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12 Marques Colston WR
Height/Weight: 6-4/225 | Birthdate: 6/5/1983 | Birthplace: Harrisburg, PA, USA | Team: New Orleans | College: Hofstra | NFL Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 100/72 | Average Draft Position: 75.09
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What happened to Marques Colston?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/17/2014) Last week was the first time in 87 games that Marques Colston didn't have a catch. It had little to do with Browns cornerback Joe Haden. It had little to do with injury. It had little to do with his quarterback being constantly under pressure.

But it might have had to do with him not getting open, and it might have had to do with him not playing as much as you might expect -- just 41 of 70 snaps. And maybe a teeny-tiny bit of him fumbling the ball the last time he had his hands on it, a fumble in overtime of Week 1 that cost the Saints a chance at winning. 

Maybe there's a smidge of penance that was paid for his Week 1 boo-boo, but the more concerning issue to Fantasy owners was Colston looking slow, which has been the case for a while. That makes him easier to cover and if he's covered, Brees won't throw it to him. To be fair, Brees also has a new toy in the offense (Brandin Cooks) as well as one of the most dominating pass catchers in the league (Jimmy Graham). It goes without saying that they're going to take up a lot of Brees' attention. 

This will be a telling week for Colston as he'll play at home against the Vikings. The Saints should light up the scoreboard and if that's the case then Colston could be in for some nice numbers. If he can't do it this week, be it because of a lack of playing time or because he can't get free, then I might start to get nervous about having him as a part of my Fantasy roster.


Saints not concerned about Marques Colston's zero catches


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't seem overly concerned wide receiver Marques Colston had zero catches during a Week 2 loss at Cleveland, according to ESPN. Payton acknowledged that a receiver having a quiet day in the Saints' offense is normal since the team has plenty of options on offense.

"We got a lot of sub-packages, but I thought by and large we threw it pretty well. The targets sometimes are going to be different," Payton said. "Jimmy (Graham) ended up having one of his better games. That happens with our offense. I thought Kenny Stills was able to have an impact coming back. [Robert] Meachem had some big plays for us. I thought as that game went on Drew [Brees] did a good job of finding the matchups that were advantageous to us."

It didn't help Colston that his playing time was cut from 64 snaps in Week 1 to 41 snaps Sunday.

"We felt he played too many the week prior," Payton explained. "Managing the amount of snaps these guys get and trying to keep them from getting north of 50, for instance. We have depth there. Obviously Brandin (Cooks) received more snaps yesterday. That’s something that we will pay attention to each week."


Marques Colston blanked in Cleveland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The catches racked up by usually productive Saints wide receiver Marques Colston in Cleveland on Sunday can be found inside a donut.

Colston was held without a reception against the Browns. He was not targeted in the game, which is a surprise considering he caught five passes for 110 yards and a score in the season opener.


Late fumble mars great game for Marques Colston


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) After saying all preseason that his foot will no longer hinder him like in years past, Saints wide receiver Marques Colston showed it with a couple big plays Week 1 at Atlanta. Unfortunately, both ended in disappointment.

The first wasn't his fault. He caught a deep pass over the middle late in the third quarter and weaved through defenders for another 35 yards or so, gaining 57 yards in all. But three plays later, quarterback Drew Brees threw an interception in the end zone, ending the Saints' chance at a touchdown.

The second proved to be devastating for the Saints. At the start of overtime, Colston caught a short pass over the middle with room to run for a potentially big gain, but Falcons defensive back William Moore caught him from behind and swatted the ball out of his arms, setting Atlanta up for a game-winning field goal.

Colston led the team with 110 yards on five catches. He tied for the second-most targets with eight. He'll look to make up for his fumble Week 2 at Cleveland.


Healthier Marques Colston could start big


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/2/2014) Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, who has spoken repeatedly this preseason about how much better he feels after battling a foot injury the last couple years, has the perfect opportunity to show it Week 1 at Atlanta.

