New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead has been suspended 3 games due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy
Obviously with Brandin Cooks now in New England, the already thinned out receiving corps takes a hit. It’s not like they are void of weapons, with Michael Thomas taking center stage and players like Ted Ginn, Brandon Coleman and Coby Fleener holding a little bit more upside in the short-term (though it doesn’t make them dependable options).
More likely is the Saints going with a more focused running based attack (something that was always possible). With Mark Ingram, Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara forming a three-headed monster, the team could simply try to control the football and give all three significant opportunities.
The early schedule isn’t easy, with Minnesota, New England and Carolina, but that makes it even more likely they try to control the flow of the game (even though it may not be easy). The news hurts, but it more changes the potential game plan as opposed to destroying all value in New Orleans.
Fantasy Stock Report:
- All three running backs (Ingram should be a locked in RB2, Peterson/Kamara potential FLEX options)
- Coby Fleener (could be low-end TE1 while Snead is out)
- Brandon Coleman (could be sneaky deep, deep league sleeper)
- Drew Brees (still a QB1 for these three games, but likely more in the #6-10 range as opposed to a Top 5 option)
- Michael Thomas (without Snead, defenses will focus on not letting Thomas beat them)
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