News: The Saints placed two players on injured reserve on Saturday. New Orleans defensive back Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring) and tackle Charles Brown (knee) have been placed on IR. Their seasons are over. The Browns promoted guard Ricky Henry and safety Jerico Nelson from the practice squad.
Analysis: This is a tough blow for the Saints as Jenkins has been fairly productive this season with 94 tackles. He failed to reach 100 tackles for the first time in his career and that will surely sting. He can be left on waivers in all Fantasy formats now.
News: Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins, who left Week 14 with a hamstring injury, was ruled out of Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers at home in Week 15. Isa Abdul-Quddus is set to take his spot at safety for the Saints.
Analysis: This is a tough blow for the Saints as Jenkins has been fairly productive this season with 94 tackles. He has yet to practice since suffering the injury last week, so he'll likely land on the injury report again in Week 16. Jenkins still needs just six tackles to reach 100 stops for the first time in his career and should be stashed in most formats until he is back to full strength.
News: Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins left in the first half of Week 14 at the Giants with an apparent right leg injury, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Jenkins went to the locker room to have his leg stretched out, but was unable to return to the game. He failed to register a tackle before departing as Isa Abdul-Quddus took his spot at safety for the Saints.
Analysis: Jenkins went without a tackle for the first time this season as his late-season swoon continues. He was attempting to rebound from a season-low three tackles in his previous game at Atlanta, but did not stick around in Sunday's game long enough to make an impact. Jenkins still needs just six tackles to reach 100 stops for the first time in his career and is viewed as a strong Fantasy option when healthy.
News: Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins had his least productive game of the season Thursday against the Falcons. Jenkins finished Week 13 with a season-low three tackles, while accruing no other statistics in a 23-13 loss.
Analysis: Jenkins is just shy of his first 100-tackle season, but he has blown past his previous career high already. Jenkins is posting impressive tackle totals for a defensive back, and should remain a solid starting IDP option in most Fantasy formats down the stretch.
News: Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins was fairly productive in Week 12 against the 49ers. Jenkins finished with a seven tackles in the 31-21 defeat, with four of those being credited as solo stops. He was also credited with a pass defended.
Analysis: Jenkins was unable to duplicate the monster performance he turned in a few weeks ago against the Raiders, he still made his presence felt against San Francisco. The 24-year-old already has a career-best 91 tackles on the season and needs only nine more to reach 100 for the first time in his career. Fantasy owners should continue to roll with him in the majority of formats moving forward.
News: Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins had a productive outing in Week 11 against the Raiders. He recorded six tackles (five solo) and also picked off a pass in the 38-17 win. He intercepted quarterback Carson Palmer in the first quarter and returned in 55 yards for a touchdown. It was Jenkins' second career score.
Analysis: Jenkins has thrived since being moved to safety in the offseason and is already having a career campaign. Since he has become a reliable option in Fantasy, keep the 24-year-old active in most IDP formats heading into Week 12 against the 49ers.
News: Against the Falcons in Week 10, defensive back Malcolm Jenkins led the way for the Saints with 10 tackles, including five solo. It was his second straight game with double-digit tackles, and his fourth straight with nine or more.
Analysis: Jenkins has eight tackles or more in seven of his nine games this season, averaging 8.7 per game. That's an insanely high number for a defensive back and reason enough for Jenkins to be owned in all Fantasy IDP leagues despite his lack of interceptions. If he's still available in yours, pick him up already.
News: Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins was all over the field in Week 9 against the Eagles. Jenkins collected a season-high 13 tackles in the 28-13 win, with seven of those being credited as solo stops. He now has 68 stops on the year.
Analysis: Jenkins looks well on his way toward registering his first 100-plus tackle campaign as he has posted three games with 10 or more stops thus far. While he doesn't offer much in the turnover department, owners looking for help with tackles should continue to roll with the 24-year-old in Week 10.
News: Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins led his team in tackles in Week 7 against the Buccaneers. He finished with nine total (six solo) including one for a loss in the 35-28 win.
Analysis: Jenkins has 46 tackles through six games this season but has yet to pick a pass off or record a sack. Heading into Week 8 against the Broncos, consider to view the 24-year-old as more of a low-end Fantasy option in IDP formats.
