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  • Tommylee Lewis catches three balls in defeat
    Saints WR Tommylee Lewis caught 3-of-4 targets for 43 yards in the Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: With Willie Snead (toe) inactive, UDFA Lewis played 11-of-82 snaps and also got one carry on a double-reverse that gained just one yard. Lewis is a tiny 5'7/168 rookie out of Northern Illinois who was recommended to the Saints by legendary coach Bill Parcells. He'll go back to the bench in Week 4. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.57 (2652nd)
     
  • Tim Hightower gets three carries in MNF loss
    Tim Hightower rushed three times for 19 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Hightower got one series mostly to himself, but Mark Ingram otherwise dominated all the early-down work with 107 total yards and one score on 19 touches. Hightower will only come into play if Ingram gets hurt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    4.37 (1772nd)
     
  • Brandon Coleman catches seven balls in loss
    Brandon Coleman caught 7-of-8 targets for 78 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Coleman got the start opposite Michael Thomas with Willie Snead (toe) inactive. He was the third receiver through the rotation much of the night behind Brandin Cooks and Thomas. His longest grab went for 28 yards, and Coleman was mostly working the middle of the field with Thomas (7-71-1) and Coby Fleener (7-109-1). His lone misconnection was a fourth-quarter drop. Coleman should go back to No. 4 duties with Snead likely to return Week 4 against the Chargers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.90 (2633rd)
     
  • Travaris Cadet catches six passes in Week 3
    Travaris Cadet caught 6-of-6 targets for 32 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Cadet didn't register a carry. The Falcons have long been dreadful at covering opposing running backs out of the backfield, and Cadet whipped them all night in the flats and on wheel routes. He also had a long first-quarter catch called back on a weak offensive pass interference penalty. Cadet has a role in the Saints' pass game and is worth owning in deeper PPR leagues. He gets another strong matchup Week 4 at San Diego. Heading into Monday, the Chargers had allowed the most catches for the third-most yards to opposing running backs this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    3.79 (2419th)
     
  • Brandin Cooks kept quiet with 2-13 in loss
    Brandin Cooks caught just 2-of-8 targets for 13 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

    Advice: He was targeted just once after halftime. Even without Willie Snead (toe) in the lineup, Cooks was mostly a non-factor, drawing a lot of Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant's coverage. It freed up Coby Fleener (7-109-1) and rookie Michael Thomas (7-71-1) to do a ton of damage in the middle of the field. Cooks will draw another tough matchup with Chargers CB Jason Verrett in Week 4. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:28 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.96 (58th)
     
  • Justin Hardy catches short TD in Week 3 win
    Justin Hardy caught 2-of-2 targets for 26 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

    Advice: Hardy and Taylor Gabriel rotated in behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but Sanu left at halftime with a shoulder injury, leaving more snaps for the Nos. 3 and 4 guys. Hardy's touchdown came on a shovel pass from four yards away. Even if Sanu sits Week 4, Hardy won't be a recommended play against the Panthers. The running backs and Julio Jones would dominate looks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (2565th)
     
  • Mark Ingram totals 107 yards, TD in shootout
    Mark Ingram rushed 15 times for 77 yards and caught 4-of-6 targets for 30 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons, adding a two-point conversion.

    Advice: The five-yard touchdown catch came when Ingram motioned out wide left and caught a screen pass before waltzing into the end zone inside the pylon. It was his first receiving touchdown of his career. As evidenced by his 5.1 YPC average, Ingram had gaping holes to run through most of the night. He also had a lengthy run called back on a holding penalty by Coby Fleener. After seeing just 27 total touches Weeks 1-2, the 19 on Monday night gives Ingram owners a sigh of relief. Backups Travaris Cadet and Tim Hightower combined for nine touches. Ingram will be a locked-in RB1 next week at a Chargers defense that was gashed by Spencer Ware in Week 1 and Frank Gore this past Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:19 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.96 (21st)
     
  • Jacob Tamme kept quiet in MNF victory
    Jacob Tamme caught 3-of-4 targets for 28 yards in the Falcons' Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

