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2014 Fantasy Football: New Orleans Saints Roll With New Faces

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Is it any surprise that the New Orleans Saints offense is looking good after one pre-season?

Not really, since they’ve been a consistent juggernaut of years past. But it’s that consistent domination that should make fantasy football owners excited for their new faces abound.

The biggest new face to the squad is of course, Brandin Cooks. He’s a rookie wide receiver that has most everyone excited to draft and with good reason. He shows blazing speed and razor sharp agility that makes him the perfect match for the Saints’ high-octane offensive system.  And of course, he has QB maestro Drew Brees throwing his way.

But Cooks didn’t have the luxury of Brees last night. He had Ryan Griffin looking his way.  Of course, Griffin threw for 179 yards on 16 completions and a touchdown to Cooks, whom also had 88 receiving yards. It just goes to show the system in place is an offensive weapon that runs efficiently no matter who is at the helm. But of course, put Brees in the driver’s seat, and you have weapons that can produce week in and week out.

But it wasn’t just the passing game that excelled, the running backs also proved effective. They’ll continue to run by committee, so their fantasy value won’t be as high as if they started, but Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram are sure looking to prove they could be starting running backs in the wake of Darren Sproles‘ departure.

Between the two backs, they punched in a touchdown each, and also combined for over 100 yards.  Ingram appears to be in better position to be a more consistent runner, but it’s nice to see that Robinson is getting worked into the passing game in his limited role.

But there were some other newcomers that impressed, like TE Josh Hill, who had two receptions over 20 yards. While he’s not anyone to consider drafting, he seems to be a name you need to know if Jimmy Graham were to fall injured this season.

Preseason is hardly an indicator of total production, but it does a nice job of showcasing opportunity and potential for your fantasy prospects. The Saints have been a preeminent offense and it appears that there’s no stopping them – no matter who their playing.