QB Derek Carr and the Saints are working out a contract that could be done as soon as Monday afternoon, according to multiple reports. It's not a surprising turn for Carr, who had "lengthy" visit to New Orleans a month ago. His arrival will be good news for Saints second-year WR Chris Olave, who finished his rookie season 10th in yards per route run among all WRs with 30+ targets. WR Rashid Shaheed was among the nine players ahead of him (on far fewer targets), so that pair presents some big-play upside for Carr's stat line. That said, we can't upgrade the QB for leaving Davante Adams and Darren Waller. So the best hopes for Carr's ADP and fantasy football outlook are: 1) The Saints add more talent on offense; and 2) fantasy drafters don't boost him much from his current QB20 position. We'll see what else a cap-strapped New Orleans roster can add. And we'll see who teams such as the Jets and Panthers turn to at QB (after also courting Carr). WR Michael Thomas remains under contract with New Orleans as well. But he looks like a cut candidate that could help with the cap issues. Don't assume too strongly for now that he opens the year with the Saints.
Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Carr agreed to a four-year, $150 million deal, with $100 million in "total guarantees."
Saints QB Derek Carr (concussion, rib, right shoulder) is active for today’s game vs. the Panthers. He’ll be playing through a non-displaced rib cartilage fracture and an AC joint sprain in his shoulder, making him a shaky fantasy start.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Saints QB Derek Carr will start today's game vs. the Panthers after clearing concussion protocol. But he'll do so with a non-displaced rib cartilage fracture and an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. Carr has already exited three games with injuries this season, and there's at least some chance he's unable to make it through today's contest. We'd try not to use him in Week 14 fantasy lineups.
Per Saints beat reporter Nick Underhill, QB Derek Carr (concussion, rib, right shoulder) has passed NFL concussion protocol and will be the starter in Week 14 vs. the Panthers. Fantasy managers who had planned on using backup QB Jameis Winston in lineups this weekend will need to prepare a pivot move. As for Carr, he's still dealing with a shoulder issue and should be viewed with tempered expectations. The good news is that the Panthers rank 20th in pass-defense DVOA this season and provide a good enough matchup for Carr to net decent QB2 value.
Saints QB Derek Carr (concussion, rib, right shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Panthers. He was a full participant in Friday’s practice, so it looks like there’s a real chance he’s cleared to play on Sunday. We’ll look for further updates on Carr’s status and get New Orleans’ inactives around 11:30 am ET on Sunday. QB Jameis Winston will start if Carr is out.
Saints QB Derek Carr (concussion, rib, right shoulder) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. HC Dennis Allen said that Carr "feels pretty good” in terms of the rib and shoulder injuries and that it's the concussion that could keep him out for this weekend's game vs. the Panthers. We'll see how Carr progresses through the protocol over the next few days, but QB Jameis Winston is still the favorite to start on Sunday.
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