Description: The Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham have come to an agreement on a four-year deal.
Insight: His fantasy owners can relax now as the tight end won't have to hold out. He's the highest paid tight end which is right for the best tight end in football. Even at less than 100 percent he caught 86 balls for 1,215 yards and a league-leading 16 TDs last season. Hard as it may be to believe, those numbers could rise in 2014.
Description: An arbitrator has ruled that the Saints can franchise tag Jimmy Graham as a tight end.
Insight: Graham took 67 percent of his snaps last season from out wide or in the slot and wide receivers who are tagged receive $5.277 million more than tight ends. Fantasy owners should be happy with the ruling, as Graham will now definitely retain his precious tight-end eligibility.
Description: According to USA Today, Saints QB Drew Brees brought up rookie receiver Brandin Cooks when asked how New Orleans will replace Darren Sproles this season.
Insight: "Even though Darren Sproles played the running back position, we were creative with him," Brees said. "We did a lot of things with him out of the backfield. We'd split him out. We'd throw him screens. We'd do all kinds of stuff with him. So, that role can be filled by maybe even a receiver. Hey, we go out in the draft and get a guy in Brandin Cooks out of Oregon State -- an explosive player, great speed, great talent, tremendous young man, loves to learn, loves the game of football. From all indications, this guy can do a lot of things for us, and he's eager to fill a role that we need him to on offense." Cooks has a 98.9 ADP in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, 40th among receivers, but he has a strong chance to end up as the top rookie wideout in 2014.
Description: New Orleans free safety Jairus Byrd underwent back surgery on Thursday. SOURCE: Katherine Terrell, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Insight: It's only a minor procedure and he should be ready for the start of training camp in a couple months. Since making his debut with Buffalo in 2009, Byrd has 356 tackles, 22 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles. He signed a six-year deal with the Saints back in March.
Description: The Saints added another weapon to their offense Thursday by taking Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks with the 20th pick in the draft.
Insight: Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award as college football's top receiver last season. He may be a bit undersized at 5-foot-10, but Cooks' 4.33 40 time was one of the fastest at this year's combine. With Drew Brees throwing to him, Cooks has tremendous fantasy upside.
Description: The NFL Players Association has officially filed a grievance against the Saints on Jimmy Graham's behalf. SOURCE: Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Insight: Graham wasn't happy about being franchise-tagged as a tight end when he felt he deserved to be paid like a wide receiver. Graham actually has a valid argument as 67 percent of his snaps last season came out wide or in the slot. Wide receivers who are tagged receive $5.277 million more than tight ends.
Description: Saints wideout Marques Colston dealt with foot soreness throughout last season and the team will monitor his practice time during the 2014 season, coach Sean Payton said. SOURCE: Larry Holder, nola.com
Insight: Colston was disappointing for most of the year but was very good in the last four weeks, putting up 28 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns to finish with 75 catches, 943 yards and five TDs. The soon-to-be 31-year-old should be drafted as a WR3 at best in 2014.
Description: The Saints have signed fullback Erik Lorig, who has played the last four seasons in Tampa Bay.
Insight: Lorig had zero rushing attempts over those four seasons and won't carry the ball in New Orleans. He has 30 career receptions for 193 yards and will have little-to-no fantasy value going forward.
Description: Former Saints running back Darren Sproles has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fifth-round selection according to multiple sources.
Insight: Sproles, who will be 31 in June, will be a tough matchup for the opposition, though he probably won't spend as much time in the backfield as he did in New Orleans because of workhorse LeSean McCoy. He had 1,273 all-purpose yards last season. His best fantasy value will be in league which include return yardage.
Description: New Orleans halfback Pierre Thomas has agreed to two-year contract extension. SOURCE: Lamont Smith, All Pro Sports Entertainment
Insight: Thomas netted 1,074 all-purpose yards last season including a career-high 513 receiving yards. He should have an even bigger role in the Saints' offense now that Darren Sproles is on the trading block.
