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New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense5th185.0 (2nd)249.0 (12th)
Defense1st80.0 (1st)176.0 (4th)
2014 Draft
Rnd#PlayerPos.School
120Brandin CooksWROREGST
258Stanley Jean-BaptisteCBNEB
4126Khairi ForttOLBCAL
5167Vinnie SunseriSSBAMA
5169Ronald PowellOLBFLA
6202Tavon RooksOTKSTATE

Last Game

Thu, August 28
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Baltimore Ravens
at
New Orleans Saints
BAL22Final13NO

Game Leaders

BAL
Passing: K. Wenning (8-13, 117)
Rushing: F. Toussaint (17-103)
Receiving: K. Aiken (4-57)

NO
Passing: R. Griffin (11-21, 126)
Rushing: T. Cadet (7-24)
Receiving: R. Meachem (1-52)

Schedule

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Fri Aug 8
W 26 - 24at STL
Recap
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Fri Aug 15
W 31 - 24TEN
Recap
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Sat Aug 23
W 23 - 17at IND
Recap
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Thu Aug 28
L 22 - 13BAL
Recap
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 7
at ATL
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 14
at CLE
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 21
MIN
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Sep 28
at DAL
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 5
TB
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 19
at DET
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
GB
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Oct 30
at CAR
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 9
SF
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
CIN
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 24
BAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at PIT
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
CAR
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 15
at CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
ATL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
at TB

Standings

NFC
South
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
Atlanta0-0-00-0-0
Carolina0-0-00-0-0
New Orleans0-0-00-0-0
Tampa Bay0-0-00-0-0
Fantasy Analysis | 1409702639
Khiry Robinson looking to solidify role
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Of the Saints' top three running backs, Khiry Robinson's role is the most unclear heading into Week 1 at Atlanta, making him a risky choice in Fantasy despite the favorable matchup.

Mark Ingram is expected to start for the Saints and get the largest percentage of the carries. Pierre Thomas, who led all running backs with 77 receptions last season, still figures to play a big role in the passing game. Robinson, who wasn't nearly as effective as Ingram this preseason, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry, could end up being just a change-of-pace option.

If he gets a decent number of touches, he could surprise against a defense that ranked 31st against the run last season, allowing 135.8 yards per game, but that's too big of a gamble for standard 12-team leagues.

Neither Jamey Eisenberg nor Dave Richard ranks Robinson among his top 48 running backs for this week.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1409702282
Mark Ingram could begin 2014 on right foot
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Coming off an impressive preseason in which he started three of the Saints' four games and ran 22 times for 156 yards (averaging 7.1 yards per carry), running back Mark Ingram has a chance to make an even bigger impression Week 1 at Atlanta.

The Falcons ranked 31st against the run last season, allowing 135.8 yards per game.

Ingram didn't do much in two games against them then, rushing nine times for 11 yards in the first and nine times for 32 yards in the second, but he picked up his pace later in the year, rushing 44 times for 249 yards in his final four games (including two playoff games) for an average of 5.7 yards per carry.

Beginning his fourth NFL season, Ingram is expected to play his biggest role yet for the Saints. He'll still split carries with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson, but with a strong matchup after a favorable preseason, he's not a bad third running back for Week 1. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank him as a top-30 option in non-PPR leagues.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1409701457
Pierre Thomas could make statement
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Carrying the ball just three times in two games this preseason games didn't exactly relieve concerns of Pierre Thomas playing a reduced role in the Saints running game this season -- a possibility he acknowledged earlier this preseason -- but he has the right matchup to make a statement Week 1 at Atlanta.

The Falcons were dreadful against the run last season, allowing 135.8 yards per game, second-most in the league. Thomas himself took advantage in the second of the two games the Saints played against them last year, picking up 73 yards on 10 carries and 57 on five catches Week 12 at Atlanta.

That second number should give Fantasy owners hope for this matchup. With Darren Sproles and Lance Moore out of the picture, Thomas should still play a significant role in the passing game. He led all running backs with 77 catches last year and had four catches for 66 yards in one of his two preseason games.

CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analyst Jamey Eisenberg likes Thomas enough with this matchup to rank him 21st among running backs this week. Dave Richard isn't as optimistic, ranking him 37th.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1409700273
Plenty of question marks for Kenny Stills
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Saints second-year wide receiver Kenny Stills, who suffered a quad injury on his first day of camp and played in just one preseason game (and only briefly) as a result, has a chance to solidify his role in the passing game Week 1 at Atlanta, but only if he's able to take the field.

The Falcons ranked 21st against the pass last season, allowing 243.6 yards per game, and gave up the eighth-most Fantasy points to wide receivers. Stills didn't play a major role in the Saints' two games against them last year but made his presence known in the first, hauling in a 67-yard pass.

With Lance Moore and Darren Sproles out of the picture, Stills figures to get more targets going forward, but if his quad continues to plague him, rookie Brandin Cook could cut into those targets. He's already considered the preferred Fantasy option of the two based on his preseason performance.

With his exact role in question entering the new season, you'll probably want to sit Stills in Fantasy even if he's healthy enough to play.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1409699517
Brandin Cooks has ideal matchup to begin career
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who climbed the Fantasy rankings with a strong preseason performance in which he caught nine passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, couldn't ask for a better matchup to begin his career than a visit to Atlanta in Week 1. The Falcons ranked 21st against the pass last season, allowing 243.6 yards per game.

But that doesn't quite capture the full extent of their struggles. They allowed the second-highest passer rating and the fourth-most passing touchdowns. They also surrendered the eight-most Fantasy points to wide receivers.

Cooks is listed behind both Marques Colston and Kenny Stills on the depth chart, but the Saints have said they'll use him in a variety of roles, looking to capitalize on his big-play potential both underneath (filling the Darren Sproles void) and down the field.

Banking on them doing it right out of the gate is risky, which is why neither Jamey Eisenberg nor Dave Richard ranks Cook among the top 30 wide receivers this week, but if you're in the gambling sort of mood, the matchup favors him.

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