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New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd124.8 (8th)308.8 (3rd)
Defense27th123.8 (22nd)253.3 (23rd)

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Sun, November 30, 1:00 PM EST
Heinz Field
New Orleans Saints
Pittsburgh Steelers


Sun Sep 7
L 37 - 34at ATL
Sun Sep 14
L 26 - 24at CLE
Sun Sep 21
W 20 - 9MIN
Sun Sep 28
L 38 - 17at DAL
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W 37 - 31TB
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L 24 - 23at DET
Sun Oct 26
W 44 - 23GB
Thu Oct 30
W 28 - 10at CAR
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L 27 - 24SF
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8:30 pm EST
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at CHI
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Tampa Bay2-9-00-4-0
Saints WR Nick Toon looking to build off best game
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Saints third-year wideout Nick Toon set career highs Monday night with three catches for 42 yards in the loss to the Ravens. The five targets he received also were a career best.

Toon is seeing increased snaps due to injuries to Brandin Cooks and Robert Meachem.

"Obviously, I prepare every week like I'm playing," he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I got an opportunity to go out there and get some good work in. Hopefully, I can continue to be out there contributing and I just have to build off of what we did last night."

New Orleans visits the Steelers on Sunday.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1416938794
Saints DST continues to struggle
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Saints DST unit's struggles continued in Week 12, as they fell to the Ravens, 34-27.

The Saints allowed the Ravens to rack up 449 yards of total offense, and could have been in for an even worse night, if the Ravens hadn't failed to score on two of their four trips to the red zone. The Ravens still managed to drop 34 points on them, though one score came on an interception return by the Ravens defense.

The Saints forced one turnover in the game, and ended up with just 3 Fantasy points, their second game in a row with that total. The Saints have failed to reach double figures in each of their last three games, a streak that could continue in Week 13 against the Steelers. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1416937580
Saints backfield split raises some concerns
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Saints weren't able to rely on the rushing game as much as they might have preferred in Week 12, as their running backs combined for just 16 carries in a Monday night loss to the Ravens.

Mark Ingram, who had averaged 26 carries in the team's previous four games, had just 11 Monday, en route to a disappointing 27-yard showing. More alarmingly, Ingram played just 34 percent of the team's snaps in the loss, as Pierre Thomas' return cut into his playing time drastically. Thomas had just five carries, but hauled in six passes while playing 53 percent of the team's offensive snaps, as they fought their way back from a late deficit.

The Saints were within 10 points of the Ravens for much of the game, until a late touchdown put the Ravens up 14 with three minutes left. However, the Saints were clearly focused on throwing the ball for much of the game, which meant Thomas was the more useful option. That has to be concerning for Ingram's owners, who have gotten used to a healthy dose of carries.

If the Saints are up, they will likely use Ingram plenty, as he is clearly the best pure runner on the team. However, Thomas is going to get work when they want to put the ball in the air, and that might happen often on a team that ranks 25th in scoring defense. Both Thomas and Ingram will have their uses down the stretch, however, and could be low-end starting Fantasy options.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1416934165
Marques Colston's improvement not necessarily a sign
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Saints wide receiver Marques Colston broke out of a slump in Week 12 against the Ravens, as he scored his first touchdown since Week 3.

Colston put together his best performance since mid-October in Monday's game, as he hauled in four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. It was just his second game all season with double digit Fantasy points as well.

Colston has been disappointing yet again this season, and Monday's performance wasn't necessarily a sign of good things to come. It was nice to see him show signs of life, but Colston was also targeted just four times in the game, despite Drew Brees throwing the ball 45 times. Colston can still put up good numbers occasionally, as he showed Monday, but he remains too inconsistent on a game-by-game basis to be relied on. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1416934145
Kenny Stills thrives in expanded role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills saw his role grow in Week 12 against the Ravens, as he established a career-high in catches in a 34-27 loss.

Stills was second among the team's wide receivers as he logged 51 snaps Monday, and was second on the team overall in targets with nine. He and quarterback Drew Brees hooked up on nine of those passes for a team-high 98 yards in the loss.

Stills' playing time increased from 56 percent of the team's snaps last week to 70 percent Monday, as he mostly stepped right into Brandin Cooks' role. With Cooks out for the season with a thumb injury, Stills could continue to see a healthy amount of playing time, but he is probably going to be third on the team's passing hierarchy most weeks, so don't expect this kind of production ever week.

Still, he has 9 Fantasy points in consecutive games, and certainly could be worth a flier on waivers this week, in the event he breaks out down the stretch.

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