Welcome to our fantasy football wish lists where we’re going through each NFL team and listing three things we’d love to see them do this offseason for fantasy reasons (but also real football reasons).
We all know the Saints’ offense can turn even the most lackluster NFL player into a hot fantasy commodity. And that is exactly what I’m here to do. While there are some sexier names out there that I’d love to see in New Orleans—Tyrell Williams jumps to mind—I’m all for deeping the fantasy pool of players to pick from so it’s time to put lesser known guys into a situation where they can flourish. Here are three moves I’d love for the Saints to make this offseason.
Re-sign Mark Ingram
This isn’t bringing in a no-name player and giving him fantasy value; this is about keeping a player’s value at its highest point. There are a few teams that I think Ingram would make sense on—I’ve said joining the Chiefs could make some sense—but staying in New Orleans seems like the best for both parties. The Saints know exactly how to use him effectively and we’ve seen multiple times that the offense can support two fantasy worthy running backs. (That being said, I would love to see Ingram get his own backfield.)
Sign Maxx Williams
The Saints have been looking for a tight end seemingly since they traded away Jimmy Graham back in 2015. Benjamin Watson has been productive but he’s retiring; Josh Hill has only ever flirted with relevance; Coby Fleener has been a wild and complete disappointment. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Saints attacked tight end position in the draft, but I’m on my “giving fantasy value to no-namers” quest so how about giving some love to Maxx Williams? Williams came into the league with a lot of excitement however much of his career so far has been hampered with injuries (only played 65% of games). Maybe a change of scenery is exactly what the guy needs and the Saints would be smart to take a chance on the fastest and most explosive tight end from his draft class.
Trade for John Ross
I believe it was Nic who proposed this idea on this week’s RB1 Podcast and we all instantly fell in love with it. Ted Ginn Jr., the Saints’ current speedy deep threat, is 33-years-old and coming off a knee injury. Why not take a flier on the fastest. man. in. the. NFL. if the current team he’s on is actively shopping him? (The Bengals have since denied that they are but come on, do we really believe them?) On a personal note, I don’t want Ross to go the way of Tavon Austin and be only remembered for being a combine monster but nothing more. I wanna see him succeed. So let’s put him in an offense that has taken perfect advantage of speed before and with a quarterback and head coach who’ll maximize his talents.