|Offense||3rd||103.2 (18th)||320.8 (3rd)|
|Defense||19th||71.4 (1st)||297.6 (30th)|
|72||Armstead, Terron||T||6-5||304||7/23/1991||6||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|24||Bell, Vonn||SS||5-11||205||12/12/1994||3||Ohio State|
|29||Coleman, Kurt||SS||5-11||208||4/1/1988||9||Ohio State|
|92||Davenport, Marcus||DE||6-6||265||9/4/1996||R||Texas-San Antonio|
|56||Davis, Demario||LB||6-2||248||1/11/1989||7||Arkansas State|
|95||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/3/1992||4||Fresno State|
|19||Ginn, Ted||WR||5-11||180||4/12/1985||12||Ohio State|
|48||Gray, J.T.||DB||6-0||202||1/18/1996||R||Mississippi State|
|91||Hendrickson, Trey||DE||6-4||270||12/5/1994||2||Florida Atlantic|
|89||Hill, Josh||TE||6-5||250||5/21/1990||6||Idaho State|
|53||Klein, A.J.||LB||6-1||240||7/30/1991||6||Iowa State|
|23||Lattimore, Marshon||CB||6-0||192||5/20/1996||2||Ohio State|
|3||Lutz, Wil||K||5-11||184||7/7/1994||3||Georgia State|
|81||Meredith, Cameron||WR||6-3||207||9/21/1992||4||Illinois State|
|93||Onyemata, David||DT||6-4||300||11/13/1992||3||Manitoba (Canada)|
|52||Robertson, Craig||LB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||6||North Texas|
|76||Stallworth, Taylor||DT||6-2||305||8/18/1995||R||South Carolina|
|51||Te'o, Manti||LB||6-1||241||1/26/1991||6||Notre Dame|
|13||Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||212||3/3/1993||3||Ohio State|
|63||Tom, Cameron||C||6-4||300||6/21/1995||2||Southern Miss|
|26||Williams, P.J.||CB||6-0||196||6/1/1993||4||Florida State|
|14||Dural, Travin (IR)||WR||6-2||207||11/19/1993||1||LSU|
|84||Hoomanawanui, Michael (IR)||TE||6-4||265||7/4/1988||9||Illinois|
|46||Jefferson, Rickey (IR)||DB||5-11||208||12/28/1994||R||LSU|
|11||Lewis, Tommylee (IR)||WR||5-7||168||10/24/1992||3||Northern Illinois|
|76||McDaniel, Tony (IR)||DT||6-7||305||1/20/1985||12||Tennessee|
|21||Robinson, Patrick (IR)||DB||5-11||191||9/7/1987||9||Florida State|
|35||Vereen, Shane (IR)||RB||5-10||205||3/2/1989||8||California|
|45||Griffin, Garrett||TE||6-4||240||3/4/1994||2||Air Force|
|69||Jenkins, Alex||DE||6-6||270||1/15/1993||1||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|Lammons, Chris||DB||5-10||190||1/31/1996||R||South Carolina|
|Sankey, Darnell||LB||6-0||250||10/11/1994||2||Sacramento State|
|Scott, Boston||RB||5-6||203||4/27/1995||R||Louisiana Tech|
Smith's wide-open, 62-yard touchdown during the second quarter saw quarterback Drew Brees become the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards. To thank Smith for his contribution, Brees found the rookie third-rounder for a 35-yard score on the other side of halftime, making for a career night for Smith, who entered Monday having caught just one of four prior targets for 18 yards through four games.
The second-year linebacker has yet to log a tackle in 2018, as his playing time as been sparse. The Saints have a bye week in Week 6, so Hendrickson should have plenty of time to recover from his sickness. Rookie Marcus Davenport will likely see an increase role Monday night in his absence.
Ramczyk left Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury. While the team was tight-lipped regarding the situation, it now appears the issue was nothing serious. Barring any setbacks, the first-round pick out of Wisconsin is seemingly on track to start the season protecting quarterback Drew Brees' blind side.