Description: The Saints have decided not to release Darren Sproles and will instead try to trade him. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Why give Sproles away for free if everyone wants him? That seems to be the Saints' line of thinking. Even at age 30, Sproles (1,273 all-purpose yards in 2013) still has plenty to offer fantasy owners.
Description: Saints backup running back Khiry Robinson figures to be a big contributor next season after the team sent Darren Sproles packing and is expected to do the same with veteran Pierre Thomas.
Insight: They will be taking a huge gamble on an unproven talent (Robinson) and a frequently injured former first-round selection (Mark Ingram), but money issues in New Orleans seem to be determining these moves.
Description: Multiple sources are reporting that running back Darren Sproles will be released by the Saints.
Insight: Sproles said his goodbyes on Twitter just a few minutes ago. It's a cost-cutting move for the Saints as Sproles is slated to earn $3.5 million next season. He's been a jack of all trades, catching 231 passes and rushing 188 times for 1,067 yards in his last three seasons. He's also returned 81 punts and 70 kickoffs over that same span.
Description: New Orleans has released wide receiver Lance Moore.
Insight: Moore produced nothing in the way of trade interest because of a sizable salary, so the team let him go. He was always a Drew Brees favorite in crunch-time, but the Saints have a number of young talented receivers on their roster. Kenny Stills, in particular, could be primed for a big season.
Description: The Saints and Jimmy Graham are at odds over the team's decision to give him the franchise tag. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: It sounds like we may have a holdout on our hands. As unhappy as Graham is about his current contract situation, he doesn't have much leverage. Graham will likely contend that he should be tagged as a wide receiver, though it's unlikely he'll win that argument.
Description: New Orleans will use its franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: The tag is non-exclusive which means that for the price of two first-round picks, another team could sign him. Of course, the Saints could always just match the offer. Tight ends who are franchised will earn $7.035 million in 2014.
Description: New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham does not want the Saints to give him the franchise tag when he becomes a free agent this offseason. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Graham sees the writing on the wall and he doesn't like it. The All-Pro tight end is almost guaranteed to get the tag, which will pay him $6 million next season. Though that's way more than he's earning now ($1.323 million), Graham would certainly get more than $6 million as a free agent. Graham and his agent will argue that he's actually a wide receiver because it comes with a $10.5 million tag, but Jared Cook made that same argument last season and didn't get very far.
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (chest) will miss Saturday's divisional playoff game against the Seahawks.
Insight: Thomas sat out New Orleans' first playoff game last Saturday at Philadelphia, but the Saints still ran the ball 36 times for 185 yards. Mark Ingram led the way with 18 carries for 97 rushing yards and a touchdown, Khiry Robinson added 45 rushing yards on eight carries and Darren Sproles produced 60 total yards on eight touches.
Description: Updating a previous item, New Orleans halfback Pierre Thomas was back at practice on Thursday. Thomas missed Saturday's win over Philadelphia because of a chest injury. SOURCE: Larry Holder, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Insight: Thomas practiced in a limited capacity. Mark Ingram is expected to start if Thomas can't go Saturday against the Seahawks.
Description: Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis, who left Saturday's game with a possible concussion, practiced in full Wednesday.
Insight: Lewis argued vehemently to return to the game, but doctors wouldn't let him. Looks like he wasn't injured enough to keep him out of this week's game with Seattle. He's the team's best cover corner.
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (chest) missed Saturday's playoff game at Philadelphia and an ESPN report is calling him a "long shot" for Saturday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Seattle
Insight: The Saints had no problem covering for Thomas as RB is a deep position. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson run the ball and Darren Sproles catches the ball so they can more than make up for the loss of Thomas who does a little of both (549 rushing, 513 receiving). Move him toward the doubtful side of questionable.
