|Offense||3rd||129.4 (6th)||261.8 (5th)|
|Defense||17th||111.7 (15th)||224.8 (15th)|
|66||Allen, Jack||C||6-2||296||9/24/1992||2||Michigan State|
|72||Armstead, Terron||T||6-5||304||7/23/1991||6||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|31||Banjo, Chris||DB||5-10||207||2/26/1990||5||Southern Methodist|
|48||Bell, Vonn||SAF||5-11||205||12/12/1994||3||Ohio State|
|Bighill, Adam||LB||5-10||230||10/16/1988||1||Central Washington|
|25||Bush, Rafael||DB||5-11||203||5/12/1987||8||South Carolina State|
|95||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/3/1992||4||Fresno State|
|58||Edebali, Kasim||LB||6-2||253||8/17/1989||5||Boston College|
|77||Fullington, John||G||6-5||300||5/30/1991||2||Washington State|
|19||Ginn, Ted||WR||5-11||180||4/12/1985||12||Ohio State|
|45||Griffin, Garrett||TE||6-4||240||3/4/1994||1||Air Force|
|74||Hamilton, Woodrow||DT||6-3||315||12/20/1992||2||Ole Miss|
|80||Harbor, Clay||TE||6-3||240||7/2/1987||9||Missouri State|
|Harris, De'Vante||CB||5-11||190||6/30/1993||3||Texas A&M|
|79||Harris, Bryce||T||6-6||300||1/16/1989||7||Fresno 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|
|7||Hill, Taysom||QB||6-2||221||8/23/1990||2||Brigham Young|
|50||Hodges, Gerald||LB||6-2||236||1/17/1991||6||Penn State|
|74||Jenkins, Alex||DE||6-6||270||1/15/1993||1||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|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|
|61||LeRibeus, Josh||G||6-2||315||7/2/1989||6||Southern Methodist|
|11||Lewis, Tommylee||WR||5-7||168||10/24/1992||3||Northern Illinois|
|42||Line, Zach||RB||6-1||233||4/26/1990||6||Southern Methodist|
|3||Lutz, Wil||K||5-11||184||7/7/1994||3||Georgia State|
|56||Mauti, Michael||LB||6-2||243||1/19/1990||6||Penn State|
|24||Moore, Sterling||DB||5-10||202||2/3/1990||8||Southern Methodist|
|6||Morstead, Thomas||P||6-4||235||3/8/1986||10||Southern Methodist|
|97||Muhammad, Al-Quadin||DE||6-3||250||3/28/1995||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|93||Onyemata, David||DT||6-4||300||11/13/1992||3||Manitoba (Canada)|
|52||Robertson, Craig||LB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||7||North Texas|
|83||Snead, Willie||WR||5-11||195||10/17/1992||4||Ball State|
|54||Stupar, Nate||LB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||6||Penn State|
|Tautu, Sae||LB||6-3||245||6/30/1992||R||Brigham Young|
|51||Te'o, Manti||LB||6-1||241||1/26/1991||6||Notre Dame|
|Theaker, Nate||G||6-5||315||10/6/1993||1||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|13||Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||212||3/3/1993||3||Ohio State|
|Tom, Cameron||OL||6-4||287||6/21/1995||2||Southern Mississippi|
|78||Turner, Landon||G||6-4||325||5/15/1993||2||North Carolina|
|Turner, Paul||WR||5-10||193||5/10/1993||2||Louisiana Tech|
|26||Williams, P.J.||CB||6-0||196||6/1/1993||4||Florida State|
|49||Wood, Zach||LS||6-3||255||1/10/1993||2||Southern Methodist|
|76||McDaniel, Tony (IR)||DT||6-7||305||1/20/1985||12||Tennessee|
Hendrickson, who hasn't played since Week 14 due to an ankle injury, logged a limited practice Friday and will be available for Sunday's contest. He's expected to provide depth at defensive end behind Cameron Jordan and David Onyemata.
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.
Kelemete was forced to sit out the Week 14 loss to the Falcons with the head injury, but seems to be making positive progress through the NFL's concussion protocol. If he hasn't already been cleared from the protocol, it seems quite likely he'll be ready to go by the time Sunday's game against the Jets arrives.
Ellis didn't log any NFL action during the past season, but made six appearances for the Jaguars during his rookie campaign in 2016, hauling in three of four targets for 11 yards. He'll join the Saints for their offseason program and could vie for a roster spot at tight end during training camp.