Not only did the Falcons rank 21st against the pass last year, allowing 243.6 yards per game, but they gave up the eighth-most Fantasy points to a wide receiver. Though they've made some changes to their defense since then, most notably switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme, their starting cornerback tandem of Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford remains unchanged.

Colston caught five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in his first game against the Falcons last year. He wasn't as productive in the second, catching four passes for 40 yards, and that'll happen to him from time to time on an offense that likes to spread the ball around. But the matchup clearly works in his favor this week, which is why CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analyst Jamey Eisenberg ranks him 20th at wide receiver for the week.


Marques Colston on 2014: 'Totally different ballgame'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Saints receiver Marques Colston, 31, feels much better than he did last year when he was bothered by a nagging foot injury. "I'm feeling really good going into the season," he told ESPN.com.

"I have two more weeks to try and get better and continue to manage my body. But by all means, it's a totally different ballgame than last year."

Colston was heavily involved Saturday against the Colts, catching a 13-yard touchdown and converting 3rd-and-8 with a 12-yard grab. He drew six targets in the first quarter alone.


Marques Colston gets in the end zone Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Saints wide receiver Marques Colston got in the end zone during Saturday's dress rehearsal game against the Colts. Colston hauled in a 13-yard touchdown reception late in the first quarter. He was targeted four times and finished with two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown.

Saints unveil inactives for Week 2 of preseason


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) The Saints will be without the following players for Friday's preseason game against the Titans: Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Champ Bailey, Rod Sweeting, Erik Lorig, David Hawthorne, Kyle Knox, Ben Grubbs, Jahri Evans, Ty Nsekhe, Victor Butler, John Jenkins, Kenny Stills, Je'Ron Hamm, Patrick Robinson and Jairus Byrd.

Marques Colston says foot won't limit him


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Saints receiver Marques Colston said his foot feels much better than last season, when he failed to record 1,000 yards for the first time in five years. "Feels completely different," he told The Advocate. "No restrictions."

Colston dealt with foot soreness throughout last season, and coach Sean Payton suggested in March he'd have to monitor Colston's practice time in 2014. Colston's comment Wednesday paints a more optimistic picture.


Brandin Cooks could be the No. 1 rookie Fantasy receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) The Saints needed help at receiver after getting rid of Lance Moore and Darren Sproles this offseason, and they were aggressive in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Saints gave up the No. 27 and No. 91 picks to move up to No. 20 for Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks.

He will now become the third receiver for the Saints behind Marques Colston and Kenny Stills, but he could end up as the No. 1 Fantasy receiver this season, even ahead of Sammy Watkins (Bills), Mike Evans (Buccaneers) and Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants), who were all drafted ahead of him. Cooks landed with the best offense and best quarterback of that group.

We'll find out how the Saints plan to use Cooks, who has elite speed but is on the smallish side at 5-foot-10, 189 pounds. Think Tavon Austin of the Rams, but hope for DeSean Jackson at his best with the Eagles. And Cooks should fly on the turf at the Superdome.

I would only draft Cooks with a late-round flier in seasonal Fantasy leagues, but he's a late first round or early second-round pick in rookie-only formats. If the Saints use him the right way -- unlike how the Rams used Austin last year -- then he could be a sleeper in 2014.

As for Stills, don't panic with this move. He still has the chance for a breakout season as the starter opposite Colston. And Drew Brees definitely benefits with the addition of Cooks.


Marques Colston's foot will have to be monitored


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Saints coach Sean Payton said receiver Marques Colston dealt with foot soreness throughout last season and his practice time will have to be monitored this season, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Colston failed to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in 2013 for the first time in five years.

Sean Payton clams up about Marques Colston goof


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) Sean Payton apparently didn't want to talk after the Saturday loss in Seattle about the play that ended it. That was the illegal forward pass from otherwise productive Saints wideout Marques Colston.

"We'll look at the film. Next question," he told the assembled media per the New York Post.


