|Offense||1st||135.5 (4th)||265.2 (5th)|
|Defense||15th||114.3 (19th)||216.8 (10th)|
|72||Armstead, Terron||T||6-5||304||7/23/1991||5||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|31||Banjo, Chris||CB||5-10||207||2/26/1990||4||Southern Methodist|
|48||Bell, Vonn||FS||5-11||205||12/12/1994||2||Ohio State|
|25||Bush, Rafael||DB||5-11||203||5/12/1987||7||South Carolina State|
|95||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/3/1992||3||Fresno State|
|19||Ginn, Ted||WR||5-11||180||4/12/1985||11||Ohio State|
|45||Griffin, Garrett||TE||6-4||240||3/4/1994||1||Air Force|
|91||Hendrickson, Trey||DE||6-4||270||12/5/1994||R||Florida Atlantic|
|89||Hill, Josh||TE||6-5||250||5/21/1990||5||Idaho State|
|7||Hill, Taysom||QB||6-2||221||8/23/1990||R||Brigham Young|
|50||Hodges, Gerald||LB||6-2||236||1/17/1991||5||Penn State|
|53||Klein, A.J.||OLB||6-1||240||7/30/1991||5||Iowa State|
|23||Lattimore, Marshon||CB||6-0||192||5/20/1996||R||Ohio State|
|61||LeRibeus, Josh||G||6-2||315||7/2/1989||5||Southern Methodist|
|11||Lewis, Tommylee||WR||5-7||168||10/24/1992||2||Northern Illinois|
|42||Line, Zach||RB||6-1||233||4/26/1990||5||Southern Methodist|
|3||Lutz, Wil||K||5-11||184||7/7/1994||2||Georgia State|
|56||Mauti, Michael||LB||6-2||243||1/19/1990||5||Penn State|
|24||Moore, Sterling||CB||5-10||202||2/3/1990||7||Southern Methodist|
|6||Morstead, Thomas||P||6-4||235||3/8/1986||9||Southern Methodist|
|97||Muhammad, Al-Quadin||DE||6-3||250||3/28/1995||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|93||Onyemata, David||DT||6-4||300||11/13/1992||2||Manitoba (Canada)|
|52||Robertson, Craig||OLB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||6||North Texas|
|83||Snead, Willie||WR||5-11||195||10/17/1992||3||Ball State|
|51||Te'o, Manti||MLB||6-1||241||1/26/1991||5||Notre Dame|
|13||Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||212||3/3/1993||2||Ohio State|
|63||Tom, Cameron||C||6-4||287||6/21/1995||R||Southern Mississippi|
|26||Williams, P.J.||CB||6-0||196||6/1/1993||3||Florida State|
|49||Wood, Zach||LS||6-3||255||1/10/1993||R||Southern Methodist|
|29||Kuhn, John (IR)||FB||6-0||250||9/9/1982||12||Shippensburg|
|36||Lasco, Daniel (IR)||RB||6-1||205||10/9/1992||2||California|
|47||Anzalone, Alex (IR)||OLB||6-3||241||9/22/1994||R||Florida|
|54||Stupar, Nate (IR)||ILB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||5||Penn State|
|57||Okafor, Alex (IR)||DE||6-4||261||2/8/1991||5||Texas|
|64||Strief, Zach (IR)||T||6-7||320||9/22/1983||12||Northwestern|
|66||Allen, Jack (IR)||C||6-2||296||9/24/1992||1||Michigan State|
|70||Loewen, Mitchell (IR)||DE||6-5||275||2/14/1993||1||Arkansas|
|80||Harbor, Clay (IR)||TE||6-3||240||7/2/1987||8||Missouri State|
|82||Fleener, Coby (IR)||TE||6-6||251||9/20/1988||6||Stanford|
|85||Arnold, Dan (IR)||WR||6-6||220||//||R||Wis.-Platteville|
|99||Bighill, Adam||LB||5-10||230||10/16/1988||1||Central Washington|
|77||Fullington, John||G||6-5||300||5/30/1991||2||Washington State|
|Hamilton, Woodrow||DT||6-3||315||12/20/1992||2||Ole Miss|
|Harris, De'Vante||CB||5-11||190||6/30/1993||2||Texas A&M|
|74||Jenkins, Alex||DE||6-6||270||1/15/1993||R||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|Theaker, Nate||G||6-5||315||10/6/1993||R||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|78||Turner, Landon||G||6-4||325||5/15/1993||2||North Carolina|
Hendrickson suffered the ankle injury in Thursday's loss to the Falcons, and a timetable of three weeks puts him out for at least the rest of the regular season. With Hendrickson out, Cameron Jordan and Hau'oli Kikaha are left as the only healthy defensive ends on the Saints' active roster.