Davison averaged just under 37 defensive reps in 2017, as the 25-year-old became an integral member of the Saints young pass-rush unit. Davison is under contract for one more season with the Saints before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. There's a chance he sees an expanded role in 2018 with John Hughes and Alex Okafor slated to become free agents this offseason.
The left tackle was a mainstay on the Saints' injury reports throughout the 2017 campaign, missing six games while battling shoulder, chest and thigh issues. It would seem the hip flexor Armstead alluded to is related to the thigh injury, but according to Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the 26-year-old declined to elaborate further about his health when asked Tuesday. He did acknowledge that he doesn't believe surgery will be necessary during the offseason, however, so Armstead doesn't appear in much danger of missing the start of training camp in the summer.
Maulet was waived by the Saints in late September and has resided on the team's practice squad. The 22-year-old should serve as a depth option in the secondary with safety Marcus Williams (groin) ruled out for Sunday's game, and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and P.J. Williams (shoulder) listed as questionable.
Harbor and the Saints agreed to a contract during the offseason. The veteran was competing for a spot on the final roster. The specifics of his injury are unclear, but he now will spend the entire 2017 season on IR.
Allen was waived Wednesday and will now spend the remainder of the season on the Saints' IR, barring he reaches an injury settlement with the club and is subsequently released.
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.
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, who currently requires a protective boot and scooter to move around, reportedly underwent a voluntary procedure that had more to do with "pain tolerance" than anything else. The fact that he played in the Pro Bowl prior to undergoing surgery suggests the situation truly is minor in nature. The 2017 All-Pro defensive end is expected to be recovered within four-to-six weeks and should be healthy in time for the Saints' offseason program this spring.
Stupar tore his ACL in Sunday's win over the Lions and his season officially is over. The linebacker played exclusively on special teams in his four games with the Saints, recording one tackle in four games.
Mauti was forced to miss Friday's practice due to an undisclosed illness, but the starting outside linebacker will be ready for Sunday's playoff tilt.
Lasco suffered a bulging disc in Sunday's victory over the Bills, which will require him to miss the remainder of the season. There is no report on how long his recovery is expected to take, but the running back will have to put his sights on a 2018 return.
Despite not starting most of the year, Bell saw plenty of playing time this season in the Saints' frequent, three-safety lineups. In fact, the second-year safety's 83 total tackles in the regular season actually led the Saints. Bell nevertheless saw his production surge after starting strong safety Kenny Vaccaro was placed on injured reserve in December, notching 27 total tackles in the Saints' last three games (including the postseason). Vaccaro is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and could draw big interest on the open market. If he departs, Bell would slot in as the Saints starting strong safety, which could make him a coveted target in IDP drafts next season. Yet, even if Vaccaro returns, Bell should still be worthy of IDP consideration given his strong play over the course of the year.
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.
The Stanford product was placed on injured reserve in November due to a knee injury. He registered 10 tackles on the year playing a primarily special teams role. His release was the result of a failed physical, so his knee presumably has yet to fully recover.
In his first season in New Orleans, Klein appeared in 12 games -- all starts -- before suffering a season-ending groin injury in Week 14. The Saints placed Klein on injured reserve in Week 16 and he finished the season with 54 tackles (37 solo), two sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble. While Manti Te'o filled in admirably in his absence, Klein is expected to return as a full-time starter next season and should be a useful fantasy option in IDP leagues.
Te'o played 57 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps (77 percent), in addition to seven special-teams snaps. Te'o has notched 36 total tackles in the five games since starting at middle linebacker after AJ Klein (groin) was lost of the season. While not a flashy performer, Te'o should continue to be a quality IDP option in playoff fantasy leagues. The Saints will travel to Minnesota for next week's divisional-round contest against the Vikings.
Brees, who turned 39 on Monday, continues to play at a very high level, having passed for 4,334 yards this past season, while logging a 23:8 TD:INT ratio. Meanwhile, top backup Chase Daniel is also slated to become a free agent this offseason and No. 3 signal-caller Taysom Hill is signed through 2019. Expect the Saints to make re-signing Brees -- who has excelled as the team's franchise QB since 2006 -- an offseason priority, and given his desire to remain with the team, we'd be surprised if the two sides aren't able to strike a deal down the road.
Griffin has been battling the foot injury since mid-December but was clear of an injury designation for Week 17. The 23-year-old joined the Saints prior to Week 13, and totaled one reception for four yards in three games with the team.
