The Saints have ruled WR Michael Thomas out for Monday night’s game against the Raiders. That’s been the expected move all week, though there was a bit of optimism Friday. We’ll see whether that means Thomas can make it back from his high-ankle sprain for Week 3. His absence leaves targets for Emmanuel Sanders and crew, and elevates Tre’Quan Smith to a starting role in a positive matchup. We can’t help but downgrade Drew Brees with no Thomas, though, especially after an unspectacular opener
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Saints WR Michael Thomas' high-ankle sprain is "worse than originally believed and he's now expected to miss several weeks." Thomas' absence would push targets toward WR Emmanuel Sanders, TE Jared Cook, WR Tre'Quan Smith and RB Alvin Kamara -- and perhaps motivate the Saints to go more run-heavy. As recently as 2017 and 2018, this offense ranked among the most run-heavy in the league. The next 3 weeks bring matchups with the Raiders, Packers and Lions -- all of whom ranked 16th or worse in Football Outsiders run-defense DVOA last season. Then come the Chargers (25th) and a Week 6 bye. So you should probably prepare the possibility of going without Thomas until Week 7. Thomas' situation also hurts the fantasy outlook for QB Drew Brees, who threw for just 160 yards in the opening win over Tampa.
Saints WR Michael Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain late in Sunday's win over the Bucs, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "It’s something he believes he can play through," Pelissero adds. "With an extra day before next Monday’s game vs. Raiders, nobody ruling Thomas out." It sounds like this is a relatively minor high-ankle sprain, but it's still worrisome. Just last year, we saw this injury derail Alvin Kamara and Saquon Barkley's seasons. We'll obviously keep a close eye on Thomas' status this coming week. His absence would be a big blow to QB Drew Brees, while opening up a ton of opportunity for Kamara, TE Jared Cook and WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Tre'Quan Smith.
The Saints have signed QB Taysom Hill to a 2-year, $21 million deal with $16 million guaranteed. We know HC Sean Payton loves Hill, but this is still a surprising amount of money -- especially with the Saints expected to sign QB Jameis Winston. It's still unclear whether Payton views Hill as a potential heir apparent to Drew Brees, but he's at least set to continue playing a significant gadget role in 2020.
QB Jameis Winston is set to sign a 1-year deal with the Saints, according to Yahoo's Charles Robinson. Winston reportedly turned down more money from another team, choosing instead to learn from QB Drew Brees and HC Sean Payton. Smart move. Winston is obviously off the 2020 fantasy radar, barring a Brees injury. But the 26-year-old remains a dynasty hold. Brees is 41 and taking his career season-to-season at this point.
Update: This move has finally become official.
The Saints and QB Drew Brees have agreed to a 2-year, $50 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 41-year-old Brees is a year-to-year proposition at this point, but we know he's at least back for 2020. He remained as efficient as ever last season, completing 74.3% of his passes, averaging 7.9 yards per attempt and tossing 27 TDs vs. just 4 INTs. Brees missed 5 games and most of another with that thumb injury but scored as fantasy's #2 QB in the other 10 games.
Saints QB Drew Brees announced Tuesday that he'll return for the 2020 season. The 41-year-old remained as accurate as ever last year, completing a league-high 74.3% of his passes with 27 TDs vs. just 4 INTs. Brees missed 5 games and most of a 6th with a thumb injury but ranked 2nd among QBs in fantasy points per game in his 10 full outings. He remained much more productive at home than on the road -- but he'll be worth considering in lower-end QB1 range in 2020 fantasy drafts.
Saints QB Drew Brees hasn't yet decided whether he'll return for another season in 2020. He's set to be a free agent in March but said that he won't play for a team other than New Orleans. "At this stage of my career, it's not a given that I'm coming back every year, but when that time comes, I'll always be a Saint," Brees said. The 41-year-old remained as efficient as ever this past season, completing 74.3% of his passes and averaging 7.9 yards per attempt. He ranked 3rd in Pro Football Focus' passing grades among 30 QBs with 300+ drop backs. If Brees does decide to hang up his cleats this offseason, the Saints would likely turn to QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Saints QB Drew Brees (thumb) is officially active for today’s game against the Cardinals. There’s some added risk here in his 1st game since tearing a ligament in his throwing thumb, but Brees has plenty of upside vs. Arizona’s 29th-ranked QB defense.
