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
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.
Saints WR Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s been out since Week 5 but should step back in as New Orleans’ #3 WR. That gives him some DFS tournament appeal in a pristine matchup against the Falcons.
Saints WR Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Ted Ginn and Austin Carr will again serve as the #2 and #3 WRs — but WR Michael Thomas and TE Jared Cook are the only viable fantasy plays in New Orleans’ passing game.
Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith suffered an ankle injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Bucs and is officially questionable to return. He missed Weeks 3 and 4 with an ankle injury, although it's unclear if this is related.
Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) practiced all week and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll return for Sunday's game against the Bucs after missing the past 2 weeks. Smith should slot back in as the #3 WR behind Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn, leaving him as a weak fantasy play in this Teddy Bridgewater-led passing game.
Saints WR Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) is out for Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys. Ted Ginn and Austin Carr will again serve as New Orleans’ #2 and #3 WRs, but neither is a fantasy option with Teddy Bridgewater under center.
Saints WR Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. He didn’t practice all week and might be looking at a multi-game absence. Austin Carr, Deonte Harris and Lil’Jordan Humphrey get bumped up the depth chart behind Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn. Thomas is the only viable fantasy starter here with QB Drew Brees out.
Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. He was knocked out of last weekend's loss to the Rams and is looking unlikely to play against the Seahawks on Sunday. With WR Keith Kirkwood (hamstring) on IR, New Orleans will be down to WRs Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Austin Carr and Deonte Harris.
Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith hurt his left ankle at the end of a 28-yard catch and run in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams. We'll look for an update on his status. Smith's absence would leave Keith Kirkwood as New Orleans' #3 WR behind Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn.
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.
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