Coleman appeared in all 16 games for New Orleans and the three touchdowns tied a career high. An excellent run blocker, Coleman saw substantial playing time as the Saints' No. 3 receiver but the former Rutgers product was generally an afterthought in the passing game. Coleman is only 24 years old and will be an restricted free agent this offseason. At 6-foot-6, another team could sign him with in hopes of turning him into a dangerous red-zone target. However, if Coleman returns to New Orleans next season he will probably need an injury to one of the receivers ahead of him on the depth chart (Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn) in order to make a significant fantasy impact.
Hill's finger was locked at a 90-degree angle, but there doesn't appear to be much concern about his recovery timetable given that the tight end was able to play through it this season. Expect Hill to be on the field once offseason workouts begin.
Moore is back in the Bayou after being released by the Saints last week. Starting safety Kenny Vaccaro was placed on injured reserve Thursday, leaving a spot open for Moore on the active roster. Moore played rotationally on defense for the Saints in his five games with the team and can be expected to fill a similar role as the team heads into the postseason.
Although his team wasn't able to pull out the victory, Thomas put together a very impressive performance against a secondary that allowed a league-low 6.0 yards per pass attempt during the regular season. In fact, Thomas was giving Vikings' first-team All-Pro corner Xavier Rhodes fits throughout most of the game, causing Rhodes to get visibly upset on multiple occasions. It's clear the second-year receiver has already established himself as an upper-echelon NFL wideout after backing up his prolific rookie season with a 100-catch, 1,000-yard season during the 2017 campaign. With the Saints set to bring back practically all of its key offensive cogs next season, there's nothing to suggest Thomas can't continue to produce at this rate.
The Saints have yet to announce a corresponding move to open up a roster spot for Phillips, but his addition could speak to some concern the team might have about the health of fellow tight ends Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) and Garrett Griffin (undisclosed). Per Teope, Griffin was absent from the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice. Phillips previously appeared with one game for the Saints in Week 16 against the Falcons, logging only eight offensive snaps.
The Saints intended to sign Huff to a reserve/future contract last week but the contract was disapproved by the league due to a lack of spots on the rosters. The return specialist will now get an opportunity to make the Saints' 53-man roster behind the likes of Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn.
Coming off one of his best seasons in 2016, Strief was limited to just two appearances during the past season before landing on injured reserve. The 34-year-old right tackle, who has spent his entire 12-year career in New Orleans, said he believes he can come back and be physically ready to play in 2018, but it's unclear if he's mentally prepared for the rigors of another NFL campaign. In the event Strief does decide to call it quits, the Saints are well positioned to replace him after rookie first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk performed admirably in the veteran's stead.
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 joined the Saints a little under two weeks ago after Daniel Lasco (neck) was moved to injured reserve, but the former Arkansas standout has yet to make his New Orleans debut. That's unlikely to change anytime soon unless one of the three running backs ahead of Williams on the depth chart -- Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara and Trey Edmunds -- suffers an injury.
The move forces the Saints to cut defensive back Sterling Moore. Freeny's signing likely has to do with linebacker A.J. Klein's (groin) doubtful status for Sunday's inter-conference matchup with the Jets. Freeny did not see much of the field in his previous stop with the Patriots -- recording only two tackles in four games -- but he could be thrust into action right away for New Orleans with Klein injured and linebackers Alex Anzalone (shoulder) and Nathan Stupar (knee) on injured reserve.
Williams notched career-highs across the board in 2017, as the cornerback was finally able to stay on the field for all 16 contests after two injury-plagued seasons to start his career. While Ken Crawley ended the season as the starting cornerback alongside Marshon Lattimore, Williams still managed to record just under 40 defensive reps per game in the regular season. He now heads into a contract year with the Saints and he'll have to prove his 2017 numbers were no fluke if he hopes to sign a long-term extension.
Ginn could've had a bigger day had a 29-yard touchdown not been called back due to penalty. Still, he fared well against a tough Vikings secondary that ranked among the league's best in most defensive categories against the pass during the regular season. Although the Saints are now out of postseason contention, Ginn remains under contract for the next two seasons along with teammate Michael Thomas, though it's worth noting that Willie Snead will be a restricted free agent at the end of the league year. Regardless, Ginn has established himself as the Saints' clear No. 2 receiver that possesses high upside with an admittedly low floor as Drew Brees' deep threat. He should be considered more valuable in standard leagues than PPR given the nature of his role.