    Advice: After seeing eight targets in each of the Falcons' first two games, Tamme was an afterthought on Monday night with the Falcons' running backs doing all the damage and Matt Ryan spreading the ball around to eight different targets. Tamme's lone missed target was an end-zone try that sailed incomplete. Tamme will be a borderline TE1/2 next week against the Panthers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    5.56 (121st)
     
  • Rookie WR Michael Thomas goes 7-71-1 in loss
    Michael Thomas caught 7-of-11 targets for 71 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

    Advice: With Willie Snead (toe) inactive, Thomas played a full complement of snaps and got the start. His 11 targets tied for the team lead with Coby Fleener, who also broke out with a 7-109-1 line. Thomas was targeted on quick slant after quick slant after quick slant, and scored his touchdown on that route from three yards out. He was also the intended target on the same route on Drew Brees' back-breaking 90-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter. Thomas was Brees' featured player in the red zone, as he was also stopped at the two-yard line on one grab. Snead should be back for Week 4 against the Chargers, but Thomas has earned his role in three-wide sets. Treat him as an upside WR4. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (110th)
     
  • Julio Jones held to 1-16 line in blowout win
    Julio Jones was held to one catch for 16 yards on seven targets in the Falcons' 45-32, Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

    Advice: Jones' seven targets were a team-high, but he and Matt Ryan just couldn't connect on much of anything on a night the Falcons' running backs -- Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman -- combined for 296 yards and four touchdowns dominated on offense. Jones came into the game with calf and ankle ailments, and he wasn't in on every offensive snap, but didn't look to be any worse for the wear. The Saints simply sold out to stop Jones, and the rest of the offense made them pay. Jones will look to bounce back next week at home against the Panthers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.74 (26th)
     
  • Brees throws for 376 yards, 3 TDs in MNF loss
    Drew Brees completed 36-of-54 passes for 376 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Saints' 45-32, Week 3 loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

    Advice: Unfortunately for the Saints, their defense couldn't stop the Falcons' offense, and Brees had to fire off 54 attempts playing catch-up all night. Brees had a couple passes batted down at the line of scrimmage in the first half, and his streak of 305 pass attempts without an interception ended early in the fourth quarter on a back-breaking 90-yard pick-six as the Falcons defense knew the quick slant was coming from the 10-yard line. Still, Brees found Coby Fleener (two yards), Mark Ingram (five yards), and Michael Thomas (three yards) for short scores. Brees returns to San Diego in Week 4 and will again be a strong QB1 play, even outdoors on the road. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    21.41 (7th)
     
  • Julio Jones (calf) 'good to go' Monday night
    Julio Jones (calf, ankle) is active and "good to go" for Monday night's Week 3 game against the Saints.

    Advice: There was never much doubt despite the questionable tag. Jones may not be 100 percent, but he came into the week as the elite WR1 play against a Saints defense that lost its Nos. 1 and 2 cornerbacks to injury Weeks 1 and 2. Hybrid S/slot CB Kenny Vaccaro (ankle) is also inactive. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:00 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.74 (26th)
     
  • Dion Sims listed as limited participant
    Dion Sims (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in the Dolphins' Monday practice.

    Advice: Sims played almost every snap in Miami's Week 3 loss to Cleveland after Jordan Cameron went out with an early-game concussion. Sims' ankle injury likely isn't severe. He will be on the streamer radar for Week 4 against the Bengals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:36 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    1.45 (2431st)
     
  • Troy Niklas has potentially 'severe' injury
    Cardinals TE Troy Niklas has a wrist injury that "could be severe."

    Advice: Niklas has only one catch, and played a modest 29.3 percent of the Cardinals' snaps. Darren Fells and Jermaine Gresham have both been on the field more, and would see their playing time rise if Niklas misses an extended period. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:27 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.47 (2575th)
     
  • Zimmer on Treadwell: 'He's thinking too much'
    Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that first-round pick Laquon Treadwell isn't playing because "he's still thinking too much."

