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2016 New Orleans Saints Coaching Tree

Fantasy Football Expert Joe Jefferson dives into the New Orleans Saints' offensive system and which players could provide value for Fantasy owners.

New Orleans Saints

Offensive Coordinator: Pete Carmichael (Same as 2015)

Head Coach: Sean Payton (Same as 2015)

Head Coach Involvement: Payton runs this show with his Gulf Coast attack. Payton comes off the Bill Parcells branch of the coaching tree by being part of the Cowboys coaching staff with Parcells and the Giants before that. Peyton created his branch with the Gulf Coast Offense. Payton has championed the Gulf Coast Offense with its interior power play and unique use of RBs and TEs.

Offensive Basis: Pure Gulf Coast Offense, everyone catches passes and gets targeted plenty each game, including two WRs and the TE. They do run the ball well as part of this offense with RBBC but also elite Heavy RB Targets.

Where the OC comes from: Pete Carmichael has been with the Saints since 2006 and come up from a QB coach, so he helps run Peyton’s system.

Saints 2015
2015 RB Reception Total Rank: #4
2015 WR Receptions Total Rank: #6
2015 TE Receptions Total Rank: #5

2015 QB FF Rank: #5
2015 RB FF Rank: #2
2015 WR FF Rank: #5
2015 TE FF Rank: #6

Saints 2014
2014 RB Reception Total Rank: #1
2014 WR Receptions Total Rank: #12
2014 TE Receptions Total Rank: #2

2014 QB FF Rank: #4
2014 RB FF Rank: #1
2014 WR FF Rank: #13
2014 TE FF Rank: #1

2016 Offensive Player Outlook Overall: Drew Brees is starting to show his age but still lead the league in passing yards in 2015 in a high volume offense, and he will throw a ton again. I expect him to have similar success this year with the addition of some new weapons. Brees looks like the solid consensus #5 QB in most fantasy drafts to be targeted just under a round after the last of the top 4 QBs are drafted in your league.

Brandin Cooks looks to build on his explosive second half of the season last year, and he could deliver big in 2016. We will not call him a value/sleeper as he will be picked in the second round of most drafts and he should be a top 10 WR.

Mark Ingram looks like a beast this year because he is in line for a ton of carries and receptions in a great offense. I like Ingram as an early third round pick because of his stability that stems from his PPR effectiveness coupled with his TD potential. C.J. Spiller could reemerge in 2016. Expect C.J. Spiller to get plenty of catches while spelling Ingram and that has some PPR value in later rounds of most deeper drafts. Both Spiller and Ingram have injury histories, and Tim Hightower proved serviceable last year and Travaris Cadet is another guy I’d look at if there was an injury here.

Coby Fleener has huge potential in this offense but did not demonstrate a great rapport with Brees in the preseason, which is somewhat concerning because they seem like such a natural fit. I still like Fleener as a TE to target after the top 3 as the fifth or sixth TE off the board in most drafts.

Sleeper/Value Players: The Saints will be moving to a more balanced running offense, but another receiver will get plenty of work. I like Willie Snead as a value pick in the ninth round of your draft because of his PPR consistency and the possibility he improves even with the new competition for targets. The No. 3 WR is probably rookie, Michael Thomas, who has an opportunity to emerge ahead of Snead, even as a rookie. Thomas has explosive upside because of this offense if given the opportunity to get more targets as the season progresses, so his value is just slightly below Snead at this point. They also have Brandon Coleman, who could emerge with an injury.


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