Player Outlook
The Saints averaged the 16th-most Fantasy points per game in 2022 and focused this offseason on shoring up the middle of the defensive line, bringing in Khalen Saunders and Nathan Shepard in free agency before spending a first-round pick on Clemson product Bryan Bresee. The Saints DST is best left as streaming options for great matchups, especially after the team surprisingly cut slot corner Bradley Roby prior to setting its initial 53-man roster.

Fantasy News

  • Marcus Maye: Cut loose by Saints

    The Saints intend to release Maye (shoulder) at the start of the new league year, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Maye has struggled with injuries for the last three seasons -- two of which came with New Orleans -- during which he's combined to play in only 23 games. The move could save the Saints up to $7.2 million in cap space. Meanwhile, Maye will likely have to settle for a short-term deal in the hopes of proving he can stay on the field.
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  • Saints' Cameron Jordan: Restructures contract

    Jordan restructured his contract with the Saints on Thursday, which will save the team more than $9 million against the cap this season, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Details of Jordan's adjusted contract are still unknown, according to Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football. However, it appears he'll still get his guaranteed $13 million this season while deferring some non-guaranteed money toward next year. The veteran lineman played a career-low 731 defensive snaps in 2023, which also saw him compile a career-low 43 tackles and just two sacks.
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  • Saints' Payton Turner: Plays two games in 2023

    Payton Turner logged one tackle while playing two games during the 2023 regular season. Turner sustained a significant toe injury during the season opener and was sidelined on IR until the Week 18 win over Atlanta. As a result, the 2021 first-round pick was significantly hampered by injury for the third season in a row, as he's now appeared in just 15 games during his career. The 2024 campaign will likely serve as a make-or-break season for Turner in New Orleans.
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  • Saints' Tanoh Kpassagnon: Middling production in 2023

    Kpassagnon appeared in all 17 games during the 2023 regular season, tallying 19 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, and two passes defended. Kpassagnon played every regular-season game for the first time with the Saints, as he missed 11 games over the previous two campaigns. The 29-year-old still logged nine fewer tackles than the 2022 campaign when he tallied a career-high 28. Kpassagnon provided considerably more production than younger defensive ends Payton Turner and Isaiah Foskey, though these three will likely compete for a rotational role heading into the 2024 campaign.
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  • Saints' Zack Baun: Uptick in playing time

    Baun recorded 30 tackles, including 2.0 sacks, and one interception across 17 games in the 2023 regular season. Baun saw a career high in defensive snaps (292) while continuing to play a primary role on special teams (381). The 2020 third-round pick has been a core special-teamer since his first year with the Saints, but he's yet to log more than 30 tackles in a single season. Baun is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
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  • Saints' Johnathan Abram: Plays nine games for Saints

    Abram finished the 2023 regular season with 26 tackles and one interception in nine appearances. Abram bounced back and forth between New Orleans' practice squad and active roster. While the majority of his playing time came on special teams this season, the 2019 first-round pick saw significant snaps on defense in four of his nine appearances, including when he played every defensive snap over the final two weeks of the regular season. Abram initially joined the Saints on a one-year deal in March, and he is set to become an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason.
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  • Saints' Khalen Saunders: Enjoys career-best campaign

    Saunders logged 57 tackles and one pass defended across 17 games during the 2023 campaign. Saunders played a career-high 500 defensive snaps in 2023 after joining the Saints on a three-year, $12.3 million deal in March. The former Chiefs defensive tackle went on to eclipse his previous career high for tackles set during his 2022 campaign in Kansas City; however, he failed to wrangle a sack for New Orleans after logging 3.5 last season. Saunders will look to maintain a primary role at defensive tackle alongside Nathan Shepherd and Bryan Bresee heading into the 2024 campaign.
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  • Saints' Nathan Shepherd: Improves production again in 2023

    Shepherd appeared in all 17 games during the 2023 regular season, logging 50 tackles, including 3.0 sacks. Shepherd set a new career high in tackles for the fourth season in a row while also accumulating at least 3.0 sacks for the first time in his career. The 30-year-old played in more of a rotational role over his first five seasons with the Jets, but he led the Saints' defensive tackles with 562 defensive snaps played this season. Shepherd signed a three-year, $15 million contract with New Orleans in March, and he should retain a prominent role alongside fellow interior defensive linemen Khalen Saunders and 2023 first-round pick Bryan Bresee in 2024.
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  • Saints' Malcolm Roach: Finishes season on IR

    Roach (knee) logged 38 tackles and three passes defended across 12 appearances during the 2023 season. Roach logged a career high in tackles before sustaining a significant knee injury that sent him to injured reserve for the final five games of the 2023 season. The 25-year-old, who signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2020, has played a fairly sizable role as a rotational defensive tackle over the past two seasons, though he's now missed nine games due to injury over that span. Roach signed a one-year, $1.01 million deal with the Saints in March, and he's currently set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
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  • Saints' Bryan Bresee: Productive rookie campaign

    Bresee played all 17 games during the 2023 regular season, logging 24 tackles, including 4.5 sacks, and six passes defended. Bresee showed signs of potential stardom during his 2023 rookie campaign. The 2023 first-round pick logged fewer tackles than veteran defensive tackles Khalen Saunders (57) and Nathan Shepherd (50); however, Bresee contributed the third-most sacks to what was a relatively lax pass rush, and he tallied the most passes defended of any non-defensive back for the Saints. He also played at least 50 percent of defensive snaps in eight contests this season, and he played less than 40 percent of defensive snaps just once. Bresee will look to continue ascending during the 2024 campaign.
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  • Saints' Marcus Maye: Misses final six games