Davison has only played in Week 1, when he made four tackles (one solo) during 52 defensive snaps against the Buccaneers. With Davison's absence, Taylor Stallworth and David Onyemata should both see an uptick in snaps for the second straight week.
Armstead played through a torn hip flexor in the 2017 season and has been rehabbing the injury throughout the offseason. He now looks to be back to full strength and will again look to solidify the team's offensive line in 2018.
Davis was a big signing for the Saints this season, joining the team on a three-year deal. The defense struggled against the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Buccaneers offense, but Davis' performance was a rare positive. Davis and the rest of the unit will look to bounce back in Week 2 against the Browns.
In his second season, Crawley solidified himself as the Saints' starting cornerback across from Marshon Lattimore after starting the season as an inactive. The 24-year-old is under contract through next season but then will become a restricted free agent. However, if he continues to grow in Dennis Allen's system throughout the offseason, the Saints may have no choice but to offer the young cornerback a long-term deal.
With Drew Brees torching Washington's corners on the outside, there was little need to look Watson's way over the middle in a blowout victory. Still, the veteran tight end managed a trio of second-half catches to help salvage his night. Despite continuing to split snaps with tight end Josh Hill, who scored on a one-yard touchdown Monday, Watson remains the preferred receiving option. Given the fantasy wasteland at tight end, Watson still probably deserves low-end-starter consideration most weeks, but owners will have to find an alternative in Week 6 with the Saints on bye.
Loewen is healthy and able to run again after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the Saints' Week 2 loss to New England. The converted linebacker who went undrafted out of Arkansas looks to persevere through a plethora of injuries (including a Lisfranc injury in his final collegiate game) which has kept him from making a significant impact on the Saints' defensive line. Loewen failed to record a tackle in two regular season appearances in 2017, although he did record 1.5 sacks during the preseason.
Jordan now has five sacks on the year, the third-highest figure in the NFL. The defensive end won't pile up the tackle totals, but his ability to get to the quarterback makes him a worthy play in IDP formats.
Beigel was promoted to the 53-man roster to provide depth at the linebacker position with Manti Te'o (knee) sidelined. The second-year player out of Wisconsin stands to see limited rotational snaps against the Falcons on Sunday.
Lasco was waived Wednesday after failing his physical earlier in the week. While he's now back with the Saints, the team hasn't provided a timeline for when Lasco will be back in action.
Bell played every defensive snap for New Orleans and led the Saints in tackles for the second consecutive week. With Kenny Vaccaro on injured reserve, the second-year strong safety should continue to be a valuable IDP option as long as the Saints remain in the playoffs. Bell and the Saints will head to Minneapolis for an NFC divisional-round showdown with the Vikings next week.
Hardee started off the week not practicing but progressed to full participation Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 23-year-old should serve in his usual role as a special teams contributor against the Falcons this week.
Entering his second professional season, Arnold has yet to appear in an NFL game after spending the 2017 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. While there's been no indication that the 6-foot-6 Wisconsin-Platteville product is still under any physical limitations, there's also no guarantee that his move to tight end will secure him a roster spot this summer. However, he likely faces better odds at that position than he'd have at wide receiver, where the Saints are loaded.
While Demario Davis played every defensive snap, Klein, Manti Te'o (27 snaps) and Alex Anzalone (34 snaps) each saw a roughly equal amount of playing time in the opener, with only Anzalone -- who had a forced fumble -- doing much of note in an ugly defensive performance. It's only one week so it may be too early to rush to judgment, but if Klein, Te'o and Anzalone continue to split snaps, it may be difficult for IDP owners to trust any Saints linebacker except Davis.
Te'o is set to miss his third consecutive game with a knee injury he suffered in Week 2. The Saints will likely use Alex Anzalone, Vince Biegel and Craig Robertson to fill the void against the Redskins.
