2016 Outlook: During his first 50 NFL games, Ingram totaled 64 targets. In 12 games last season, he racked up 60. He was already heavily involved on early downs and near the goal line (he averaged 15.7 carries per game over the past two years), so the boost in passing-down work pushed Ingram into the fantasy elite. Incredibly, Ingram never finished a week worse than 29th among RBs in fantasy points. Durability remains a concern: He has missed at least three games in four of his five seasons. But at age 26, Ingram is in his prime and locked in as New Orleans' every-down workhorse, making him a high-floor RB1.
2016 Outlook: After entering last season with expectations for a breakthrough campaign, Cooks looked like a bust early on. Through Week 4, he had 20 catches for just 215 yards and no touchdowns, leaving him tied for 50th among WRs in fantasy points. From that point forward, though, the 2014 first-round pick was a revelation. Cooks scored a TD on nine of his next 64 receptions, and only 13 players ended up topping his total of 1,138 receiving yards. Cooks is only 22 years old, and his star is still on the rise. He's an explosive playmaker in Drew Brees' high-octane attack, making him a strong option as a WR2.
2016 Outlook: Brees proved that reports of his impending demise were grossly exaggerated. After a slow start last season, the veteran quarterback went on to lead the NFL with 4,870 passing yards while tossing 32 TDs. Brees is still as efficient as they come: His 68.3 percent completion rate ranked second behind only that of Kirk Cousins. That wasn't simply the result of dinking and dunking, as Brees ranked sixth in yards per attempt (7.8). Brees has now finished among the top eight QBs in fantasy points 10 years in a row, though his ceiling wasn't quite as high last year, when he posted a top-10 week in only 40 percent of his starts (tied for 16th among QBs). His supporting cast should be better with TE Coby Fleener and second-round rookie WR Michael thomas, so Brees should produce another QB1 season.
2016 Outlook: What can the Saints' offense do for a tight end? Well, last year Benjamin Watson caught 74 balls for 825 yards and six TDs--the best numbers of his 12-year career. Fleener is younger and bigger than Watson and will be featured right away, so the potential for a breakout season is clear. In Indianapolis, Fleener caught 183 passes for 2,154 yards and 17 TDs in four seasons, despite splitting time and targets with Dwayne Allen. Fleener will have Drew Brees' undivided attention in New Orleans, which makes the veteran a lock as a TE1 and gives him a high ceiling.
2016 Outlook: With Jimmy Graham traded to Seattle and Marques Colston fading, Snead was presented with a rare opportunity to start in one of the NFL's best offenses as a second-year undrafted free agent. He didn't disappoint, finishing tied for 25th among WRs in catches and 24th in yards. His 69 percent catch rate (18th highest) was certainly helped by the presence of Drew Brees, but Snead dropped only two of his 100 targets. Also a quality blocker, he is the front-runner to start opposite Brandin Cooks. Even with rookie Michael thomas in the mix, Snead is well worth flex consideration in the Saints' high-volume attack.
2016 Outlook: When it comes to fantasy-friendly landing spots, they don't get much better than New Orleans. After cutting Marques Colston, the Saints drafted thomas in the second round. The former Buckeye has good ball skills, and at 6-3, 212 pounds, he should see plenty of targets near the goal line. Thomas is not quite speedy enough to take the top off defenses (4.5 in the 40), so a majority of his impact figures to come in the intermediate area. Thomas has a good shot to step right into Colston's old big-slot role, which allowed Colston to produce fringe WR2 stats for most of his tenure as a Saint.
2016 Outlook: Hightower had been out of the league for three years before engineering one of the season's best comeback stories. He spent most of 2015 as a healthy scratch, but Mark Ingram's shoulder injury vaulted him into a prime role, and he ran with it. Hightower gained 456 yards on 96 touches and scored four TDs over the season's final four weeks, which left him trailing only David Johnson in running back fantasy points over that span. That success persuaded the Saints to re-sign him; he'll back up Ingram.
2016 Outlook: Spiller has averaged 4.9 ypc since entering the league in 2010, the third-best mark among RBs with at least 400 attempts. Couple that with the fact that he was a top-10 draft pick and you'd expect him to be a star. Instead, Spiller has struggled with durability issues and hasn't come close to living up to expectations. It was more of the same during his first season as a Saint in 2015--he carried the ball only 36 times behind Mark Ingram. Spiller did catch 34 passes, but for all his ability, the 29-year-old doesn't figure to matter much in fantasy.