview!

2022 Fantasy Football New Orleans Saints Preview

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While the Saints were in the final three in the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes, they're happy to have Jameis Winston returning this season. The former number one overall pick tore his ACL and MCL in the team's seventh game of the season, and he was off to a solid start before the season-ending injury. It appears he is on track to have a healthy start to the season, as he was on the field during OTAs.

While he hadn't thrown for a ton of yards, 1,170 to be exact, he was doing something out of character for him, limiting turnovers. Winston had just three interceptions in 161 pass attempts compared to 14 touchdowns.

He was also doing this without a full complement of weapons, as star wide receiver Michael Thomas hadn't stepped foot on the field.

Winston might be able to provide some serious value in deep leagues this year. He currently has an ADP of QB22. Last season, if Winston hadn't gotten hurt and had continued on the same pace, he would have finished as QB11.

One thing to keep an eye on with the Saints is the signing of veteran Andy Dalton. Dalton is someone to keep on the backburner in case Winston isn't healthy. He's made a career of putting up solid stats as a fill-in, and has a ton of starting experience.

Running Backs

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The Saints have a huge question mark with the pending legal issues star running back and regular first-round fantasy selection Alvin Kamara is facing. Kamara was arrested in February and subsequently charged with battery resulting in substantial bodily harm. It's safe to say that even if nothing comes of this from a legal standpoint, the NFL will likely serve down some form of suspension.

Selecting Kamara with your first-round pick is a risky move. However, his production, when on the field, is worthy of such a lofty draft pick.

Last season, in what should be considered a down year and an injury-plagued year, Kamara still had 898 yards rushing to go with four touchdowns and 47 catches for 439 yards and five more scores in just 13 games.

Kamara could be worthy of a first-round selection still if you're able to grab Mark Ingram in the mid-rounds as a handcuff in case he is forced to sit some games out. Although New Orleans has a solid receiving corps, Kamara is still their top offensive option.

Kamara is currently going off the board as RB11 and Ingram as RB70. A late-round snag of Ingram seems like an easy decision to cover yourself.

Wide Receivers

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Quite honestly, there might not be a deeper and more well-structured group of wide receivers than the one the New Orleans Saints have, on paper.

Michale Thomas is their WR1 when healthy. However, he only appeared in seven games in 2020 and zero last season. The single-season reception record holder appears to be healthy, finally, heading into the 2022 season, and could be in line for another monster year. Thomas' current ADP is WR27, and 65th overall. That would be an absolute steal if he lasts that long in your draft.

Not only do the Saints have a bonafide WR1 (when healthy), they drafted a deep-threat maestro in Chris Olave, and signed Jarvis Landry to man the slot. These three guys fit like a glove and all offer different skill sets that will keep defenses guessing.

Olave is currently sitting at WR48, with an ADP of 110th. Landry is WR55, with an ADP of 137. Both of these guys are worthy of late-round selections in my opinion. I think Olave's fantasy production upside is higher than Landry, however.

Tight Ends

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The Saints have a solid group of tight ends. However, I don't see a lot of upside from a fantasy perspective at this position due to the depth at other skill positions for them. There just won't be a lot of touches available for any of these three guys.

While Hill might have some value because they try to get him involved, Trautman and Vannett combined for just 58 targets last season. Quite honestly, I don't think I would touch either Trautman or Vannett in most formats.

When it comes to Hill, I might try to snag him late in my draft. His current ADP is 230. Last season, when Winston went down, they turned to Hill at quarterback. Now, they have Andy Dalton this season so they likely won't take the same route if something were to happen to Winston again, but you never know.

Final Verdict

I think the New Orleans Saints have a chance to be a very good football team this season. Their defense will be solid once again and they have a lot of weapons on offense, especially if Winston and Kamara are full go Week 1. Winston can be a solid QB2 in the majority of leagues and you can feel comfortable having to play him when your QB1 is on a bye.

Kamara is absolutely a risky pick with his legal issues, but he will return RB1 production once he's cleared to play.

Michael Thomas is another one that you can get value on. He will get targets, and he's produced plenty in the past, when healthy. He's a guy you could legitimately get in the fourth round and get a first round return on from a production standpoint.

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