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (chest) missed Saturday's playoff game at Philadelphia and is questionable for Saturday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Seattle
Insight: The Saints had no problem covering for Thomas as RB is a deep position. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson run the ball and Darren Sproles catches the ball so they can more than make up for the loss of Thomas who does a little of both (549 rushing, 513 receiving).
Description: New Orleans linebacker Parys Haralson, who left Saturday's NFC Wild Card Playoff against Philadelphia with a chest injury, is doubtful for Saturday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Seattle.
Insight: Haralson had 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season. Will Herring filled in against the Eagles.
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas (chest) will miss Saturday's playoff game at Philadelphia.
Insight: The Saints will be without a player that had 1,062 yards from scrimmage (549 rushing, 513 receiving) and five touchdowns on 224 touches (147 carries, 77 receptions). They'll need to lean on Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram in the backfield against the Eagles.
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Panthers.
Insight: Graham had just 11 receiving yards with 12:36 remaining in the fourth quarter but he caught three passes for 62 yards and a touchdown on New Orleans lone touchdown drive of the game. Graham has 15 touchdowns this season, second most by a tight end in NFL history.
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees was sacked six times and threw two interceptions Sunday in a loss at Carolina.
Insight: Brees threw for 281 yards on one touchdown on 30-of-44 passing and was out of rhythm all day. He's thrown for two touchdowns with four interceptions the last two games after tossing just eight picks in his first 13.
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 500 passing yards away from his third straight 5,000-yard season.
Insight: Brees already has reached 30 touchdowns for the sixth consecutive year, and he's cut his interceptions down from 19 last season to 10 while raising his completion percentage from 63 percent to 68.2 percent.
Description: Saints wideout Marques Colston had 92 yards and a touchdown on eight catches Sunday against the Rams.
Insight: Colston is making a late run at 1,000 yards after disappointing fantasy owners for most of the season. He's turned in 17 receptions, 217 yards and three touchdowns the last two games and will go into the final two weeks with 64 catches, 813 yards and five scores.
Description: According to Mike Triplett of espn.com, Saints running back Darren Sproles played a measly 15 snaps Sunday night against the Panthers.
Insight: Sproles' playing time continues to dwindle. He's offered inconsistent production all season, putting up a pair of two-touchdown games, 10 games with zero scores and just two games with 100 yards from scrimmage (zero since Week 4).
Description: Saints running back Darren Sproles (ankle, knee) practiced fully Thursday, according to Mike Triplett of espn.com. Sproles missed last Thursday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Sproles has offered inconsistent production this season, putting up two two-touchdown games and zero scores in his other eight, so fantasy owners should be overly excited about having him back. Pierre Thomas is the Saints running back to own.
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot, elbow) played 38 of 60 played Thursday night.
Insight: Graham doesn't need to play every down to be one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Even with Ben Watson catching a TD pass in the first quarter, Graham was a fantasy stud with five receptions for 100 yards and a score.
Description: Saints running back Darren Sproles (ankle, knee) is inactive for Thursday's game at Atlanta.
Insight: Sproles has offered inconsistent production this season, putting up two two-touchdown games and zero scores in his other eight, so he's not a major loss for fantasy owners. Pierre Thomas is a RB2 this week, and Mark Ingram has some flex value in deeper leagues.
Description: According to espn.com's Mike Triplett, Saints running back Darren Sproles (ankle, knee) is a "true case of 50-50" for Thursday's game at Atlanta.
Insight: Sproles will be a game-time decision. He's offered inconsistent production this season, putting up two two-touchdown games and zero scores in his other eight. Pierre Thomas will be a RB2 if Sproles is out and a flex option if Sproles is active.
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram's 145 rushing yards in Week 10 against Dallas were not only a career high but also the first 100-yard performance in Ingram's 30 career NFL games.
Insight: Ingram has played just four games this season due to a toe injury and hadn't rushed for more than 20 yards in the first three before busting out Sunday night. The Saints rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries, so Ingram's performance is likely more an indictment of Dallas' defense than a sign he's going to become an impact player. He's not worth a waiver priority but if he clears waivers in your league feel free to make the speculative add.