    Advice: Treadwell was a healthy scratch in Week 3, even with Charles Johnson struggling mightily. Zimmer did praise Treadwell for having a "good attitude" while riding the bench. Current X receiver Johnson has just 20 receiving yards on ten targets through three games, and was held catch-less in Sunday's win over Carolina. It's only a matter of time before Treadwell supplants him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    1.28 (2618th)
     
  • Elliott runs for 140 yards in workhorse role
    Ezekiel Elliott had 30 carries for 140 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards in the Cowboys' Week 3 win over Chicago.

    Advice: Elliott had two touchdowns vultured, including one to Lance Dunbar. Even with the offensive line missing multiple starters, he had a ton of running room all game. Elliott’s highlight was a hurdle over S Chris Prosinski at the end of a third quarter run. He didn't have any ball security issues after two fumbles last week. Elliott is locked in as a RB1 for Week 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:07 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.76 (28th)
     
  • Glazer: Julio full-go in Sunday's walkthrough
    FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports Julio Jones (calf, questionable) was a full-go in Sunday's walkthrough.

    Advice: Coach Dan Quinn reportedly told Glazer the Falcons expect Jones to play Monday night against the Saints, but they will test him again before the game. All signs have pointed to Jones being active this week, and this news just solidifies his status. He is an elite WR1. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:54 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.74 (26th)
     
  • Laquon Treadwell healthy scratch vs. Panthers
    Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is inactive for Week 3 vs. the Panthers.

    Advice: Treadwell played only two snaps in Week 2, so it's not a huge surprise. It's still puzzling, as the Vikings need their first-rounder to get going as they transition to being more of a pass-heavy offense. Also inactive for the Vikings are RB Ronnie Hillman, LB Kentrell Brothers, C Nick Easton, DT Sharrif Floyd and TE MyCole Pruitt. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:35 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    1.28 (2618th)
     
  • Justin Hardy (shoulder) expected to play
    Justin Hardy (shoulder) is expected to play Week 3 against the Saints.

    Advice: Hardy was limited all week, but coach Dan Quinn said he is fine and ready to go. Even playing, Hardy is not worth using in any fantasy format. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:04 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (2565th)
     
  • Julio Jones listed as questionable for MNF
    Julio Jones (calf) is listed as questionable for Monday night football.

    Advice: Jones has no doubt about his availability for Monday night. "I will play," he said. Julio is safe to fire up as an elite WR1. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:48 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.74 (26th)
     
  • Julio Jones (calf) back at practice Saturday
    Julio Jones (calf) returned to practice Saturday.

    Advice: Jones' participation was likely limited after sitting out Thursday and Friday, but coach Dan Quinn said he will play Monday night against the Saints barring any setbacks. Even at less than 100 percent, he is a must-start at New Orleans. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:09 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.74 (26th)
     
  • Shanahan plans to keep spreading ball around
    Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan plans to keep spreading the ball around in the passing game.

    Advice: "You don’t have to force it into tough looks. You can go where the coverage tells you," Shanahan said. "You might not have the same numbers for [Julio Jones] and stuff, but I think the result ends up improving the offense." Julio has nine catches for 172 yards and two scores already this year, but he is on pace for just 104 targets after seeing 203 last season. That pace will certainly pick up, but it seems clear he is not going to be the target monster he was the last two years. Even so, he will be an elite WR1 if he suits up Monday night. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:47 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.74 (26th)
     
  • Julio Jones misses another practice on Friday
    Julio Jones (calf, ankle) did not practice Friday.

    Advice: While he hasn't practiced each of the past two days, coach Dan Quinn has expressed optimism about Jones' status for Monday night. We'd love to see him practice on Saturday, but by all accounts he should be good to go for Week 3. Despite the minor injuries, Jones is maybe the top WR1 of the week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:01 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.74 (26th)
     
  • Dan Quinn optimistic about Julio Jones
    Falcons coach Dan Quinn was optimistic talking about Julio Jones' (calf) status Thursday.

