2010 Fantasy Football Rankings - New Orleans Saints:
Drew Brees, QB, Saints. Bye: 10.
I like Drew Brees as a 2010 fantasy prospect, but not as much as everyone else. And it has nothing to do with the Madden Curse. OK, maybe a little.
The big thing here is post-Super Bowl complacency. Not necessarily with Brees, but the entire team. What if the offensive linemen partied too hard and didn't lift as much? What if the receivers are only in 80-percent shape? What if Brees and the coaching staff aren't watching as much film?
It's tough to prepare for the season after a championship because the hunger isn't there anymore. Even Peyton Manning's stats dropped the year after his Super Bowl victory.
Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints. Bye: 10.
Despite missing three games, not having his Pro Bowl left tackle, and sharing touches with Mike Bell and Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas managed 793 rushing yards, 39 receptions, 302 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns.
The good news is that the mediocre Bell is gone, meaning Thomas only has to relinquish some of his work to Bush. Unless Sean Payton falls in love with another pedestrian running back, Thomas should be in for a big year.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 1,100 rushing yards. 40 catches. 330 receiving yards. 9 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 197. Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 237.
Reggie Bush, RB, Saints. Bye: 10.
The original C.J. Spiller, Reggie Bush gets the nod over the rookie in my overall 2010 Fantasy Football Rankings because New Orleans' offense will put him in a better position to score touchdowns. If Bush can stay healthy - and that's a huge IF - he could compile around 1,300 total yards and eight touchdowns. It's more likely, however, that he'll miss 3-4 games and accumulate 75 percent of those projected stats.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 475 rushing yards. 55 catches. 425 receiving yards. 7 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 132. Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 187.
Marques Colston, WR, Saints. Bye: 10.
Drew Brees has so many weapons that Marques Colston is a very inconsistent fantasy producer. He finished with 70 catches for 1,074 yards and nine touchdowns last year, but caught three or fewer passes on a whopping six occasions.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 75 catches. 1,130 yards. 9 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 167.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 242.
Robert Meachem, WR, Saints. Bye: 10.
In just his second season in action, Robert Meachem caught 43 passes for 710 yards and nine touchdowns, serving as a great deep-ball threat for Drew Brees. Meachem's problem is consistency; Brees has so many targets that Meachem could go for a few games without doing something big, and then suddenly post an eight-catch, 140-yard outing. Still, he's growing and maturing as a player, so there's no reason to believe that he'll regress in 2010.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 55 catches. 875 yards. 7 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 129.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 184.
Lance Moore, WR, Saints. Bye: 10.
This should be a rebound year for Lance Moore, who suffered though a multitude of nagging injuries last season. Moore won't come close to the 79 receptions he registered in 2008 because of Robert Meachem, but he should be good for anywhere between 40-55 catches.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 53 catches. 600 yards. 5 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 90.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 143.
Devery Henderson, WR, Saints. Bye: 10.
Devery Henderson underwent surgery for a sports hernia in early May, which is a major red flag. Left tackle Jammal Brown had the same issue and missed the entire year. Avoid Henderson at all costs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 15 catches. 250 yards. 2 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 37.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 52.
Jeremy Shockey, TE, Saints. Bye: 10.
Amazingly, Jeremy Shockey has never played a full 16-game season in his career. He's always in and out of the lineup with minor injuries, as he has missed nine contests the past three years. As for 2010, Shockey should once again approach 50 receptions, but don't count on him getting many touchdowns; in two years with the Saints, he has only scored thrice (and two of those touchdowns came against the Lions in the 2009 opener).
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 45 catches. 510 yards. 2 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 63.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 108.
David Thomas, TE, Saints. Bye: 10.
Jeremy Shockey will get hurt this year, and when that happens, make sure you pick up David Thomas. However, he's not draftable unless Shockey suffers an injury in the preseason.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 25 catches. 260 yards. 1 total TD.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 32.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 57.
Garrett Hartley, K, Saints. Bye: 10.
Garrett Hartley is the man. He recently became the first kicker to nail three 40-plus field goals in a single Super Bowl. Two weeks before that, he drilled the game-winning kick in the NFC Championship. He has never made a 50-yarder in his career, but he's really reliable from 49 in, and kicks for a prolific offense.
Projected 2009 Fantasy Stats: 28-33 FG (0-1 from 50+; 9-11 from 40-49). 52 XP.
Projected 2009 Fantasy Points: 143.
New Orleans Saints. Bye: 10.
Don't expect the Saints to duplicate their eight defensive touchdowns from 2009, but as long as their offense keeps blowing teams out, they'll continue to force tons of turnovers.