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Saints | Big step coming for Willie Snead?

Mon, 30 May 2016 13:22:30 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead could take a big step forward this season with his experience and comfort level in the offense, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said Snead has great attention to detail, he trains well, he's smart and he has a good knack for finding holes in zone coverage.

Fantasy Tip: Snead really stepped up last year and barely missed 1,000 yards. If he can maintain his status as the Saints' No. 2 wide receiver and improve on last year's numbers, then he can achieve WR3 status in 2016.

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Saints | Michael Thomas impressing

Mon, 30 May 2016 13:10:52 -0700

New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas has impressed head coach Sean Payton with his hands so far this offseason.

Fantasy Tip: If Thomas can consistently catch the ball then he could be a bigger factor than people realize, especially with his size. He probably won't be thrown to as much as Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Coby Fleener, but he could take away some big plays and red-zone targets from Brandon Coleman. View Thomas as a WR5 with a WR4 ceiling.

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Saints | Coby Fleener could help in red zone

Mon, 30 May 2016 12:58:57 -0700

New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener will be used as a receiver first and will hopefully help in third-down and red-zone situations, according to head coach Sean Payton, much like the way Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham was used when he played for the Saints.

Fantasy Tip: The price may be high for Fleener this offseason as the excitement builds with him in one of the most pass-happy offenses in the NFL. Fleener is definitely in the TE1 conversation heading into next season, but don't draft him too early.

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Saints | James Laurinaitis already knows defense

Mon, 30 May 2016 12:46:20 -0700

New Orleans Saints LB James Laurinaitis is already at the point where he can help other players with alignment. He picks things up extremely well, is a quick learner, has great confidence and has good instincts, according to head coach Sean Payton. Laurinaitis is expected to start at middle linebacker for the Saints in his first season in New Orleans.

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Saints | Michael Thomas practices with first team

Thu, 26 May 2016 17:00:18 -0700

New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas practiced with the first-team offense during organized team activities Thursday, May 26, with WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) missing practice.

Fantasy Tip: Thomas will still play behind Cooks, Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman for now, although he eventually could compete with Coleman for the No. 3 wide receiver spot. As it stands, Thomas is a WR4 consideration.

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Saints | Kaleb Eulls moved to offensive guard

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:56:26 -0700

New Orleans Saints DL Kaleb Eulls is making the transition from defensive tackle to offensive guard this offseason.

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Saints | Hau'oli Kikaha moving to end from linebacker

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:54:03 -0700

New Orleans Saints LB Hau'oli Kikaha played all of his snaps as a defensive end for organized team activities Thursday, May 26.

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Saints | Linebackers seem set

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:52:42 -0700

New Orleans Saints LBs James Laurinaitis and Stephone Anthony both played the middle position for organized team activities Thursday, May 26. Still, Laurinaitis is expected to start at middle linebacker, while LB Stephone Anthony will likely start at strongside linebacker. LB Dannell Ellerbe will likely start as the weakside linebacker.

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Saints | Competition at right guard

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:49:00 -0700

New Orleans Saints OT Senio Kelemete, OT Andrus Peat, OG Tim Lelito and possibly OT Zach Strief are expected to be the primary competitors for the starting right guard position this offseason, although Peat could also start at right tackle, as stated earlier. Kelemete played right guard with the first-team offense at organized team activities Thursday, May 26, but others contenders are expected to be mixed in with the first team throughout the offseason.

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Saints | Andrus Peat will start

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:44:35 -0700

New Orleans Saints OT Andrus Peat will start in 2016, according to head coach Sean Payton, although it's not clear at this point if he'll start at tackle or guard. Peat practiced for all of the first-team repetitions at right guard during organized team activities Thursday, May 26. He then moved to right tackle when the second-team offense practiced. He started at both right guard and right tackle last season, but he was not a regular starter like he is expected to be this season.

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Saints | C.J. Spiller looks better

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:38:09 -0700

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller's (knee) health and movement skills are noticeably different so far this offseason, according to head coach Sean Payton. "He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that leg he [injured]," Payton said. "That's been real encouraging."

Fantasy Tip: Poor health nagged Spiller all of last season, resulting in a disappointing inaugural campaign with the Saints. Looking better is encouraging, but he still has some proving and rebounding to do. Draft him as no more than a low-end RB4 in PPR leagues.

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Saints | Jairus Byrd on the sidelines

Thu, 26 May 2016 10:46:59 -0700

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) was out of practice Thursday, May 26, and working on the side with trainers. He is rehabbing the same knee that has bothered him the last two years and should be ready for training camp.

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Saints | Brandin Cooks out of practice

Thu, 26 May 2016 10:46:30 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) is out of practice Thursday, May 26, and working on the side with trainers.

Fantasy Tip: The odds are it's a minor ailment that shouldn't affect his draft stock. He had a decent 84-1,138-9 season last year. He's a solid WR2, and entering that pivotal third year, he has upside.

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Saints | Drew Brees won't negotiate in season

Thu, 26 May 2016 09:28:46 -0700

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who said he hasn't had contract extension talks in two months, will not negotiate a new contract during the 2016 season. He doesn't plan to miss any offseason activities, whether a deal gets done or not.

Fantasy Tip: Brees' numbers have declined since his ridiculous 2011 season when he threw for 5,476 yards and 46 touchdowns. He hasn't exactly fallen off a cliff, either, despite his roster becoming somewhat questionable the last couple of years. Brees is 37, but he's still one of the first signal callers you're going to target after the first three studs are gone. That will be even more evident if Tom Brady's suspension holds.

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Saints | Drew Brees will report for workouts

Mon, 23 May 2016 17:07:43 -0700

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he will be on the field for organized team activities Tuesday, May 24, even though the two sides have not be able to reach an agreement on a contract extension.

Fantasy Tip: Brees has thrown at least 30 touchdowns in each of his last eight seasons and at least 4,000 yards in each of his last 10 seasons. He should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues even though he is 37 years old.

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