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.
Davison underwent surgery in January to repair the torn labrum that impacted him throughout his rookie campaign. He's been rehabbing and recovering for months and is expected to be back in full for the start of training camp. When he returns he'll likely be the top backup at defensive tackle behind starters Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley.
The veteran will continue to play through a couple of lingering injuries. Given the quick turnaround this week, the tackle's ailments will be something to pay extra attention to Thursday night.
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.
The Saints had earmarked a spot for Breaux as one of their two players designated to return from IR, but with Payton indicating that the cornerback's setback with his fractured left fibula would keep him off the field for an additional 3-to-6 weeks, it was easy decision for New Orleans to shut down the 28-year-old for good. With young corners Marshon Lattimore, Ken Crawley and P.J. Williams all playing well and helping stage a dramatic turnaround for a New Orleans secondary that has struggled in recent seasons, Breaux's absence hasn't been felt nearly as much as the Saints may have anticipated heading into 2017.
The play of Crawley and fellow starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore (ankle) has played a large part in the Saints' defensive turnaround, but the team's secondary couldn't hold serve when both players sat out the Week 12 loss to the Rams with injuries, as opposing quarterback Jared Goff amassed 354 yards through the air. Lattimore wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice and looks at risk of missing another game, but the potential return of Crawley would be a boon for the Saints in an important divisional matchup. Crawley could shadow Devin Funchess for most of Sunday's contest if Lattimore is held out.
Loewen suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Patriots. The Saints signed defensive tackle David Parry from the practice squad to take Loewen's place on the 53-man roster.
It was a quiet game for the Saints' Pro Bowl defensive end, which shouldn't necessarily come as a surprise against a good Atlanta offensive line. Still, Jordan managed three quarterback hits and was awfully close to sacking Matt Ryan on a number of occasions. Facing a Jets offense that has allowed opponents to sack Josh McCown 35 times this year, Jordan could be in for a nice bounce-back performance in Week 15.
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, a former Saints' special teams captain, took a break from the field last season to deal with a longtime battle with ulcerative colitis. He returned to training camp this year, but failed to make the final roster. An injury to the team's current special teams captain, Nathan Stupar, presumably opened the door for Mauti's return.
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.
Bell again played every defensive snap for the Saints. While the numbers weren't there against Carolina, Bell's 65 total tackles still lead New Orleans, which makes him a solid starting defensive back option in most IDP leagues.
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.
Klein injured his groin early in the contest and was taken back to the locker room for further evaluation. Look for more updates to come relatively soon, with Gerald Hodges and Manti Te'o likely to see increased defensive reps in Klein's absence.
Te'o's 10 total tackles were a season high, as he played 57 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps (77 percent), in addition to five special teams snaps, after starting middle linebacker A.J. Klein left the game with a groin injury. The severity of Klein's injury is still unknown, so Te'o could again see substantial playing time in Week 15 against the Jets. It's worth noting, however, that when Klein missed the team's Week 11 tilt against Washington, Te'o could only muster five total tackles.
Brees enjoyed a largely successful night from a fantasy perspective, firing a pair of scores to Michael Thomas and Tommylee Lewis while connecting with eight pass catchers overall. However, his sole interception came at the worst possible time, as Brees threw to Josh Hill while the latter was blanketed in the end zone, resulting in a game-sealing pick by the Falcons' Deion Jones with 1:25 remaining. The 17-year veteran did manage to complete over 70 percent of his passes for the fourth time in the last five contests, but he hasn't fired more than two touchdown passes since Week 3. He also has just three 300-yard efforts on the campaign, a modest number by his lofty standards. Brees will look to improve on both marks against a vulnerable Jets secondary in a Week 15 home tilt.
Dural shined in the Saints' final preseason game Thursday with four catches for 56 yards, but didn't appear in the previous three contests. The 23-year-old was dealing with a shoulder injury in July after going undrafted out of LSU in April.
Griffin was signed to help ease the absence of tight end Coby Fleener (concussion), who was placed on injured reserve Saturday. The 29-year-old should slot in as the Saints' No. 3 tight end, but the position hasn't provided a ton of offensive production for the team this season.
Coleman got free for a 23-yard catch-and-run on a crossing route but he was quiet otherwise. The big receiver played 32 of 52 offensive snaps (62 percent) for New Orleans but he remains an afterthought in the passing game. He can probably be left on the waiver wire in all but the deepest of leagues.
Hill hasn't put in a full practice yet this week, but the Saints haven't provided any indication he's in serious danger of missing the Week 15 matchup with the Jets. He'll likely serve as the Saints' top tight end in that contest, but that role hasn't translated to much fantasy value in recent weeks. Over his last five games, Hill has been targeted just seven times, hauling in five passes for 23 yards and a score.
