By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)
Heading back over to the NFC South, the New Orleans Saints are on the
clock. It seems like every season fantasy owners have plenty of fantasy
studs to choose from when talking about the Saints. From their
quarterback to receivers and running backs, the Saints always provide
fantasy owners with plenty of talent. 2014 will not be any different.
Drew Brees- Once again, Drew Brees passed for over 5,000 yards. He also
added over 40 touchdowns combined and was the second highest scoring
fantasy quarterback last season averaging 27 fantasy points per game.
Fantasy owners can expect more of the same this season.
Marques Colston- While Colston may not be the top receiver he's been in
recent years, he's still capable of helping fantasy owners. 2013 saw him
average over eight fantasy points per game and he still managed 75
catches for 943 yards and five touchdowns. His 2014 numbers should be
close to his 2013 production.
Kenny Stills- For a rookie receiver, Stills managed to catch 32 balls
for over 600 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged almost six fantasy
points per game and should be an even bigger fantasy receiver in 2014.
Brandin Cooks- The rookie out of Oregon State collected 226 receptions
for over 3,200 yards and 24 touchdowns in his three seasons at Oregon
State. He is expected to be a major factor for the Saints early on and
could be a sleeper for fantasy owners in drafts this season.
Mark Ingram- At what point do fantasy owners just completely give up on
Mark Ingram? He has provided no fantasy relevance whatsoever since
coming into the league and always seems to have an injury that causes
him to miss time. 2013 saw Ingram play in 11 games and rush for 386
yards and just a single touchdown. He averaged under five fantasy points
per game and fantasy owners shouldn't expect much from him in 2014
Pierre Thomas- As of now, Thomas has to be considered the lead back for
the Saints to start the season. With the departure of Darren Sproles,
fantasy owners can expect Thomas to be the recipient of close to the
same number of receptions from last season (77) and could help fantasy
owners immensely in PPR formats. With the way the Saints like to throw
the ball all over the field, Pierre Thomas should be considered a top
back heading into fantasy drafts in 2014.
Jimmy Graham- The best fantasy tight end in 2013, Graham averaged almost
14 fantasy points per game and scored 16 touchdowns. Even if Gronk is
healthy for the start of the season, Jimmy Graham will be the top tight
end off the board again in 2014. There is little doubt in fantasy
owners' minds that Jimmy Graham can come close to his 2013 numbers
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