News: Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins posted his least productive game of the season in Week 5 against the Chargers Sunday. Jenkins finished with just four tackles -- one solo -- in a 31-24 win.
Analysis: Jenkins now has 37 tackles through five games and is on pace for his highest total yet. He contributes little in other categories, but Jenkins' tackle totals make him a decent Fantasy option in deeper IDP formats moving forward.
News: Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins had another productive performance in Week 4 against the Packers. He finished with 10 tackles (eight solo) and also recovered a fumble in the 28-27 loss.
Analysis: Jenkins has 33 tackles through four games this season and could be in line for a career campaign at this rate. While he does not contribute much in the form of sacks or interceptions, Jenkins remains a viable option in deeper Fantasy IDP formats.
News: Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins totaled eight tackles (seven solo) and one pass defense Week 3 vs. Kansas City. He also had one tackle for loss.
Analysis: Jenkins is off to a fast start in 2012. He has totaled 23 tackles (18 solo) and one pass defense through three games. He is getting a lot of chances to make plays as the Saints' defense has been atrocious through the first three games. Players are getting to the second level in the defense and that's the reason Jenkins' tackle total is up. But that's good for Fantasy owners. If Jenkins keeps at this pace, then feel confident leaving him in IDP lineups.
News: New Orleans DB Malcolm Jenkins recorded eight tackles and a sack during the Saints' 36-32 loss to San Francisco in their NFC Divisional Playoff game on Saturday. All of Jenkins' tackles were solo stops as he shared the team lead with fellow DB Roman Harper.
Analysis: Jenkins was able to stay active for the playoffs after being limited by a neck injury at the end of the regular season. He also recorded a pass defended in Saturday's game as he closed the year without an interception. Consider him a low-end option in Fantasy IDP formats.
News: Sean Payton said he wanted to be smart by sitting both S Malcolm Jenkins (neck) and LB Jonathan Vilma (knee), who were both questionable coming into the Panthers game, for their regular-season finale. Payton said both probably would have been able to play if it were next week in the playoffs.
Analysis: Both are solid starts in playoff Fantasy formats. Jenkins has been OK as a low-end No. 3 Fantasy DB in IDP leagues.
News: Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins, who missed several plays in the game after suffering a stinger, returned to score a touchdown in the Week 16 win on Monday night over the Falcons. Jenkins picked up a fumble and returned it 30 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, cementing the win for New Orleans. Jenkins did not make a tackle in the game, but did defend two passes.
Analysis: Jenkins wasn't much of a tackler on Monday night, but he normally is solid in that category. Jenkins has 76 tackles on the season to go with a sack and a forced fumble. The DTD was a first for his season. Jenkins is just a low-end Fantasy option in IDP formats heading into the final week of the regular season.
News: Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins isn't known as a pass rusher, but he came through with a big sack of QB A.J. Feeley in Rams territory Week 8 at St. Louis, stripping the ball at the goal line to allow LB Jonathan Vilma to scoop it up for the score. Jenkins also had five tackles, all solo, in the contest.
Analysis: Jenkins is usually good for a few tackles every week, but he isn't typically involved in big plays, be it sacks or interceptions. He's just a low-end DB in Fantasy IDP leagues.
News: New Orleans DB Malcolm Jenkins registered five tackles and defended a pass during the Saints' 42-34 Week 1 loss to Green Bay on Thursday night. Jenkins, who is entering his third season in the NFL, finished four tackles shy of the team lead held by Roman Harper.
Analysis: Jenkins racked up 64 tackles last season and picked off two passes as he emerged as a quality defender in the New Orleans secondary. He could surpass his tackle total this year and Fantasy owners should view him as a low-end option in IDP formats for Week 2 against Chicago.
News: Saints head coach Sean Payton said Monday that while defensive back Malcolm Jenkins still had some swelling in his knee, the long-term prognosis is looking good. The team will keep a close eye on Jenkins' injured knee to make sure the swelling goes down, and assuming all goes well he will not need surgery. Jenkins got hurt in the regular-season finale vs. the Bucs.
