31-Year-Old Wide Receiver – New Orleans Saints
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Hampered by foot and knee injuries in the first half of the year, the 31-year old Colston failed to post 1,000 yards receiving and seven scores for the first time since 2008. Nonetheless, after missin...
Marques Colston Contract Information:
Signed a five-year, $40 million deal ($18 million guaranteed) with New Orleans in March of 2012.
Although the Saints must trim somewhere between $20 million and $30 million in salary-cap space, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com believes that the Saints will find a way to keep Colston in New Orleans for a 10th season by working out a pay cut with him. The 31-year-old Colston is due $7 million in salary and bonuses in 2015, plus another $7.8 million in 2016.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
If you want a top-10 receiver, look elsewhere. But top-20? Colston's money in the bank. Last year, he was No. 11, after posting the second-highest yardage and TD totals of his career, and in the six seasons (out of seven) since 2006 in which he played 14 or more games, Colston's never failed to crack 1,000 yards or score fewer than seven times. He's also never had more than 11 touchdowns or surpassed 1,202 yards. Colston's not fast, but his size (6-4, 224) and status as the No. 1 target in one of the leagueís best offenses make him a good bet for some easy scores. Last year, he was tied for second in red-zone looks (23) and converted those into 10 TDs. Colston isn't much of a big-play threat (just two receptions of 40-plus), and he turned 30 in June, but with Sean Payton returning, and the Saints suddenly thin at receiver beyond Colston, Lance Moore and tight end Jimmy Graham, he's one of the safer players on the board.
If you need a top-20 receiver, Colston is money in the bank. Just donít expect top-10 in a system that spreads the ball around so much. Colston actually had the most efficient season of his career in 2011, with 10.7 YPA (3rd) and 1,143 yards in just 14 games. Of course, Drew Brees set the all-time record for passing yards, so Colstonís numbers hardly jump out in that context. Colston also managed nine TDs last year but Brees threw 46, so he didnít take a large proportion of the scoring strikes, either. In fact, Colston saw just 13 red-zone looks all year, while fellow wideout Lance Moore had 16 and 6-7 tight end Jimmy Graham had 28. At 6-4, 224, Colston isnít fast, but heís a big target and a good route runner who finds space to operate in the leagueís most prolific offense. Colstonís been plagued by nagging injuries throughout his career and has had to have surgeries on his knee, wrist and thumb in recent years. But this past offseason, heís had a clean bill of health, and the Saints rewarded him with a five-year deal with nearly $20 million guaranteed.
It's hard not to expect more from Drew Brees' No. 1 target, but Colston is routinely a top-20 receiver, even if he hasn't cracked the top-10 since 2007. At 6-4, 224, Colston isn't fast, but he's sure-handed and finds space to operate in an offense that features multiple weapons and is among the hardest in the NFL to read or defend. Colston saw 22 red-zone targets (tied for 5th), but brought in just seven touchdowns. It appears for now Lance Moore and Robert Meachem are still merely complementary pieces, and Colston should once again be Brees' top target in 2011. Of some concern is the emergence of 6-8 tight end Jimmy Graham who could steal some of Colston's red-zone looks. Colston had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and wrist this offseason, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Youíd think being the Saints No. 1 wideout would entail more than 106 targets (26th). But Drew Brees spreads the ball around so much that no one else in the offense is assured of producing on any given week. Itís not all bad, though. Colston still managed 1,074 yards and nine scores, thanks to a massive 10.1 yards per target (3rd) and 24 red-zone looks (tied for 4th). At 6-3, 231, and with good hands, Colstonís well suited for work around the goal line, but despite his gaudy per-play average, heís not very fast. The Saints offense is so wide open that he was able to make big plays ó four catches of 40 yards or more ó but heís not going to blow by defenders like teammates Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson. The one concern heading into 2010 is whether Meachem supplants Colston as Breesí top read, but itís a minor one as there should be enough to go around, and in any event, being the top dog in this diversified attack isnít that important. Colstonís upside is limited as a result, but so is his floor.