Brees' performance saw him become the NFL's career leader in passing yards. In spectacular fashion, Brees broke the record on a 62-yard touchdown to rookie Tre'Quan Smith, who would finish the night with two scores. After not throwing a touchdown Week 4, Brees rebounded in a big way Monday, sending the Saints into their bye week on a high note.
Dural was unable to land a spot on any team's 53-man roster during his rookie season before ultimately signing a reserve/future contract with the Saints. His training camp got off to an unfortunate start Sunday, as the 24-year-old pass catcher suffered a broken humerus in practice. As a result, the team was forced to place him on the IR where he will remain for the rest of the season unless both parties reach an injury settlement.
Griffin is looking good from a physical standpoint after finishing the season on injured reserve with a foot injury. The second-year Air Force product is competing for a depth role at tight end.
New Orleans' addition of Mike Gillislee made Scott an odd man out on the team's depth chart, and after Scott was not picked up by another organization, he'll join the team's practice squad. At 5-foot-6, 203-pounds Scott could conceivably earn a role on special teams in the future, and even contribute as a returner.
Robinson was released by Tampa Bay prior to the beginning of the regular season, and he joins a Saints secondary which lost Patrick Robinson (ankle) to injured reserve. Having served as the Buccaneers' special teams captain during the 2017 season, it's likely that Robinson will see a significant amount of snaps in that capacity in New Orleans, in addition to serving as a depth option in the secondary.
Washington joined the Saints' practice squad after being let go by the Lions at roster cutdowns. The 24-year-old had 110 carries for 309 yards (2.8 average) in two seasons with Detroit. Alvin Kamara has been the heavy workhorse with Mark Ingram suspended through Sunday's game against the Giants, and Washington's addition is unlikely to alter that significantly.
Hill (38 snaps) and Ben Watson (36 snaps) continue to see approximately equal playing time, though Watson has outgained Hill in all but one of the team's first five contests. The touchdown was nice for those who rolled the dice on the former Idaho State Bengal, but Hill remains largely an afterthought in the Saints' passing game. With New Orleans on bye in Week 6, most fantasy owners should be seeking out other options.
Thomas continues to haul in basically everything thrown his way, even though his totals over the past couple weeks have been less stellar than his three-week start. Still, on the back of Monday's outing, he's topped 70 yards in all but one game thus far, making him as consistent as they come at the wideout position. Now entering New Orleans' bye week, Thomas' next action will come Week 7 versus Baltimore.
Robertson played 66 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps against Carolina, and he added 12 more on special teams. However, despite the heavy playing time, he was quiet most of the afternoon. After logging a career-best 115 total tackles last year, Robertson has been much less productive in his second season in New Orleans, posting a mere 80 total tackles this year. Still, Robertson remains one of the Saints' starting linebackers and should be at least a decent IDP option in playoff fantasy leagues for next week's divisional-round matchup.
Williams suffered a rib injury during the Saints' first preseason game against the Jaguars, but appears to have fully recovered. The 2015 third-rounder projects to enter the 2018 season as a depth cornerback option.
Ginn has been nursing a knee issue since week 1, but has toughed through it up until now. The Saints have a bye week following this Monday's game, so it looks like he will have extended time to rest and allow the injury to heal. His absence means the Saints could rely even more on Michael Thomas in the passing game, while Cameron Meredith and Tre'Quan Smith should see their workload increase as well.
Wood signed a one-year deal with the Saints last season after spending time with the Cowboys previously. He played in all 16 games and logged 151 snaps on special teams as the Saints produced one of the top kicking units in 2017.
Hoomanawanui has been dealing with his neck injury since early August. The specifics of the injury remain unclear. He's not a candidate to be designated for return from IR and will miss out on the entire 2018 campaign.
Even with Ted Ginn sidelined with a knee injury, Meredith saw just 30 of the Saints' 66 snaps as New Orleans continues to ease him into action as he recovers from last year's season-ending ACL injury. Still, the former Bear has emerged as the team's primary slot receiver, and his catches, yards and snap count Monday night were all season highs. The Saints are on bye in Week 6, but if Meredith continues to see his playing time increase, he could emerge as a viable option in many leagues due to the Saints' generous offense.
