Marques Colston WR NO 1 Month

Colston caught two passes on seven targets for 51 yards, including the game-winning 36-yard touchdown reception, in Sunday's season-ending win against the Buccaneers.

Colston took a short pass the distance with only 1:57 remaining in the game to propel New Orleans to an emotional victory in what could potentially be his final game as a Saint, as he's due $7 million in salary and bonuses in 2015. While the Saints would love to have him back, it's going to be hard to justify his hefty salary, particularly since it's clear he's lost a step, after finishing the season with 59 catches for 902 yards and five touchdowns - all of which set or matched career lows in a healthy season. The only year his numbers were lower was 2008, when he missed five games due to injury. With the team faced with a daunting salary cap situation, the 31-year old Colston may need to restructure his contract or take a pay cut to remain with the team that took a chance on him with the 252nd overall pick of the 2006 draft.

Marques Colston WR NO 1 Month

Colston had six catches on 10 targets for a team-high 80 yards during Sunday's loss to the Falcons, which eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.

Colston came into the game with three touchdowns in the last four games, but quarterback Drew Brees' lone touchdown pass went to tight end Jimmy Graham. Colston hasn't even reached 85 receiving yards since Week 7 against the Lions, so a high-yardage output may not be in the cards for Week 17 against the Bucs, against whom he had three catches on six targets for 63 yards against back in Week 5.

Marques Colston WR NO 2 Months

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.

Marques Colston WR NO 2 Months

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 2 Months

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.

Marques Colston WR NO 3 Months

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.

Marques Colston WR NO 3 Months

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 3 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 3 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.