    Maye (shoulder) logged 37 tackles, including one sack, and two interceptions across seven appearances during the 2023 campaign. Maye ended the season on IR with a shoulder injury after being hampered by issues throughout the campaign. As a result, the 30-year-old played seven or fewer games for the third time in the last six seasons. Maye is entering the final year of his three-year, $22.5 million deal with New Orleans, which could make him a cap casualty ahead of the 2024 regular season.
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  • Saints' Jordan Howden: Sees solid playing time

    Howden appeared in 16 games during the 2023 regular season, tallying 43 tackles, including one sack, and five passes defended. Howden provided some solid value during his 2023 rookie campaign. The fifth-round pick out of Minnesota was one of the primary fill-ins for starting strong safety Marcus Maye (shoulder), who was sidelined for the final six games of the year. Howden played at least 95 percent of defensive snaps in seven games, though he played 43 percent or less of defensive snaps in his other nine appearances. He'll look to work his way into a more full-time role in 2024.
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  • Saints' Marshon Lattimore: Hampered by injuries again

    Lattimore (ankle) appeared in 10 games during the 2023 regular season, totaling 48 tackles and eight passes defended, including one interception. Lattimore missed the final seven games of the year while on IR with an ankle issue, and he's now appeared in 17 games across the last two regular seasons. The four-time Pro Bowler still finished fifth on the Saints in passes defended, though he came just short of tallying double-digit passes defended for the sixth time in his seven-year career.
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  • Saints' Pete Werner: Logs solid 2023 campaign

    Werner finished the 2023 season with 93 tackles and one interception across 16 appearances. Werner logged career highs across the board, including 16 starts at inside linebacker alongside 12-year veteran Demario Davis. The 2021 second-round pick also played 306 more defensive snaps than last season, though he only finished with 13 more tackles. With Davis currently set to become a free agent this offseason, it's possible that Werner could see his production rise once again entering the final season of his four-year, $5.68 million contract.
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  • Saints' Demario Davis: Eclipses 100 tackles again

    Davis appeared in all 17 games during the 2023 regular season, totaling 121 tackles, including 6.5 sacks, and four passes defended. Davis maintained his elite level of play in 2023, tallying more than 100 tackles for the seventh season in a row. The 35-year-old also logged the most tackles since his career-best 2017 campaign (135) with the Jets, and he matched his career high for sacks in a season, which he set just last season. Davis played every regular-season game for 11th time in his 12-year career, but he's currently slated to hit free agency this coming offseason.
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  • Saints' Paulson Adebo: Takes leap in 2023

    Adebo finished the 2023 regular season with 76 tackles, two forced fumbles and 18 passes defended, including four interceptions, in 15 games. Adebo helped form one of the most productive secondaries in the NFL this season, logging career highs across the board. The third-year cornerback not only led the Saints in passes defended, but he even finished third in the NFL in the same category. He also tied safety Tyrann Mathieu for a team high in interceptions. Adebo will look to carry over the momentum of this career-best season into the 2024 campaign, which also will be the final season of his four-year, $5.04 million rookie contract.
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  • Saints' Alontae Taylor: Performs well in new role

    Across 17 games in the 2023 regular season, Taylor tallied 75 tackles, including one sack, and 14 passes defended with two interceptions. Taylor transitioned to a new role this season as the Saints' primary nickel back, and the move appeared to pay off for team and player alike. The 2022 second-round pick logged a career-high in tackles along with his first NFL sack. He also nabbed the first two interceptions of his career over the final two games of the regular season, finishing tied for second on the team in passes defended behind fellow cornerback Paulson Adebo (18). Taylor has two seasons remaining on his four-year, $7.2 million contract.
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  • Saints' Tyrann Mathieu: Tackling production dips in 2023

    Mathieu appeared in all 17 games during the 2023 regular season, tallying 75 tackles and nine passes defended, including four interceptions. Mathieu logged 16 fewer tackles compared to the 2022 campaign when he recorded a career-high 91. However, he remained effective in coverage during his second season with New Orleans, tallying at least three interceptions for the fifth season in a row to go along with the fourth pick-six of his 11-year career. Mathieu will enter the final season of his three-year, $28.3 million contract with New Orleans in 2024.
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  • Saints' Carl Granderson: Logs career highs in 2023

    Granderson finished the 2023 regular season with a career-high 78 tackles and a career-high 8.5 sacks across 17 games. Granderson showed promise as an edge rusher over the first four seasons of his career, totaling 14.5 sacks while playing a rotational role across 54 appearances. New Orleans locked in the 2019 undrafted free agent with a four-year, $52 million contract in September. In return, he rewarded the Saints with a team high in sacks as well as the team's third-most tackles behind inside linebackers Pete Werner and Demario Davis. With 34-year-old defensive end and franchise stalwart Cameron Jordan's production and availability slipping over each of the past three seasons, Granderson appears poised to play a vital role at pass rusher once again in 2024.
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  • Saints' Cameron Jordan: Plans to play in 2024

    Jordan said Monday that he loves the Saints "too much to retire," Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Jordan dealt with nagging injuries nearly all season in 2023, and he ended up having his least productive year in terms of tackles and sacks since his rookie season in 2011. Nevertheless, it sounds like there's a strong chance he will at least play out the last year of his current contract. He currently sits at 23rd all time in terms of NFL career sacks with 117.5.
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