|Offense||1st||144.0 (3rd)||271.7 (2nd)|
|Defense||13th||115.4 (21st)||211.3 (9th)|
|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|
|99||Bighill, Adam||LB||5-10||230||10/16/1988||1||Central Washington|
|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|
|21||Harris, De'Vante||CB||5-11||190||6/30/1993||2||Texas A&M|
|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|
|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|
|66||Allen, Jack (IR)||C||6-2||296||9/24/1992||1||Michigan State|
|47||Anzalone, Alex (IR)||OLB||6-3||241||9/22/1994||R||Florida|
|85||Arnold, Dan (IR)||WR||6-6||220||//||R||Wis.-Platteville|
|42||Braman, Bryan (IR)||LB||6-5||241||5/4/1987||7||West Texas A&M|
|80||Harbor, Clay (IR)||TE||6-3||240||7/2/1987||8||Missouri State|
|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|
|70||Loewen, Mitchell (IR)||DE||6-5||275||2/14/1993||1||Arkansas|
|58||Parry, David (IR)||NT||6-2||317||3/7/1992||3||Stanford|
|64||Strief, Zach (IR)||T||6-7||320||9/22/1983||12||Northwestern|
|54||Stupar, Nate (IR)||ILB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||5||Penn State|
|45||Griffin, Garrett||TE||6-4||240||3/4/1994||1||Air Force|
|74||Jenkins, Alex||DE||6-6||270||1/15/1993||R||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|77||Fullington, John||G||6-5||300||5/30/1991||2||Washington State|
|78||Turner, Landon||G||6-4||325||5/15/1993||2||North Carolina|
|Theaker, Nate||G||6-5||315||10/6/1993||R||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|Martin, Gabe||LB||6-2||236||6/5/1992||2||Bowling Green|
|Hamilton, Woodrow||DT||6-3||315||12/20/1992||2||Ole Miss|
Hendrickson was limited in practice this week after suffering the knee injury against the Patriots on Sunday. The rookie defensive end played more snaps that expected in his NFL debut and could increase his role if he is able to play against the Panthers this week.
Martin was just signed by the Saints a week ago, and he's already being shown the door. The 25-year-old only has one year of NFL experience with Arizona last season, recording just four tackles (two solo) while playing mainly on special teams.
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 taken off the PUP list Wednesday after landing on the list early last week. Given his availability, it appears he'll reassume his position along the starting offensive line.
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.
Armstead originally injured his chest during Week 9's game against the Buccaneers, but an MRI revealed promising results and he avoided a long-term injury.
The Saints promoted Maulet to the active roster in order to provide depth in the secondary for this past weekend's game against the Panthers. However, they're replacing him this week in order to beef up the defensive line rotation ahead of a Week 4 matchup against Jay Ajayi and the Dolphins.
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.
Crawley is a backup corner for New Orleans and is likely getting bumped from active status as a result of the team's overall health. He shouldn't be expected to see a significant role this year unless injuries force him up the depth chart.
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.
Jordan upped his sack total to eight on the season, to go with 42 tackles. His ability to rack up sacks while maintaining a solid tackle floor makes Jordan one of the best IDP options along the defensive line. At this point there's little more that can be said about the dominant defensive end, and fantasy owners should continue to deploy Jordan with confidence.
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.
With starting strong safety Kenny Vaccaro sidelined with a groin injury, Bell turned in his best performance of the season. Bell was a starter for most of last season and while nominally a backup this year, the second-year safety still sees plenty of playing time in the Saints' frequent three-safety sets. In fact, Bell actually leads the defense in tackles this year (51 total tackles). It's uncertain when Vaccaro will return but even once he does, Bell should continue to be a serviceable IDP option for fantasy owners.
The nature of the injury remains unclear, but Braman is now available to sign elsewhere if he is able to play.
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 was able to practice in a limited fashion Friday, but it's not enough to get him back on the game field. The Saints will have to replace Klein's 41 tackles (29 solo) and four pass breakups, and Manti Te'o will enter the starting lineup in his place.
