Drew Brees was entrenched in the spirit of giving on Sunday night, making sure that all of his main pass-catchers got a nearly equal amount of opportunities.
Brandin Cooks, Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills, Marques Colston and Travaris Cadet each received at least four targets and four receptions, while Cooks was the leader in each category at seven and six, respectively. It was a remarkably even distribution from Santa Brees, and it resulted in a sleigh's worth of worthy fantasy performances.
For now, we're just going to take a look at the receivers:
|Week 8 vs. Green Bay Packers|
|*Cooks had a four-yard rushing TD|
Going forward, here's how you should value the Saints' wide receivers, in order: Cooks, Colston, Stills.
In 12-team leagues, Cooks is a low-end WR2 with a significant boost in PPR leagues, Colston is a low-end WR2, and Stills is a risky flex play with definite upside.
Cooks is at the top of the list because he's the most talented, and the Saints are clearly figuring out how to use him. The electrifying wide receiver was given a handoff (for a touchdown), went deep (for a touchdown, and dropped another long one) and mixed in other short stuff.
The rookie was averaging just 8.2 yards per reception, but as the Saints continue to utilize his blazing speed and give him more deep shots, you'll continue to see more games like Sunday.
For Colston, his night was slightly underwhelming, but he continues to see the most snaps, per Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke:
In this Saints offense, there is immense value in just being on the field. While Colston is no longer Brees' go-to guy, his floor is also fairly high.
Finally, Stills is someone to stash on your bench. Although his role is very obviously growing, a lot of his production is going to come from deep balls. In an offense with so many weapons, there's going to be a lot of inconsistency.
Ultimately, though, with New Orleans at home five times in the next eight weeks, owning anyone in this offense will be beneficial.