    Advice: "He’s making good progress as we are going," Quinn said. "We kind of just see his arrow keep going up as the week goes. ... Having the extra day this week has been a real plus for him, no doubt about it." Jones' injury isn't believed to be serious despite Thursday's missed practice. Owners can keep him locked in as an elite WR1 for a mouthwatering matchup. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:48 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.74 (26th)
     
  • Julio Jones (calf) not practicing on Thursday
    Julio Jones (calf) didn't practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He was listed as a DNP despite attending the team's walkthrough. The Falcons play on Monday night this week so it's not time to panic yet. He's dealing with a bruised calf. Assuming he suits up and plays his usual snaps, Jones will be an elite play against the Saints' swiss cheese secondary. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:15 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.74 (26th)
     
  • Report: Julio Jones has 'minor calf bruise'
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter reports Julio Jones is dealing with a "minor calf bruise."

    Advice: The injury was reported as a strain, but Ledbetter reports Jones suffered the issue when someone fell on his leg during last week's game. He is expected to be limited on Thursday, but the injury does not look like it will affect his availability for Monday night's clash with the Saints. Jones will be an elite WR1 in that game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:30 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.74 (26th)
     
  • Zeke Elliott's conditioning still an issue?
    Cowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus suggested that Ezekiel Elliott "doesn't look as explosive" as he did in college.

    Advice: It's hard to argue against for a back averaging 3.3 yards per carry after Elliott averaged 6.7 YPC at Ohio State. Elliott got nothing going against the Giants in Week 1 and only had a few nice runs in Week 2 against the Redskins. Broaddus suggested that Elliott's "conditioning doesn't look right" and later tweeted Elliott may be "kinda living life too much." There have been rumors Elliott isn't fully focused on football for awhile now. Elliott does have major breakout potential on Sunday Night Football against the Bears' injury-depleted defense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:15 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.76 (28th)
     
  • No reason to be concerned about Ingram?
    ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett isn't worried about Mark Ingram's production through two games.

    Advice: Ingram has a modest 27 touches, and has yet to find the end zone. Triplett blames Ingram's underwhelming numbers on the Saints' proclivity to abandon the run, something he admits will remain an issue going forward. The biggest concern from a fantasy perspective might be the 10 targets Ingram has ceded to Travaris Cadet in the passing game, though Ingram out-targeted Cadet 4-3 in Week 2. Ingram has a soft Week 3 matchup in the Falcons. He remains in the RB1 conversation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:47 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.96 (21st)
     
  • Jerry: Fumbles will not affect Elliott's work
    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said fumbling issues "will not at all" affect Ezekiel Elliott's workload.

    Advice: Elliott was pulled after his second fumble against the Redskins on Sunday, but the Cowboys do not seem worried it is a long-term issue. "He fundamentally carries the ball really sound," Jones said. "He carries it. He carries it up against him. We won't get into all of that detail, but if you asked the question: Is he very sound in the way he holds the football? He is." Alfred Morris might be in line for more work, but Elliott will remain the clear workhorse moving forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:07 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.76 (28th)
     
  • Ezekiel Elliott benched after second fumble
    Ezekiel Elliott did not play a snap after his second fumble Sunday against the Redskins.

    Advice: Alfred Morris handled all of the work over the final 6:56, scoring the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Jerry Jones said after the game he and the coaches are not worried about Elliott's fumbles, but the benching suggests otherwise. The rookie will remain the starter moving forward, but Morris could start to eat into his workload. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:13 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.76 (28th)
     
  • Laquon Treadwell plays only two snaps
    Laquon Treadwell played just two snaps in Week 2.

    Advice: He's behind Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson, and Adam Thielen. Despite the lack of playing time, Treadwell should start to see more snaps. Johnson (three catches, 21 yards) has given Minnesota nothing opposite Diggs. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 10:04 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    1.28 (2618th)
     
  • Justin Hardy catches 8-yard TD in Week 2
    Justin Hardy caught 1-of-3 targets for an eight-yard touchdown in the Falcons' Week 2 win over the Raiders.