According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Te'o appears to be the front-runner to start at middle linebacker in the Saints' base 4-3 defense. The Saints took a chance on Te'o, who is coming off a torn Achilles, by signing the fifth-year linebacker to an incentive-laden two-year deal this offseason. While injuries have plagued the former Notre Dame star throughout his young career, when healthy, Te'o has been a consistent performer. Te'o may leave the field on passing downs, but as long as he starts and, most importantly, remains healthy, he's a good bet for solid production at a reasonable price in IDP formats.
Brees was brilliant in this one, leading his team back from a 15-point deficit in the final three minutes of regulation by connecting on touchdown passes of three and 18 yards to Josh Hill and Alvin Kamara, respectively. The veteran quarterback's mere 15 touchdowns in 10 games are a reflection of New Orleans' extremely effective running game rather than any shortcomings on his own part. Brees is still capable of taking over games and putting up top-notch fantasy performances when he has to.
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 originally joined the Saints in early June 2016 following a successful tryout during rookie minicamp in May. The 6-4, 240-pound tight end, who played collegiately at the U.S. Air Force Academy, spent most of the season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. Griffin will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.
Coleman has caught exactly one pass in each of the last four games. In fact, the big receiver has just a single reception in six of the Saints' 10 games this year. The Rutgers product is still seeing plenty of playing time -- he played 52 of 71 offensive snaps (73 percent) Sunday -- but Coleman remains an afterthought in the passing game.
Hill's red-zone fumble was the Saints' only turnover in a blowout victory in Buffalo. The nominal starter, Hill was actually out-snapped by fellow tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, 47-43, though the Saints' tight-end trio of Hill, Hoomanawanui and Coby Fleener (17 snaps) combined for just two catches for two yards. A once fruitful position for fantasy owners, the tight end spot in New Orleans can be actively avoided until further notice.
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 tied for the team lead in both catches and yards while leading New Orleans in targets. While the second-year receiver has topped 80 yards in six of 10 games, Thomas has only made two trips to the end zone after scoring nine touchdowns as a rookie.
Strief, the Saints' starting right tackle, injured his knee in Week 4 and has since been replaced by rookie first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk. It's likely that Ramczyk will be the team's long-term answer at that position, but Strief, an 11-year veteran, is still optimistic about returning to the field in what could be the final season of his career. The Saints will monitor his progress in the weeks to come before discerning whether or not a return from IR is feasible before the year is out.
Robertson again played every defensive snap for New Orleans but his production lagged. In fact, the starting outside linebacker has notched just seven total tackles in his last two games combined. Robertson recorded a career-high 115 tackles last year and has flashed in some big performance this season (11 tackles in Week 6 against the Lions), so his recent dip in production is difficult to explain. Fantasy owners should probably just hold tight and hope for a rebound performance in Week 12 against the Rams.
Expected to serve as a change-of-pace option to LeSean McCoy in Buffalo heading into this season, the Bills pulled an audible and waived Williams at the end of the preseason slate, likely hoping he would pass through waivers unclaimed. Once he did, though, the Broncos offered Williams a practice-squad salary more than four times the minimum, and he's resided in Denver in the meantime. With Tuesday's transaction, Williams will join a Saints rushing attack ranked third in the NFL at 142.2 yards per game. While Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara will continue to serve as a high-quality one-two punch out of the backfield, the addition of Williams suggests he was brought in to ease the burden on those two as the team seeks its first playoff berth since 2013.
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.
A week after catching just one pass in a blowout victory in Buffalo -- a game in which Drew Brees attempted only 25 passes -- Ginn was much more involved in Week 11, as the Saints were trailing for most of the game. Ginn has been surprisingly solid in his first season in New Orleans, but he's caught more than four passes just twice all year and has historically been a boom-or-bust fantasy commodity. The speedy wideout is worth rostering in nearly all leagues but Ginn is still just the No. 2 receiver on an offense that has become more run-oriented than in years past.