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot, elbow) only played 33 of the team's 83 snaps Sunday night against the Cowboys, but Graham indicated it was part of a pre-determined plan rather than a setback. SOURCE: Mike Triplett, ESPN.com
Insight: Graham, who played 56 snaps in Week 9 and had two touchdowns in each of the previous two games, caught five passes for 59 yards against Dallas. He's playing through a partially-torn plantar fascia so his snaps are likely to remain limited, but he's still a top-two tight end in all leagues.
Description: New Orleans halfback Darren Sproles passed his concussion tests and was able to practice fully on Wednesday. SOURCE: Mike Triplett, ESPN
Insight: That gives him a decent chance to play Sunday against Dallas. Though technically considered a running back, Sproles has done most of his damage as a receiver this season (37 receptions for 368 yards and a touchdown).
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham's foot injury didn't hamper him at all Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: Graham hauled in nine catches on 12 targets for 116 yards and two scores, including a 51-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He'll have to play through this injury will likely miss some practice time for the rest of the season, but as long as he plays he's a must-start in all fantasy leagues.
Description: According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot) was "moving fine" in pre-game warmups.
Insight: Graham said during the week that he hopes to play more than the 18 snaps he got in Week 8 against Buffalo. Despite the limited workload, Graham still caught two touchdowns in that game and is locked in as a TE1 against the Jets.
Description: Saints running back Darren Sproles could see more targets as a receiver this week with Marques Colston inactive for the game with the Jets.
Insight: Sproles disappeared against the Bills last week, but the Jets don't have anyone who can cover him out of the backfield. With Colston's targets now up for grabs, Sproles might be a viable fantasy option.
Description: Saints receiver Marques Colston (knee) has been made inactive and isn't going to play in Sunday's game.
Insight: The 30-year-old Colston has been a non-factor in fantasy leagues the last three games, catching six passes on 11 targets for 44 yards. At least now you can put someone in the lineup that might produce.
Description: Saints receiver Marques Colston (knee) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game.
Insight: The 30-year-old Colston has been a nonfactor in fantasy leagues the last three games, catching six passes on 11 targets for 44 yards. Even if he's healthy enough to play in Week 9 against the Jets, fantasy owners should bench him.
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot) was able to practice all week and hopes to play more than the 18 snaps he played in Week 8 against Buffalo when New Orleans takes on the Jets Sunday. SOURCE: ESPN.com
Insight: "Hopefully I'll be able to play more, but that's all on Sean (Payton) and all of our coaches and our doctors and what they think," Graham said. "I personally never want to come out the game ... but I personally don't know." Graham managed to score two touchdowns on three catches against the Bills and is a top-three tight end as long as he suits up. Graham is trying to manage the pain of playing with a partially torn plantar fascia but says he's going to be "full go" anytime he steps on the field Sunday.
Description: Saints receiver Marques Colston (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
Insight: Colston has been a nonfactor in fantasy leagues the last three games, catching six passes on 11 targets for 44 yards. Even if he's healthy enough to play in Week 9 against the Jets, fantasy owners should bench him.
Description: Two of Jimmy Graham's three catches Sunday went for touchdowns.
Insight: That's two goal post dunks for those of you keeping score at home. Even when Graham isn't 100 percent healthy, which he wasn't for this game, he's still a force in the red zone. He'll be a must-start from here on out.
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has been diagnosed with a partially torn plantar fascia. SOURCE: Jay Glazer, Fox Sports
Insight: It's a painful injury and one that probably won't heal right away. For that reason, we'd consider Graham doubtful for this week's matchup against the Bills. Graham's backup Benjamin Watson is still available in over 99 percent of fantasy leagues if you're looking for a lottery ticket.
Description: New Orleans wide receiver Lance Moore is listed on the team's injury report as probable.
