Week 4: IDP Insider

Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith provides a must-start IDP list and a few recommendations per position if you need to hit the waiver wire!
September 28, 2016

'Our Front Four Has to Pressure Quarterback'

The New Orleans Saints lackluster offensive line play thus far has been the featured story this preseason, but for the last two seasons, the lack of a consistent pass rush has been one of the team's main concerns. Football people know the key to having a great defense is to put fear in the quarterback...and it's been a long time since that's occurred in the Crescent City. 2nd year d-tackle Tyeler Davison has been a bright spot this summer, and he definitely knows the importance of pressure.
August 29, 2016

'Our Defensive Line is Noticeably Improved'

Since Drew Brees and Sean Payton rolled into New Orleans, the Saints have led the NFL in total offense five out of 10 years, and have never finished lower than 6th in any of those seasons. Prolific to say the least. However, the defense has had more ups and downs than Dow Jones during that same span, and lately it hasn't been historically bad. But when you talk about new addition Nick Fairley and the interior of the Saints defensive line this year, Sean Payton gets excited talking about it...
August 25, 2016

'Our Defense's Confidence Level is Going Up'

I know...I know, the obvious answer to the title of this story is, "the only direction this defense can go, IS UP." And I would certainly have to agree with that assessment. But on the other hand, this New Orleans defense is playing the most focused, passionate football I've seen in training camp since the 2013 season. Getting key players back from injury and adding several solid free agents has been big for this defense. Nick Fairley, one of those new guys, is fired up about this Saints team.
August 4, 2016

The Greenbrier Saints Training Camp Wrap-Up

A full week of New Orleans Saints training camp practices is now in the books at the famed Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. Although this is our 8th full day in West Virginia, today was the 6th full practice, the fourth in pads. Today, however, the pads were limited to the shoulders only; none were worn below the waist. Tomorrow, Sean Payton said the team would be back in full pads. After the Saints day off yesterday, here's a complete breakdown of training camp practice number six.
August 3, 2016

Ranking the NFC South: Defensive Line

We turn our attention to the defensive side of the ball as we rank each position group in the NFC South. We start with the defensive line and rank each team in the NFC South.
August 1, 2016

'Just Going Out & Being Physical'

Last season, the New Orleans Saints put a band-aid on their defensive tackle position by adding 13-veteran Kevin Williams to partner alongside underachieving John Jenkins. And although Williams played admirably under the circumstances, the former All-Pro was obviously past his prime. This year, the Saints left no stone unturned picking up veteran free agent Nick Fairley, before drafting highly ranked Sheldon Rankins in the 1st round. Here's what Rankins says the powerful duo brings to the team.
July 30, 2016

Banking on a Comeback

I believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and all of those wonderful things you loved as a kid, but should have grown out of it before adolescence. And I also believe in Fairy Tales. So when I tell you that D-Tackle Nick Fairley is about to have a huge career resurgence this season with the New Orleans Saints, I really believe it. The last of the Saints five free agent acquisitions has an opportunity to be their most important. That's why Fairley is my 12th best Saint of 2016.
July 20, 2016