Analysis: Jenkins had two interceptions, a defensive touchdown and a sack during the regular season. He wasn't a huge tackle guy, however, and only really had low-end Fantasy value in IDP leagues.
News: Saints S Malcolm Jenkins suffered a knee injury in the Week 17 game against Tampa Bay and left the contest. Jenkins had two tackles prior to getting hurt.
Analysis: Jenkins had two interceptions, a defensive touchdown and a sack during the regular season. He wasn't a huge tackle guy, however, and only really had low-end Fantasy value in IDP leagues.
News: Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins played his best game of the season in Week 14 against the Rams. Jenkins, who entered the day with two career interceptions, picked off Sam Bradford twice in Sunday's 31-13 win. With the Rams driving late in the second quarter, Jenkins stepped in front of a Bradford pass at the 4-yard line and rumbled 96 yards the other way for a touchdown. He also picked off Bradford again later in the game and finished with four tackles and three pass defended in the victory.
Analysis: Jenkins has 60 tackles on the season to go along with a sack and now two interceptions. Despite his big day against the Rams, Jenkins usually doesn't put up enough stats to be worth using in most IDP leagues on a weekly basis. Leave him on the waiver wire heading into Fantasy Week 15.
News: Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins returned in Week 12 at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day after missing Week 11 against Seattle with a neck injury. Jenkins had four tackles, but it was his forced fumble and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter on Roy E. Williams that saved the game for New Orleans.
Analysis: Even with the highlight play, Jenkins has minimal Fantasy value. He should only be considered a No. 3 DB at best in IDP leagues in Week 13 at the Bengals.
News: Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins (neck) was not active for Week 11. He was limited in practice all week.
Analysis: The bye week in Week 10 wasn't enough time for Jenkins to fully heal. The veteran DB will have a short week heading into Week 12 as the Saints face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. When healthy, Jenkins should be viewed as low-end Fantasy DB option in IDP leagues.
News: Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins (neck) is listed as questionable for Week 11 vs. Seattle. He was limited in practice all week.
Analysis: Jenkins got a chance to rest in Week 10 with the Saints on a bye, but it still seems he could be a game-time call. With Darren Sharper (hamstring) out for Week 11 that means Jenkins would likely start at free safety if healthy and could be a viable Fantasy option. Check back for inactives on Sunday.
News: Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins left in Week 9 against the Panthers with a stinger in his right shoulder. He told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he was fine after the game. He had three tackles (two solo) before leaving the game.
Analysis: Saints coach Sean Payton has raved about Jenkins' progression in his second NFL season. He has stepped up in 2010 with all the injuries the Saints have sustained in the secondary and has played multiple positions. But now that everyone is getting healthy, there is some concern Jenkins will be left out of the mix. Payton said that won't happen, but clearly Jenkins will lose some stats. He remains a low-end Fantasy DB when healthy.
News: Saints coach Sean Payton talked Wednesday about what to do with S Malcolm Jenkins when the secondary gets healthy. "You want him on the field," Payton said. "You never look at a player like that as a luxury. His flexibility, to some degree, is a luxury."
Analysis: Jenkins has 42 tackles in eight games and was outstanding while Darren Sharper was standing on the sidelines. But now that Sharper is back, the Saints have a stable of quality safeties. If Jenkins starts to lose playing time, then clearly his Fantasy value will decline. He remains a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins was all over QB Ben Roethlisberger's passes in the Week 8 win over the Steelers. He knocked down three of Big Ben's pass attempts on the night. Jenkins also added five tackles (four solo), although he missed Rashard Mendenhall when he scored a 38-yard touchdown.
Analysis: Jenkins was filling in for the depleted members of the Saints secondary and he played well against the pass. He is a low-end DB in IDP Fantasy leagues and should be used in favorable matchups.
News: Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins recorded a team-high nine tackles, including eight solo, against the Browns in Week 7. He entered with only 28 tackles in six games.
Analysis: Jenkins clearly isn't a consistent source of tackles, and considering he has yet to intercept a pass this season, you can't rely on him for much else. He's just a low-end DB in Fantasy IDP leagues.
