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Saints WR Rashid Shaheed led the team with 6 catches and 79 yards in Sunday's win over the Eagles. TE Juwan Johnson hauled 5 of 7 targets for 62 yards, and rookie WR Chris Olave returned with 4 receptions on 5 targets for 42 yards after missing Week 16 vs. the Browns. Shaheed's penchant for making big plays paid off once again as he's now logged 70+ receiving yards in 3 of the last 4 games. Fantasy managers playing into Week 18 will see this bunch of pass-catchers take on a Panthers defense that ranks as the 3rd-best matchup in adjusted fantasy points allowed to WRs and just got torched by QB Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Week 17.

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Saints WR Rashid Shaheed returned to individual drills in Thursday's practice, according to insider Nick Underhill. Shaheed had been sidelined since August 5 but is seemingly on track to be available for the season opener. He'll start the year as New Orleans' No. 3 WR behind Chris Olave and Michael Thomas.

Per Saints beat writer Kat Terrell, coaches “plan to expand” the route tree of WR Rashid Shaheed. The second-year undrafted free agent is currently rehabbing a groin injury, but he should be fine for Week 1. “From the time we got him last year and he got healthy enough to go through practice, we started to see some signs, and each day I've seen him continue to get better,” HC Dennis Allen said. “He's always had great speed, and he's always had the ability to transition at the top of the route, but I think you're seeing some technique things here where he's kind of understanding how to run a route and how to get himself open.” Shaheed should at least supply a few spike weeks for best ball drafters.

Saints WRs Rashid Shaheed and Tre'Quan Smith left Saturday's practice early with groin injuries, according to Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.football. We'll see about the severity of each issue, but it seems particularly noteworthy for Shaheed. He's not only expected to run ahead of Smith on the depth chart, but Shaheed also missed June minicamp with what was deemed a minor groin injury. Even if this instance also proves minor, we haven't been excited about Shaheed's 2023 fantasy football outlook. He'll need an injury to Chris Olave or Michael Thomas to pull him up our WR rankings.

Saints WR Rashid Shaheed will miss the team’s minicamp with a groin injury. According to team insider Nick Underhill, the injury is “not a major concern.” He’s expected to be fine for training camp. Shaheed will slot into the No. 3/deep threat role for new QB Derek Carr.

Saints WR Rashid Shaheed said he’s added five pounds this offseason. He now checks in at 6’0, 185 pounds. “It was definitely an emphasis, being a little guy in this league,” he said. “I take a lot of hits. That's why I wanted to add weight.” The 2022 UDFA rehabbed a knee injury over the summer, but he eventually flashed his speed with scores of 44, 53, and 68 yards. “I do think he's a lot more confident in what he's doing,” HC Dennis Allen said. “Obviously, you can see his speed, feel the speed out on the field. We've been able to hit a few explosive plays throughout these last four days. So, I think he's in a good spot right now.” Shaheed is mostly a best ball asset, but that could change if Michael Thomas continues to miss games.

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