New Orleans
Saints
Stadium Mercedes-Benz Superdome
1-1-0 Overall | 0-0 NFC SOUTH 3rd
TEAM STATSRUSHINGPASSINGPTS/G
Offense102.5286.519.5
Defense147.5275.527.5
Schedule
Preseason
Week 2Fri  8/9
vs
Vikings
L25-34
Week 3Sun  8/18
@
Chargers
W19-17
Week 4Sat  8/24
@
Jets
W28-13
Week 5Thu  8/29
vs
Dolphins
L13-16
Regular season
Week 1Mon  9/9
vs
Texans
W30-28
Week 2Sun  9/15
@
Rams
L9-27
Week 3Sun  9/22
@
Seahawks
CBS4:25pm
Week 4Sun  9/29
vs
Cowboys
NBC8:20pm
Week 5Sun  10/6
vs
Buccaneers
FOX1:00pm
Week 6Sun  10/13
@
Jaguars
CBS1:00pm
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

Heading into the Rams game they were at a 13.4% chance to win the Super Bowl. After the loss (but with Brees playing) they went down to 10.9%. But with Brees out for an estimated 6 games the Saints per game win percentage drops by nearly -17 percent per game which translates to just under 3 wins over the course of a full season. Their championship odds are 20/1, 4.8% (#7 best). They are a good bet to win the Super Bowl (7.7 percent chance). They are also a good bet to win the NFC at 10/1, 9.1%. Their sim chance is 17.6%. They are projected to win 10 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 10.5. Their playoff chances stand at 79.3% (76.1% to win the division). Their average wins per simulation puts them at #2 in the NFC.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

Based on the money lines, the Saints had an expected win percentage of 59% after 2 games. At 1-1, they are short of expectations in this early part of the season. If you bet on them to win every game you would be down 67 units. They are 0-2 against the spread for a -220 loss. Their over-under record is 1-1. With a 13-3 record they managed to beat the high expectations that oddsmakers had of them (expected win percentage = 68%). They were very good against the spread going 10-6 for (+340 profit). More of their games came in under (9) than went over (7). Based on computer simulations they only have a 43% chance to beat the Seahawks in their next game. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE STATS WITH LEAGUE RANKINGS

They are an elite scoring team based on points per game, despite a relatively low yards per play rank. They are an average team in points allowed. Offensively, they are the #19 ranked team in yards per play allowed. Based on opponents' TDs per play they are a bottom 10 defense.

TEAM OFFENSE (League Rank):

TEAM DEFENSE:

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Alvin Kamara who is projected to be the #6 RB the rest of the season. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
54 Alonso, Kiko OLB6-323908/14/19907Oregon
25 Apple, Eli CB6-120308/09/19954Ohio State
72 Armstead, Terron T6-530407/23/19917Arkansas-Pine Bluff
24 Bell, Vonn SS5-1120512/12/19944Ohio State
9 Brees, Drew QB6-020901/15/197919Purdue
5 Bridgewater, Teddy QB6-221511/10/19926Louisville
90 Brown, Malcom DT6-232002/02/19945Texas
80 Carr, Austin WR6-119512/25/19933Northwestern
64 Clapp, Will C6-531112/10/19952LSU
87 Cook, Jared TE6-525404/07/198711South Carolina
20 Crawley, Ken CB6-118002/08/19934Colorado
92 Davenport, Marcus DE6-626509/04/19962Texas-San Antonio
56 Davis, Demario OLB6-224801/11/19898Arkansas State
62 Easton, Nick C6-330306/16/19925Harvard
97 Edwards, Mario DE6-328001/25/19945Florida State
55 Elliss, Kaden LB6-223807/10/19950Idaho
22 Gardner-Johnson, Chauncey DB5-1121012/20/19970Florida
19 Ginn, Ted WR5-1118004/12/198513Ohio State
57 Granderson, Carl DE6-526112/18/19960Wyoming
48 Gray, J.T. DB6-020201/18/19962Mississippi State
73 Greenidge, Ethan T6-433509/10/19970Villanova
33 Hampton, Saquan DB6-120612/12/19950Rutgers
34 Hardee, Justin DB6-120002/07/19943Illinois
11 Harris, Deonte WR5-617012/04/19970Assumption
91 Hendrickson, Trey DE6-427012/05/19943Florida Atlantic
89 Hill, Josh TE6-525005/21/19907Idaho State
7 Hill, Taysom QB6-222108/23/19903BYU
94 Jordan, Cameron DE6-428707/10/19899California
41 Kamara, Alvin RB5-1021507/25/19953Tennessee
53 Klein, A.J. OLB6-124007/30/19917Iowa State
23 Lattimore, Marshon CB6-019205/20/19963Ohio State
42 Line, Zach FB6-123304/26/19907SMU
3 Lutz, Wil K5-1118407/07/19944Georgia State
78 McCoy, Erik C6-430308/27/19970Texas A&M
6 Morstead, Thomas P6-423503/08/198611SMU
28 Murray, Latavius RB6-323001/18/19907UCF
60 Omameh, Patrick G6-432712/29/19897Michigan
93 Onyemata, David DT6-430011/13/19924Manitoba (Canada)
75 Peat, Andrus G6-731611/04/19935Stanford
71 Ramczyk, Ryan T6-631404/22/19943Wisconsin
98 Rankins, Sheldon DT6-230504/02/19944Louisville
52 Robertson, Craig LB6-123402/11/19888North Texas
21 Robinson, Patrick DB5-1119109/07/198710Florida State
10 Smith, Tre'Quan WR6-221001/07/19962UCF
13 Thomas, Michael WR6-321203/03/19934Ohio State
99 Tuttle, Shy DT6-330010/20/19950Tennessee
67 Warford, Larry G6-331706/18/19917Kentucky
27 Washington, Dwayne RB6-122304/24/19944Washington
43 Williams, Marcus FS6-119509/08/19963Utah
26 Williams, P.J. CB6-019606/01/19935Florida State
49 Wood, Zach LS6-325501/10/19933SMU