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.
Thompson missed the past few days of practice due to an unspecified quadriceps injury. He'll likely revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers.
Hoomanawanui signed a three-year deal with the Saints in March of 2016 and is expected to return to New Orleans for his 10th NFL season in 2018. The big tight end is an excellent blocker who helped the Saints average nearly 130 rushing yards per game. Hoomanawanui, however, has never been much of a receiver, as he has a career high of just 13 receptions. He will therefore be off the fantasy radar again in 2018.
Bush played for the Saints from 2012-15, but spent last season with the Lions, starting four games and playing the remaining 12 as the team's No. 3 safety. He recorded 53 tackles and two interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. Bush is 30 years old, and while he may not start ahead of Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell, he should still see a significant amount of snaps and act as a veteran presence on New Orleans defense.
Ingram didn't find any daylight against a Vikings defense that allowed just 3.7 yards per carry during the regular season. His production certainly was aided by the fact the Saints fell behind 17-0 by halftime and likely weren't able to keep the ball on the ground as often as they might've liked. Altogether it was another unproductive performance for a running back who was among the most reliable fantasy assets for the majority of the 2017 season, and he's now been limited to 38.0 total yards per game without a touchdown in his final three outings to close the campaign (including the postseason). While this might leave a bad taste in the mouth's of fantasy owners, the Saints are set to return nearly all key cogs of its offense in 2018 and Ingram should again be primed to helm one of the league's most potent rushing attacks.
The linebacker was less confident that he would be at full strength for the start of the Saints' offseason program in the spring, but it doesn't appear Anzalone is concerned about his recovery stretching into the start of training camp. A 2017 third-round pick, Anzalone had served in a starting role in the Saints' first four games before suffering the season-ending injury and finishing his inaugural NFL campaign with 16 stops and one sack.
Turner, who went undrafted out of Lousiana Tech in 2016, spent his rookie season with the Eagles but was waived ahead of the 2017 season opener. The diminutive wide receiver will likely need to make a name on special teams in order to stick with the Saints in 2018.
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.
Bighill's stint on the 53-man roster was short, as he was just picked up Monday. He presumably will clear waivers and either revert to the practice squad or look for a new opportunity.
Lewis never topped 16 offensive snaps in any game this season but saw some playing time as a slot receiver early in the season. During the second half of the year, however, Lewis was almost exclusively limited to special-teams work. With both Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman restricted free agents this offseason, there's an outside chance that Lewis could see his role grow next season if neither return. At 5-foot-7, however, it seems more likely that Lewis will remain a gadget player in the Saints offense, giving him limited fantasy appeal except in leagues that award points for return yardage.
Hughes exited Sunday's victory over the Falcons with what was first believed to be an elbow injury. However, further testing revealed a much worse diagnosis, with the defensive tackle sustaining a torn biceps. Hughes will end the 2017 campaign with 10 tackles over eight appearances. The Saints signed veteran Tony McDaniel to take Hughes' spot on the roster.
A standout dual-threat quarterback at BYU, Hill went undrafted in last year's NFL Draft before signing as a free agent with the Packers. Despite an impressive preseason, Green Bay waived Hill, who was claimed off waivers by the Saints in September. The rookie quarterback spent most of the season on the practice squad before causing considerable buzz in his NFL debut in a Week 13 win over the Panthers -- a game in which he recorded two tackles and came close to blocking a pair of Carolina punts as part of the Saints' special-teams unit. While Hill continued to play on special teams (he finished the regular season with four tackles in five games), it's been reported that head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill could be the eventual successor to quarterback Drew Brees, who is a free agent this offseason. Hill's ascension to starting quarterback is unlikely to occur next season, as Brees is expected to re-sign with the Saints this offseason, but the team could let unrestricted free agent Chase Daniel walk this offseason, which could pave the way for Hill to serve as Brees' backup in 2018. Though Hill has a checkered medical history from his time in college that included four season-ending injuries, he has intriguing potential as a dual-threat quarterback if he were ever to get an extended look in the NFL at any point.
Hamilton was waived with an injury settlement by the Patriots in early September and was residing on the Saints practice squad. The 25-year-old should serve a reserve role in New Orleans' defensive line rotation with Tony McDaniel (undisclosed) placed on injured reserve.