News:Malcolm Jenkins fully expects Brett Favre to try to pick on him when the Saints host the Vikings in the NFL's season opener Thursday night. "I'll just have to hold my own," said Jenkins, who'll start for All-Pro safety Darren Sharper, who is on the PUP list with a knee injury. Sharper may return eventually, but cannot do so until Week 7 because his lengthy recovery from offseason left knee surgery led coaches to place him on the physically-unable-to-perform list. The Saints drafted Jenkins as a cornerback in the first round of 2009. As a rookie, he played on special teams and started six games because of injuries to Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter. He wasn't moved to free safety until this past offseason, and now is slated to play his first regular-season game in his new position against one of the best quarterbacks in the game. "I'm excited," Jenkins said. "It gives me a chance to see exactly where I'm at. I've had my warmup games as far as the preseason and now it's the real deal."
Analysis: Coach Sean Payton said the Saints will miss Sharper's experience, but are eager to see how Jenkins meets the challenge. "When you lose experience, there are certain things in regards to instincts and that's the key," Payton said. "Malcolm is a quick study and he's smart. He's going to look at a lot of the tape and he's going to spend time with Sharper. It's a close-knit group and they're going to look closely at this offense." Favre noted that while Sharper is very instinctive, he also takes risks. "You can also use his aggression against him," Favre said. "Right now, Jenkins seems to be playing a little more -- and I'm just guessing -- a little more like coach Williams (defensive coordinator Gregg Williams) wants him to play it. Coach Brad Childress said Jenkins is a "more athletic free safety" than Sharper. Consider Jenkins a Fantasy sleeper in IDP leagues heading into the season.
News: Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins was back at practice after sitting out with a contusion in his left knee suffered during Friday's practices. Jenkins practiced at free safety and nickelback.
Analysis: Jenkins is expected to see more time on the field in 2010 with the Saints and is worth a look late in deeper IDP drafts. He does have all sorts of potential for good stats.
News: Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins led the team with 10 tackles in the Week 16 loss in overtime to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Jenkins has 54 tackles and one pick this season for the Saints in 13 games. Jenkins can be ignored going into Week 17 at Carolina in Fantasy IDP leagues.
News: Saints DB Darren Sharper (10 tackles), LB Scott Fujita (10 tackles), DB Malcolm Jenkins (seven tackles) and DL Will Smith (two sacks) played well in a Week 15 loss to Dallas.
Analysis: Sharper and Smith are quality starters in all Fantasy IDP leagues, while Fujita and Jenkins can be ignored going into Week 16 vs. Tampa Bay.
News: Notable Saints defenders from Week 11 at Tampa Bay include: LB Scott Fujita (five solo tackles, sack, forced fumble), LB Jonathan Vilma (six solo tackles, interception), CB Malcolm Jenkins (seven total tackles, interception), DB Leigh Torrence (four total tackles, half sack), DB Roman Harper (three total tackles, half sack), SS Darren Sharper (five total tackles), DB Chris Reis (interception) and DE Will Smith (three total tackles, sack -- his sixth in four games).
Analysis: Of these players, Sharper, Vilma, Harper and Smith are must-starts week in and week out for Fantasy owners. Fujita is also solid but in much deeper leagues. The rest of the Saints shouldn't be considered. New Orleans hosts New England in Week 12.
News: Saints QB Chase Daniel, K Garrett Hartley, DB Leigh Torrence, DB Malcolm Jenkins, RB Lynell Hamilton, LB Scott Fujita and DL Kendrick Clancy have all been ruled inactive for Week 7 at Miami.
Analysis: Hartley continues to sit out while John Carney is handling the placekicking duties. Fujita and Jenkins are both out due to injuries, and the Saints have no room for Hamilton as long as Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush and Mike Bell are healthy. Make sure to keep all of these players reserved for Week 7.
News: While Malcolm Jenkins struggled with the heat in first day of practice with the New Orleans Saints he's pleased to be on the field with his contract holdout behind him. New Orleans' first-round draft pick agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth about $19 million late Sunday night. The rookie cornerback arrived at practice Monday morning after missing the first 10 days of camp. Temperatures approached the 90s and humidity was nearly 70 percent during practice, when trainers briefly took Jenkins aside, removed his pads, and poured water over him to cool him down.