Colstonís season-ending stats donít look like much, but when you factor in five missed games due to a thumb injury, and two ineffective ones to shake off the rust, his per game numbers were roughly in line with what youíd expect. What wasnít expected was Colston massive spike in yards per catch (16.2 in 2008 from 12.3 in 2007). While Colston averaged 14.8 yards per catch during his rookie campaign in 2006, the Saints looked for him farther down the field last season, instead relying on Lance Moore to move the chains. In fact, Colston had three catches of 40-plus yards on just 88 targets. In 2007 he had just two 40-plus catches on 143. Moreover, it was Moore and not Colston who saw the bulk of the red-zone looks, (25 to Colstonís nine). This is in stark contrast to 2007 when Colston saw 28 red-zone targets (3rd) and 12 goal-line targets (1st). The question is whether the Saints will continue to deploy Colston mostly as a downfield threat in the mold of Bernard Berrian or Santonio Holmes, or revert to using him how they did in 2007. We believe his receiving average will drop down at least to 2006 levels, and his red-zone looks will climb significantly. While Moore did a serviceable job when Colston went down, we suspect the team will once again take advantage of Colstonís ideal red-zone size (6-3, 231) and usually solid hands. The bottom line, Colston will again return as the No. 1 receiver in the leagueís most prolific passing offense. The key for him is merely to stay on the field, something that will be delayed until June following arthroscopic knee surgery this winter. Colston is expected to be 100 percent before the start of training camp, however.
Six games into his sophomore season, some of us wondered whether George Clooney would soon be starring in a movie called "Marques Colston." But in Week 8, Universal canceled production on the "Michael Clayton" sequel as Colston tallied eight catches for 85 yards and three scores and followed that with three straight 100-yard games, proving his rookie year was no fluke. In fact, in the season's last 10 games, Colston had 72 catches for 939 yards and nine touchdowns, fantasy numbers surpassed only by Randy Moss over that span. Colston's also a good route-runner with excellent hands (he caught 69 percent of the passes thrown his way, third among 100-target receivers), and he benefits from playing with the accurate Drew Brees in Sean Payton's pass-happy system. Just don't expect a lot of big plays from Colston as he managed just 14 catches of more than 20 yards and two of 40-plus.
Well, that was a pretty good choice with the 252nd pick in the NFL draft. Forget the fact that Colston became just the sixth rookie receiver since 1995 to have more than 1,000 yards in a season, and consider that while he missed two games outright, he essentially missed the better part of four since he sprained his ankle in the first quarter in Week 11 and then barely played in Week 17. Moreover, he was less than 100 percent in the three games in which he did play down the stretch. If we just take the nine games he played before the injury, and project them over a 16-game season, we get 96 catches for 1,544 yards and 12 touchdowns Ė the pace Colston was on before he got hurt. Now thereís no guarantee a healthy Colston would have kept up that blistering pace, and even if he had, itís far from a sure thing that Drew Brees and the Saints passing game will reprise their magical 2006 season. But that said, weíre optimistic about Colston for a number of reasons. First, his excellent size (6-4, 231) and good route-running make him a difficult matchup for opposing secondaries; secondly, his ability to find the soft spots in zone coverages and fight for the ball in traffic allowed him to catch 61 percent of the balls thrown his way; and third, the dynamic and pass happy nature of Sean Paytonís offense and Breesí accurate arm create nearly ideal conditions for Colston to produce. Colstonís big frame also paid dividends in the red zone Ė he had 14 looks there, four of which he hauled in for scores. He also saw five goal-line targets, scoring on one. And when you consider the time he missed, 14/5 is more like 18/7, and that puts him in the top-10. Given Colstonís size and skill set, the Saints might go to him even more in 2007. With Joe Horn gone, and only Devery Henderson, Terrance Copper and rookie Robert Meachem around, Colston heads into 2007 as the Saints clear No. 1 option from the receiver position.
Colston certainly has the physical frame and speed to succeed in the NFL, but he'll likely spend his first year on the sideline - the adjustment from Division I-AA Hofstra to the NFL will take some time.