Although fellow tight end Josh Hill was the nominal starter, Hoomanawanui actually out-snapped Hill, 47-43. That said, the Saints' tight-end trio of Hill, Hoomanawanui and Coby Fleener (17 snaps) combined for just two catches for two yards. A once fruitful position for fantasy owners, the tight end spot in New Orleans can be actively avoided until further notice.
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's 36-yard rushing touchdown tied the game 10-10 late in the first quarter, and he set up Will Lutz's game-winning, 28-yard field goal in overtime with consecutive runs of 20 and 31 yards. His limited workload was due to New Orleans playing from behind for most of the game, as the team overcame a 15-point deficit in the final three minutes of regulation. Fellow running back Alvin Kamara starred in that comeback, but Ingram remains the top option on the ground.
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 was active for the Saints' first four games of the season, hauling in seven of 10 targets for 84 yards. However, with Willie Snead having completed his three-game suspension and apparently recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out Week 4, the Saints didn't have a need for Lewis as their No. 4 wideout.
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.
Hill is expected to retain this same status throughout the season, barring an injury to either Drew Brees or backup Chase Daniel.
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.
With the Saints forced to play from behind, it seems the circumstances were favorable for Snead to at least approach his 36 snaps from the previous week's blowout win over the Bills. He instead was relegated to a minor role as the clear No. 4 receiver, while Michael Thomas (56 snaps), Ted Ginn (53) and Brandon Coleman (52) handled the vast majority of work in three-wide formations. Snead at least caught one pass for 12 yards on two targets, after failing to draw a single look in each of his previous three outings. It increasingly seems that an injury in front of him represents his only path to a major role in the New Orleans offense.
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.
After not practicing Thursday and Friday, Vaccaro will sit out his second consecutive game. The fifth-year safety has accrued 39 tackles (30 solo) and a half sack this season, but his best contributions have been in coverage, where he has broke up seven passes and snagged three interceptions. Expect Vonn Bell and Chris Banjo to pick up Vaccaro's leftover snaps.
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.
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.
Lutz had been scuffling some of late -- missing a kick in three of his last four games -- but he was perfect in a busy Week 11. The big-legged kicker has notched double-digit points in nearly half the games this year and continues to have a stable floor with the Saints averaging over 30 points per game.
Williams had only two tackles (both assisted), but his fourth-quarter pick sent Carolina fans flooding to the exits. The rookie safety has only 12 total tackles on the season despite starting and playing nearly every snap for the Saints defense. While he's not yet worth owning in the majority of leagues, if Williams can start making a few more plays in pass coverage, he could land on the IDP radar.
Kamara made an incredible touchdown catch with just over a minute left and his team down 31-23, juggling the ball around the 10-yard line before gaining control and sneaking through a group of defenders to get into the end zone. He immediately backed up that 18-yard score with a successful run for the game-tying two-point conversion. While Kamara did most of his work as a receiver, fellow running back Mark Ingram found tremendous success on the ground with 134 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Both members of New Orleans' backfield are coexisting beautifully and each can beat you in a variety of ways.
Peat's injury limited him in practices Thursday and Friday, but he'll be able to tough it out and assume his usual starting role at left guard in Week 6.
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 took full advantage as the Saints were forced to play from behind in the second half for the first time since Week 2. After playing 21 of fewer snaps in five straight games, he logged 36 in Sunday's contest, surpassing Josh Hill (31) for the first time since Week 4. While the nature of his part-time role can't be denied, Fleener may again find the circumstances favorable in a Week 12 road game against the Rams. He's still impossible to trust.
Parry suffered the injury in the Saints' Week 3 win over the Panthers, playing just three snaps in his season debut before departing. Since Parry wasn't a key part of the defensive-line rotation and was staring at a multi-week absence, the Saints decided it was optimal to free up a roster spot rather than waiting for the third-year player to heal up.
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 would represent a huge loss for the Saints defense should he be unable to return. New Orleans is already without safety Kenny Vaccaro (groin), and De'Vante Harris and P.J. Williams will see increased workloads if Lattimore remains out.
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.