WR Ted Ginn - New Orleans Saints
|5-11, 185||Born: 4-12-1985||College: Ohio State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2007|
Week 20: vs Los Angeles Rams - $5300
FBG says: Good matchup. Drew Brees remains a deadly-accurate passer and is fresh off arguably the best season of his Hall of Fame career - from an efficiency standpoint, at least. During the regular season, Brees set career highs in completion percentage and adjusted net yards per attempt, all while posting his best touchdown rate since 2011. That said, he's no longer the true catalyst for the Saints' offensive dominance. The ground-based Saints, who have won 14 of their 16 competitive games, now prefer to control games thoroughly on the ground. Since Week 5, when Mark Ingram returned and helped stabilize the run game, Brees has averaged just 31 attempts and 250 yards a game. He's still as efficient as they come, as displayed in last week's win. After missing badly on a deep ball on the game's opening play, Brees hit on 28 of his final 37 passes (76%) and helped drive the rallying victory. His sharp underneath passing routinely extended Saints drives and produced a pair of short touchdowns. Still, for as long as the Saints can help it, they'll continue to ride the ground game and ask as little of their undermanned passing game as possible. Michael Thomas remains a monstrous presence for Brees; he's caught 84% of his targets on the season and averaged 93 yards per game. Thomas terrorized the Eagles for 171 last week, accounting for 57% of team yardage through the air. And the last time he faced these Rams, Thomas broke loose for 211 yards on 12 receptions. But beyond him, Brees' receiving corps is made up entirely of situational weapons. Ted Ginn remains a fairly solid presence, but there's little else to rely upon. Explosive rookie Tre'Quan Smith has averaged 15.2 yards per catch over his debut season but caught just 7 balls over the past 6 weeks. The tight ends contribute little to this offense, with a handful of undrafted guys rounding out the rotation. To make fantasy players truly happy, Brees will need to feed Thomas relentlessly while finding his supporting receivers (and running back Alvin Kamara) for a handful of splash plays and touchdowns. All of that could easily come to pass, but if the Saints are dominating on the ground, there will be big volume questions at play. Brees remains an ideal NFL quarterback, especially for this time of the year, but is no longer dependable for week-winning fantasy production. The Rams entered 2018 with a fully-rebuilt pass defense, freshly stocked with superstars Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib at cornerback and Ndamukong Suh on the line. Combined with the presence of Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and a few intriguing secondary prospects, they looked destined for a dominant year against the pass. But thanks to injuries and awful play from Peters, these Rams have been worked over routinely through the air, and enter Sunday with a shaky outlook against Drew Brees and company. The Rams closed the regular season just 21st in the league in net yards allowed per attempt. Of their 17 opponents (including last week), 9 have topped 260 yards and 8 have thrown multiple touchdowns. Peters has been the biggest culprit; playing through injury for much of the season, he's been beaten frequently down the field and failed to provide the big-play presence he did in Kanas City. Talib's late-season return from injury has been a boon, and slot specialist Nickell Robey-Coleman has been dominant all year against inside receivers. But the Rams will need all hands on deck to have any real hope of slowing the Saints down Sunday. When these teams met in a Week 9 shootout, Brees completed 25 of his 36 throws for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns. Top receiver Michael Thomas ran wild through the secondary that day, posting 211 yards and 1 score over 12 receptions. This is a star-studded unit, but one that's wholly beatable by laser-efficient downfield passers like Brees.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Ted Ginn's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 19 vs PHI (7 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec - 5.9 points, $4500)
It has been a tough road back for Ginn from his knee injury in September and he has not clicked with Brees. This game was no exception as they kept trying to force the ball to him. Total targets were dominated by Thomas, and Ginn was a distant second with 7 total targets. He was also second on the team in yardage. Almost half of his total yards came on a single 21-yard reception, and that was his only big play of the game. Brees targeted Ginn on the first play of the game with a deep play action pass. Unfortunately, it was intercepted and set the tone for the first quarter. Brees also targeted Ginn in the red zone with a fade to the corner of the end zone. Ginn was unable to find the ball in the air and had no chance to make a play. He appeared to have a step on his defender, but the chemistry is still just not there with Brees. The Saints still want to get Ginn involved and take some of the pressure off of Thomas. Look for a few deep shots down the field next week to help stretch the defense.