Ingram marked his return from suspension by scoring a two-yard touchdown on his first drive back. He later doubled his touchdown tally by plunging in from the one-yard line during the second quarter, showing power around the goal line. On the night, his 18 touches comfortably surpassed Alvin Kamara's nine, but considering New Orleans led comfortably for the better part of the contest, it's of no surprise the team leaned on the more fresh Ingram to grind out the clock.
While Demario Davis played every defensive snap, Anzalone, A.J. Klein (25 snaps) and Manti Te'o (27 snaps) each saw a roughly equal amount of playing time in the opener, with only Anzalone -- who at least forced a turnover -- doing much of note in an ugly defensive performance. It's only one week so it may be too early to rush to judgment, but if Klein, Te'o and Anzalone continue to split snaps, it may be difficult for IDP owners to trust any Saints linebacker except Davis.
The reason for Vereen's placement on IR on Aug. 31 was never revealed, but the running back will recover away from the team for an unknown amount of time. Once the terms of the settlement are up, he'll be eligible to re-sign with the Saints. Before then, though, he can join another organization.
Warford sustained the concussion while making a tackle in Sunday's game against the Jets, but he was able to progress through the concussion protocol this week and is expected to play Week 16.
The reason for Lewis' placement on injured reserve remains undisclosed, as does the exact nature of his injury. It was initially reported that the 25-year-old suffered a knee injury in Week 2's tilt against the Browns, but Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports that Lewis also sustained a neck injury while attempting to return a punt. Ted Ginn should serve as New Orleans' primary punt returner going forward, unless the team elects to dedicate a depth player to the role.
The Saints' third-string "quarterback" was up to his old tricks again, lining up at quarterback, running back, wideout and returner in the primetime affair. Hill's third-quarter touchdown -- the first of his NFL career -- put the exclamation point on the blowout victory. At this point, Hill's presence on the field is less of a gimmick and more of an expected personnel package, particularly in the red zone. Hill may end up swiping a few more scores from the likes of Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara and even Drew Brees, but there should continue to be plenty of points and touches to go around in the Saints' generous offense. Hill played just 14 offensive snaps Monday, so he probably does not need to be owned in most standard leagues, especially with the Saints on bye in Week 6, but he remains an option for needy fantasy owners in two-quarterback leagues.
Goodson's year-long rehab from last November's nasty knee injury ended in disappointment, as he never saw the field in 2017. The 28-year-old came off the Physically Unable to Perform list late last month, only to injure his hamstring shortly thereafter.
It was only the second season that Onyemata played American, 11-man football, as the 25-year-old was drafted out of the University of Manitoba and didn't start playing organized football until 2011. That being said, Onyemata made major strides in 2017, recording career-highs across the board, including his first career sack in Week 4. Look for the defensive tackle to continue to make strides in year three.
Rankins played in 81 percent of the Saints defensive snaps, good for second-highest on the defensive line behind only Cameron Jordan. A run-stuffer, Rankins does not reach the quarterback often, as he recorded a season-total of two sacks last season.
Given that second-year signal-caller Taysom Hill is unproven at the NFL level outside of preseason action, there was never much doubt that Bridgewater would capture the top backup role after the Saints acquired him from the Jets on Aug. 29. It's more noteworthy, however, that Payton indicated Bridgewater entered Week 1 as the team's top backup, with the coach praising the 25-year-old for how quickly he picked up the playbook. Though Bridgewater has apparently impressed the Saints' staff in practices and in the film room, it's difficult to envision him logging meaningful snaps this season with Brees being one of the NFL's more durable starters over the last several years.
It's unclear exactly what is bothering Davenport, but he was at least able to do some individual work on the side Thursday. The rookie defensive end has reportedly been going through some growing pains in his first training camp, and Davenport will need to get healthy and back on the field as soon as possible in order to prove his worth as the 14th overall pick.
