Shark Bites

ESPN's Dianna Russini reports that WR Ted Ginn has reached a deal with the Saints. Ginn enjoyed his 2 most productive fantasy seasons over the past 2 years after returning to the Panthers. He has also posted his 3 largest season TD totals with Carolina, while struggling for even mild relevance elsewhere. Ginn will turn 32 in April and likely isn't headed for big target volume in New Orleans. But if the Saints finalize a Brandin Cooks trade, then more targets will come available. And it's hard to find a more efficient spot than catching passes from Drew Brees. Playing in New Orleans will make Ginn more relevant to fantasy football owners than just about any other spot. He'll belong in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts, though. We'll see how all the pieces settle around him.

Saints LBs Craig Robertson (shoulder) and Dannell Ellerbe (foot) are active for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Both have played through "questionable" tags in multiple weeks and are OK for normal use but low-floor IDP options.

Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe (foot) and LB Craig Robertson (shoulder) are active for today's game against the Buccaneers. Both entered the weekend questionable but should be fine to use if you had planned to do so.

Saints LB Craig Robertson (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Cardinals. He's fine to get back into IDP lineups after a game away.

Saints LB Craig Robertson (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals after missing last week's loss in Tampa. We'll update his status Sunday.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) put in a full practice on Friday and is not listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. We don’t know how much he’ll see of CB Patrick Peterson, leaving the rookie as a risk/reward WR2.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) was limited in practice on Wednesday. He only put in a limited workout on Friday last week before missing the Bucs game. It looks like he has a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Cardinals, but we'll get another update on his progress tomorrow.

With Michael Thomas out, WR Willie Snead led the Saints in catches (6) and yards (85). He added 8 targets — his most since Week 8 — in a favorable individual matchup out of the slot. With Patrick Peterson likely to see Thomas and Brandin Cooks next week, Snead could handle another 7-8+ targets. He’s on the WR3 radar vs. Arizona.

Saints RB Mark Ingram played through toe and knee injuries against the Bucs and saw just 8 touches (7 carries, 1 catch). Tim Hightower, meanwhile, matched him in targets (2) and saw just 1 fewer rush (6). Ingram managed just 14 yards on the ground and 9 more through the air. In such a messy backfield — and with the Saints offense in a funk — Ingram will be tough to sell as even an RB2 vs. Arizona.

For the 2nd straight week, Saints QB Drew Brees posted 0 TDs and 3 INTs. This time it came against Tampa Bay’s streaking defense, one that limited him to just 6.3 yards per attempt. Brees simply wasn't making sound decisions, either. He did appear to connect with Brandin Cooks for a short-range score, but the hookup was overturned on replay. Brees’ struggles could continue next week with a road date at Arizona on the schedule. Consider him a low-end QB1 for that one.

Panthers WR Ted Ginn managed just 2 receptions for 21 yards among 4 targets in Sunday's win over the Chargers. The quiet line came on a terrible passing day for QB Cam Newton, his 4th straight outing of less than 49% completions. Ginn has proved more reliable than usual in recent weeks, but Week 14 reminded us of the downside.

Saints LB Craig Robertson (shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Bucs.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) is active for today’s game against the Bucs. He only put in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning that Ingram “should be moving better.” Consider him a risk/reward RB2.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) is inactive for today’s game against the Bucs. Brandon Coleman figures to step into his spot in the lineup, putting him on the WR3 flier radar. Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead remain better target bets.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) will play against the Bucs today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Should be moving better," Rapoport adds. Ingram is fine to get into Week 14 fantasy lineups.

Saints LB Craig Robertson (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. We'll check on his status Sunday.

The Saints announced Friday that S Kenny Vaccaro has dropped his appeal of a 4-game suspension for a PED violation. That means he'll miss the final 4 weeks to serve the ban. Vonn Bell has already been a full-time player with Vaccaro around, and Jairus Byrd has been near that level. We'll see exactly what New Orleans will do to fill in for Vaccaro.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) is officially questionable for this weekend's game against the Bucs. He put in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday, sitting out in between. We’ve seen nothing to suggest that Ingram won’t play on Sunday, but he clearly won’t be at 100%. That leaves him as a risky RB2.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Bucs. He only put in a limited practice on Friday. We’ll look for an update on Thomas on Sunday morning. Saints-Bucs doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We don't have any details on the injury or when it occurred. Thomas led Saints WRs in snaps last weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update.

 
 
 

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