The Saints this week placed DT Nick Fairley on the non-football injury/illness list. That deactivates him for the 2017 season, and he's likely done for good, according to the Times-Picayune. Doctors diagnosed Fairly with a heart condition this offseason, and the team reportedly sought out multiple opinions before making the move. It's a particularly unfortunate scenario considering that Fairley had just earned a big new contract after a bounce-back 2016. For fantasy purposes, it at least becomes easier to envision a worthwhile role for 2nd-year DT Sheldon Rankins.

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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 starting CBs Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and Ken Crawley (abdomen) have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams. That leaves reserve corners stepping into a lineup that Washington QB Kirk Cousins carved up a week ago. The matchup favors the Rams' run game, but there's plenty of upside for Jared Goff and the receivers. WR Sammy Watkins, in particular, carries much more upside than usual with Robert Woods out.

Saints S Kenny Vaccaro (groin) and LB A.J. Klein (ankle) are inactive for today's game against Washington. It's the 2nd straight missed game for Vaccaro, which will put CB P.J. Williams in primary coverage on Washington slot WR Jamison Crowder. Manti Te'o should start in Klein's place but is only a marginal IDP option.

Saints LBs Craig Robertson (shoulder) and Dannell Ellerbe (foot) are active for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Both have played through "questionable" tags in multiple weeks and are OK for normal use but low-floor IDP options.

Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe (foot) and LB Craig Robertson (shoulder) are active for today's game against the Buccaneers. Both entered the weekend questionable but should be fine to use if you had planned to do so.

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