Moore's roster spot will be filled by former Patriot linebacker Jonathan Freeny. The veteran cornerback has already been waived and subsequently signed by the Saints once this season, and will now head back to waivers, where another team will have a chance to sign him. Moore has five tackles, one forced fumble and two passes defended in five games this season.
Fairley's future in the league has been put into serious question due to his heart condition, which was first revealed earlier this month. The issue comes just a year after the 29-year-old recorded career highs with 43 tackles (29 solo) and 6.5 sacks across 16 games in New Orleans. It's a devastating blow for the Saints defense, and Fairley's absence leaves David Onyemata and Tony McDaniel as the frontrunners to fill in for him along the line. At this point, it seems like the safest option for Fairley is to hang up the cleats for good.
Thomas paced all pass catchers in receptions and yards while generating his second 100-yard effort of the season. The second-year wideout has touchdowns in back-to-back games and has seen double-digit targets in four of his last six contests. With a clear role as Drew Brees' No. 1 wideout, Thomas will look to exploit a vulnerable Jets secondary in a Week 15 home tilt.
Strief was placed on injured reserve in early October with the hopes of returning by avoiding surgery, but that ended up not being possible. Now facing a recovery from a torn ACL and MCL at age 34, Strief's NFL future is certainly in doubt.
In addition to playing 47 of the Saints' 57 defensive snaps (82 percent) Sunday, Robertson also saw eight plays on special teams. On one of those special teams snaps, Robertson was in the right place at the right time to recover a Kaelin Clay fumble on a Panthers punt return. While Robertson's performance this year has been up and down, he's playing a ton of snaps for New Orleans, and his 51 total tackles still ranks fourth on the team, making Robertson worthy of starting consideration in many IDP leagues.
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 interception was the first of Williams' career. Despite entering his third season with the Saints, injuries have limited the 2015 third-round draft pick to only 21 career games. Opposing quarterbacks have picked on Williams in coverage thus far this year -- his 21 total tackles are actually the most by any Saints defender -- but he should continue to play plenty of snaps with Delvin Breaux (broken fibula) out for at least another three weeks. Until Breaux returns, Williams should remain a decent IDP option in many leagues.
Ginn's involvement in practice Thursday suggests that his day off Wednesday was likely for maintenance-related reasons more than out of any overwhelming concern about his injury. if the wideout is able to take part fully Friday, he'll likely enter the Week 15 game against the Jets without an injury designation.
Hoomanawanui played 25 of 52 offensive snaps in Atlanta but the big tight end remains behind starting tight end Josh Hill on the depth chart and is primarily a blocker even when he's in the game. Accordingly, Hoomanawanui can be left on the waiver wire in most leagues.
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.
Despite backfield mate Alvin Kamara exiting the game for good in the first quarter to be evaluated for a concussion, Ingram was unable to generate much on the ground in what turned out to be a modest number of opportunities. His rushing total presented his second of under 50 yards in the last three contests, and Ingram actually saw a slight drop of two carries over his Week 13 tally despite his lead-back status. He remained an important part of the passing game, however, helping to prop up his night from a fantasy perspective. Ingram will look to bounce back in a Week 15 home showdown against the Jets, a game in which he could be in for an expanded role if Kamara is unable to suit up.
Anzalone is a bit of a durability worry, but when healthy he was a standout contributor on Florida's dominant defense. He's a very good athlete at the least, running a 4.63-second 40 at 6-foot-3, 241 pounds. He's not necessarily likely to start as a rookie, but the Saints are weak enough at linebacker that it shouldn't be ruled out.
Warford hasn't been able to play since suffering an abdominal strain in Week 6 against the Packers, but he'll finally make his return after the multigame absence. He'll likely return to his usual role as the Saints' starting left guard with Senio Kelemete providing depth.
Bighill has been on and off with the Saints the entire season, spending time between the practice squad and active roster on a monthly basis. Look for him to play a reserve or special teams role with the team Sunday against the Redskins.
Lewis helped the Saints knot the game up at 10-10 with 1:53 remaining in the first half when he hauled in a 26-yard scoring dart from Drew Brees. The touchdown was the second-year player's first career trip to the end zone. Thursday also marked Lewis' second consecutive game with at least one reception after not having logged a catch in his six prior contests. The speedster's primarily value continues to come on special teams, but he sees the occasional target in the Saints' diversified offense as well. Lewis will look to build on Thursday's effort against the Jets in Week 15.
Hughes, who had just been cut by the Saints on Monday, will restock the Saints' depth at defensive tackle. He has made one appearance with the team in 2017, but only saw 11 defensive snaps in that contest.
