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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Team Talk: New Orleans Saints

We are born anew with the Team Talk series... It's time for the Saints to come marching in, as written by my man Adam Filadelfo.  You can follow Adam on Twitter: @Frostt24.

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After a season where Sean Payton was suspended, the Saints will look to rebound after the disaster that was 2012. The offense should be just fine as long as Brees is slinging the ball but the defense has yet to catch up to the offense. Having some Saints players on your fantasy squad is sure to feel like Mardi Gras for owners.

Drew Brees - Count him for almost 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns. Just another day at the office for Brees. Drew will be one of the top quarterbacks off the board and will not disappoint those that drafted him. While he can throw that interception that hurts fantasy owners, he'll more than make up for it with his signature three or four touchdown games.

Marques Colston
- Colston is still an elite fantasy receiver who will finish the season with 1,000 yards and close to double digit scores. His only issue is staying healthy. He may end up missing a few games along the way but you know when he's on the field, he will produce. You should feel lucky if you can snag Colston as your third receiver. In the Saints offense, he's still capable of putting up elite numbers.

Jimmy Graham - Arguably the first tight end off the board this year. He gives his owners a huge advantage at his position every week. You better be willing to take him in the second round because he probably won't be there after that. He did have a sub-par season in 2012 due to injuries but still managed to put up numbers to keep him at an elite level coming into this season. Graham is PPR gold and can find the end zone as well. He will no doubt have another great season.

Lance Moore - Lance Moore may be the ultimate wide receiver three in fantasy football. He's capable of having very big weeks and his quarterback loves looking for him downfield. Often overlooked on draft day, Moore can be very useful on any given week and therefore produces good draft-day value. Be warned that there will be weeks when he doesn't give you what you'd expect but he is a great mid to late round pick for fantasy owners.

Darren Sproles - Sproles is one of the best backs to own in PPR formats. If you don't play in a PPR league, don't bother drafting him. He also has value in the return game and is a high end running back two for PPR, but will likely go too high in standard format leagues. He not only catches more passes than most backs, but Brees looks for him when they get to the red zone. Sproles is a threat to score from anywhere on the field and will most likely do so with great frequency again this year.

Pierre Thomas - Thomas is probably going to get most of the carries when the Saints decide to run the ball. While Thomas could be a nice value on draft day, the Saints are a pass heavy team who rely on Brees almost every down. If you can get Thomas as your fourth back, you should be in good shape with your running back depth. Thomas is still a capable fantasy back when he's called upon and should have consideration in your drafts.

Mark Ingram - This is his year. Wait. Haven't I heard that before? It seems like the last three seasons we've been hearing how Ingram looks good. I'm taking the wait and see approach with him. While he has potential, he always seems to have something holding him back. It's either an injury or Pierre Thomas gets his goal line carries. I'd still take a chance on Ingram late but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for him to live up to his potential.