By Andrew Schuster @ShootsMcGavin on June 27, 2014
The 2014 NFL season is almost here and it's time to start thinking about your fantasy football teams. Between Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Pierre Thomas, the New Orleans Saints have excellent talent, but what about the other guys? Let's take a look at five fantasy underdogs for the Black and Gold.
Robinson's workhorse style makes him a great candidate for goal line carries. While Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram have the upper hand, Robinson could emerge as training camp progresses. His potential is endless and his numbers should at least double from his rookie year. With his versatility and ground and pound skills, he definitely seems to be the Saints’ most talented RB. Question is, how much will he be used? Don’t count him out.
Morgan, who was projected as the Saints’ No. 3 WR, missed all of 2013 due to injury. In 2012 he averaged over 30 years per catch. In just five games started, he reeled in 10 grabs for 379 yards and three scores. Well, he’s back with the team and if he can stay healthy, the speedy wideout will be a deep threat every time he steps onto the field. He may also be used as the kick and punt return man on from time to time.
Veteran Benjamin Watson has had a solid career as a tight end. With Jimmy Graham in the picture, his numbers were not all that great in 2013. However, the Saints do run two TE sets, which makes him a potential threat every Sunday. If Jimmy Graham is not on the field when the season kicks off, Watson will be fantasy gold. He’d certainly be a great option when your starter has a bye week.
Some of you may have never heard of Travaris Cadet. Well, he is the guy that will be taking over punt and kick return duties for the Saints. Coaches have also hinted he may take over the “Darren Sproles” role because of his versatility and hands as a receiver. The Saints are loaded in the backfield, but Cadet may still put up decent numbers. He could be a nice bye week option in PPR and return yard leagues.
They finished 2013 fourth in total defense, but the fantasy numbers were not all that great due to lack of turnovers. With Jairus Byrd now in the picture and the development of the younger guys, the Saints’ D may be at the top this year. With the pressure placed on opposing quarterbacks and a ball-hawking secondary, the turnovers should definitely increase in 2014. Most outlets have them ranked in the middle-bottom, but that won’t be the case.
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