Kuhn re-signed to a one-year deal with the Saints on Friday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports. Kuhn, who will turn 35 at the beginning of the upcoming season, is returning to New Orleans for at least one more season. The veteran fullback totaled 37 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries to go along with 16 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown in his first season with the team. He doesn't receive a ton of touches, but has solidified himself as goal line threat and safety blanket for Drew Brees, which does raise his fantasy value for deeper leagues.
Kuhn gained 37 yards on 18 carries and 70 yards on 16 receptions in 16 games in 2016. He also scored five touchdowns. In his first season in New Orleans, Kuhn did what he has done best throughout his NFL career: score touchdowns. Still, the veteran fullback managed only 107 total yards in 16 games, which makes him an unappealing fantasy asset outside of touchdown-only leagues. Kuhn will be 35 years old when the 2017 season kicks off, but as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, his NFL future remains uncertain.
Kuhn (hip) is active for Saturday's Week 16 tilt versus the Bucs. The goal-line specialist suffered a hip injury during Friday's practice, but is healthy enough to suit up on Saturday. Kuhn cedes the majority of carries to the duo of Tim Hightower and Mark Ingram, yet his short-yardage proficiency always gives him at least a fighting chance at a touchdown when the Saints get inside the five-yard line.
Kuhn had a three-yard catch and didn't gain yardage in his lone rush in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. Kuhn snapped a seven-game scoreless streak last week, but returned to the schneid on Sunday. The pass-catching fullback has yet to top 15 total yards in a game thus far this season, so his value is tied heavily to his ability to score. After scoring four times in the first four games of the season, Kuhn has struck just once since the Saints' Week 5 bye.
Kuhn gained four yards on two carries, including a one-yard touchdown, and 11 yards on one reception in Sunday's loss to the Lions. Kuhn scored 23 career touchdowns in eight seasons in Green Bay, and much like Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, Saints coach Sean Payton has also embraced using Kuhn near the goal line. Accordingly, despite logging only 27 touches (15 carries, 12 receptions) this season, the pulverizing fullback has managed to score five touchdowns. Still, because of his infrequent usage, Kuhn can safely be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
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