Huge second half results in big numbers for Marques Colston


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) Saints wideout Marques Colston rose to the occasion while his fellow receivers remained dormant Saturday in Seattle. Colston emerged from a first-half slumber to lead a strong comeback, but it was too late in the loss to the Seahawks.

Colston managed just one catch for 9 yards in the first half - a late second-quarter snag. But he exploded after intermission to finish with 11 catches for 144 yards and a 9-yard touchdown reception with 26 seconds remaining in the game.

With his team in catch-up mode, Colston came up with catch after catch. He caught seven passes for 88 yards and the score in the fourth quarter alone. He was certainly the go-to guy for quarterback Drew Brees, who targeted him 16 times. No teammate received more than six targets.

Colston, however, did destroy any hopes for a victory by throwing an illegal forward pass with seven seconds left instead of running out of bounds to set up a Hail Mary.


Marques Colston held to two grabs vs. Eagles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) Saints wide receiver Marques Colston failed to make much of an impact during Saturday's Wild Card victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Colston caught a short pass for 10 yards in the second quarter and a 6-yard pass in the final drive of the game, which led to a game-winning Shayne Graham field goal as time expired. He caught all two of his targeted passes for 16 yards in a 26-24 victory.

Marques Colston goes scoreless in Week 17 victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) There is nothing unusual about Saints quarterback Drew Brees throwing four touchdown passes Sunday. What was unusual is that none of them landed in the reliable hands of wide receiver Marques Colston.

He did contribute six catches for 67 yards in the defeat of Tampa Bay and snag each ball thrown his way. He also totaled 44 yards in the second half as the Saints turned the game into a rout.

Colston finished the regular season strong with 48 receptions for 601 yards and four touchdowns in his last eight games. But for the first time since 2008, he fell short of 1,000 yards receiving. He ends the year with 75 receptions for 943 yards.


Marques Colston ready to roll against Buccaneers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Saints hot wideout Marques Colston is fine for the Sunday game against visiting Tampa Bay. He had been deemed probable with a back issue.

Marques Colston probable Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Saints WR Marques Colston is probable Week 17.

Colston is dealing with a back injury. He was limited in practice Wednesday, but returned to full practice Thursday.


Marques Colston a strong Fantasy option in Week 17


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) It's going to take a great performance Sunday against Tampa Bay for Saints wide receiver Marques Colston to secure his fifth straight 1,000-yard season. His Fantasy owners would certainly benefit if he did.

Colston needs 124 yards to hit that mark. He has only reached that total once this season, but it was only two weeks ago and he has been on a tear over the last seven weeks after a forgettable first half. He has racked up 534 yards on 42 receptions with four touchdowns since Nov. 10.

He is locked in right now, which makes him a strong No. 2 or flex option in the deepest of leagues. He is also playing at home, where he has caught 21 passes for 332 yards and three scores in the last three games. Colston should remain in all Fantasy lineups.


Marques Colston has five catches Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Saints wide receiver Marques Colston caught five passes Week 16 against the Panthers.

Colston was second on the team with 10 targets. He was the only player besides Jimmy Graham to receive double-digit targets. Colston finished the game with five catches for 63 yards. He'll take on the Buccaneers Week 17.


Marques Colston could be limited Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is in for a rough matchup Week 16 against the Panthers.

Carolina has limited opposing wide receivers to just 15.86 Fantasy points per game this year, one of the lowest figures in the league. Through 14 games, the team has allowed 14 passing touchdowns. Of those 14, only five have gone to wide receivers. The first time the two teams met this season, Colston exploded for 125 yards and two touchdowns. 

Colston has been a much bigger weapon lately. In his last two games, he's caught 17 passes for 217 yards and three scores. The one thing that could limit Colston this time around is the team's lack of success on the road. The Saints offense performs much better at home, where Colston has four of his five touchdowns. On the road, he only averages 41.3 receiving yards per game. Despite his success against the team recently, Colston is a questionable play against the Panthers this time around.


