Line did not touch the ball in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings.
Line had scored in consecutive weeks leading up to Sunday's playoff tilt but he was held out of the box score in Minnesota. The Saints' starting fullback was a valuable blocker who helped the team average nearly 130 rushing yards per game, but Line saw just nine offensive touches (seven carries; two receptions) go for 36 total yards in 12 regular-season games. Line will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason but regardless of where he ends up playing in 2018, he will be off the fantasy radar.
Line had one catch for seven yards and one carry for a one-yard touchdown in Sunday's 31-26 playoff win over the Panthers.
Line has now scored in consecutive weeks, despite touching the ball only three times during that span. The Saints don't often use their fullback -- Line averages only 14 snaps per game -- but lately head coach Sean Payton has not hesitated to get the ball in the hands of his versatile fullback near the goal line. Still, Line can likely be ignored in the majority of fantasy leagues, as he simply does not see enough touches to make him anything more than a touchdown-or-bust option. The Saints will face a tough Vikings defense in next week's Divisional Round.
Line gained eight yards on two carries and caught one pass on two targets for five yards in Sunday's 31-19 win against the Jets.
The reception was Line's first of the season but he has touched the ball just seven times all year (six carries). The Saints' starting fullback has done a great job clearing the path for running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, but Line can likely continue to be ignored in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Line agreed to a contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.
Line spent time with the Saints in training camp before ultimatley failing to make the final roster. However, with veteran full back John Kuhn landing on injured reserve last week, the Saints have opted to go with Line as a replacement. He does not figure to provide any fantasy value.
Line was released by the Saints on Saturday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Line was always a long shot to stick around, and his departure means that the Saints have no real concerns with John Kuhn's current calf injury. The 27-year-old signed with New Orleans in late August, and will likely have limited options elsewhere with many teams phasing out the fullback position.
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