The veteran cornerback will be placed on injured reserve this week, bringing his season to a crashing halt. Robinson registered six tackles on the season, playing a rotational role in the Saints' secondary. He signed a four-year contract with the Saints this offseason, so as long as he can return to full strength, expect him to maintain a spot on defense next season.
Coleman missed four games due to knee and ankle ailments, contributing toward a slight decline in overall production. Still, Coleman has enjoyed a resurgence in Carolina, as he's registered at least 75 tackles in all three seasons as a Panther. While he'll be disappointed by not intercepting a pass this year, especially after 11 over the previous two campaigns, the 29-year-old remains a valuable member of the team's defense.
McDaniel was set to become an unrestricted free agent in March anyway, so it seems that New Orleans has simply given him assurance that the team doesn't plan on bringing him back for another season. The 33-year-old will thus get a head start in finding a new home for the 2018 campaign, assuming he wants to continue playing.
Tom continues to nurse a knee injury, leaving the Saints' depth at center a little thin behind Max Unger.
Lutz has now missed one extra point and one field goal so far this season. Thanks to his 26 total makes, however, he's still racked up 48 points over five games.
It was an ugly performance by the New Orleans defense, but Williams, the Saints' starting free safety, played every snap in the opener against the Bucs. After an excellent rookie campaign in 2017, Williams should again be a solid contributor in many IDP leagues.
Kamara averaged over 18 touches per game entering Monday's contest, but the lopsided scoreline coupled with the return of backfield mate Mark Ingram resulted in him seeing just half of that mark. Additionally, it was Ingram who scored twice from inside the two-yard line, with Taysom Hill scoring from the one to boot. While it may have been a disappointing output for Kamara heading into the Saints' bye week, he and Ingram showed last year they could both be wildly productive working in tandem, and Kamara will surely be needed more than he was Monday in the vast majority of games.
Peat sat out last Sunday's win over the Falcons due to a nagging ankle issue, but now appears unhindered by the injury. All signs point towards the starting left guard suiting up in Week 4.
Morstead was on his game Friday and already looks to be in midseason form. The highlight of his night was a booming 54-yard punt that particularly suggested Morstead is fully recovered from the fractured ribs he sustained in the Saints' divisional-round loss to the Vikings this past January.
Hillary was likely on the outside looking in regarding a roster spot for the Bengals, but he can now be removed from the equation in Cincinnati as roster cuts draw closer.
The details on Line's deal with New Orleans are unclear, but he'll presumably be brought back on a one-year pact after appearing in 12 games in 2018. As the only fullback on the roster, Line doesn't face any current competition, but he's far from a lock to stick with the team by the time Week 1 arrives since the Saints could always turn to a backup tight end for lead-blocking duties if they want to prioritize strengthening depth at another position. Even if Line breaks camp with the team, he's unlikely to earn more than one or two touches per game in a backfield spearheaded by Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
Even on a night when Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) did not suit up, Carr played just 14 of the Saints' 66 offensive snaps. Clearly surpassed by Cameron Meredith as the team's preferred slot receiver, Carr probably does not need to be owned in most leagues, particularly with the Saints on bye in Week 6.
Banjo opened the 2016 season with the Packers. However, he was eventually released by the team with an injury settlement and ended up signing with the Saints in November once he was back to full strength. He went on to play in seven games for the Saints, logging five total tackles. Banjo does most of his work on special teams, however, which likely will keep his fantasy outlook low heading into the 2017 campaign.
Unger has been recovering from a Lisfranc injury he suffered from in Week 13 of last season, but with the passing of his physical, it looks as though the lineman will meet his goal of returning for the Saints' third preseason game.
Okafor's appearance in pads hints that he'll be ready for the season opener. Okafor figures to split time with rookie Marcus Davenport at the right defensive end spot.
We'll have to wait for this week's practice report to decipher the severity of the head injury. For the time being, Justin Hardee has already stepped in and tallied an interception during Lattimore's absence. Hardee and P.J. Williams seems to be the likely candidates to fill the void during Lattimore's rehab process.