Shark Bites

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that the Saints have agreed to a 2-year deal with WR Emmanuel Sanders. The 33-year-old veteran enters an offense that needs options. Michael Thomas drew a dominating 31.8% of Saints targets last season, nearly doubling #2 Alvin Kamara. Jared Cook ranked 3rd, another 32 targets behind Kamara. There's room for Sanders to rank 2nd among Saints in targets in 2020 and top 100. He's a solid target for best-ball fantasy football drafts now before he climbs into the single-digit rounds.

The Saints have agreed to a 4-year, $32 million deal with S Malcolm Jenkins. The 32-year-old began his career in New Orleans as a 1st-round CB back in 2009 before moving to safety. He spent the past 6 years with the Eagles after leaving in free agency and helped turn Philly into a perennially tough matchup for TEs. Back with the Saints, Jenkins might be stepping in for S Vonn Bell, who hit free agency this week. New Orleans is certainly paying starter money to Jenkins, who figures to land in DB2 territory in our 2020 IDP rankings.

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.

The Saints have applied a 1st-round tender to QB Taysom Hill. It essentially locks him in with the Saints for 2020 and will pay him $4.66 million. Hill became a valuable gadget player for New Orleans last year, compiling a 19-234-6 receiving line, 156 yards and a score on the ground and 55 passing yards. It's unclear if HC Sean Payton views Hill as a future starting QB -- but that's a question for 2021 with Drew Brees set to return for another season.

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.

The Saints have ruled S Vonn Bell (knee), S Marcus Williams (groin) and CB Eli Apple (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will get another start in Bell's place. Janoris Jenkins figures to start in Apple's place.

Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in full practices on Friday and Saturday. He's averaged 71 yards and .8 TDs over his last 5 games and is a TE1 with upside for Monday night's game against the Colts.

Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) graduated to a full practice on Friday. That seemingly puts him on track to be cleared for Monday night's game against the Colts. We'll get another update on Cook's status tomorrow.

Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) got in a limited practice on Thursday. He has an extra day to get cleared for Monday night's game against the Colts, but consider Cook no better than 50/50 for that one. Josh Hill will serve as New Orleans' lead pass-catching TE if Cook is out.

Saints TE Jared Cook exited in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers to get checked for a concussion. He took a shot to the head on a 26-yard TD -- his 2nd score of the game. We'll update Cook's status when we know more.

Update: Cook has been diagnosed with a concussion and been ruled out.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (calf) is active for tonight's game against the Falcons. He missed the past 2 games.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (calf) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. Lattimore missed the past 2 games and remained limited in practice this week. We'll check his availability tonight, when the inactives are announced.

49ers WRs Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) and Deebo Samuel (shoulder) are active for tonight's game against the Packers. Sanders is the riskier of the 2 after he was unable to make it through last week's game. WR Marquise Goodwin is a healthy scratch.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Panthers. That means P.J. Williams will likely slide out to start in Lattimore's place again, and rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson should see starter-level playing time in the slot. Both are down-the-list IDP options. Lattimore's absence improves the matchup for Panthers lead WR D.J. Moore.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs), WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder) and TE George Kittle (knee) are expected to play against the Packers tonight. "Though the may work out pre-game" before a final decision is made, Rapoport adds. We won't get San Francisco's inactives until 7 pm ET tonight, so it'd be wise to have a backup plan in place for these guys. But all 3 can be penciled into fantasy lineups for now.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. He made it back to a limited practice Friday after missing the previous 2 days with the calf injury that cost Lattimore the Week 11 game at Tampa. Even if he plays, Lattimore looks like a risky bet to play a full game. Find a safer option for the DB/CB slots on your IDP rosters.

49ers WRs Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) and Deebo Samuel (shoulder) are listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Packers. Both guys got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and are expected to play vs. Green Bay. Sanders comes with risk, though, after he was unable to make it through last week's game. Samuel returned from his injury and produced, so he's the safer bet.

49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) put in a limited practice on Thursday. He should suit up for Sunday night's game against the Packers but will be a risk/reward fantasy play after being unable to finish last week's game against the Cardinals.

49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) is active for today’s game against the Cardinals. He didn’t practice all week, but we haven’t heard anything about him being limited today. Rib injuries tend to be pain-tolerance issues. Sanders comes with added risk in Week 11 fantasy lineups but also boasts plenty of upside against an Arizona defense he beat for 112 yards and a score just 2 weeks ago.

 
 
 

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