The addition of Hodges will help shore up the Saints' depth at outside linebacker after Alex Anzalone (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve following the team's last game Oct. 1 against the Dolphins. It's unclear if Hodges, who logged 83 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions in 15 games with the 49ers in 2016, will carve out a meaningful role right away for New Orleans, keeping him off the IDP radar for now.
New Orleans tried to sign Elliott to a contract a couple weeks ago but didn't have a roster spot open to do so and, consequently, the NFL disapproved the signing. However, the team has since cleared space on the roster and Elliott is now officially a member of the Saints. The four-year veteran didn't appear in a regular-season game during the 2017 season but accrued 58 tackles, four sacks and one interception over 38 games for the Packers from 2014 through 2016 while primarily serving in a special-teams role.
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.
With Brandon Coleman out with a neck injury, Snead played 46 of the Saints' 68 offensive snaps (68 percent). Despite the increased playing time, Snead had only a modest impact on the box score. Nevertheless, former undrafted free agent was at the heart of one of the wildest finishes in playoff history. With the Saints down just six with a little over nine minutes to play in the game, Snead, a former high school quarterback, overthrew running back Alvin Kamara on a trick play that could have been a 64-yard touchdown. Snead, however, made up for his mistake with a clutch 13-yard reception on fourth-and-10 with under a left in the game -- a play which led to a Wil Lutz field goal to give the Saints a one-point lead before Stefon Diggs' 61-yard touchdown catch won the game for the Vikings on the final play. After notching nearly 70 catches and 1,000 yards in both 2015 and 2016, Snead appeared to fall behind Coleman on the receiver depth chart and finished a suspension- and injury-plagued campaign with only eight catches for 92 yards in 11 games. Snead will be a restricted free agent this offseason but even if he returns to New Orleans he will not be a particularly attractive fantasy target in 2018 so long as Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn remain ahead of him on the Saints depth chart.
The 2016, 12th overall selection's performance in 2017 may look underwhelming on paper, but the defensive tackle had a major impact transforming the Saints' defense in 2017. Although he played seven more games than his rookie season, Rankins statistical totals almost mirror his rookie totals -- his sack total was also cut in half in 2017. However, Rankins split time on the inside and outside of the defensive line for portions of the season, filling in for Alex Okafor (Achilles), who ended up on injured reserve. Playing defensive tackle doesn't necessarily draw great statistical numbers, but Rankins' leadership and playmaking ability deems him one of the most valuable members of the Saints' defense.
Vaccaro was benched in the second half of the Saints' Week 2 game against the Patriots for poor play. The fifth-year pro responded by notching three interceptions over the course of his next four games. Unfortunately, injuries once again derailed a promising season. Vaccaro missed both Weeks 10 and 11 with a groin injury. The strong safety attempted to play through the injury for four weeks thereafter but largely struggled during that span before being placed on injured reserve and undergoing core-muscle surgery. It will be interesting to see what happens this offseason with Vaccaro, who will be an unrestricted free agent. The former first-round pick has flashed Pro Bowl-caliber potential but he has also battled injuries and inconsistency throughout his career. At only 26 years old, Vaccaro could draw some big interest on the open market and the Saints may not want to get into a bidding war after drafting safeties Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell over the past two years. Nevertheless, wherever Vaccaro ends up, he will likely continue to be an IDP asset as long as he is healthy.
Daniel signed with the Saints this offseason but did not play a meaningful snap as the backup to Drew Brees, who has missed just two games in his 12 seasons in New Orleans. Daniel is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but having attempted only 78 career passes in his first eight seasons, he will almost certainly remain a backup with whatever team he signs.
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.
Lawrence began training camp on the non-football injury list, and will now likely miss the rest of the season. It remains unclear what the issue is, but the Auburn product did undergo season-ending knee surgery in December of last year.
Harris began the 2017 season atop the Saints' depth chart but quickly fell from grace, which ultimately led to his release from the team in early December. The 24-year-old recorded 18 tackles (15 solo) in 11 games.
Lutz appeared to have sent the Saints to the NFC title game when he booted a clutch field goal to give New Orleans the lead with only 25 seconds remaining in the contest, only to have Stefon Diggs' miracle catch-and-run abruptly eject New Orleans from the playoff field. Still, Lutz had a terrific sophomore season, converting 31-of-36 field-goal attempts and 47-of-50 extra-point kicks. So long Drew Brees -- who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason -- returns to New Orleans in 2018, Lutz should enter the year as one of the better kicking options in fantasy leagues, as the Saints' high-powered offense should provide him plenty of scoring opportunities.
