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New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense3rd156.5 (5th)278.0 (6th)
Defense30th122.5 (20th)323.5 (31st)

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Sun, September 21, 1:00 PM EDT
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints


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L 37 - 34at ATL
Sun Sep 14
L 26 - 24at CLE
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Sun Sep 21
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Sep 28
at DAL
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Sun Oct 5
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Sun Oct 19
at DET
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Oct 30
at CAR
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Sun Nov 9
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Sun Nov 16
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 24
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at PIT
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Sun Dec 7
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 15
at CHI
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Sun Dec 21
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Fantasy Analysis | 1411068543
Brandin Cooks to shine in Week 3
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Brandin Cooks gets to finally play his first home game in New Orleans and we're expecting a fireworks display from this passing attack after the down game in Cleveland in Week 2. 

Marques Colston and Cooks were held to three catches for 17 yards combined while Cooks added two carries for 31 yards.

Look for New Orleans to come out throwing, so start Colston and Cooks in the majority of leagues. The good news for Cooks is he had 14 targets through two games, along with three carries, so the Saints are trying to get the ball in his hands.

We think a similar game plan will lead to big rewards in this matchup.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.

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Mark Ingram undergoes hand surgery
by Larry Hartstein |

Saints running back Mark Ingram underwent hand surgery and is week to week, coach Sean Payton told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Ingram's hand was fractured and displaced, and he had two screws inserted above his thumb, Payton said.

Ingram won't play Sunday against the Vikings. Reports have indicated he'll be out about a month.

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What happened to Marques Colston?
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Last week was the first time in 87 games that Marques Colston didn't have a catch. It had little to do with Browns cornerback Joe Haden. It had little to do with injury. It had little to do with his quarterback being constantly under pressure.

But it might have had to do with him not getting open, and it might have had to do with him not playing as much as you might expect -- just 41 of 70 snaps. And maybe a teeny-tiny bit of him fumbling the ball the last time he had his hands on it, a fumble in overtime of Week 1 that cost the Saints a chance at winning. 

Maybe there's a smidge of penance that was paid for his Week 1 boo-boo, but the more concerning issue to Fantasy owners was Colston looking slow, which has been the case for a while. That makes him easier to cover and if he's covered, Brees won't throw it to him. To be fair, Brees also has a new toy in the offense (Brandin Cooks) as well as one of the most dominating pass catchers in the league (Jimmy Graham). It goes without saying that they're going to take up a lot of Brees' attention. 

This will be a telling week for Colston as he'll play at home against the Vikings. The Saints should light up the scoreboard and if that's the case then Colston could be in for some nice numbers. If he can't do it this week, be it because of a lack of playing time or because he can't get free, then I might start to get nervous about having him as a part of my Fantasy roster.

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Saints not concerned about Marques Colston's zero catches
by Michael Hurcomb |

Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't seem overly concerned wide receiver Marques Colston had zero catches during a Week 2 loss at Cleveland, according to ESPN. Payton acknowledged that a receiver having a quiet day in the Saints' offense is normal since the team has plenty of options on offense.

"We got a lot of sub-packages, but I thought by and large we threw it pretty well. The targets sometimes are going to be different," Payton said. "Jimmy (Graham) ended up having one of his better games. That happens with our offense. I thought Kenny Stills was able to have an impact coming back. [Robert] Meachem had some big plays for us. I thought as that game went on Drew [Brees] did a good job of finding the matchups that were advantageous to us."

It didn't help Colston that his playing time was cut from 64 snaps in Week 1 to 41 snaps Sunday.

"We felt he played too many the week prior," Payton explained. "Managing the amount of snaps these guys get and trying to keep them from getting north of 50, for instance. We have depth there. Obviously Brandin (Cooks) received more snaps yesterday. That’s something that we will pay attention to each week."

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Saints don't divulge much about Mark Ingram's status
by Michael Hurcomb |

Saints coach Sean Payton acknowledged Monday there is an issue with running back Mark Ingram, but he would not go into details and did not respond to the report Ingram will miss about a month due to a hand injury, according to The Times-Picayune.

"Nothing now," Payton said when asked Ingram's status. "I thought he ran really good yesterday. He played hard. We will evaluate where he is at. Nothing today with specifics to injuries with any of these guys."

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting Ingram has a broken hand, according to a source.

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