Insight: Moore, who has missed time with an injured wrist, could return to fantasy relevance this week against Buffalo if Drew Brees' favorite receiver Jimmy Graham is unable to play. Still, he makes for a risky play given his overwhelming lack of success this season (just four catches for 44 yards in three games),
Description: According to ESPN.com's Mike Triplett, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot) practiced on a limited basis Friday and is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, but fantasy owners should expect him to be a game-time decision.
Insight: Graham suffered a foot injury during a Week 6 loss to New England. If he can't play Sunday, look for Marques Colston, Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and the returning Lance Moore (wrist) to be Drew Brees' top-four targets.
Description: Saints receiver Lance Moore (wrist) fully practiced Wednesday for the first time since suffering his injury in Week 3 and is on track to play Sunday against the Bills. SOURCE: Mike Triplett, ESPN.com
Insight: Moore caught just four passes for 44 yards the first three games. Even though Jimmy Graham is questionable with a foot injury, fantasy owners can leave Moore on the bench until we see how the team utilizes him.
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is questionable heading into Sunday's game versus Buffalo. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Graham injured his foot late in a Week 6 loss to the Patriots. He was held without a catch in that game. Ben Watson would take over at tight end if Graham can't suit up. Obviously it would be a huge loss for fantasy owners as Graham has been far and away the best fantasy producer at his position this season.
Description: New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham was held without a catch Sunday against the Patriots.
Insight: New England's plan from the very beginning was to make Graham a nonfactor and it worked. First, he was shadowed by Aqib Talib. Then after Talib went out with a hip injury, Devin McCourty tried his hand at Graham and had similar success. Graham eventually left the field to have his ankle re-taped and never came back. Graham let down plenty of fantasy owners with his goose egg on Sunday but it's tough to get too upset with him after how well he played in the first five weeks of the season.
Description: Saints receiver Lance Moore (wrist) hasn't even resumed practicing yet.
Insight: Moore has missed the last two games after catching just four passes for 44 yards the first three. Jimmy Graham leads the Saints with 54 targets while Marques Colston and Darren Sproles have 31 and Pierre Thomas 30. Kenny Stills lags behind with 16.
Description: Saints receiver Lance Moore (hand) missed Thursday's practice after injuring his hand and missing half of Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Insight: Moore, who had 1,000 yards last season, has just four catches for 44 yards on 11 targets through three games. The Saints play on Monday night so fantasy owners cannot afford to wait to see if he is playing.
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram is doubtful for next Monday night's game against Miami.
Insight: The former Heisman Trophy winner hasn't really had a chance to utilize his skill set in Sean Payton's pass dominant scheme. Meanwhile, trade rumors are out there and its possible a deal might happen before he gets back on the field in a Saints uniform.
Description: Mark Ingram may ask for a trade if his role in the Saints' offense doesn't increase. SOURCE: Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
Insight: The former Heisman Trophy winner hasn't really had a chance to utilize his impressive skill set in Sean Payton's pass dominant scheme. In terms of a trade affecting his fantasy value, it wouldn't matter anyway right now because Ingram is dealing with a painful toe injury.
Description: New Orleans halfback Mark Ingram (toe) won't be available Sunday versus the Cardinals.
Insight: Even when he's played, Ingram hasn't been much of a factor this season (just 1.8 yards per carry). Pierre Thomas will get more carries with Ingram sidelined though probably still not enough to warrant a start in fantasy.
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram (toe) was limited in practice Thursday.
Insight: Ingram has done virtually nothing through two games, rushing for 31 yards on 17 carries. ESPN Saints reporter Jeff Triplett predicted Thursday that Pierre Thomas would slowly eclipse Ingram as New Orleans "1A" running option even if Ingram stays healthy. If Ingram misses Sunday's game against Arizona, Thomas could be a decent flex option for injury-ravaged fantasy owners.