Analysis: Jenkins is expected to be a factor on defense for New Orleans this season and could eventually start. But Jenkins is still worth a flier in most rookie and dynasty Fantasy formats, but his seasonal Fantasy appeal remains on the low end.
News: Rookie cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and the New Orleans Saints agreed to terms Sunday night on a five year contract, opening the way for the former Ohio State standout to report to training camp. Jenkins was the Saints' first-round draft pick, taken 14th overall, and has missed the first 10 days of camp, including the club's scrimmage on Saturday. "We're glad to have agreed to this five-year deal with Malcolm and look forward to seeing him at practice with his teammates on Monday," general manager Mickey Loomis said. "He is an intelligent young man and given what we saw from him on the field during the offseason, I'm confident that he will get up to speed sooner rather than later." The Saints open their preseason schedule on Friday night against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Louisiana Superdome. Jenkins could have an opportunity to play in all four exhibition games as he attempts to work his way into the Saints lineup. "Finally we can get this ball rolling," Jenkins announced on his Twitter Web site Sunday night. "Sorry for making you guys wait ..."
Analysis: Currently, Jenkins is slotted as a backup, with Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter the expected starters at corner. Randall Gay also has rotated in to work with the first-team cornerbacks during camp, but missed a couple practices late last week with an inflamed bursa at the base of his heel. Jenkins started 45 games in a four-year career at Ohio State that earned him first-team All-America honors and the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior. He was an Associated Press first-team All-Big Ten choice as a junior and senior. He had 11 career interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He also had 196 tackles and one sack, deflected 18 passes and forced four fumbles. Also playing on special teams, he blocked three punts, two during his senior season. Last season, Jenkins made a career-high 57 tackles, including one sack, intercepted three passes and forced three fumbles. Jenkins is expected to be a factor on defense for New Orleans this season and could eventually start. Jenkins is still worth a flier in most rookie and dynasty Fantasy formats, but his seasonal Fantasy appeal remains on the low end. The Saints DST remains a low-end Fantasy option despite the Jenkins' signing because they have plenty of areas that still need improvement.
News: Saints top draft choice Malcolm Jenkins did not report to training camp with the rest of the team and general manager Mickey Loomis said he was pessimistic that Jenkins would be signed to a contract any time soon. Loomis said Thursday night that he has not spoken with Jenkins' agent, Ben Dogra, since last week, when the Saints made their initial offer to the cornerback out of Ohio State. Head coach Sean Payton said fourth-round pick Stanley Arnoux, who is out for the year with an Achilles' tendon injury, is the only other player who did not report to the team's headquarters in suburban New Orleans.
Analysis: Jenkins has a great chance to start for the Saints, but he seems to be wasting that opportunity with his holdout. The longer a rookie is out of training camp, the harder it could be for him to learn the plays and make a big impact early in his career. Jenkins is still worth a flier in most rookie and dynasty Fantasy formats, but his seasonal Fantasy appeal is dwindling the longer he holds out. The Saints DST is still a low-end Fantasy option, with or without Jenkins because they have plenty of areas that still need improvement.
News: The Saints have selected Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins with the 14th pick in the first round of the NFL draft. Jenkins, the Thorpe Award winner as the nation's best defensive back last year, had a career-high 57 tackles, intercepted three passes and forced three fumbles. He started 45 of 49 games at Ohio State, finishing his career with 196 tackles and 11 interceptions.The Saints finished last in the NFC South at 8-8 because they allowed 393 points, the seventh-highest total. Much of the attention fell on a secondary that allowed 221.7 passing yards per game, something Jenkins should help fix. "He's smart; he has real good ball skills; and he has the size and toughness that you look for in a defensive back. He has versatility, but we felt in evaluating him that he was an exceptional corner at Ohio State," head coach Sean Payton said.
Analysis: Jenkins should start right away for the Saints and be a factor on defense. He even has an outside shot at posting some big stats since the Saints usually get into shootouts and Jenkins will be targeted by opposing offenses because he's a rookie. Figure him to be a reserve Fantasy CB worth a late-round pick in seasonal leagues, a worthwhile middle- to late-round choice in dynasty/keeper leagues and an early-round pick in rookie-only drafts this summer.