Shark Bites

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 WR Cameron Meredith is active for today's game against the Falcons after being a healthy scratch the first 2 weeks. He shouldn't be in fantasy lineups, but we'll be keeping a close eye on how big a role Meredith plays. He might be worth adding now if he's available in deeper fantasy leagues.

Saints WR Ted Ginn (knee) was limited in practice all week but isn’t listed on the final injury report. He played just 46% of the offensive snaps last Sunday but still tallied 55 yards on 4 catches. Ginn is a risk/reward WR3 play for Week 3.

Saints WR Ted Ginn (knee) was sidelined on Thursday after putting in a limited practice on Wednesday. He told reporters afterward that he'll play against Atlanta this weekend. Ginn battled through the knee issue last week, but it's worth noting that he played just 46% of the offensive snaps. If active, he'll be a boom-or-bust Week 3 fantasy play.

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 Ted Ginn (knee) is not listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. The knee never seemed like a real concern. Ginn is in the WR3 mix for Sunday’s home game against the Browns.

Saints WR Ted Ginn (knee) returned to practice on Thursday. We've heard nothing to suggest the knee is a real concern. Ginn is in the WR3 mix for Sunday's plus matchup at home against the Browns.

Saints WR Ted Ginn missed Wednesday's practice with a knee injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it after Ginn played 78% of the snaps in the opener. This could just be a veteran's day off. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Saints WR Cameron Meredith is inactive for today's opener against the Bucs as he continues to work back from last year's knee injury. There's still upside here, but Meredith is droppable in shallower fantasy leagues. Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn and Austin Carr are expected to serve as New Orleans' top 3 WRs today. Ginn and Carr are just fantasy fliers.

WR Austin Carr will start in the slot for the Saints against the Buccaneers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That would seem to put him ahead of WR Cameron Meredith on the depth chart for now, with Michael Thomas (for sure) and Ted Ginn the likely outside starters. Thomas is the position's only sure target bet in New Orleans right now. We'll see how playing time and passing looks get distributed now that the real games are beginning. Carr's worth an add this morning in deeper leagues. We've seen through the years how valuable any regular WR gig with Drew Brees can be. Lance Moore and Willie Snead each hit the NFL as undrafted free agents, just like Carr.

The Lions on Saturday cut RB Dwayne Washington and placed RB Zach Zenner on IR for a back injury, according to MLive.com. That could mean RB Ameer Abdullah has secured a spot on the 53-man roster. We'll see once Detroit finalizes things later today.

Saints WR Cameron Meredith hauled in 2 balls for 72 yards and a score in Thursday night's preseason finale. He toasted his defender for this 56-yard bomb and later scored from 16 yards out. We usually don't like to see guys getting extensive run in the 4th exhibition, but Meredith needed it. He's coming off a torn ACL, missed a couple weeks of camp with an undisclosed injury and had yet to catch a pass this preseason. Now we'll see exactly what kind of role Meredith plays out of the gate. He won't be a recommended Week 1 fantasy starter, but we still expect him to eventually settle in as the Saints' #2 WR.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets have agreed to trade QB Teddy Bridgewater to the Saints for an undisclosed draft pick. In New York (or New Jersey), that supports the anticipated move of naming Sam Darnold the Week 1 starter and leaves Josh McCown as the backup. On the other side, the level of the draft pick might tell us how interested we should be. If it's a late conditional pick, then maybe the Jets just couldn't find the market they hoped for Bridgewater. A pick closer to the middle of the draft, however, could point to the Saints eyeing Bridgewater as a potential successor for Drew Brees. We'll keep an eye on that. For 2018, of course, Bridgewater holds no fantasy relevance unless Brees goes down. Should that happen, though, Bridgewater would be a lot more interesting than he'd be as the 2nd or 3rd man in for the Jets. Bridgewater looks like a dynasty hold -- unless you can get a nice package from the Brees owner in your league.

Update: NFL Network's Mike Silver reports the Saints gave a 3rd-round pick. That seems to indicate they plan to try to keep Bridgewater beyond 2018 and/or believe they can recoup the pick via the league's compensatory calculations after Bridgewater signs elsewhere in free agency.

Saints TE Ben Watson "still looks like he's in the prime of his career," according to insider Joel Erickson. He's "made eye-popping, contested catches a normal occurrence in his return to the Saints," Erickson writes. Watson is 37 now but racked up 61 catches in Baltimore last season. And he has 3 years of experience in the Saints offense, including a 74-825-6 line back in 2015. There hasn't been much buzz on Watson, but he appears locked in as New Orleans' lead TE. And he's remained dirt cheap, with an ADP sitting in the 16th round.

WR Cameron Meredith made his Saints debut in the team's 2nd preseason game on Friday night -- his 1st live action since tearing his ACL and MCL last August. He said afterward that it "felt great" to be back out there but also admitted that he still has work to do. "I still need to kind of get my wheels together, get up to the speed of the game a little bit," Meredith said. No surprise there. We'll be keeping a close eye on Meredith's usage in New Orleans' 3rd preseason game, when QB Drew Brees is expected to play. (He hasn't played in the first 2 exhibitions.) Meredith still has a good shot to emerge as the #2 WR and is an upside pick in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.

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.

Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) avoided the PUP list and is ready for the start of training camp. He's nearly 12 months removed from tearing his ACL and MCL and has had a smooth rehab. Meredith is the favorite for #2 WR duties in New Orleans -- a role that would give him a good shot at WR3 fantasy production. He's a value at his 12th-round ADP.

 
 
 

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