2018 Week 16 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec - 9.9 points, $4500)
The receiving core has struggled outside of Thomas this season, but it got a boost with Ginn back from injury. He went down in September with a knee injury and was reactivated this week and put right back into his old spot and workload. Ginn has always been the receiver to stretch the field and that is exactly how the Saints tried to use him. He was the target of the Taysom Hill interception deep down the field. Ginn ran a deep drag route and Hill simply under threw him and put too much air under the ball. His longest completion with Brees was a 25-yard catch and run play across the middle. The most important stat would be the 8 targets for Ginn this week. He was only behind Thomas in targets this week and caught 5 of 8. It was a welcomed addition to the Saints offense that seemed to be firing on all cylinders against the Steelers. Ginn has one more regular season game against the Panthers to get back in sync for the playoffs.
2018 Week 4 vs NYG (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush - 0.1 points, $6400)
The term boom or bust gets thrown around a lot with players in the NFL, but Ginn was a prime example of the bust end of the spectrum this week. He had flourished in the offense to this point with Brees throwing the ball a lot in the first 3 weeks but floundered this week when there was more competition for targets. With Cameron Meredith stepping up and receiving more attention, Ginn is going to be even more dependent on the big play going forward. He did not catch any of his 3 targets this week and may lose out on even more work with the return of Ingram next week.
2018 Week 3 vs ATL (6 / 3 / 12 / 1 rec, 1 / 20 / 0 rush - 10.7 points, $6600)
This game was all about spreading the ball around and Ginn got his chance early. It was Ginn who scored the first touchdown of the game on the first drive. Brees rolled right on play action and Ginn streaked out into the flat. They completed a short pass and Ginn stiff armed his defender to the ground before walking into the end zone. There was no help on the outside and the safety was busy providing help on Michael Thomas on the other side. Ginn is usually a boom or bust candidate and relies on the big play to score. This week he muscled up and scored one in tight after breaking a tackle. He was very quiet the rest of the game and the only other play worth noting was a 6-yard catch near the end of the first quarter. But the Saints ended up punting on that drive.
2018 Week 2 vs CLE (7 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec - 5.5 points, $6800)
The final stat line may not show it, but Ginn did not have a great game. Brees narrowly missed him on a shot down the field for their first attempt, and then Ginn fumbled the next pass that came his way right at the line of scrimmage. This was early in the second quarter and right around mid-field. The rest of the game was full of failed shots down the field, a few quick outs, and one big play. That big play came in the form of 42-yard completion where Ginn caught the ball 16-yard down the middle of the field and then ran another 26 before being tackled. This was a huge moment in the game as it came right after the Browns had tied the score and it helped set up the eventual game winning field goal for the Saints. Ginn overcame his early fumble and made a play during crunch time. There has been no clear cut second receiver thus far for the Saints, but in regard to production it has easily been Ginn.
2018 Week 1 vs TB (6 / 5 / 68 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush - 17.8 points, $6200)
The ball was flying all over the place this week and Ginn managed to cash in. It was Tampa Bay who had receivers haul in touchdowns of 50+ yards, but Ginn showed he has not lost a step when he ran past his man for an easy 28-yard touchdown. On the first play of the second quarter, Ginn simply ran past his man and Brees laid a beautiful ball right into the bread basket for an easy touchdown. Ginn caught 5 of his 6 targets but was competing with Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara who accounted for 2/3 of all completions and most of the yards. Ginn is a threat over the top on every single play and it was a little surprising they did not take more shots down the field with him, especially when they were trailing late in the game.
Latest NewsSaints | Three grabs for Ted Ginn Jr. (Sun Jan 13, 08:31 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. caught three of his seven passes for 44 yards in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13. link to story Saints | Ted Ginn on track to play (Fri Jan 11, 04:59 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 11, and is not on the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game. Our View: Ginn has the speed to take it to the house anytime he touches the ball. The Saints are going to be tough to beat at home throughout the playoffs, including on Sunday against the Eagles in the Divisional Round.
link to story Saints | Ted Ginn fully practices (Thu Jan 10, 05:57 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 10. link to story Saints | Ted Ginn Jr. ready for Philly (Wed Jan 9, 05:20 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) practiced in full on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Our View: The Saints are at home against the Eagles on Sunday in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Ginn sat out the Week 17 game for the Saints because it didn't mean anything as they'd wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. His speed and big-play ability should be on display this weekend.
link to story Saints | Wednesday's practice report for New Orleans (Wed Jan 9, 04:58 PM) - New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (pectoral), OT Jermon Bushrod (hamstring), DE Alex Okafor (knee), OT Andrus Peat (hand), OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and OT Larry Warford (knee) were listed as limited participants on Wednesday, Jan. 9. S Chris Banjo (knee) and WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) were listed as full participants. link to story More News
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