    Advice: Hardy's touchdown was one of the luckiest ones you'll ever see, as Matt Ryan's pass ricocheted off of Tevin Coleman with a defender all over him and into the waiting arms of Hardy. The Falcons' lightly-used slot receiver, Hardy has no fantasy value and is not a must-hold in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 5:27 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (2565th)
     
  • Tamme goes 5-75-1 against Raiders
    Jacob Tamme caught 5-of-8 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 2 win over the Raiders.

    Advice: Tamme has been a bigger part of Atlanta's offense than expected with back-to-back games of eight targets. Rookie Austin Hooper is getting playing time, but Tamme is locked in as the Falcons' primary pass-catching tight end. Tamme will be worth a long look as a streamer in Week 3 against the Saints. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 5:04 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    5.56 (121st)
     
  • Thomas notches 56 yards in Week 2 loss
    Michael Thomas absorbed four-of-five targets for 56 yards Sunday in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Thomas got hot late in the first half with back-to-back catches for 40 yards but was otherwise held in check. He saw fewer targets than Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Coby Fleener. Thomas is still a work in progress but will probably have some big weeks playing with future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees in the Saints’ pass-first scheme. He gets the Falcons in Week 3. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 2:50 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (110th)
     
  • Hightower bottled up (nine yards) in loss to NYG
    Tim Hightower collected nine yards on three carries Sunday in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The Saints basically ignored the running game, throwing 44 times compared to just 13 rushing attempts. All of Hightower’s carries came in the first half. Hightower had some decent weeks last year but he’s not going to be a huge factor unless Mark Ingram gets hurt. Even then, the Saints’ offense doesn’t offer a ton of fantasy opportunities for running backs. Fantasy owners shouldn’t expect much from Hightower next week against Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 2:39 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    4.37 (1772nd)
     
  • Cowboys not worried about Elliott's fumbles
    Owner Jerry Jones said he and the Cowboys' coaches have no concerns about Ezekiel Elliott's fumbles.

    Advice: It's been a rough start for the No. 4 overall pick. Through two games, he's managed just 134 yards on 41 carries (3.27 YPC) but has saved his fantasy days with three total touchdowns. Elliott fumbled twice in Week 2, and was vultured by Alfred Morris for a short touchdown. Morris received more carries late in the game after Elliott's fumbles, so it's fair to wonder if he'll get more chances moving forward. Elliott will look to put it all together Week 3 against the Bears. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 2:39 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.76 (28th)
     
  • Brandin Cooks goes for 7-69-0 in Week 2 loss
    Brandin Cooks delivered seven catches for 69 yards on nine targets Sunday in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Cooks was bottled up for 10 yards in the first half as the Saints sleepwalked to a 7-3 halftime deficit. He was more active in the second half but it was still a pretty pedestrian day by Cooks standards. He led the Saints in targets, so at least he can hang his hat on another steady workload. One so-so week isn’t going to ruin Cooks’ season. He’s still one of the better young wide receivers in football and a safe WR2 play against the Falcons in Week 3. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 2:35 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.96 (58th)
     
  • Drew Brees sluggish in loss to Giants
    Drew Brees completed 29-of-44 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Brees got off to a very slow start, averaging under five yards per attempt in the first half as the Saints trailed 7-3 at halftime. He didn’t throw his first touchdown until early in the fourth quarter when he found Willie Snead open for a 17-yard score. The Giants put decent pressure on Brees, sacking him twice for a loss of 16 yards and forcing him into a number of tough throws. The Saints also left yards on the table with several costly drops. It was a quiet afternoon for Brees in what should have been a favorable matchup but he should bounce back against Atlanta next week on Monday Night Football. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 2:32 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    21.41 (7th)
     
  • Mark Ingram held to 47 yards in Week 2 loss
    Mark Ingram rushed nine times for 30 yards while securing all four of his targets for 17 receiving yards Sunday in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The Saints didn’t run much on Sunday and even when they did Ingram and Tim Hightower were both ineffective. Ingram disappeared after halftime, turning three second-half carries into only six yards. With just 27 touches through two games, perhaps we overestimated Ingram at the start of the year. Maybe he’ll find the light next week in a plus matchup against Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 2:30 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.96 (21st)
     
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