Description: Saints reporter Mike Triplett of ESPN.com thinks running back Mark Ingram has "missed out on his opportunity to establish himself as the team's primary runner" and expects a "subtle flip-flop" of Ingram and Pierre Thomas in the coming weeks.
Insight: Triplett expects Thomas to become New Orleans "1A" running option with Ingram as "1B," instead of vice versa. Ingram has rushed for just 31 yards on 17 carries in the first two games, while Thomas has 107 yards from scrimmage on 22 touches (14 carries, eight receptions). Darren Sproles has the most fantasy value of any Saints running back, but Thomas could become a flex option if the team gives up on Ingram. Right now, though, Thomas can be held on the bench.
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas was on the field for 21 of 69 plays. Darren Sproles got 31plays and Mark Ingram18.
Insight: Thomas saw 13 touches (including four passes), Sproles 14 (six targets) and Ingram nine (all run attempts). Thomas is a solid all-purpose player, but it appears this will continue to be a three-way shared situation. If all three remain healthy it will be difficult for anyone to become a consistent fantasy-worthy option.
Description: Saints running back Darren Sproles racked up 110 yards from scrimmage Sunday against the Falcons.
Insight: Sproles had 88 yards through the air on six catches and 22 on the ground on eight carries. With Sean Payton back at the helm, we wouldn't at all be surprised to see Sproles reach 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards.
Description: The Saints gave nine carries to Pierre Thomas, eight to Darren Sproles and nine to Mark Ingram Sunday against the Falcons.
Insight: Ingram did the least with his, rushing for 11 yards. Not only is the former Heisman Trophy winner stuck in a timeshare, but he has failed to be productive in his limited playing time during his career. And while Sproles caught six passes and Thomas four, Ingram had zero.
Description: Don't expect the Saints' newest receiver Robert Meachem to be a factor right away. SOURCE: New Orleans Times-Picayune
Insight: Meachem, who signed with New Orleans after being cut by the Chargers over the weekend, is currently listed at No. 4 on the team's wide receiver depth chart. It's a testament to the confidence Sean Payton has in fifth-round pick Kenny Stills from Oklahoma. Stills, the team's No. 3 wideout, is a burner with 4.3 speed and a penchant for big plays. Perhaps the threat of Stills will motivate Meachem to have a big year.
Description: Free agent wide receiver Robert Meachem appears to be ready to sign with the Saints.
Insight: Meachem played with New Orleans from 2008-11. His best season was in 2009 when he caught 45 balls for 722 yards and nine scores - all career bests. He was a bust in San Diego and likely won't get that much work in New Orleans. He would be added depth after the team lost wideout Joe Morgan to injury.
Description: New Orleans defensive lineman Will Smith is going to miss the entire season with a knee injury, according to ProFootballTalk.
Insight: Smith joins Victor Butler and Kenyon Coleman on the sidelines. For a team that gave up a league-worst 7,042 yards last season, this is not good news. On the other hand, it likely means that Brees will have to keep scoring deep into the fourth quarter.
Description: Saints receiver Marques Colston (foot) is active for Week 3 versus Arizona.
Insight: Colston's plantar fasciitis has lingered since last season and caused him to miss more than a dozen practices this training camp, but he's been ready for every game this season. Start him as always.
Description: Saints receiver Marques Colston (foot) practiced Monday and Tuesday but admitted he's not 100 percent healthy, according to NOLA.com.
Insight: "That's OK," Colston said. "I'm working towards it. I still have couple of weeks yet. I'm still taking my time with it." Colston's plantar fasciitis has lingered since last season and caused him to miss more than a dozen practices this training camp, but he's expected to be ready for Week 1.
Description: The Saints dropped quarterback Seneca Wallace on Monday. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Wallace struggled mightily in Friday's preseason game against Oakland (3-for-6, two sacks, one interception, two fumbles) and now he's unemployed. With Wallace gone, Luke McCown will have to back up Drew Brees this season.
