Nick Underhill on Kamara’s Role, Ingram’s Suspension, New Weapons (On The Fantasy Beat 3)

Saints Insider Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate joins us to break down Mark Ingram's suspension, Alvin Kamara's sophomore expectations, Mike Thomas and his beastliness, and all the new weapons in 'Nola

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Saints Fantasy Preview w/ Nick Underhill

As a consistent points factory under Sean Payton and Drew Brees, the Saints are always among the NFL’s most fantasy relevant team each year. In fact, the Saints have finished within the Top-10 in Total Points in 9 of 11 total seasons with these two, including 6 finishes in the Top 5.  As such, we go right to the source to breakdown this crucial offense by welcoming on The New Orleans Advocate’s Nick Underhill.


First, we dive into Mark Ingram’s 4-game suspension for PEDs, and the massive fantasy implications this could have on him and the rest of the roster. Find out how rookie sensation Alvin Kamara could be impacted, as well as who could fill the “Big Back” role over the four-game absence (and why this is so crucial to know).

Plus, after ranking in the Top.7 in Passing Play Percentage for seven straight years, the Saints fell all the way to 20th in 2017 behind a high-powered running game. Underhill breaks down why this switch happened, and if we should expect more of the same in 2018. On the passing game front, Underhill breaks down:


–How Michael Thomas looks even more dominant in camp but could still regress statistically.

–New weapon Cam Meredith’s fit and upside in this attack… if he could just get healthy

–Why Ben Watson remains a fantastic fantasy TE even at 37 years old

–How explosive rookie WR Tre’Quan Smith is looking in camp, and the type of ability he brings to this overall attack

Plus, Underhill lays out his predictions for the Saints 2018 season, as well as how the NFC South will play out. Few beat writers are more in-tune or accurate than Underhill, and this is a true must-listen for Fantasy and Saints fans alike


Currently in his fourth year as a Saints beat writer for The New Orleans Advocate, Nick Underhill is no stranger to juggernaut offenses.

Especially considering he began his sports journalism career as a Patriots beat writer for MassLive (2010-2014). Whether Tom Brady and Bill Belichick or Drew Brees and Sean Payton, Underhill has been breaking down explosive attacks for eight years running.

As such, Underhill has a keen eye when breaking down film, and is a true X’s and O’s guru. In addition to his excellent, in-depth written work, Underhill breaks down the team alongside Kevin Washington on their “Saints Talk” podcast.


  • How Alvin Kamara will be deployed in his sophomore campaign, and if Mark Ingram‘s suspension will impact this

  • Who’ll fill the “big-back” role during Ingram’s absence, and if they could claim the job for longer than expected 

  • Just how dominant Mike Thomas has looked… but why his numbers could still decrease

  • New weapon Cam Meredith‘s potential fit inside Sean Payton‘s scheme

  • Why Ben Watson, even at age 37, could still be a fantasy beast in 2018

  • How explosive rookie Tre-quan Smith has looked, and if he could make a major Year One splash

  • If the Saints will remain heavily run-centric, or if they may return to their pass-appy ways.

  • Underhill’s prediction of the Saints and entire NFC South


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