ESPN's Dianna Russini reports that Saints QB Drew Brees (thumb) will start against the Cardinals today. He and the team clearly feel confident enough in that injured throwing thumb -- especially considering New Orleans is off next week. There's still a bit more risk here than usual, but Brees has plenty of upside vs. Arizona's 29th-ranked QB defense.
Saints QB Drew Brees (thumb) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. HC Sean Payton refused to name his starting QB on Friday, but Brees has said that he plans on playing. We’ll continue to monitor the situation. Whoever is under center for New Orleans — Brees or Teddy Bridgewater — will be in a nice spot at home for Arizona’s 29th-ranked QB defense.
Saints QB Drew Brees (thumb) said Thursday that he'll return for this weekend's game against the Cardinals, although it sounds like a final decision hasn't been made by the team. Assuming he plays, he'll carry some added risk in his 1st game back from that throwing thumb injury. But both Brees and the Saints obviously feel comfortable with his status. He gets a plus matchup against the Cardinals' 28th-ranked QB defense.
Saints QB Drew Brees (thumb) returned to practice on Wednesday, getting in a limited session. HC Sean Payton told reporters that Brees "may be a game-time decision." Brees, meanwhile, said he's planning on playing. We'll get another update on his progress tomorrow. If he's under center on Sunday, he'll be an upside fantasy play in a plus matchup against the Cardinals.
The Saints are planning to get QB Drew Brees (thumb) back for next week's game against the Cardinals, the FOX broadcast crew said during today's game against the Bears. That'd be 6 weeks after Brees suffered an injury that was expected to cost him 6 weeks. QB Teddy Bridgewater has played reasonably well in relief, but Brees' return will be a nice upgrade for the Saints offense. We'll track his status this coming week.
Saints QB Drew Brees will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his throwing thumb, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The "initial estimate" has Brees missing 6 weeks. New Orleans has a Week 9 bye, so Week 10 might be Brees' most likely return date. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation, but he's only worth stashing in 2-QB leagues or 1-QB leagues with an IR spot. If he returns in Week 10, he'll have 4 more home games left. QB Teddy Bridgewater will get the 1st crack at replacing Brees. He struggled in relief vs. the Rams and underwhelmed this preseason, posting a 61.4% completion rate and 5.7 yards per attempt. Consider Bridgewater just a low-end QB2 for now. But we do have some confidence that he's good enough -- alongside HC Sean Payton -- to at least keep RB Alvin Kamara and WR Michael Thomas afloat. If Bridgewater struggles, the Saints could give QB Taysom Hill a shot.
Saints QB Drew Brees is dealing with a ligament injury to his throwing thumb and is "looking at missing some game time," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team is expected to have a better idea of Brees' status after he visits a hand specialist in Los Angeles on Monday. Former Head Team Dr. David Chao believes Brees could return in 2-3 weeks -- but adds that he might need surgery, which would sideline him "into November." We'll continue to update this situation as we learn more.
Saints QB Drew Brees will visit a hand specialist in Los Angeles to examine his injured right thumb, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Brees added that "he is concerned and that it could be significant," per Anderson. Brees only briefly tried to throw after suffering the injury, and it looked like it was uncomfortable just to even hold the ball. Brees owners should be bracing for a multi-week absence. We should learn more tomorrow.
Saints QB Drew Brees hurt his right thumb in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams when banged it on Aaron Donald's hand on a follow through. Brees got the thumb taped up and briefly tried to throw on the sidelines. But he's now standing on the sidelines without a helmet. QB Teddy Bridgewater is in the game.
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