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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%: 91/37 | Average Draft Position: 75.09
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Marques Colston's improvement not necessarily a sign


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:49 am ET) Saints wide receiver Marques Colston broke out of a slump in Week 12 against the Ravens, as he scored his first touchdown since Week 3.

Colston put together his best performance since mid-October in Monday's game, as he hauled in four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. It was just his second game all season with double digit Fantasy points as well.

Colston has been disappointing yet again this season, and Monday's performance wasn't necessarily a sign of good things to come. It was nice to see him show signs of life, but Colston was also targeted just four times in the game, despite Drew Brees throwing the ball 45 times. Colston can still put up good numbers occasionally, as he showed Monday, but he remains too inconsistent on a game-by-game basis to be relied on. 


Marques Colston breaks scoring drought on MNF


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:37 am ET) Saints wideout Marques Colston, who had not scored since Week 3, brought in a 26-yard touchdown catch right before halftime Monday night against the Ravens. Colston made the grab between two defenders for only his second score this season.

Catching all four of his targets for 82 yards, Colston produced his highest yardage total since Week 7. He'll visit the Steelers in Week 13.


Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston combine for 106 yards Week 11


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Saints wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston both cracked the 50-yard mark during Sunday's 27-10 defeat to the Bengals in Week 11.

Three of Cooks' five receptions came in the first half. He was targeted seven times and finished with five catches for 50 yards. He has 550 yards and three touchdowns on the year.

Colston came down with 16-yard and a 9-yard receptions in the second quarter. He caught a 17-yard pass from Drew Brees and a 7-yard reception in the fourth quarter. He was targeted eight times and finished with four catches for 56 yards in the loss.

New Orleans will play Baltimore in Week 12.


Marques Colston can't stop the slide


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Saints wide receiver Marques Colston's role has disappeared in recent weeks, and it might not be coming back. He had just two receptions for 36 yards in an overtime loss to the 49ers in Week 10.

Colston has just two 100-yard performances this season, and none since Week 7. In fact, he has just 121 yards combined over his last three games, and perhaps most worryingly, hasn't been targeted more than five times at any point during that stretch. He is on pace for just 853 receiving yards, which would be by far his worst total for a full season.

Colston's decline started last season, and has not slowed since. He is on pace for just 92 targets in 16 games, which would be the second-lowest total of his career; he had 89 targets in 11 games in 2008. We were hoping Colston could bounce back after last season's disappointment, but he has been surpassed in the team's pecking order by rookie Brandin Cooks and simply cannot be relied on in most Fantasy leagues. 


Saints wide receiver Marques Colston struggles in Week 10 loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Saints wide receiver Marques Colston had a quiet game during the Week 10 loss to the 49ers.

Colston was targeted four times, and hauled in two receptions for 36 yards.

In Week 11, the Saints will play at home against the Bengals.


Saints WRs Colston, Cooks each limited to three grabs Week 9


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) Saints wide receivers Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks each had quiet performances in a Week 9 victory over the Panthers on Thursday.

Colston came down with a 22-yard pass from Drew Bress on the second offensive series of the night and only had two catches the rest of the way. He caught all three of his targets for 36 yards. Cooks had a similar night, as he came down with two receptions -- one for 18 and another for 5 yards -- on back-to-back plays on the opening drive, but was limited to only one grab the rest of the way. He caught all three targets for 38 yards in a 28-10 victory.


Who knows with the Saints wide receivers?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) On the road against the Panthers in Week 9, chances are one of the Saints top two wide receivers, be it Marques Colston or Brandin Cooks, will have a big game. The Panthers are tied for the fourth-most passing touchdowns allowed and have given up the fifth-most Fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

So which one? Particularly with Kenny Stills getting involved the last couple weeks, it's become a real crapshoot. Cooks tends to be more of a volume receiver in his good games, but Colston showed with six catches for 111 yards in Week 7 that he can still make an impact as well.

Of course, star tight end Jimmy Graham was basically just a decoy in that game. When his shoulder had recovered enough for him to catch a few passes himself in Week 8, Colston's numbers shrank again. Cooks, meanwhile, had six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown and has generally had an easier time coexisting with Graham.

I'd feel OK about starting Cooks in this one, particularly in points-per-reception leagues. Yeah, he's basically a 50-50 proposition, but that's more than I can say for Colston, particularly with Graham back in the mix. Colston still matters in Fantasy, but mostly in leagues with 14 teams or more.


Marques Colston, Kenny Stills play supporting roles


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2014) With rookie receiver Brandin Cooks scoring two touchdowns, Jimmy Graham reemerging and running back Mark Ingram shredding the Packers, Saints wideouts Marques Colston and Kenny Stills played supporting roles Sunday night.

Stills caught all four of his targets for 57 yards, while Colston caught four of five targets for 49 yards. They'll visit Carolina on Thursday.


Give Marques Colston another whirl


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/23/2014) The Saints offense is so productive that it turns out role matters more for wide receiver Marques Colston than matchup. With what seemed like a tough matchup Week 7 at Detroit, he had a season-high 111 yards on six catches after averaging just 46.0 yards in his previous three games. But, of course, he was helping pick up star tight end Jimmy Graham's slack. Graham was active but hardly a factor because of a shoulder injury.

If nothing else, Colston proved with his performance that he's still capable of being a top flight wide receiver when quarterback Drew Brees needs him to be. While Graham's role for Week 8 against Green Bay is to be determined, chances are the Saints are going to have to throw a lot against a Packers team that has hit its stride offensively, averaging 36.3 points over its last four games.

As matchups go, it's not an especially favorable one. The Packers rank sixth against the pass, giving up 214.9 yards per game, and have allowed the lowest passer rating of any team this season. But again, the Saints offense has a way of transcending matchups.

Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank Colston among their top 20 wide receivers for this week, and I agree most Fantasy owners will want to stick with him.


Marques Colston posts second 100-yard game this year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) With tight end Jimmy Graham playing limited snaps, Saints wideout Marques Colston produced his second 100-yard game of the season. Colston caught six passes for a season-high 111 yards in the loss at Detroit.

Colston also went over 100 yards in the opener, when he had five catches for 110 yards at Atlanta. Colston was targeted a team-high 10 times Sunday.

He'll play the Packers in Week 8.


Marques Colston can still produce when given the chance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) With Jimmy Graham limited by a shoulder injury, Marques Colston put up a vintage performance as the Saints' top option in the passing game in Week 7 against the Lions.

Colston, who has taken a step back in the offense yet again this season, put together his finest performance Sunday. He hauled in six passes for 111 yards on 10 targets, all of which led the team. He had just 30 targets in five games entering play Sunday, so it was good to see Drew Brees lean heavily on a veteran who was once the top option in the league's best passing offense.

The days of Colston being a must-start Fantasy option are clearly in the past, but that doesn't mean his days of contributing are behind him. Obviously, Graham's availability could impact Colston's value, but at least he showed he can still be a No. 1 target. If Graham is limited again in Week 8 against the Packers, Colston makes for an intriguing Fantasy start. 


Good news, bad news for Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/16/2014) In theory, Saints wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston should get more looks with tight end Jimmy Graham expected to miss Week 7 at Detroit with a sprained shoulder. The Saints' best options for replacing Graham are Josh Hill and Benjamin Watson, but neither of them are near the receiver he is. Hey, Drew Brees has to throw the ball somewhere.

The problem with that theory is that the Lions are so good against the pass (best in the NFL, actually, allowing just 197.2 yards per game) that more looks -- or a higher percentage of the looks, rather -- might not do either player much good.

At least in points-per-receptions leagues, Cooks is a worthy start. He's a high-volume guy and got his highest volume yet (nine catches on 11 targets) after Graham departed in Week 5, but you might want to steer clear of Colston, who's inconsistent to begin with.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank him outside the top 30 for this week, to give you some perspective.


Saints' Marques Colston catches three balls


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Saints WR Marques Colston hauled in three balls Week 5.

Colston made the most of his receptions, picking up 63 yards. Colston was able to show off some big play ability during the game, hauling in receptions of 21 and 36 yards. Despite the lack of receptions, Colston finished second on the team in yardage. He was targeted six times, which was actually good for fourth on the club. 

Colston is on a bye Week 6. 


What now for Marques Colston?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/1/2014) My case against Saints wide receiver Marques Colston last week was in part a response to his reduced production but even more a response to his reduced playing time. He played only about 60 percent of the team's snaps in Weeks 2 and 3 after playing 85 percent in Week 1.

Of course, then he goes and plays a season-high 87 percent Week 4 at Dallas. True, his production was still lacking -- he didn't find the end zone and only gained 50 yards on his five catches -- but his 11 targets were the third-most he's gotten in the last two seasons. Clearly, the Saints still have plans for him.

The Saints also have an especially favorable matchup in Week 5, hosting a Buccaneers team that has allowed the fourth-most yards through the air, averaging 272.5 per game. Even better, they've allowed the most Fantasy points to wide receivers this season, getting burned by Antonio Brown and Julio Jones the last two weeks.

So yeah, Colston is a worthy start in Fantasy, all things considered. But Jamey Eisenberg's and Dave Richard's ranking of him this week -- both have him outside the top 24 at wide receiver -- reveals a general lack of trust. Colston has been a regular enough part of the Saints offense over the years that you don't want to sell him short, but you shouldn't be too eager to start him either.


Marques Colston heavily involved on SNF


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Saints receiver Marques Colston entered Sunday night's game in Dallas having recorded 25 receiving yards over his previous two games. He doubled that output against the Cowboys, catching five passes for 50 yards.

It was an up-and-down game for Colston. He dropped at least two throws but made a difficult fourth-down grab. Colston was targeted 10 times, one fewer than Jimmy Graham.

Colston plays the Buccaneers in Week 5.


Marques Colston less than automatic


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/24/2014) Thanks to his touchdown against the Vikings last week, Saints wide receiver Marques Colston has given his Fantasy owners something to celebrate in two of his first three games (that's assuming a touchdown-scoring performance is roughly as valuable as a 100-yard game ... which it is, roughly).

The problem is he was completely shut out in the other, creating feelings of mistrust that I aim to stoke right now.

Why? Imagine if he hadn't caught that 18-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. He would have finished with one catch for 7 yards and no touchdowns -- essentially shut out in back-to-back games. And instead of celebrating, you'd be crying in your corn flakes.

It wouldn't be fair to reduce that touchdown grab to luck -- obviously, Colston got the ball for a reason -- but his chances are clearly limited. If he doesn't make the most of what he gets this week at the Cowboys and you start him in Fantasy, 21st-ranked pass defense or not, you're out of luck.

After playing 85 percent of the Saints' snaps in Week 1, Colston has played only about 60 percent the last two weeks, and as Dave Richard recently pointed out (I trust his naked eye more than mine), he appears to have lost a step. That's enough for me to consider sitting him even with the favorable matchup.


Marques Colston scores, but does little else in Week 3


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Saints veteran wideout Marques Colston continued his recent struggles Sunday against the Vikings, but one of his two catches was a difficult snag for 18 yards that wound up in the end zone.

Colston managed two receptions for 25 yards, which constitutes his totals over the last two games. He was targeted five times in Week 3. The 31 year old will try to break his mini-slump next Sunday in Dallas.


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.