News: Graham (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice, the Saints' official site reports.
Impact: The limited showing in drills is Graham's third in a row, but they're sandwiched about an active but catch-less performance in Week 7 at Detroit. As long as he ramps up his workload this week, his first contributions since Week 5 should arrive on fantasy doorsteps. While he's unlikely to approach his injury-free production from the first four weeks of the season -- he averaged eight catches (on 10.5 targets) for 85 yards per game, while tallying three touchdown grabs -- owners can likely expect a whisper of the preceding if his health makes the requisite progress.
News: White made six tackles (five solo) and recorded his first career sack in Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Impact: White now ranks third on the Saints with 29 tackles this year, as he continues to produce after replacing Patrick Robinson in the starting lineup. With teams likely to continue avoiding White's cornerback counterpart, Keenan Lewis, White should see plenty of passes his way, giving him every opportunity to rack up tackles and defend passes, making him a viable option in IDP leagues.
News: Bush made five tackles (all solo) in Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Impact: That makes three straight weeks that Bush has recorded five tackles, as he does an admirable job filling in for the injured Jairus Byrd. Bush may not offer Byrd's upside in the turnover department, but he's a reliable option for IDP owners in need of help at defensive back.
News: Vaccaro made only two tackles (one solo) but had his first interception of the season in Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Impact: The pick was the second of Vaccaro's career, as he continues to post IDP-relevant production for the Saints. With 29 tackles through six games - to go with three passes defended, a sack and the aforementioned interception - Vaccaro remains a jack-of-all-trades safety in fantasy leagues.
News: Hawthorne made seven tackles (five solo) in Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Impact: Hawthorne quietly continues to produce at linebacker for New Orleans, as his 30 tackles on the season are second on the team even though he's only played five games. He is unlikely to offer much in the turnover or sack departments, but he's a stable IDP option due to his proficient tackling.
News: Galette notched four tackles (three solo) - including his fourth sack of the year - in Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Impact: While Cameron Jordan has struggled to the tune of one sack this season, Galette hasn't skipped a beat after last year's breakout campaign. His 22 tackles over six games (3.7 tackles per game) still leave something to be desired from a typical linebacker, but as long as he can continue to knock down the quarterback, he will remain a high-quality IDP option. Galette has a great chance to build on his success over the next two weeks, with matchups against the porous offensive lines of Green Bay and Carolina.
News: With Pierre Thomas potentially sidelined for the next two or three weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in Sunday's loss to the Lions, Cadet could see a boost in playing time.
Impact: Though Mark Ingram re-entered the backfield mix against Detroit, Cadet still saw 20 snaps and pulled down six of nine targets for 51 yards receiving. The Saints actually called a pass play on all 20 of those snaps, reports ESPN.com, and it was Cadet, not Ingram, who was on the field during the Saints' final drive, when Thomas was sidelined. Considering that Ingram is more of a between-the-tackles runner, Cadet is the most likely back on roster to inherit Thomas' pass-catcher role, putting him firmly on the PPR radar as long as Thomas is sidelined.
News: Jordan recorded three tackles (two solo) in Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Impact: Jordan now sits on a pedestrian 15 tackles for the year, but arguably more troubling for fantasy owners is the fact that he has only a single sack. It doesn't appear that he is nursing any sort of injury, as he played on 64 of 70 defensive snaps. He just simply has not been productive after last season's Pro Bowl campaign. If there's any chance of turning it around, it's over the next two weeks, when the Saints face the porous offensive lines of Green Bay and Carolina.
News: Graham was perfect on all three of his field-goal attempts, including a long of 48 yards, in Sunday's loss to the Lions. He also converted two extra-point attempts.
Impact: After missing an extra point and field goal in back-to-back weeks, Graham has nailed three field goals in both of the last two games for the Saints, putting to rest any concerns regarding his job security for the time being. Still, the Saints' offense has uncharacteristically struggled this season - though it still ranks tenth in the league in points per game - but things could continue looking up for Graham's prospects, as four of the team's next five games are at home, where the Saints have historically performed better.