For the first time all season, the Saints dressed all three of their quarterbacks, with head coach Sean Payton desiring to make use of the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Hill's athleticism when injuries took a toll on New Orleans' special-teams units. Suffice to say, the undrafted rookie out of BYU passed the test, with Payton speaking highly of Hill's performance after the contest. During the game broadcast, Fox Sports' Troy Aikman and Joe Buck said Payton had suggested in their pregame meeting that the 27-year-old could eventually be groomed as the successor to Drew Brees under center. 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 added to the Patriots injured reserve list due to an undisclosed injury, but the team ultimately decided to part ways with the 24-year-old defensive tackle.
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.
Snead played 22 of 52 offensive snaps (42 percent), which represents an increase over prior weeks. Still, Snead was unable to do much of anything with the additional playing time, failing to gain a yard on his only reception. It's been a lost year for a player many pegged to be the primary beneficiary of Brandin Cooks' offseason departure, and there are few signs that things will turn around in the season's final month.
Rankins was on the field for only 28 defensive snaps (58.0 percent) but he made his presence felt. The 23-year-old intercepted opposing quarterback Tyrod Taylor midway through the third quarter, which resulted in a 27-yard return. He will look to carry his momentum into the Saints' Week 11 matchup versus the Redskins.
Vaccaro missed Week 10 and Week 11 with a groin injury and it now appears he may have aggravated that lingering ailment. Look for more updates to come soon, with Chris Banjo slated to take over at strong safety in Vaccaro's absence.
Daniel's quick return to full participation suggests he should be fine to back up Drew Brees on Monday. The Saints recently signed undrafted rookie Taysom Hill to serve as their No. 3 quarterback.
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 had 18 tackles (15 solo) in 11 games with the Saints this season. The 24-year-old was let go as the team opted to add cornerback Arthur Maulet from the practice squad.
Murray was entering his second season in the NFL, but was seen as just a depth option for the Broncos at offensive tackle.
Kuhn's surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Florida, and it will effectively keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. The 35-year-old just signed on with the Saints, so whether he stays with them for another season may be an offseason decision.
Atlanta dominated the time of possession, which limited the Saints' offensive opportunities. Lutz was also deprived of a field-goal attempt in the final minute of the game when quarterback Drew Brees threw an ill-timed interception in the red zone to seal the loss. It was a tough game for owners relying on Lutz in their fantasy playoffs, but the Saints' kicker should be presented more scoring chances in Week 15 against a Jets defense that ranks in the bottom 10 in the league in points allowed.
The pick was Williams' second of the season. The rookie out of Utah continues to start at free safety for New Orleans and played nearly every defensive snap Thursday after missing last week's contest with a groin injury. Williams is now up to 53 total tackles -- paired with two interceptions -- which makes him worthy of roster consideration in deeper IDP leagues.
Kamara already cleared a major hurdle by logging a full practice Wednesday, but there has yet to be concrete news of the back clearing concussion protocol. Payton seems quite confident he will get clearance, but fantasy owners should stay tuned for an official announcement before deploying the back in the playoffs.
Peat's name was a surprise appearance on Week 14's injury report, and Senio Kelemete likely will take over at left guard in his absence.
Kikaha tore his ACL during OTAs over a year ago, and he's finally recovered. The former second-round pick participated in team drills Thursday without any signs of his knee slowing him down and noted that he "feels great physically." Barring any setbacks, he projects to start at defensive end in Week 1.
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.
Parry, who's currently on the Saints' injured reserve list, will have served the entirety of his four-game suspension by the end of the 2017 regular season as Rapoport also notes that Thursday's loss to the Falcons counts as one of the four games. This renders Parry's suspension essentially meaningless, as he's already unable to play in those contests due to his injury.
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.
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.
As the Saints had feared when Okafor was carted off the field in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Redskins, the starting defensive end sustained a significant injury and will likely be headed to injured reserve. Okafor, who signed a one-year, $2 million contract in March, has been an unsung hero of the Saints' defensive turnaround this season, recording 43 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 10 games. With surgery awaiting him and potentially keeping him sidelined to begin the 2018 campaign, Okafor may have a cool market as he heads into free agency this winter. The Saints, meanwhile, are expected to rely on a rotation of Hau'oli Kikaha and Trey Hendrickson to fill the defensive end spot opposite top pass rusher Cameron Jordan.
Lattimore returns from a two-game absence Thursday night after being limited in practice the entire week. The rookie will be tasked with containing Julio Jones, which is arguably his toughest challenge so far this season. If he is bothered by the ankle injury, expect P.J. Williams to potentially see increased reps on defense.
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.