News: Ingram had 13 carries for 38 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as two catches on three targets for 24 receiving yards during Sunday's loss to the Falcons, which eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
Impact: Ingram's touchdown, his second in as many games, came on a one-yard run on the opening offensive play of the game after Jalen Saunders returned the opening kickoff 99 yards to the Falcons' one-yard line. That run was about as easy as it got for Ingram, who failed to average even 3.0 yards per carry against a Falcons defense that has really struggled this season. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Buccaneers, who are allowing the 13th-most rushing yards per game this season.
News: Colston had six catches on 10 targets for a team-high 80 yards during Sunday's loss to the Falcons, which eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
Impact: Colston came into the game with three touchdowns in the last four games, but quarterback Drew Brees' lone touchdown pass went to tight end Jimmy Graham. Colston hasn't even reached 85 receiving yards since Week 7 against the Lions, so a high-yardage output may not be in the cards for Week 17 against the Bucs, against whom he had three catches on six targets for 63 yards against back in Week 5.
News: Stills had six catches on eight targets for 68 yards during Sunday's loss to the Falcons, which eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
Impact: Stills nearly matched his production from Week 15 (five catches on seven targets for 67 yards), though neither game were overly productive for fantasy owners, particularly in non-PPR formats. Stills continues to get a decent number of targets, though he's broken the 100-yard mark just twice this season and has only three touchdowns. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Bucs, against whom Stills had one catch on three targets for 16 yards against back in Week 5.
News: Graham had six catches on 10 targets for 53 yards and a touchdown, but he lost a fumble at the goal line in the fourth quarter that would have brought the Saints to within six points during Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Falcons, which eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
Impact: Replays appeared to show that Graham may have broken the plane before fumbling, but the call on the field was a fumble and there was no conclusive evidence that a touchdown was scored, so the ruling on the field stood. It would have been Graham's fourth game this season with two scores, but it ended up as only one touchdown on the day, his first since Week 12. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Bucs, who Graham had two catches on five targets for 36 yards against back in Week 5.
News: Brees completed 30-of-47 passes for 313 yards, with one touchdown, two interceptions and two fumbles (one recovered) during Sunday's loss to the Falcons, which eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
Impact: Brees connected with 10 different receivers, though he missed out on another touchdown after Jimmy Graham fumbled on the goal line. Additionally, his last interception was a killer, as the Saints were driving down six points. Overall, he still threw for over 300 yards for the eighth time this season, and second in a row, though his three turnovers nearly matched his touchdowns (four) over the last two games. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Bucs, who he threw for 371 yards and two touchdown (plus three picks) against back in Week 5.
News: Thomas (foot) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Falcons, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.
Impact: With Thomas on the shelf, look for the Saints to lean heavily on Mark Ingram in the rushing attacking, with Khiry Robinson set to see work in a complementary role. Not much is known regarding the exact nature of Thomas's injury at the moment, but we'll be sure to monitor his practice status in advance of Week 17.
News: Thomas is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Falcons due to a foot injury, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Thomas left the game in the second quarter and will likely be relieved on third downs by Khiry Robinson, until he is able to return. Mark Ingram should continue to serve as the lead back for the Saints.
News: Cadet is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons, the Saints' official site reports.
Impact: Last week, Cadet broke a streak of 10 consecutive contests with at least two targets, earning a measly two snaps on the evening. The development wasn't all that shocking, though, as the Saints' backfield is now healthy, making him expendable in the grand scheme of things.
News: Thomas left the bench area Sunday versus Atlanta with a rib injury and was questionable to return.
Impact: Thomas came in with 222 yards and two TDs rushing, but has also been effective as a receiver out of the backfield, with 43 catches for 354 yards and a TD. He had two catches for 24 yards against Atlanta before going out.