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Saints TE Juwan Johnson (quad) is active for today’s game vs. the Panthers. He was listed as questionable after getting in just 2 limited practices this week, adding some risk to his Week 18 fantasy profile.

11:39am EST 1/8/23

Saints TE Taysom Hill (back) is active for today’s game vs. the Panthers. He was limited in practice all week. Hill carried a season-high 14 times last week and has totaled 30 carries over his last 3 games. It’s unclear if the back issue will limit his role today.

The Saints and WR Michael Thomas agreed to a restructured contract, ESPN's Field Yates reports. Thomas' 2023 base salary was reduced from $15.5 million to $1.165 million, with a $31.755 million roster bonus for the 2024 league year added that becomes fully guaranteed on the 3rd day of the 2023 league year. In short, this means we'll get a decision on Thomas' future with the Saints by mid-March. Releasing Thomas would still result in a dead-cap charge of nearly $26 million. Thomas turns 30 in March and has played in just 10 games over the past 3 seasons. He had surgery in November to repair a dislocated 2nd toe.

Saints TE Taysom Hill (back) and Juwan Johnson (quadriceps) finished the practice week with limited participation and are both officially questionable for Week 18 vs. the Panthers. Should either receive the green light to play, Johnson is the player worthy of most consideration in fantasy lineups. Though the Panthers' defense ranks as the 8th-toughest matchup in adjusted fantasy points allowed to TEs, Johnson's 26.8% target share over the last 3 weeks is tied for the team lead with WR Rashid Shaheed. Johnson is a high-end TE2/streaming candidate in Week 18.

Saints TEs Taysom Hill (back) and Juwan Johnson (quadriceps) both practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday. Johnson didn't practice at all on Wednesday, so this is a step in the right direction for him. Hill has now been limited on back-to-back days. Be sure to check back tomorrow for additional information regarding their availability for Week 18 vs. the Panthers.

Saints TE Taysom Hill (back) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. Fellow TE Juwan Johnson (quadriceps) did not log practice. It's still early enough in the week for things to turn around for the Saints duo. We'll let you know how their participation evolves this week in advance of Week 18 vs. the Panthers.

Saints WR Rashid Shaheed led the team with 6 catches and 79 yards in Sunday's win over the Eagles. TE Juwan Johnson hauled 5 of 7 targets for 62 yards, and rookie WR Chris Olave returned with 4 receptions on 5 targets for 42 yards after missing Week 16 vs. the Browns. Shaheed's penchant for making big plays paid off once again as he's now logged 70+ receiving yards in 3 of the last 4 games. Fantasy managers playing into Week 18 will see this bunch of pass-catchers take on a Panthers defense that ranks as the 3rd-best matchup in adjusted fantasy points allowed to WRs and just got torched by QB Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Week 17.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara carried the ball 16 times for 74 yards in Sunday's win vs. the Eagles. The former Pro Bowler added another 7 yards on 1 catch in the receiving game. The touch opportunity was certainly there for Kamara in Week 17 at a minimum. Some could call his output a success considering the Eagles' defense entered Week 17 ranked 4th-best in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA in the 3 weeks prior. Even so, a PPR performance under double-digits is less than ideal in the grand scheme of things. Kamara will have a chance to rebound in Week 18 vs. the Panthers.

Saints QB Andy Dalton finished with 18 completions on 22 attempts for 204 yards and 1 INT in Week 17's win vs. the Eagles. QB/TE hybrid Taysom Hill had his fair share of production as well, completing both of his pass attempts for 24 yards in addition to 46 rushing yards and a TD on the ground. The tandem approach has worked relatively well for the Saints all season, but it's far from an ideal circumstance for an NFL offense to rely upon. The pair will prepare to take on the Panthers in Week 18.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore is active for today's game against the Eagles. It will be his 1st game action since Week 5 internal injuries that included a lacerated kidney. It's tough to know how effective he'll be, but New Orleans has clearly been cautious with the veteran. And he carried no game status on the final injury report of the week, despite remaining limited in practice. The long layoff will likely lessen any hesitation the Eagles might have about challenging Lattimore in coverage, which would help his target count. Lattimore will be a risk-reward play in IDP lineups for Week 17.

Saints LB Pete Werner (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Eagles. He sports some re-injury risk after leaving his last game early, missing last week and remaining limited in practice all week. But he also carries significant tackle upside whenever on the field. We've got Werner modestly projected in our Week 17 IDP rankings. Philadelphia has been a worse scoring matchup for LBs than you'd probably expect for such a run-favoring offense.

11:31am EST 1/1/23

Saints WR Chris Olave (hamstring) is active for today’s game vs. the Eagles. The rookie was sidelined with this injury last week and limited in practice all this week. Consider Olave just a WR3 against Philly’s 9th-ranked WR defense.

Saints WR Chris Olave (hamstring) is expected to play vs. the Eagles today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Olave got in 3 limited practices this week after missing Week 16. The hamstring adds some risk to Olave, who ranks just 35th in fantasy points per game over his last 5 healthy outings.

Saints LB Pete Werner (hamstring) and CB Marshon Lattimore (abdomen) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Each put in limited practices all week. Lattimore still hasn't played since Week 5 and would be tough to use in IDP lineups if active. Werner returned from ankle surgery in Week 15 but left that contest early with the hamstring issue. The lack of a full practice makes him risky as well. New Orleans has ruled S Marcus Maye (shoulder) out for the game.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (quadriceps/NIR-personal) was a full participant on Friday and is set to play in Week 17 vs. the Eagles. Much has been made of Kamara's Instagram account being completely wiped and the fact he didn't practice at all until Friday. But as far as we know, the former Pro Bowler is going to suit up. 2022 has been an up-and-down journey for Kamara managers. However, 20+ touches over the last 2 weeks should inspire some confidence for strong volume if nothing else in a neutral matchup against the Eagles. Consider Kamara a low-end RB1 in Week 17.

Saints WR Chris Olave (hamstring) logged limited participation on Friday and carries a questionable tag ahead of Week 17 vs. the Eagles. The talented rookie only managed limited practice all week and missed last week's game with this same ailment. It looks like fantasy managers aren't going to know about the status of Olave until 90 minutes before kickoff on Sunday. It'll be tough to view Olave as anything more than a WR3/flex option if he does suit up against a brutally stingy Eagles secondary.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (quadriceps/NIR-personal) did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. It's unknown how much of his absence is due to injury or the personal issue he's been excused from practice for. Hopefully, we'll have more information tomorrow. Kamara is considered an RB1 candidate if he is able to suit up in Week 17 vs. the Eagles. Keep tabs on RB David Johnson on your waiver wire if something prevents Kamara from playing.

Saints WR Chris Olave (hamstring) logged limited participation at practice for the 2nd consecutive day. Tomorrow's report will be telling about his availability for Week 17 vs. the Eagles. The rookie did not play last week due to this injury, so limited participation in back-to-back days is a good sign at a minimum. Tune in tomorrow for official word on Olave's outlook.

Saints WR Chris Olave (hamstring) logged limited participation in practice on Wednesday. The talented rookie missed last week's contest with this injury. As such, limited participation early in the week is a good sign for Week 17 vs. the Eagles, but let's not get too ahead of ourselves. Keep an eye out for updates throughout the week.

Saints shape-shifter Taysom Hill tallied 56 yards and a TD on 9 carries in Saturday's win over the Browns. It marked Hill's largest rushing total since Week 8 and his 1st rushing TD since Week 5. Hill has been running the ball more lately, though. He has carried 6+ times in 4 of his past 5 games after reaching that number just twice through his first 9 appearances.

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