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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.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB Alvin Kamara (knee, ankle) won't play against the Cardinals today. Kamara is expected back after New Orleans' Week 9 bye, Schefter adds. Latavius Murray gets another game as the feature back after racking up 150 yards and 2 TDs on 32 touches last week.

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 RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Cardinals. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. It’d make a lot of sense for New Orleans to hold Kamara out of this one with a looming Week 9 bye, but it looks like there’s at least a shot he returns on Sunday. We’ll continue to look for updates on Kamara and will get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday. Latavius Murray will be a RB1 if Kamara ends up inactive.

Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. We’ll see if he can return after the Week 9 bye. With Cook sidelined last week, TE Josh Hill ran 19 routes and TE Dan Arnold 14. It’s a situation to avoid, despite the plus matchup.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said that WR Emmanuel Sanders will play "a lot" against the Panthers this weekend, just a few days after arriving from Denver via trade. It's worth noting that Broncos OC Rich Scangarello worked under Shanny in San Francisco in 2017 and 2018, so Sanders should be able to settle into his new offense relatively quickly. Still, the 'Niners are deploying the league's run-heaviest offense, and we're not expecting that to change much going forward. Sanders also has a tough matchup on Sunday vs. Carolina's tough pass defense, so we'd try not to use him in Week 8 fantasy lineups.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (knee, ankle) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives him a shot to play against the Cardinals this weekend, although it'd still make a ton of sense for New Orleans to hold him out of that one before the Week 9 bye. We'll get another update on Kamara tomorrow.

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.

Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. At this point, fantasy owners can't bank on him returning for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. We'll update his status again tomorrow.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. With a bye coming next week, it'd make sense for New Orleans to hold Kamara out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. His absence would make Latavius Murray a RB1.

The 49ers on Tuesday acquired WR Emmanuel Sanders from the Broncos. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that San Francisco sent 3rd- and 4th-round picks in 2020 to Denver for Sanders and a 5th-round pick. Sanders should immediately become the top wideout for a Niners team that has stunk at that position all year. The Broncos, meanwhile, figure to elevate DaeSean Hamilton to the #2 WR role. He currently ranks just 6th on the team in targets, behind Courtland Sutton, Sanders, the 2 RBs and TE Noah Fant. Hamilton has a shot at WR4 value in fantasy but not much upside beyond that in Denver's current offense. Sanders' outlook shouldn't change all that much. He goes from a run-leaning offense where he ranked 2nd in targets to the league's most run-heavy offense with TE George Kittle as its top target. The trade certainly can't hurt the shaky fantasy floor of 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

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 RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bears after missing practice all week. He tried to battle through the ankle injury last weekend and ended up tweaking his knee. We’ll see if Kamara can make it back for Week 8, but note that New Orleans has a Week 9 bye. RB Latavius Murray will step in as the lead back on Sunday. It’s not an ideal matchup, but he should be looking at 15-20 total touches, making him a RB2 for the week.

Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bears. That leaves Josh Hill as New Orleans’ lead TE — but he’d be a desperation fantasy play.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (knee, ankle) remained sidelined on Thursday. He could probably play this weekend without practicing, but we won't be surprised if the team opts to hold him out of the game in Chicago. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. It's worth noting that he played a season-low 58% of the offensive snaps last week, so perhaps that ankle was an issue. Fantasy owners hoping to use Cook need to have a backup plan in place. We'll update his status tomorrow.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) didn't practice on Wednesday. He entered last weekend's game with an ankle injury and tweaked his knee during the win over the Jaguars. Kamara probably could play against the Bears on Sunday -- but New Orleans might opt to let him heal up. We'll get another update tomorrow. RB Latavius Murray should be owned in all leagues and would be a RB2 for Week 7 if Kamara doesn't play.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara is dealing with a "high ankle-type issue," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Kamara originally hurt his ankle in practice last Thursday. He played against the Jaguars on Sunday but posted seasons lows in snap rate (59%) and carries (11). Per Pelissero, Kamara will be limited in practice this week but "still thinks he has a shot to play" against the Bears on Sunday. It might make more sense to just take a week off and get that ankle back to 100%. We'll obviously keep a close eye on this throughout the week, but RB Latavius Murray needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice. He's on track to play against the Chiefs on Thursday night after leaving last week's game early. Sanders will be a WR3 with upside in what should be a high-scoring game.


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