Marques Colston WR NO 5 Days

Colston caught 5-of-7 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 31-15 win over the Bears.

The touchdown was vintage Colston, as he out-muscled a defensive back on a slant route to pull in a perfect throw from Drew Brees. While he still shouldn't be viewed as an especially consistent option, Colston surprisingly has three touchdowns over the past four weeks, with 65 or more receiving yards in three of those games. He also gets a favorable Week 16 matchup, with the Saints heading home to face the Falcons.

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Colston caught five passes on seven targets for 72 yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

Colston's 72 receiving yards easily led the Saints, which says more about the team's offensive struggles on the afternoon than anything else. Down big early, the team took to the air, throwing 49 passes compared to 17 runs, and Colston did most of his damage in the sec on half after the game was well out of reach. With the Saints' offense hot-and-cold all year, Colston remains a shaky fantasy play for owners still in the thick of the competition.

Marques Colston WR NO 20 Days

Colston caught three passes on five targets for 16 yards, including a three-yard touchdown grab, in Sunday's win against the Steelers.

Colston's day was salvaged by his short touchdown reception, but with Drew Brees spreading the ball to nine different players - most of which went to Kenny Stills - Colston was able to do very little. He's almost completely lost his ability to stretch the field, making him a tough option to trust at this critical juncture of the season, but he's still a red-zone threat, with touchdowns in each of his last two games, and Colston and the Saints get a Carolina defense that ranks among the league's worst in defending the pass in Week 14.

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Colston caught 4-of-4 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 34-27 win over the Ravens.

Colston caught three passes for 54 yards in the second quarter, highlighted by a 26-yard touchdown in double coverage. He was mostly quiet for the rest of the game, and again showed minimal ability to separate from defensive backs. Colston finished with five or fewer targets for a fourth time in the last five games, even though Drew Brees attempted 45 passes. Jimmy Graham (10 targets), Kenny Stills (nine), Pierre Thomas (eight) and Nick Toon (five) all drew more looks.

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Colston had four catches on a team-high eight targets for 56 yards Sunday against the Bengals.

Colston also led the Saints in receiving yards, though Kenny Stills, Travaris Cadet and Erik Lorig all finished with the same number of receptions, while Brandin Cooks finished with one more. Colston left the game briefly with an injury, but was able to come back in fairly quickly to post his highest receiving-yards total in the last four games. Up next is a Week 12 matchup against the Ravens on Monday Night Football, when Colston will look to score his first touchdown since Week 3.

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Colston caught two passes on four targets for 36 yards in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

With Jimmy Graham (10 catches on 13 targets) and Brandin Cooks (five catches on eight targets) commanding the attention of Drew Brees, there was little left for Colston. It actually could have been much worse too, but he managed to squirm away on a short reception for 24 yards late in the fourth quarter. Up next is a favorable Week 11 matchup against a Bengals' defense that ranks 19th against the pass, but as long as the Saints have a healthy complement of pass catchers, particularly Graham, Colston will be a touchdown-dependent, boom-or-bust option in the Saints' spread-the-wealth attack.

Marques Colston WR NO 2 Months

Colston caught 3-of-3 targets for 36 yards in Thursday's 28-10 win over the Panthers.

Colston's targets have been all over the map on a week-to-week basis this season, but his current average of six per game is about what can be expected going forward. Only a healthy Jimmy Graham seems to be ensured of consistent looks in the New Orleans offense, as some of the targets that used to go to Colston have been spread out to other players. Based on the per-target production, the Saints may even want to consider using a bit more Kenny Stills and a bit less of their 31-year-old mainstay.

Marques Colston WR NO 2 Months

Colston paced the Saints' receivers with 53 of 68 offensive snaps (78 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and caught four passes on five targets for 49 yards in Sunday night's win against the Packers.

While Colston spent much of the day being covered by shutdown cornerback Tramon Williams, Drew Brees attacked the other half of the field at will, connecting with Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills a combined 10 times for 151 yards. Further, Jimmy Graham saw a bump in playing time (42 snaps), after being essentially a decoy last week against the Detroit, and saw more action on shorter and intermediate routes, a spot where Colston thrived last week. Colston will continue to see plenty of playing time and the Saints unleashing Cooks and Stills downfield could actually help open things up for him, but there are a lot of mouths to feed in the Saints' offense, so the days of consistent double-digit targets for Colston are likely over.

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Colston had six catches on 10 targets for 111 yards Sunday against the Lions.

With Jimmy Graham severely limited by a shoulder injury, Colston picked up the slack, tying his season-high in targets, while setting season-highs in receptions and receiving yards. It's been a pretty up-and-down season for Colston, who still only has one touchdown through six games. It doesn't get much easier, as the Saints will host a Packers defense in Week 8 that is ranked in the top-five in fewest passing yards allowed per game.

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If Jimmy Graham is unable to play Sunday in Detroit, Mike Triplett of believes that the Saints will likely rely more heavily on Colston to replace Graham.

While the Saints likely will not rely on a single player to replace all of Graham's production, Colston works the middle of the field and red zone in a fashion similar to Graham. Though he has had an up-and-down season thus far, Drew Brees still remains confident in him on crucial third downs, according to Triplett. As such, Colston could see an uptick in value if Graham is unable to suit up.