2014 Fantasy Football: Nick Toon Must Find His Place in Crowded New Orleans Saints Offense
The New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton is a master of the spread offense, and has an illustrious resume overflowing with truly some of the best offenses in league history. He assembles and utilizes an astonishing amount of weapons in his offensive repertoire, which can cause a lot of uncertainty for opposing defenses attempting to dissect his strategy for an upcoming game. Saints future Hall-of-Fame QB Drew Brees also shares Payton’s philosophy and has no problem throwing to any given receiver if he’s open — unless it’s Jimmy Graham who is always open.
The Saints used their fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by selecting WR Nick Toon, son of three-time Pro-Bowler Al Toon. Nick will be faced with significant obstacles in 2014, many of which played a part in his disappointing stat lines after playing in only eight games in his two seasons since being drafted. The first hurdle will be staying healthy. Toon was placed on IR prior to the 2012 campaign and battled lingering injuries in the 2013 season. The second barrier Toon faces is the number of snaps he needs to prove he deserves. The Saints have Marques Colston under contract through 2016, Lance Moore due to earn $5.1 million in 2014 (unless he restructures which has been rumored), 2013 fifth-round pick Kenny Stills under contract in 2014 and Robert Meachem, who is mostly a blocking WR but catches a few passes, rumored to be returning in 2014 as well. That is a lot of competition for any WR, much less a third-year player who battled injuries his first two seasons.
Toon has his work cut out for him if he wants to make an impact on Sundays in 2014, and his role in the offense won’t be clear until the season approaches. Fantasy owners simply can’t rule out any of the Saints WRs at this point, even if the chances aren’t great for Toon to be be a dominant fantasy force in 2014.