Marques Colston stays hot with big second half


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Saints top wideout Marques Colston is getting hot at the right time of the season, but he didn't get hot at the right time of the game Sunday at St. Louis.

Colston topped the team with eight catches for 92 yards and scored its only touchdown through the air. But the 5-yard snag came with just three minutes remaining in the game and only served to turn a blowout into a 11-point defeat. He did heat up for five catches for 59 yards in the second half.

The encouraging aspect of his performance was that he now has 17 receptions for 217 yards and three scores in his last two games and needs 187 yards in his last two to secure his fifth striaght 1,000-yard season.

Colston can make strides toward that goal in Week 16 against the Panthers.


Week 14 explosion encouraging for Marques Colston owners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) Saints wide receiver Marques Colston apparently has a flair for the dramatic when it comes to Fantasy football. He saved his best game of the season for the first week of the Fantasy playoffs in most leagues.

Colston, who had often disappointed his owners in 2013 pleased them greatly against a tough Carolina defense in Week 14 with season-bests in receptions (9), yards (125) and touchdowns (2). A third score was taken away when he was seemed down at the one-foot line.

It remains to be seen if that performance was a one-hit wonder or the start of a trend, but Colston has been far too consistent and productive over the years to understimate him. Despite several weak games, he still has 56 catches for 721 yards and four touchdowns this year.

Week 15 foe St. Louis is mediocre against the pass, but stingy in the red zone, ranking 22nd in the NFL in passing yards surrendered (3,234) but eighth in touchdowns given up through the air (19).

CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writer Jamey Eisenberg ranks Colston 12th among all NFL wideouts this week, but his two compatriots have him 20th and 21st, respectively. Either way, Colston is a strong second option or flex play against the Rams.


Marques Colston beat man and zone coverage for 125-yard night


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Saints receiver Marques Colston drew a ton of praise from quarterback Drew Brees following the Week 14 win over Carolina. The duo hooked up for two scores and have now combined for 62 touchdowns all-time. That leads active NFL duos, one ahead of San Diego's Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates. 

"Marques came up with some huge plays, some huge catches," Brees said after Colston caught nine balls for 125 yards. "He was able to find those creases in the zones and get open in man [coverage] and just do different things to get the ball thrown his way."

In response to a question, Brees called Colston one of the NFL's most underrated receivers. "He has been his entire career here... So durable, so reliable, such a big-time playmaker," Brees said. "If you match his numbers up against anybody, I think his consistency ranks up there with just about anybody."

Colston became the first Saint to surpass 8,000 receiving yards. He has 8,115 in eight seasons.


Marques Colston doubles his season touchdown total


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Saints receiver Marques Colston, who had one touchdown in his last 11 games, caught a pair of scoring passes in the Week 14 win over Carolina. He finished with nine catches for 125 yards and the two touchdowns, giving him four scores this season.

Colston caught 6- and 15-yard scores in the second quarter and had a third-quarter touchdown grab overturned on review. Officials ruled Colston's knee was down before he stretched the ball over the goal line. 

Targeted a team-high 13 times, Colston registered his second 100-yard game this season. He became the first Saints receiver to surpass 8,000 receiving yards, 87th in NFL history. 

Colston visits the Rams in Week 15.


Marques Colston risky even at home


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/6/2013) Saints receiver Marques Colston heads into his Week 14 matchup against Carolina hoping to play well. But the Panthers defense could make things tough on Colston, who has been a disappointment most of the year.

Colston has been better at home than on the road this year with at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in five of six games. But he only has two touchdowns on the season and two games with double digits in Fantasy points.

The Panthers have only allowed three receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points and score touchdowns this year, and they have limited guys like Victor Cruz, Larry Fitzgerald and Vincent Jackson twice to seven Fantasy points or less.

Don't be surprised if Colston gets to seven points this week, but that would make him a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best. He's a risky starting option heading into the Fantasy playoffs even though the Saints are playing at home.