Description: Rookie Kenny Stills (Oklahoma) along with second-year wideout Nick Toon both did something to increase their chances of playing time during the regular season. Stills caught a 16-yard touchdown pass and Toon beat the defense deep for a 56-yard completion.
Insight: Although Marques Colston, Lance Moore and tight end Jimmy Graham will grab the lion's share of Brees' targets this season, the quarterback is known for spreading the wealth and the winner of the No. 3 receiver sweepstakes could have fantasy value.
Description: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees looked in mid-season form on Friday night, throwing 18 times and completing 14 for 202 yards and a score.
Insight: Of course, it was against the Raiders, so temper that enthusiasm slightly. Still, Brees gets Sean Payton back calling the plays and he's thrown for 5,000 or more yards in three of the past five seasons. He's ready.
Description: Former Chargers and Cowboys wideout Patrick Crayton has been signed by the New Orleans Saints.
Insight: The addition of a veteran receiver, they also looked at Steve Breaston, could mean that Saints management is completely sold on youngsters Kenny Sills and Nick Toon. The wide receiver who grabs the No. 3 role in New Orleans behind Marques Colston and Lance Moore has a chance to be fantasy worthy.
Description: According to Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune (NOLA.com), Saints running back Mark Ingram "has looked strong, fast, fluid and a little slimmer during training camp -- a result of being fully healthy for the first time throughout an entire offseason since he joined the NFL."
Insight: The Saints have talked about using Ingram in a more versatile way after using him mainly as a short-yardage and base offense running back the last two years. Getting on the field more for passing downs for a team that passes so often can only help Ingram's fantasy stock, but with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas still on the roster Ingram is a flex option at best.
Description: New Orleans backup receiver Preston Parker caught two short touchdown passes from Luke McCown in the Saints 17-13 exhibition win over Kansas City.
Insight: Any receiver who proves he can catch and hold onto the ball can have value in a Drew Brees offense. If Parker will continue to produce, Brees will find him even as a third, fourth or fifth option.
Description: Rookie Kenny Stills (Oklahoma) along with second-year wideout Nick Toon should be the primary beneficiaries of the season-ending injury to No.3 receiver Joseph Morgan.
Insight: With Marques Colston also missing some time, both youngsters could get reps with Drew Brees. Although Colston, Lance Moore and tight end Jimmy Graham will snare most of Brees' targets this season, Brees is known for spreading the wealth and the winner of the No. 3 receiver sweepstakes could have fantasy value.
Description: New Orleans second-year wideout Nick Toon should get first shot at filling the void left by the departure of Devery Henderson and the recent season-ending injury to Joseph Morgan.
Insight: Toon, a fourth-round selection in 2012, along with Kenny Stills, Steve Breaston, Preston Parker and Courtney Roby will battle for the No. 3 role. Given their quarterback is Drew Brees, whoever wins the spot should have fantasy value.
Description: New Orleans wide receiver Joseph Morgan has suffered a torn meniscus and partially torn ACL which should effectively end his season, according to Saints beat writer Larry Holder.
Insight: With Devery Henderson gone, Morgan was expected to serve as the No. 3 receiver behind Marques Colston and Lance Moore. This injury should provide a huge opportunity for second-year wideout Nick Toon, who missed all of his rookie season with a foot injury.
Description: Fox's Mike Garafolo reports that the Saints have signed wideout Steve Breaston to a one-year contract.
Insight: It took him all offseason but Breaston finally has a job again. He's never caught more than three touchdowns in a season and his last 1,000-yard campaign was in 2008. Having Drew Brees throwing to him should help a little bit but we're guessing Breaston still won't come close to being fantasy relevant in 2013.
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas was listed on the first team when the unofficial depth chart was released Monday, according to Katherine Terrell of the Times-Picayune.
Insight: Thomas is a solid all-purpose player, but shares the running workload with Mark Ingram. Both backs sit more than play in the Saints' pass-first offense as Darren Sproles takes the field in all passing situations.