Top Saints News

  • Saints' Erik Swoope: Headed to the Bayou

    The Saints claimed Swoope off waivers Wednesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

    After the Colts dropped him from their roster earlier this week, Swoope will find a home in New Orleans and fortify the team's depth at tight end. Most of Swoope's initial opportunities will likely come on special teams, but at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds with quality athleticism, the 26-year-old could eventually establish himself as a viable red-zone threat for the Saints.

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  • Saints' Tommylee Lewis: Reels in 20-yard pass

    Lewis caught his only target for a 20-yard gain during Sunday's 28-14 win over the Buccaneers.

    The diminutive receiver has been targeted just twice this season, gaining at least 20 yards each time. The Saints have had a revolving door opposite Michael Thomas, but even with his big-play ability, Lewis has been unable to establish himself. We'd be surprised if he catches on now, even in a favorable matchup Sunday against a Carolina pass defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in receiving yards (269 per game).

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  • Saints' Derek Newton: Signs with Saints

    Newton signed a contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

    Newton's spot on the 53-man roster comes following the placement of Michael Ola (ankle) on season-ending injured reserve. The eighth-year journeyman will serve a depth role in New Orleans' offensive line.

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  • Saints' Michael Ola: Lands on IR

    Ola (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

    Ola suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday's 28-14 win over the Buccaneers, and has ultimately been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Derek Newton takes Ola's spot on the 53-man roster, and is expected to serve a depth role going forward.

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  • Saints' Michael Ola: Nursing high ankle sprain

    Ola (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday's 28-14 win over the Buccaneers, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Ola was helped off the field by trainers Sunday, and had to be carted to the locker room. A timetable for the depth tackle's recovery remains undisclosed. If Ola were to remain sidelined for a considerable amount of time, the Saints may look to add offensive line depth to their active roster.

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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Knocks in eight points in win

    Lutz converted each of his two field-goal attempts and two extra-point attempts during Sunday's 28-14 win over the Buccaneers.

    The Saints' high-octane offense has made Lutz a valuable commodity in many leagues. Following Sunday's performance, Lutz extended his streak of regular-season contests with a field goal to 34 games. Factoring in his efficiency and an opportunistic offense, Lutz remains a top option each week.

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  • Saints' Ted Ginn: May be designated to return from IR

    Coach Sean Payton said there's a possibility Ginn (knee) returns from injured reserve this season, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

    Among Saints players on injured reserve, Ginn and Josh LeRibeus (ankle) appear to be the best bets to be designated to return. Both have impressed Payton with their respective rehabs, but because the Saints have already designated one player (Tommylee Lewis) to come back from IR, they can only do so one more time this season. If Ginn ultimately gets the call and is activated to the 53-man roster, he would bring some stability to a receiving corps that has had little consistency behind Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

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  • Saints' Demario Davis: Leads team in tackles

    Davis notched eight tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's win against the Buccaneers.

    Davis again led the Saints in tackles, and with 95 total tackles this season, he remains an excellent option in most IDP leagues.

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  • Saints' Ben Watson: Most yards since Week 9

    Watson caught three passes for 24 yards in Sunday's win against the Buccaneers.

    It has been an extremely quiet second half of the season for Watson, who has just eight total catches over his last seven contests. In fact, Watson's modest 24 receiving yards were his most since Week 9. While potential touchdowns are always on the table in the Saints' typically high-scoring offense, Watson simply has not done enough to warrant every-week consideration in most fantasy leagues, even given the ugly state at tight end.

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  • Saints' Tre'Quan Smith: Disappearing act continues

    Smith failed to bring in his only target in Sunday's win against the Buccaneers.

    Despite playing 41 of the Saints' 64 offensive snaps, Smith was held without a catch for the second consecutive week. Perhaps the toe injury that kept him out of the Saints' Week 12 tilt is still bothering him, but over the last couple weeks, Smith has not looked like the player who exploded for 10 catches and 157 yards in Week 11. He will be a very risky option against the Panthers next week.

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  • Saints' Keith Kirkwood: Held in check in Tampa

    Kirkwood caught two passes for 21 yards in Sunday's win against the Buccaneers.

    The rookie receiver was targeted twice, as Kirkwood played just 22 of the team's 64 offensive snaps -- his fewest since being first activated in Week 10. While Kirkwood has the leg up in the slot-receiver competition, he is still splitting time with Austin Carr (14 snaps) and Tommylee Lewis (13 snaps), limiting his upside. As a result, Kirkwood may be worth a flyer in deeper dynasty leagues, or even daily formats, but he's not a recommended play in most formats.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 125.3
(9th)
271.3
(13th)
389.0
(7th)
Def. 77.6
(1st)
291.8
(29th)
348.8
(13th)

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