Despite another solid statistical performance -- including nabbing a momentum-shifting interception in the second half -- all anyone will remember from the Saints' playoff defeat is Williams' incredible misplay on the game's final play, in which the rookie safety whiffed on a simple tackle that almost certainly would have clinched the game for New Orleans. Notwithstanding Williams' memorable mistake, the former Utah product started all 15 regular-season games he played in after being picked by the Saints in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A ball-hawking free safety in college, Williams was critical to the Saints' remarkable defensive turnaround, recording 73 total tackles and four interceptions in his first NFL season. Williams should again start at free safety in New Orleans next season and his playmaking potential and dependable tackle production should make him a quality option in many IDP leagues.
Both Kamara -- who averaged 6.1 yards per carry during the regular season -- and backfield counterpart Mark Ingram were stifled by the Vikings' stout run defense. However, as we experienced on multiple occasions throughout his rookie campaign, Kamara salvaged his fantasy line with a strong showing in the passing game, where his 14-yard touchdown grab gave New Orleans its first lead of the game with just three minutes left in regulation. The Tennessee product and Rookie of the Year candidate will now enter his first full NFL offseason training program with his team out of postseason contention and, especially since the Saints are returning all key offensive cogs in 2018, should indisputably be in the first-round conversation in advance of 2018 fantasy drafts after averaging the most yards per touch in NFL history as a rookie.
Although Peat is headed to injured reserve, per Rapoport, it's a fortunate development that his injury is less severe than originally thought. In fact, the offensive lineman is believed to be able to fully recover from the damage. However, it's not clear when he could be back on the field again.
It's unclear if the Saints would verify Kikaha's claim about his health at this juncture, but it looks promising nonetheless that the defensive end will face no limitations entering the Saints' offseason program. Before hitting injured reserve prior to Week 17, Kikaha was effective in his rotational role along the defensive line, providing 10 tackles and four sacks across 12 contests.
Morstead suffered the injury in the first quarter after tackling Vikings return man Marcus Sherels. The punter was in visible pain the rest of the way, but after receiving an anesthetic, he wasn't forced to exit early and even contributed two kicks that traveled 56 and 54 yards. Though he'll be forced to spent the next 4-to-6 weeks rehabbing the injury, Morstead was fortunate to avoid any fractures to his ribs, which likely would have required a lengthier recovery timetable.
Fleener suffered the fifth (at least) concussion of his career in last Sunday's loss to the Rams and had already been ruled out Week 13, but the team isn't taking any chances. The 29-year-old will finish the 2017 season with 22 receptions for 295 yards. The Saints brought in Garrett Griffin to bolster their tight end depth with Fleener gone for the year.
Though he was still docked four paychecks stemming from a February arrest in Arizona, Parry didn't miss any actual games due to the suspension, as the Saints had already placed him on season-ending injured reserve due to the ankle issue. Parry, who will become a restricted free agent this offseason, is eligible to play at the start of the 2018 campaign.
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.
Just picked up off waivers after final cuts, Carr won't have a chance to face his old Patriots teammates on Sunday. The 23-year-old may have an uphill battle for active status this season, particularly after Willie Snead (suspension) returns in Week 4.
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.
There is little to no indication that the rehabilitation process will linger into the regular season so that is less of a concern at the moment. Okafor was on pace to reel in a sizable contract this offseason prior to tearing his Achilles in Week 11, but the Saints appear have some reservations following the injury. Regardless of where he ends up, Okafor's status is likely to remain in question as training camp inches closer.
The 11th overall pick of last year's draft immediately started paying dividends for the Saints, helping to improve a defense that ranked dead last in yards allowed in 2016. His five interceptions led all rookies and tied him for fifth-best in the league. Only 21, the sky is the limit for the former Ohio State Buckeye, who will enter the offseason as the Saints top cornerback.
Muhammad is little more than a backup lineman for New Orleans. He didn't see any run on defense in Week 1 and was on the field for just five special teams snaps. His absence shouldn't have much of an impact on the team.
Edebali has spent time with the Broncos, Lions and Rams this season, but also spent 2014-16 with the Saints. The 28-year-old takes the roster spot of Hau'oli Kikaha (ankle) and should serve as a depth option in the defensive line rotation.
The offensive lineman has been sidelined for most of training camp with the concussion, which undermined his chances of winning a roster spot. Once his concussion symptoms subside, Ikard could look to sign with the Browns or another organization.