Saints WR Cameron Meredith has agreed to take a $2.1 million pay cut, according to ESPN's Field Yates. That means he'll earn just $1.3 million in 2019 salary. That doesn't bode particularly well for the 26-year-old's outlook. Meredith appeared in just 6 games last year and caught a mere 9 balls. The fact that he was willing to take a roughly 62% pay cut rather than test the market suggests he's not overly confident in the knee that basically cost him the past 2 seasons. We'll see about Meredith's progress through the offseason and training camp, but he's not worth drafting in early best-ball formats -- perhaps near the end of the FFPC 28-rounders. If Meredith remains limited heading into 2019, Keith Kirkwood and Tre'Quan Smith could benefit.
Saints WR Keith Kirkwood (calf) is inactive for today's NFC Championship game against the Rams. He played 69% of the offensive snaps last week -- 2nd most among New Orleans WRs. So his absence should mean more playing time for Ted Ginn and especially Tre'Quan Smith. Ginn remains the better fantasy bet, but Smith is an intriguing DFS flier.
Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater will start this weekend's finale against the Panthers, HC Sean Payton said Friday. So QB Drew Brees will get the day off. We'd expect the same for RBs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram and WR Michael Thomas. Dwayne Washington figures to serve as New Orleans' lead back vs. Carolina, with Tre'Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood and Austin Carr handling most of the WR duties. It's unclear how much WR Ted Ginn will play after returning last week.
The Saints have activated WR Ted Ginn (knee) from IR. Insider Nick Underhill reports that he's expected to play against the Steelers on Sunday. Ginn has been sidelined since Week 4, hauling in 12 of 22 targets for 135 yards and 2 scores before going down. “He’s a guy that runs, and I know he’s been working hard with the trainers and doing everything that he can to get prepared for this opportunity to come back," HC Sean Payton said Thursday. It's unclear how snap will be divvied between Ginn, Tre'Quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood behind Michael Thomas. Thomas is the only Saints WR that can be trusted in Week 16 fantasy lineups.
Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith (foot) put in a full practice on Wednesday and isn't listed on the final injury report. So he'll play against the Cowboys on Thursday night. The last time we saw the rookie, he was exploding for a 10-157-1 line vs. the Eagles. It's worth noting that Smith has struggled on the road this season, but he'll be playing indoors in Dallas.
Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith (foot) remained limited in Tuesday's practice. His status for Thursday night's game against the Cowboys remains murky. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.
WR Dez Bryant has finally found a home, inking a 1-year deal with the Saints. The 30-year-old looked like a player in decline last season, averaging a career-low 12.1 yards per catch. He seems best-suited as a possession receiver at this point, which is the role he might be stepping into with the Saints. Bryant would look good as a big slot WR between Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith. From a fantasy perspective, Bryant figures to duke it out for targets with Smith behind top dogs Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Dez is worth adding in most fantasy leagues, but we'd consider him just a WR4 for now. We'll see how quickly he can settle into the offense. Smith's value takes a considerable hit with Bryant's arrival.
The Ravens will be without their top cover man when they face the Saints today. CB Marlon Humphrey (quad) is inactive. That can only be good news for New Orleans WRs Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith, though the matchup remains tough.
The Saints have placed WR Ted Ginn on IR. We still don't have any details on his knee injury or whether he's a candidate to return after 8 weeks. But Ginn should be dropped in all fantasy leagues. Rookie WR Tre'Quan Smith is the bigger winner here, as he figures to take over Ginn's role on the outside. He played 67% of the snaps and hauled in all 3 of his targets for 111 yards and 2 scores with Ginn out in New Orleans' last game. WR Cameron Meredith is also a candidate for increased volume.
Saints WR Ted Ginn (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday. He missed New Orleans' last game and evidently still isn't ready after the bye week. With Ginn out back in Week 4, rookie Tre'Quan Smith played 67% of the offensive snaps and hauled in all 3 of his targets for 111 yards and 2 scores.
Saints WR Ted Ginn (knee) is out for Monday night's game against the Redskins. Ginn ranks 3rd on the team with 22 targets, so it's a significant loss. His absence should mean more snaps and possibly targets for WRs Cameron Meredith and Tre'Quan Smith. Both guys remains just fantasy fliers, though.
Saints HC Sean Payton said Wednesday that rookie WR Tre'Quan Smith is ready for a bigger role. “We've gotta find ways to get him more touches," Payton said. "He's handling our installation. He knows what we're doing game plan-wise. And I think he's ready to prove that." Smith has seen just 1 target in each of the first 2 games, but his snap rate climbed from 17% in the opener to 33% in Week 2. That'll need to get above 50% before we can start to consider Smith a fantasy option. But there's certainly opportunity here. 60% of the Saints' targets have gone to WR Michael Thomas and RB Alvin Kamara through 2 weeks. They need to find more balance.
Saints WR Cameron Meredith has missed several straight days of practice -- along with the 1st preseason game -- while dealing with an undisclosed injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the issue is not Meredith's surgically repaired left knee, but that's all we know. Meredith on Tuesday tweeted, "So many obstacles on my path, trying to test my perseverance." We'll see if any further info on his situation comes out and/or when Meredith returns to the field. Until then, it might be a good idea to back off him in best-ball drafts a bit. Rookie Tre'Quan Smith, on the other hand, gains late-round intrigue as long as Meredith remains sidelined.
Update: Meredith returned to practice Tuesday, according to Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate.
Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith has been a standout early in training camp and is already getting 1st-team reps. The 3rd-round rookie was 1 of our favorite sleepers in this year's WR class, with an impressive combination of contested-catch and downfield ability. (He flashed some of that ability on this deep reception in Saturday's practice.) Smith is battling with Cameron Meredith and Ted Ginn for snaps and targets behind #1 WR Michael Thomas. Meredith is still the favorite, but Smith is plenty capable of carving out a significant role this season. He's an intriguing late-round flier in best-ball drafts.
The Saints added Central Florida WR Tre'Quan Smith in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. This guy was one of our favorite sleepers in the WR class and lands in an intriguing spot. Smith led Central Florida in catches, yards and TDs in all 3 seasons there and tested as a 65th percentile athlete at the Combine. On film, he's one of the best contested-catch WRs in the class with his 6'2, 210-pound frame, 37.5-inch vertical and 87th percentile arm length. Per Pro Football Focus, Smith led all WRs in this draft class with 9 TDs on passes 20+ yards downfield last year. He'll battle Cameron Meredith and Ted Ginn for targets behind Michael Thomas this year and won't be more than a late-round flier in redraft leagues. But we like this landing spot long-term with offensive mastermind Sean Payton.
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