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Many Fantasy Relevant Saints for 2015

As is the case year in and year out, the New Orleans Saints have many fantasy football relevant players to choose from heading into the 2015 National Football League season. Offensively, one can look to quarterback Drew Brees, running backs C.J. Spiller and Mark Ingram, wide receivers Marquis Colston and Brandin Cooks, and tight end Josh Hill as options to build their fantasy football teams. Drew Brees produced solid fantasy results for his owners in 2014, passing for 4,952 yards with 33 touchdown passes. Although the Saints solidified their offensive line, namely adding Max Unger to make a more concerted effort to run the ball, Brees is expected to throw the ball frequently enough to end the year right around 5,000 passing yards. Per the Fantasy Football Calculator (FFC), the average draft position (ADP) for Brees presently sits at the fifth round in an average 12 team Points per Reception (PPR) league.

The Saints running game continued to struggle in 2014, yet one can expect an uptick in carries with the improved line and the arrival of C.J. Spiller. The often injured Spiller should be able to feed off of Ingram to perform a formidable pair. Ingram ran for 964 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, and ought to get the majority of the first and second down carries. Spiller will become the Saints third down back and is fantasy relevant on the ground and through his pass catching ability. Per the FFC, Ingram ought to be available late in the third round, while Spiller will come off of the board late in the fourth.

The Saints have always had a number of wide receiver options for Brees and 2015 will be no different. One name has not changed; Marquis Colston will be counted on to improve upon his 902 reception yards and five touchdown performance in 2014. His targets should increase, namely in the red zone with the departure of Jimmy Graham. Second year receiver Brandon Cooks performed well when healthy in 2014, turning in 550 yard receiving and three touchdowns. Brees will lean on him and Nick Toon (215 yards receiving and one touchdown) for down the field throws. The departure of Graham opens up an opportunity for Josh Hill, who exhibits same ball catching attributes. He will be relied upon to assist with red zone touchdowns, and has been coming off the draft board in the 10th round per the FFC.

Defensively, the Saints struggled in 2014 allowing 26.5 points per game or third worst in the NFL. However, Junior Galette and Cameron Jordan can contribute to a fantasy team as each are adept at sacking the quarterback, and tallied 50 plus tackles (solo and assists) in 2014. There should not be a drop off in any of their performances with Rob Ryan still running the defense. At linebacker, Curtis Loftin has departed and will be replaced by Seattle free agent signee David Hawthorne. Hawthorne will be a good bet to duplicate the 145 tackles turned in by Loftin in 2015.

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